ARC REVIEW: Hemlock Veils by Jennie Davenport
TITLE: Hemlock Veils
AUTHOR: Jennie Davenport
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: November 25th 2014 by Swoon Romance
GENRE: NA/A > Fantasy | Retelling
SOURCE: arc via tour host
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When Elizabeth Ashton escapes her damaging city life and finds herself in the remote town of Hemlock Veils, Oregon, she is smitten by its quaint mystery; but the surrounding forest holds an enchantment she didn’t think existed, and worse, a most terrifying monster. The town claims it vicious and evil, but Elizabeth suspects something is amiss. Even with its enormous, hairy frame, gruesome claws, and knifelike teeth, the monster’s eyes speak to her: wolf-like and ringed with gold, yet holding an awareness that can only be human. That’s when Elizabeth knows she is the only one who can see the struggling soul trapped inside, the soul to which she is moved.
Secretly, Elizabeth befriends the beast at night, discovering there’s more to his story and that the rising of the sun transforms him into a human more complex than his beastly self. Elizabeth eventually learns that his curse is unlike any other and that a single murderous act is all that stands between him and his freedom. Though love is not enough to break his curse, it may be the only means by which the unimaginable can be done: sacrifice a beauty for the beast.
Oh wow. I’ve never read a Beauty and the Beast retelling before, which is kind of weird because it’s my favorite Disney movie ever. Bella is me. I just know it. If you’re going to ask me right now for captivating, gripping and magical Adult version of Beauty and the Beast? Hemlock Veils will always be my answer.
The story started out by Elizabeth getting away from her past. She’s hoping to reach the town that her father has always been talking about. But Fate do not agree with her plans. And instead, she found herself being lead by Eustace (a hunter) to a small town called Hemlock Veils. Hemlock Veils is so hidden you see, a very small village. And people are afraid of a creature they called Beast. But Elizabeth isn’t afraid.. she’s fascinated. So she decided to just stay in the town. Too bad Mr. Clayton isn’t too fond of her.
Wait, this is a debut novel?? WHAT!? This is incredible. Jennie Davenport’s words slays. Its magical and it gripped me from the first word I’ve read. Hemlock Veils has that kind of atmosphere that transfers you into its setting whenever you started reading it. The characters stands out. Elizabeth, Henry, all of Hemlock Veils’ townspeople are well written. They’re authentic. These are people you can meet in your daily life.
And of course, being the hopeless romantic that I am, I have to comment on the Romance aspect of the book. I have no words, I LOVE IT!! Its that slow burn kind and its intense and sexy with clothes on, which I must say is the best. What’s between Henry and Elizabeth isn’t just attraction or lust.. its PURE LOVE OKAY. My shipper heart is happy. I got teary eyed at the near end because Jennie can be evil. HINT: That ending!! *sniff sniff*
Hemlock Veils is a very memorable read. The pacing will keep you turning the pages, the writing is brilliant and the storyline is well thought and executed. I love its modern take of the classic Disney film, Beauty and the Beast. There’s nothing more to say but READ IT!! IMMEDIATELY!!
Though Jennie Davenport was raised throughout the Midwest, she now lives in the little desert mining town of Bagdad, Arizona, where six guys beg for her constant attention: a husband, three young, blond sons, a German shepherd with a name much mightier than his disposition (Zeus), and a black cat named Mouse. When she isn’t trying to run her home with as little casualties as possible, Jennie loves snuggling with her family, laughing with her friends, delving into brilliant entertainment of any vein, and playing outside. Despite the way being a writer is in her blood, and the wheels of her writerly mind are constantly turning, Jennie likes to think that in another life, she would have been a Broadway star. Or an American Idol finalist.
Jennie lives for the fall, and not just because of her adoration for the NFL (Go Broncos!). In her perfect world, she would have the springs, summers, and falls of Colorado, and the winters of Arizona—someplace where the climate and weather would allow her to go on a trail run all year round. But even though she prefers the pines and mountains, she is a devoted fan of all nature, from sandy beaches to woodsy cabins, and all are her greatest inspiration. She believes nature is one of the best healing remedies, with a magic all its own.
Jennie’s passion for writing is the way she survives, and is as vital to her sanity as oxygen, caffeine, food, and music. Even before she began writing it, well-told, original, and character-driven romance was always her weak spot. Add the paranormal or magical realism element and she may never make it back to reality.