Beyond the Veil: Muse
(The Veil #1)
If your ex is the Prince of Greed, you’d better be ready to raise Hell.
Charlie Henderson is living a lie. Her real name is Muse, she's half demon, and her attempt at a normal life is about to go up in smoke.
When an assassin walks into her life, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake, Muse must return to the one man she hoped never to see again and ask for help. The Prince of Greed isn’t known for his charity. The price is high, and the cost could tear her apart.
Trapped between the malevolent intentions of a Prince of Hell and an assassin with ulterior motives, Muse must embrace the lure of chaos at her core—the demon inside her—in order to survive.
***This review contains slight spoilers***
You know I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. I know a lot of people are in love with this series and there are parts I like but I don't know if I'm in for the long haul.
What I liked:
The premise. There is a lot of potential here. The prequel set us up for what life is like in the demon side and it is not pretty. This book showed us what it could be like on the human side for a demon or halfling. Muse has a heap of potential to be seriously bad ass and a force to be reckoned with if only she would get her head out of her ass. There was plenty of action to keep the story moving. Explosions, hell hounds, demonic powers, etc.. So at least you aren't really bored.
What I didn't like:
There is this weird love triangle, is it really a triangle? In the beginning she has human Sam whom she loves. A minute later Muse is fucking around with Akil and half in love with him and the next she's fucking round with Stefan and in love with him. Then Akil and Stefan are both lying to her basically from the get go. Her lady parts seem to get aflame anytime there is a powerful demon around.
The whole thing was a bit confusing and convoluted. Muse seems to change her mind as often as she changes her underwear. She doesn't want to be a demon, she wants her demon, she hates demons, then she wants to help. She could have been totally badass but ended up just seeming weak and lead around by the "all knowing" males (Akil, Stefan, the Institute) in her life. I wanted her to grow a pair and think for herself for once.
And then the whole thing with Akil.. why now, why after 5 freak'n years is he all of the sudden making a play. It doesn't make any sense. Why now, what changed?
The institute: It was just thrown in there, I know what the role is supposed to be but they just come across as another "bad guy". They leave their people out to dry and don't give a shit. They blackmail Muse and steal her demon. Which I really didn't like. Why give all this power and then just chop it off. And the ending with the institute. So not a fan of that either.
I don't know if I'll read the second book in the series but it's not very high on my priorities.