Title: Shattered Veil
Author: Tracy E. Banghart
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: The Diatous Wars, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A great debut from an amazing author, Shattered Veil captivated me completely--an amazing girl-power book that had me laughing, crying, and cheering--just amazing!
This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Aris Haan loves to do one thing: fly. Even though flying is frowned upon as a woman of her social standing, she can't help it. The only thing she loves more is her boyfriend, Calix. She is convinced they will be Selected, get married, and live happily ever after. But her dreams are shattered when Calix is called to fight in the coming war. Determined to make her own way, Aris finds herself in the Military, the place where women are forbidden. And she must keep her secret safe.. Or the consequences could reach farther than she could've ever imagined..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the pacing of the novel--it was a little slow at first, but then the action started and I couldn't put it down!
-Aris, the brave, almost reckless main character willing to jeopardize her entire future to have a real purpose in life, and for true love--her character development hit me at the heart and I was cheering for her throughout the whole book, and she made this novel truly shine
-I loved the way this novel had the whole feel of Mulan, and girl-power--it was lovely and it was really refreshing, I really enjoyed it!
-Aris's flighty friends back in Lux, some of them with actual hearts--it's actually pretty weird to think that Aris is just like them in the beginning of the book
-The unique, hilarious cast of male characters that surrounds Aris in the military, especially Galec, and Melik
-The ending--it was perfect, and I can't wait for the next book!
What could've been better:
-The world-building was very vague and I had a lot of trouble understanding it--I wish it had been explained thoroughly, instead of implicated and hinted at
-Calix--he really made me angry, enough to make me cry
-I really felt cheated at Calix and Aris's reunion--I felt like, at first, that Aris had done all of that for nothing
-I didn't really like many of Aris's friends from Lux, especially Phaedra, save Echo
Overall, this book was just lovely! Highly recommended to those readers who are craving a real girl-power book! Next on deck: Elemental Hunger by Elana Johnson!