Veiled Mist by Eleanor T. Beaty
On the Caribbean island of Maurray, spoiled-rotten, fifteen-year-old Hanna wakes up to a nightmare. She is not the daughter of an aristocrat but the orphan of a Gypsy. She is the descendant to a mystical Gypsy tribe. Their magic is strong and has lasted six hundred years. Ornella, the tribe’s guardian, arrives at the island with her mutt, Count Dracula, to guide Hanna. Hanna is told she must embrace her heritage or die at the ripe age of seventeen. But Hanna does the unthinkable, she chooses death. She hates Gypsies and would rather die. What she doesn’t know is that her death will destroy the entire tribe. What she also doesn’t know is how persuasive Ornella can be. The nightmare begins.
I am Brazilian born and raised, of American parents. I live in Sao Paulo with my third husband and children. I studied at the American school in Brazil, in boarding schools in Switzerland and the US. I have a BA in English Literature from FIU. I published a YA trilogy in Brazil and another YA novel in Turkey in 2001, now in its fifth edition. My passion is history and spiritualism. Besides Veiled Mist, I have another YA novel, Fallen Ruler, being released soon.
Veiled Mist is a fun, quirky YA paranormal adventure. Ms. Beaty is an Indie author I plan to follow. I look forward to her next book. Veiled Mist is suitable for both Adults and Young Adults. It is a fun adventure into the magical world of gypsies. The heroine finds out a few days before her birthday that she is not the daughter of a princess. Worse is the discovery that her mother was a gypsy, which will ruin Hanna's reputation at the exclusive private school she attends. This is a secret that cannot stay hidden. If her magical heritage is not embraced by her birthday she will die. Her grandmother has convinced her that being a gypsy is a fate worse than death. The characters are entertaining, especially the dog Count. The story is a fun read as Hanna learns a bit about how the ‘other half lives’, the meaning of love, and how to be a more caring person. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
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