Eleanor T. Beaty
YA Science Fiction/Fantasy
About the Book:
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 was a little nervous to read Veiled Mist after reading the blurb about the book. I’m not a big fan of horror, and the line “The nightmare begins.” seemed a bit of an omen. So I was pleasantly surprised that the book is much more empowering than scary.
Hanna is definitely a spoiled brat. She reminded me of some of the more stuck-up girls in high school. I found it hard to feel sorry for her when her life was turned upside down. I mean her answer to her nightmare was to have her seamstress make her sequined nightgowns. Seriously?
Ornella is my favorite character. She is not anything like a stereotypical gypsy. She is beautiful, smart and sassy, even if she is over 600 years old. She guides Hanna through some important lessons on how to think outside of herself and to show love and concern for others.
I give Veiled Mist four gold teeth. It’s a fun, exciting read and I think there are some valuable life lessons for younger teenagers as well.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purposes of review as a part of Innovative Online Book Tours. All opinions are 100% my own.
About the Author:
From the author:
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.
Interview with the Author:
TM: What sparked the idea for Veiled Mist?
EB: A book about antique dolls I received as a present from my cousin when I was a child. The antique dolls looked like real little people. Children come to love dolls as their best friends. The dolls become a security blanket, an object that protects them and, hence in their mind, they are real and alive. The book inspired a short story about a fairy doll that transformed into a warrior at night to help kids with their fears. Add that to my fascination with the Gypsies’ mysterious origin and their magic and Veiled Mist began to take shape.
TM: What draws you to the YA genre?
EB: The infinite worlds I can create and be a part of. Writing for Young Adults allows me to fly with my imagination without having to follow too many preset guidelines. Anything is possible when you’re a teen and stories can have crazy logics because they are meant to take you away from the real world for a while. But my reasons are not only the fun aspect, but also what I can give. We adults mold generations with what we do, say and write. I use my fun and crazy stories to plant seeds of awareness. What we do as teens can impact us and those around us for a long time without us even realizing it.
TM: How has your spirituality helped you through a difficult situation?
EB: Yes! So many times I can’t even begin to count. I don’t think I would have made it through life without my spirituality. When you study the spiritual philosophy you realize that opting out is not an option. You have to stick around and face things, because nothing happens without a reason. There is a purpose in everything. That is the most important principle in spirituality and it helped me to accept responsibility for those tough moments in my life, which for many years I blamed others. I won’t say that I didn’t have times when I lost faith. I did. But I always found my way back. Spirituality never fails to guide you through those hard moments, that is, if you want to be guided.
TM: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
EB: The best advice I can give is believe in yourself, but don’t be too proud to accept criticism. Don’t see it as an offense but as an opportunity for growth. It took me years to welcome other people’s views of my work, to understand that what I see and put on paper might not make sense to others as I wrote it. An honest opinion of your writing is worth millions. And many rewrites are a must!
TM: Tell me about any upcoming projects.
EB: I have just finished revising a novel that is very dear to me and was my first YA novel with a strong spiritual theme. The novel, published in 2001 in Turkey, is in its 5th edition there. However, a few years later, I felt it needed an upgrade, so I rewrote it. Souls of Darkness should be out by the beginning 2013. The sequel is almost done and will also be released next year.