When was the last time you read YA?

by farrah on November 2, 2011 · 0 comments

A while back at Outnumbered 3 to 1, I did a review of a young adult novel by a first time author. Since then, I have stayed in touch with the author and think she is even cooler now that I’ve gotten to know her better.  Her book The Veil was released TODAY, so in honor of this release- I wanted to write about it here at The Three Under.

What is YA lit? Well, it’s technically labeled ‘Young Adult’ lit. That doesn’t mean you get carded though at the bookstore when purchasing a YA book. What it really means is that you have pretty fabulous taste and are willing to read something that isn’t predictable but instead wide open with possibilities. I have a very wide range of literary tastes- and enjoyed my time reading this book, truly. Next time you’re at the bookstore- remember THE VEIL by Cory Putnam Oakes, and check it out. Not only would the young adult in your life love it- but my guess is that you will too once you read it first (haha- they’ll never know!). And what’s more- I bet you (like me) rediscover this entire genre. Remember Madeline L’Engle? Yep. She would fit right in here too.

From The Veil’s Press Release:

November 1, 2011

Octane Press announces the release of The Veil, the Young Adult debut novel by Cory Putman Oakes.

The Veil is available in paperback on Amazon, Barnes & Noble.com, and direct from Octane Press. It is also available in eBook formats for Kindle and (coming soon) Nook, and iBook. The Veil is a Young Adult Urban Fantasy, suitable for ages 13-up/Grades 7-up.

Book Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Addison Russell is in for a shock when she discovers that she can see the invisible world of the Annorasi. Suddenly, nothing is as it appears to be—the house she lives in, the woman who raised her, even the most beautiful boy in town all turn out to be more than what they seem. And when this strange new world forces Addy to answer for a crime that was committed long ago, by parents she has never known, she has no choice but to trust Luc, the mysterious Annorasi who has been sent to protect her. Or so he says . . ..

The Veil references books, movies, music and poems from sources as varied as Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, Arsenic and Old Lace, Arthurian Legend, and a Charlotte Bronte poem called “Evening Solace.”

Although a work of fantasy, the book is set in Novato and San Francisco, California in very real places including: Union Street; the Marin Headlands; Stafford Lake Park; the Palace of Fine Arts and the Fairmont Hotel.

Set in the city of Novato, California, the narrative references real places including the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop, The Palace of Fine Arts, and The Fairmont Hotel, juxtaposed with the fantasy world of the mythical Annorasi whose powers include invisibility and flying.


About the Author:

Cory Putman Oakes was born in Basel, Switzerland, but grew up in Novato, California and attended Marin Catholic High School. She then spent three years at the University of California at Los Angeles before graduating in 2001 with a B.A. in Psychology. In 2004, Cory graduated from Cornell Law School with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Since then, she has been an associate at a law firm, taught business law to undergraduates at Texas State University and written several books for young people.

Cory now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and their daughter, Sophia. In addition to writing, Cory enjoys reading, cooking, running, and hanging out with her family and pets.

Authors who inspire Cory Putman Oakes include Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, Eoin Colfer, Stephenie Meyer, Madeleine L’ Engle, and J.K. Rowling.

The Veil is Cory’s first published work. Further information is available at:



While you’re at it you really should check her out on Facebook, Twitter and  Goodreads.

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