Saturday, January 7, 2012

Review of " A Banshee's Tale" by Veronica Breville

A Banshee's TaleA Banshee's Tale by Veronica Breville

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publish date: October 28, 2011

Description from Goodreads: Catherine Dalry feels like a normal child, growing up in a normal small town, raised by normal, middle-income parents. That is, until she starts school. Children and adults alike look at her with trepidation and scorn. She learns quickly that her version of normal and theirs differ greatly. Just as Catherine is preparing to turn sixteen, she is forced on a journey that will change her life in ways most only dream of. An ancient book teaches her of the connection between her freaky eyes and the secretive ranks she is now forced to join by matter of inheritance. She is a Guide, or in the old country, a Banshee. As far as the masses are concerned, Catherine’s destiny is to be the wailing spectral woman that wanders the land lamenting and signaling the impending death of a loved one. As her life is pulled in countless directions, she leans on her best friend and psychic, Will; her beloved aunt, teacher, and fellow Guide, Lucie; and her attractive and terminally arrogant Caomhn├│ir or protector, Zane. The world of myth, mystery, and fairytale monsters engulfs Catherine and sets her on a course of self-discovery and life altering responsibility. 

My thoughts: This is a very interesting book. I was pleased by this unique take on the Irish legend of the Banshee. This book is set in the modern day and a sixteen year old girl named Catherine has just discovered that she is a Guide, or a Banshee. Her mission in life is to help the dying cross over into the light and gain rest and peace.

She is an outcast and has only one good friend named Will. They have an unsettling connection, they both dream of a young girl being taken by an unknown entity.

Add in a handsome assistant at her father's work, and the fireworks begin. They don't get along and he is destined to help her in her work.

The books ending is unexpected. I feel that she drew it out longer than she needed to and some of the dialogue is a little strange. I'm not sure that strange is the right word, but it needs a little work.

I will be looking forward to reading more form Veronica Breville.


  1. This has really piqued my interest! You don't hear much about banshees in YA literature.

    - Jackie

  2. I haven't heard of this one before, but it does sound interesting. The only banshee's I've ever read about before are in the Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent. I'll have to look into getting this one.


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