REVIEW: Trying to Live with the Dead (The Veil, #1) by B.L. Brunnemer

Title: Trying to Live with the Dead
The Veil
B.L. Brunnemer
Publication Date:
December 6, 2016
YA Fantasy, Reverse Harem
Length: 520
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Rating: 4 Stars!

Hi, I’m Alexis Delaney. I’m your average 17-year-old girl. Except I can see the dead. And talk to the dead. And push them away and, well, help them move on. So..okay, I’m not your average 17-year-old girl. For years I’ve been struggling to survive the souls still roaming around. The shitheads always seem to find me. Moving from town to town every few months never helped either. More dead just always find me. But things are changing for me now. I’m moving in with my uncle Rory and cousin Tara. I’m finally going to be able to do normal teenage stuff I’ve been missing out on. Right? 

Well, if this one bitch of a ghost could leave me alone on campus that would be great. Especially since I haven’t told my new friends about my abilities. Can you believe this? Five good looking guys practically adopt me on my first day of school, and I still think they’re a bit nuts for it. Now if I can only just keep my life with the dead from mixing with my normal life, everything would be great. Yeah…I don’t see that happening either. But I’m going to give it a shot. Who knows? It might work. 


I have thoroughly been enjoying the fantasy/paranormal/reverse harem vortex that I have been sucked into the past month or so! I have come across some amazing series in this genre that I love. One of these series is The Veil Diaries by B.L. Brunnemer. This is an extremely slow moving series, but I find that I don’t mind with this one because it really allows for all of the details to be fleshed out.

Alexis Delaney moves in with her Uncle Rory and her cousin, Tara, after a tragic incident. The first day of school she meets a group of boys who decide to adopt her into their group and that is that. The boys and Lexie fit together like puzzle pieces and act like they have known each other for years, not hours. Lexie finds friendships unlike any that she has ever gotten to experience in these boys and they understand her in ways that she has always wanted. As they navigate new obstacles together, they will have to learn to rely on each other and share their burdens.

I loved getting to know Lexie and each of the boys. My favorite thing about reverse harem books are getting to read about several different types of relationships in one book. Each person brings something new to the relationships, which is really cool. Lexie, Asher, Zeke, Miles, Ethan, and Isaac, each bring different stories to the relationship as well. I loved getting to read as Lexie started to let the boys in on her secrets, and getting little peeks into each of the boys’ lives.

Each book builds on top of the last and I can’t wait to see what happens next! I am caught up on the series so I will be anxiously awaiting book #8!

Rating: 5 Stars!

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