Monday, November 19, 2012

Velveteen by Daniel Marks

Release Date: October 9th, 2012
Publisher: Random House/Delacorte Books
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Pages: 464 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hard cover
Source: From publisher
Reason: Look at the cover! | For review
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Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.


Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It’ll be brutal... and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules... or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

I have to confess that the initial reason this book caught my attention was that gorgeous, absolutely stunning cover. It is even more beautiful when you are holding it in your hands. Love it!

When I read the premise for this book, it sounded right up my alley. I love dark and menacing novels. However, this book didn't quite live up to my expectations, BUT in the end I did like it!

The main thing that was preventing me to love this book more was the length. I am not against longer novels at all, as long as the story line backs it up. With Velveteen I found that it could have been at least 100 pages less. There was some unnecessary details that carried on and on. I found that the storyline would get sidetracked with those minor details that just ended up taking to much time. When the story did pick up, boy was it a page-turner! There were bursts of moments in this book where I lost track of time completely!

I loved the main character, Velvet. She was exactly how I imagined she would be. The author definitely did a wonderful job at penning Velvet!

Even though this book had a few minor traits that briefly took away from the reading experience, I enjoyed the book overall! It was mysterious, page-turning, and definitely dark! A great read to curl up to by the fire during these colder months!!
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  1. I definitely love the cover and the snyopsis and have been looking forward to VELVETEEN for quite a while now. But now I'm a bit scared... slow storylines and unnecessary details always want to make me skip reading certain parts of books, but I'm always too scared to do so in case I miss something important. And that, in return, frustrated me. :D
    Thanks for your honesty. Lovely review!

    Fictional Distraction

  2. Definitely agree about the length-there were definitely some parts that felt unnecessary although as a whole I was pretty happy with the book!


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