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  • Posted December 31, 2012

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    When this was first came to my attention I was excited about it

    When this was first came to my attention I was excited about it. The cover, title and description just absolutely grabbed me. Sadly, it did not live up to the high expectations that I had placed upon it.

    The high point of the book is Velveteen herself. I like her personality. She's a little bit snarky, but has just enough pull that you can tell she's the leader of her little group. They trust her and respect her. She gets thing done. It seems a lot of people in the book are sit back and let someone else do the work. And at lot of that delegation gets past on to her. She's ok with it because it keeps her mind off of Bonesaw.

    Now maybe her group shouldn't trust her because she's breaking a lot of rules. But, the truth is that her dealings with her killer are the best part of the story. It's what I wanted out of this book. They just don't happen nearly enough. From the description, it sounds like it should be the focus of the story. It's not, and I found that very deceiving. I'm not a big fan when the book is nothing like the description.

    The story is mostly about what is happening in Purgatory. And that is were the trouble with this story lies. This world is absolutely maddening. Half the time it didn't make sense. The other half the time I just didn't care. I wanted to get back to how she was tormenting Bonesaw.

    I'm not sure I care enough to read the next one. We will see though.

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

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    The one thing that totally caught my eye with Velveteen by autho

    The one thing that totally caught my eye with Velveteen by author Daniel Marks was the title, I mean, the first thing I thought about was the fabric… but after that, it was the description that had caught my attention.  The concept of a ghost hunting down their past killer while falling in love with a fellow ghost sounded pretty gnarly and I was excited, expected a ton of ghost vs. human fighting scenes and wanted some paranormal activity type stuff going on. I’ll admit, I’m a bit saddened by the fact that there barely was any Velvet(een) vs. Bonesaw scenes, but the novel was still a fun read.

    Velveteen is the story of teenage ghost, Velveteen, or Velvet as she’s called in the novel. Velvet, after being horrifically murdered in her teens, finds herself unable to move on and is stuck in Purgatory. While in Purgatory, Velvet finds herself stuck with a team of other ghosts whose main goal in life is to possess the bodies of humans in order to save other ghosts who need to pass on, or pass into Purgatory. While on a job, Velvet ends up saving Nick, a fellow dead person who finds himself following her straight to Purgatory where he becomes her untouchable co-worker. Literally. While Velvet fights her growing attraction to Nick, she also must focus on how to save a constantly crumbling Purgatory and eventually get revenge on her killer; Bonesaw.

    The one thing that I’ll admit disappointed me was the fact that the revenge portion of the story was barely seen. For the most part, it was seen closer to the end and the rest of the novel focused more on how Velvet is accidentally caught up in having to save Purgatory and her complicated relationship with her fellow ghost-boy Nick.  I’m not going to lie to you, I really, really  wanted to see more of the revenge that Velvet would have on her killer, especially since the novel does begin with Velvet hanging around Bonesaw’s house with some pretty angry thoughts going through her head. However, despite the fact that it does come closer to the end, when Velvet does finally get her revenge on Bonesaw, it’s pretty freaking climatic and graphic. I liked it, however it might not have been for everybody.

    The concept of Purgatory crumbling did kinda confuse me, especially since all the dead people start to freak right out when shadowquakes take place and threaten to turn all of Purgatory to dust. The dead people act like the shadowquakes will kill them, and from my understanding, the ghosts are already dead… so why are they still so afraid? I found that most of the chapters that took place in Purgatory did confuse me a bit, probably because I was thinking about the setting in a realistic point of view and not in a supernatural/paranormal one.

    When it came to the romance between Velveteen and Nick, I have to say that I believe it started in a way that I don’t commonly see in YA because it begins with love at first sight. It might not say that in the novel exactly, but after Velvet totally saves his behind, Velvet and Nick make out before he finally gets sent to be her co-worker. However, once their relationship begins to grow, I did think that Velvet and Nick were cute together and seemed dependant on each other from the start. The only thing that I think readers should be wary of is the fact that the pacing does fall strangely, during scenes were things should be moving fast they go slow and scenes were things should be going slow they move too quickly. Other than that, it was pretty enjoyable.

    I would recommend Velveteen to readers who want a paranormal story like no other, those of us who are fans of teenage romance with badass main characters and readers who want a story that is unique in every way.

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