Monday, October 1, 2012

Velveteen (Velveteen #1) by Daniel Marks

Title:  Velveteen (Velveteen #1)
Author:  Daniel Marks
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Expected Publication: October 9, 2012
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 My Rating:
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.

Velveteen has such a thrilling start! The reader is plunged into a horrifying haunting that is taking place, while seeing through the eyes of the person doing the actual haunting. The thirst for vengeance was almost tangible, and I couldn’t help but root for Velvet to receive her justice against the serial killer known as Bonesaw. But before justice could be served, Velvet had to return to purgatory, the in-between of earth and eternity. I know many will appreciate the world-building that the author provides and the many vivid details he created about Purgatory. Unfortunately, I spent a good bit of time waiting on the edge of my seat to get back to the beginning of the story. That’s what really had me captivated - a fight for justice and the chance to prevent the murder of another innocent young girl. I suppose I was just too impatient to really enjoy Velveteen as much as I could have. While Purgatory was interesting and Velvet’s friends were unique, to say the least, there were too many details given; and I really just wanted to get back to Bonesaw’s shed and find out what was happening in the present.

The unveiling of the antagonist took longer than necessary, since the character in question was quite predictable; and the romance between the main characters was not a believable one for me. After many painstaking chapters, we did finally revisit Bonesaw and learn what the sociopath was up to.

All in all, Velveteen has an interesting plot; and, though I’m not sure I will continue the journey with these characters in the next installment, I believe there are a lot of readers who will love this book - just be warned not to get too wrapped up in the opening, as that is not where the main story lies.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.



  1. Thanks for the great review. I have been seeing this book around and wondering what it was like. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I'm sorry Velveteen didn't live up to your expectations, Chele. I was hoping to get to it over the next couple of weeks, but after your review, I'm not in any rush. :( Thanks for the honesty.

  3. Oh bummer, so sorry you didn't like this. I was captivated by the world-building and loved this one.

  4. Anonymous10/02/2012

    Even though Bonesaw sounds like a deliciously creepy villain and I love the premise of this one, I think I'll skip it because of your review, Michele. You tend to be a generous reviewer so when I see you had a tough time with the romance and the detailed writing, I know it's not going to be worth picking up! Brilliant review, my dear. :)

  5. So you wanted to go back to a serial killers shed, huh? lol.

    Oh well, I thought this book sounded good, but I doubt I'd ever get to it.

  6. a great "not-the-greatest" review! gently critical and informative. you're keeping my TBR list trim and fit! and for that I thank you! xoxo

  7. love your honestly. I had this on my list... was this a NetGalley one? I feel like I got this one from there or something. Who knows I haven't used NetGalley in forever since I haven't had time. I'm not sure that I want to read it now though, I think I would feel like you do. If it is a series do you think the next book would take you to the part you liked in the beginning? I don't know how it all played out, but just wondering :p Otherwise I don't think I would invest more time in it. great review and very helpful :) haha and totally agree with Nyssa! ,3


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