Monday, October 1, 2012
Velveteen (Velveteen #1) by Daniel Marks
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.