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Velveteen Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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Why you should read it: Wow, Velveteen is a creepy book (my favorite!), and I love the awesome imagination Daniel has when it comes to death and purgatory. The writing was great, and the characters (especially the poltergeist twins) were very enjoyable. I thought the romance was a little rushed ... but, hey, they're dead and that kind of excuses a lot of things. Velveteen is a must-read for any fan of the eerie, the creepy and the paranormal.
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Velveteen Mondroe is sixteen and dead, her life cut short by a serial murderer named Bonesaw. Not being able to get over her brutal death and move on, she is now trapped in Purgatory (or the City of the Dead if you may). She occasionally sneaks out of there to haunt her killer, hoping to somehow prevent him from torturing and murdering other teenage girls, or at least scare the crap living soul out of him with her poltergeist, Hulk-smash actions. With every day that passes she is getting stronger and closer to getting her revenge. Unfortunately, while fun and satisfying, haunting is also strictly forbidden. By crossing over to the world of the living, Velveteen is disrupting the balance, causing massive tremors that are threatening to destroy the whole world. With her own soul at stake, revenge may come at a very high price. The question is: what is more important? Vengeance or salvation?
Velveteen was simply awesome. Dark, creepy and with a deliciously grim atmosphere, it was exactly my kind of read. I loved the grey, shadowy world of Purgatory. It was utterly fascinating and depicted with care for (often very unsettling) details. The beginning of the book - while very disturbing at times (particularly when it comes to Bonesaw and his little cirque du freak farm) - did not prepare me for just how thoroughly bone-chilling this book would get in the second half. Everyone with the taste for macabre will definitely enjoy it. Marks really hit the mark, skilfully balancing the scary, gruesome, funny and sexy.
Velveteen's narrative voice was realistic and compelling.Read more ›
Now on to the book. This book was awesome. It started off really weird and sort of sluggish. (Notice I've had issues with the beginnings of books lately, its weird...) But it certainly picked up and totally made up for the beginning. Velvet was brutally murdered by a serial killer nicknamed, Bonesaw, when she died she didn't go to heaven nor hell - a place sort of in between. A place that many teens and children go to while they await where their souls will be taken, since they are so young when they die the powers that be don't exactly know where they truly belong. However, the purgatory isn't full of just kids but other, older souls who don't belong to either Heaven or Hell yet.
The idea of that alone is just rad. Then he mixes in that everyone who enters the purgatory is assigned a district (like Velvet lives in the Later Quarter), if you will, and then assigned a job. There are rules but the number one rule is absolutely no haunting. Velvet doesn't listen and she haunts her murderer a lot and has saved other girls lives because of her haunting. When shadowquake's start happening more frequently and more severe she can't help but wonder if her haunting of her murderer is the cause.Read more ›
The book itself is an interesting, albeit dark, read. The heroine is tough as nails and is determined to stop her own murderer no matter what the cost. The descriptions of the attacks on other girls were disturbing but nothing compared to adult murder mystery books. The side characters were well fleshed out and certainly had their own personalities. The witty dialogue between the characters had me occasionally smirking to myself.
Why the lower star rating? The pacing of this story is a little off for me. I felt that it was a bit long, and I was wanting it to wrap up before it actually did. Being an adult reading this hurt my enjoyment. When I am in the mind frame to read a murder mystery novel, I want the even grittier adult version. While this had its moments, the emphasis was predominantly on character development and relationships. Another issue I had was something that at times was a positive. The dialogue between the characters and the dynamics felt very high schoolish or at least stereotypical high school. I did laugh at some lines, but I was wanting to roll my eyes at others. An older teen who enjoys grittier YA reads will really enjoy this novel, but I just didn't click with it.
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My Opinion: I must admit I've had a hard time with this review. On the one hand, the synopsis of this book was what drew me in and made me want to read this book, but on the other... Read morePublished 7 months ago by jwitt33
I don't usually read books about serial killers, but I loved this idea of the ghost coming back to kill their murderer. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Angie
Velveteen Monroe was murdered by a psychopathic serial killer (not that there's any other kind of serial killer, I suppose, lol). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lili Lost in a Book
What a compelling, creative and refreshing book. After she gets murdered by a serial killer named Bonesaw, Velveteen wants to take revenge on him, and haunt him for the rest of her... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Majanka
Lush, complicated, and beautiful worldbuilding create a purgatory like none you've ever seen before. Velvet's a great character, and I loved the romance arc. Great book!Published on October 19, 2013 by Nicole Peeler
Let me begin by admitting that I am not the parent of a teen, nor do teens feature prominently in my life, therefore I am hardly an expert on what teens should or shouldn't be... Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by Saltypants
Velveteen was a refreshingly dark new take on the afterlife and Reapers. The imagery contrast between this life and the next brought this book to life, or in this case to the... Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by Mindy Stone
In a market flooded with vamps, this book will capture you and not let go!
Fall in love with the dark, creepy, gripping, heartbreaking and yet somehow uplifting story of... Read more
The book is dark, raw and gritty. Exactly what I would expect out of Marks. It also tells a story from two worlds, giving us twice the world-building. Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by Joseph