Review: Velveteen by Daniel Marks
by: Daniel Marks
Publication Date: Oct. 9, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Genre: Fantasy/ Paranormal
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed from e-Library
Page Count: 464 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3/5 stars
I gave this book 3/5 stars on GR. I liked it ok, but not enough to say, "Wow, that book was amazing!" Don't get me wrong- the idea behind it was really neat.
Velvet, the main character, is dead and living in Purgatory. There, she is part of the 'Salvage' team, where they are to salvage souls who need to be brought down to Purgatory from the land of the living. However, Velvet's murder was quite grisly and violent. Therefore, she breaks the rules (therefore endangering her soul) and goes back to haunt her killer.
Her 57th soul save, happens to be Nick- tall, athletic, good-looking. Velvet is immediately attracted to him. What starts out as primal lust turns into something more for the two. Nick's character was fun to read because he goes from freaking out one minute (upon finding out he's dead) to all of a sudden playing it cool and handling it like a pro.
Nick and Velvet's relationship and how their characters interacted with each other is really the main reason I kept reading. Velvet is sassy and bitchy, where Nick is more laid back and mellow. They ended up really working together, and I like how Velvet realized just how much she actually needed Nick in her life.
This book is classified as YA paranormal and alot of people really liked it, but it just didn't do it for me. I felt like alot of pages dragged on before we got to any real plot development/action.