Saturday, May 11, 2013

Velveteen by Daniel Marks

Title: Velveteen
Author: Daniel Marks
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult (Recommended for older teens.)
Genre: Horror
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A dark, macabre, delicious treat, Velveteen was a scary, thought-provoking tale that haunted me--and had me constantly laughing or cringing--it was absolutely beautiful!

Velvet is a ghost, hell-bent on revenge--having died young at the hands of a twisted, psychopathic killer. Stuck in purgatory, head of a ghost squad, she sneaks away to try and thwart her killer's repeat performances, all the while trying to keep busy. Once in purgatory, she meets Nick, and learns to love again--along the way trying to solve a mystery that happened long before her time.

What I enjoyed:
-Velvet and her kickass attitude--despite her brashness, I still sympathized with her
-Nick, and the way he prompted Velvet to open up again
-The rest of Velvet's team
-Manny
-The beautiful prose
-The mystery that wasn't solved completely until the last ten pages of the novel
-The mythology of it
-The humor, dark and funny

What I didn't enjoy:
-At times it was a little confusing and hard to follow along
-It was incredibly graphic at points (Read at your own risk!)
-Isadora and her team
-Bonesaw

I really, really loved Velveteen. If you guys want anything spooky, scary, or darkly funny, pick it up--it was an absolute treat and I loved it! More please, Daniel, please! (P.S.: There's a story in Kiss Me Deadly by Trisha Telep that features Velvet and Nick. <3) Next on deck: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo!

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