Review: Velveteen by Daniel Marks


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.

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.
With a gothic looking cover and this blurb which promises me a story of pure brutal revenge I went into this book expecting something amazing and actually I was quite disappointed in the end. This book was not the brutal revenge story I expected, the parts with Bonesaw were my favorite bits but all of the stuff about trouble in purgatory was actually very boring for me. It was so fluffy and predictable and not at all what I was expecting.

As well as that, this book has all the frustrations of a typical cliche YA romance. We have loads of stuff happening. Nick was an intriguing character to start with but I soon realised that he was put there as a love interest after the first ten times of Velvet describing just how hot or smoldering he was. It got annoying, I also didn't care for any of the other characters and to be honest I can barely remember any of their names. 

I did really enjoy the creepy bits where Velveteen was talking about her past with Bonesaw, it was chilling and I really looked forward to these bits but unfortunately the rest of the book seriously disappointed me. I would have loved it if it was all the Bonesaw stuff because to be honest the purgatory stuff was boring and confusing. 

Book released 9th October 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ARC received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (eBook)

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