Velveteen by Daniel Marks
Release Date: October 9, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Much like Anna Dressed in Blood, this is a tricky book to review. To try to get past that, I’ve broken this review up into two easy-to-read sections, just like I did in my review of ADiB. Can you let me know what you think of this format? I received some positive feedback on that first review, and if enough people like reading my reviews like this then I’ll do it more often.
Things I Liked:
- Velvet. She was snarky, bitchy and a little hot-headed and I loved her for it.
- The original setting. The whole purgatory thing was intriguing, and I loved the idea of their being a place for all the ‘rejected’ souls to go. I wish we had been able to explore it a bit more, though.
- Daniel Marks’s writing style. I’m not sure if I need to elaborate or not, but I will anyway. The writing style was sophisticated, engrossing, and pretty much totally awesome. I wasn’t a MASSIVE fan of this book, in the sense that I’m not going around fangirling about it, but I will definitely be picking up other things that Danny comes out with because his writing was something that I loved.
- Third person point of view. I get sick of first person quite easily, since I read so much of it in YA nowadays. While I think Velvet’s voice would have been great in first, third person really worked with the story and Danny’s writing style. Fabulous.
Things I Didn’t Like:
- The unexpected lack of focus on Bonesaw. I wanted more mass murderers and less ghostly antics, to be honest. I know, what was I expecting in a book about purgatory, right? But I admit I don’t like reading synopses about books I’m going to read, and so I honestly thought there would be more torturing and evilness, like there is in Kimberly Derting’s Body Finder series.
- Nick and the romance in general. He was boring, and the romance was a little instantaneous. That said, I liked Velvet’s approach to it. Again, Velvet is awesome.
- Confusing beginning. This may have been because I haven’t been getting enough sleep/I’m sick/there’s been family drama, but the beginning of the novel really confused me and I don’t know why. I just had no idea what was going on, and this makes me feel really stupid, but it’s true.
Overall, it was a good book. Nothing amazing, and the only things that stood out to me were the main character, Velvet *swoons*, and the writing. I’m undecided on whether or not I’ll be reading the sequels. Time will tell. But lots of other people loved it, so give it a go if it sounds like your kind of thing. Especially as it’s Halloween tomorrow!