Monday, May 7, 2012

Early Review of Velveteen by Daniel Marks

From Goodreads:
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.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen's obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she's willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

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. 

I was a little skeptical about Mark Henry AKA Daniel Marks writing a YA book, For those of you who don't know I'm a huge fan of his Adult series called The Amanda Feral Series. I love his sense of Humor and all his gory details and wasn't sure how that would play out in a YA book. I gotta say He knocked this one out of the park! An absolutely wicked, gory tale that I couldn't put down!
 Velvet was the victim of a serial killer named Ron Simanski or Bonesaw and unfortunately instead going into the light and spending her afterlife in a wonderful place her soul wound up in Purgatory. Every soul in Purgatory has a job, whether your a collector or on the salvage team like Velvet. Velvet's job is to search and rescue wayward souls and always in the back of her mind is getting revenge on the madman who took her life. Some souls in Purgatory can go to the daylight (the living world) and Velvet happens to be one of them. On rare occasions when she's able to sneak off to Daylight she haunts Bonesaw, leaving his home in ruin or trying to help rescue his next victim. 
When a new team member is brought in, Velvet has a hard time keeping up her image of being the hard ass, the one who's job comes first. Little does she know this new Member of her team might be her saving grace. 
Velvet was an amazing character, I love her attitude and some of the pranks she played on Bonesaw had me laughing out loud. In my opinion Mark Henry did a seamless job of transferring his writing style to the YA world. This is a must read! Fantastic Cover!
Favorite Quotes:
"She'd never been a Religiou girl, and she still wasn't. Until there was proof that anything existed beyond Purgatory, Velvet would simply do her job- Salvage souls that didn't have any business in the Daylight, and that would be that."

"Quentin clamped a rotten hand across the fortune-tellers mouth. It settled there with a sickening sucking sound, and the Women's eyes swelled. Velvet was certain Madame Despot had just taken a mouthful of pus, or soething likewise gross."
Preorder your copy today, Release day is October 9th 2012!

Find Daniel Marks here,

I can't wait to meet this guy at AAD!


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