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Velveteen by Daniel Marks

Monday, October 8, 2012
SYNOPSIS: Readers of Carrie Ryan and Richelle Mead will love this dark revenge fantasy.
At sixteen, Velveteen Monroe was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that's not the problem. The problem is she landed in the City of the Dead. And while it's not a fiery inferno, it's certainly no heaven either. Grey, ashen and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do there. Which doesn't leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind. Bonesaw.
Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment he 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 could actually crack the foundation of her new world, not to mention jeopardize 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.

REVIEW: Daniel Marks brings fantasy novels to a whole new level with Velveteen, one that keeps you begging for more. Velveteen, a girl brutally murdered, is forced to spend her days in a place neither heaven nor hell. Bent on revenge against the man who sent her there, Velveteen spends her days plotting to make him pay. While she battles with her inner demons and trying to forget the details of her death the last thing she expected was the fate of the ‘world’ she now resides in was in her hands. When an uprising comes into light, Velveteen discovers that she is the one with the power to stop it. This book was a terrific read, and I couldn’t put it down. While it was dark and menacing with a serial killer in the hindsight, Daniel Marks does a fantastic job bringing in humor and love in to the story. Providing the perfect balance to the darkness that enfolds into this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and only hope that there will be another one to follow, or two or three. Velveteen was unlike any book I would normally read and it captivated me from the very first sentence straight to the very last one.
Reviewed by: BRANDY
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