Review “Velveteen” by Daniel Marks

Title: Velveteen
Author: Daniel Marks
Publication Date: October, 19, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Source: Netgalley

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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.

There are many wonderful elements put forth in Velveteen by Daniel Marks. He skillfully creates an entirely different world, the world after death, the world of Purgatory. The description of Purgatory was very vivid and Daniel Marks creates such a wonderful image for the reader. There are vast amounts of souls trapped in Purgatory each one of them having a different role in their society and within the novel. There are so many new things that Marks created within the covers on this book and it feels like you are reading about life in another realm, a fully developed other world, than in Purgatory.
Velvet leads two dual lives in her death; one involves haunting the man that brutally murdered her and the other rescuing souls from captivity in the Daylight, or the living world. When these two worlds are suddenly collided with each other at the end of the novel I thought Marks play it out all wonderfully!
The novel was full of life, adventure, trials, and even a forbidden romance. Romance in Purgatory, who knew! The friendship and relationship that builds between Velvet and Nick, though a bit fast paced, was perfect.
One of the things that I noticed about Velveteen was its ability to pull the same emotions from me that The Lovely Bones did. As I was reading I felt this whole in my chest building as we learned more and more about how Velvet was murdered.
Overall I felt that this story was a wonderful tale about a (dead) girl trying to find her place in Purgatory and herself come to terms with her death. I would recommend it to others and I think it definitely deserves four stars!