Author: Temple West
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Format: Paperback, 416 Pages
ISBN-10: 1250057086 (MacTeen)
ISBN-13: 978-1250057082 (MacTeen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don’t fall in love.
After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.
Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?
Quick & Dirty: Entertaining YA paranormal story with relatable characters, suspenseful plot, and amazing romance. The beginning was a little rough for me but overall this was an amazing read and I would highly recommend it!
Opening Sentence: “By the suits and ties of Tim Gunn, I swear I will hunt you down and eat you for breakfast.”
Four days ago Caitlin Holte’s entire world was basically destroyed. Her very loving mother died from a long struggle with cancer and this left Caitlin an orphan since her father died when she was only five years old. She has been sent to live with her aunt and uncle whom she has never met. They live on a ranch in a tiny town called Stony Creek. This isn’t home for Caitlin and no matter how much her aunt tries to comfort her it doesn’t help. All Caitlin has to do is get through the next two years of high school and then she can move to New York City and fulfill her dreams of being a fashion designer! But Caitlin’s life is about to get even more complicated.
After being in Stony Creek for only two days she manages to attract the attention of a demon and a gorgeous half demon-vampire saves her life. It turns out that Caitlin now needs to be protected from the demon and her hot vampire neighbor, Adrian, appoints himself as her bodyguard. To make things simpler they decide that they should pretend to be dating, but soon Caitlin finds herself falling for Adrian for real. It is forbidden for vampires and humans to be together, but Caitlin can’t help that Adrian seems to be the only thing that brightens her otherwise dark days!
At first Caitlin is a very frustrating character. She is in a lot of pain from the loss of her mother and it has turned her into a bitter person. She doesn’t care about anyone or anything and while I could sympathize with her situation, her negative attitude made it hard to form a connection with her. But as the story progresses and she gets out of her slump I started to really like her. She turns out to be a really sweet, witty girl with great ambition. She actually has a really big heart and it has been crushed so many times that she wanted to give up, but in the end she realizes that’s not what her mother would want. While I didn’t love her at the beginning, I do think her reaction to her mother’s death was very authentic and it made her a much more realistic character. In the end, I loved her character and I can’t wait to read more of her story!
Adrian is one of those guys you can’t help but fall madly in love with. He is the quiet brooding type that pretty much stays away from everyone. Because he is a vampire there are rules he has to follow when it comes to interacting with humans. Basically he isn’t allowed to form any type of attachments to humans and the only way he has been able to do this is by crafting a wall around himself that keeps everyone out. Underneath that wall is a sweet, gorgeous guy that is a total nerd at heart! He is funny, charming, loyal, and so easy to like. His relationship with Caitlin is adorable! It is very hot and cold because of the whole vampires can’t be with humans rule, but I loved every minute of it! Adrian quickly burrowed his way into my heart and I can easily see him becoming one of my favorite book boys!
Velvet is a fun, unique paranormal read with interesting characters, wonderful romance, and great action. The beginning of the story was a little rough for me and it took a while for me to get into the story. But once things picked up, I couldn’t put the book down. I will say that there are some undeniable similarities to Twilight. Like the fact that the main character is new to town and happens to be the only girl to ever attract the attention of the gorgeous aloof boy who is a vampire. But really that’s where the similarities stop. West put her own unique spin on vampires and I found the world she created very fascinating. The romance was written really well, and I enjoyed getting to know all the different characters. The plot was intriguing and besides the rough start this was an extremely entertaining read. I was a little worried when I finished the book because I didn’t know if it was going to be a series and while things were wrapped up pretty well at the end, I was still left with tons of unanswered questions. Luckily this is going to be a series and I am really excited to see what happens in the next book. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a great YA paranormal story!
He searched my eyes for a moment, then leaned down, hovering half a centimeter away, giving me the chance to pull back.
But I didn’t.
So he kissed me.
Even while it was happening, I wondered if I could count this as my first “real” kiss—because in the end, it wasn’t really real. It was soft and slow and perfect and it sucked because I wanted this, but not like this.
FTC Advisory: Swoon Romance/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Velvet. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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