Velveteen by Daniel Marks

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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.

Bonesaw.

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. 
 

About Daniel Marks

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DANIEL MARKS was a psychotherapist for 12 years before he decided to write full-time. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, with his wife.
 
Published October 9, 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 466 pages
Genres: Romance, Horror, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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In general, the worldbuilding leaves a distracting number of questions unanswered: Against what kind of government are the Departurists rebelling, and why is a rule breaker like Velvet immediately certain they're wrong?

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and the prose was occasionally overblown along the lines of: “The sight of them triggered the edge of a faint memory that vaporized like a puff of dust from a fallen hollow acorn husk before she could get ahold of it.” If it ever gets turned into a show for the CW, I’ll totally watch it—while th...

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Teen readers will fall in love with Velvet’s persistance and snark, while adult readers who enjoy great young adult books will love the gore and nuance of society building and quests for right vs.

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Portland Book Review

Velvet dedicates her afterlife to “salvaging” souls trapped in crystal balls by those dabbling in dark arts and illegally haunting her killer in attempt to save his most recent victim, but things in Purgatory aren’t going well.

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Alice Marvels

Velveteen‘s richly detailed story will suck you in, no matter how disturbed, grossed out, or awestruck you are by its darker plot points.

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Alice Marvels

Velvet has never been a fan of rules, so it’s no surprise that she crosses over in secret on a quest to stop Bonesaw, her killer, from living to torture and maim another day.

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