Publication: May 12th 2015 by Swoon Reads
“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?”
When I seen the cover of Velvet, I fell in love with it. It’s so insanely pretty! I didn’t read the synopsis so when I found out Velvet was about vampires, I was a little disappointed. I’m not a fan of vampires with the exception of the Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa. I started Velvet very hesitantly and got one of the big surprises in a long while. I loved Velvet way more then I could have even hoped.
Right from the first few pages, I really got caught up in this book. There was so much snark and humor right away and I definitely wasn’t expecting that.
I was really unsure about the whole “Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend” thing. I’m not a fan of when YA male characters thing it’s their job to “protect” girls. It gets on my nerves like crazy. But, after a few chapters, Temple’s writing was able to turn something that I thought I would hate into something was was more of a humorous aspect of this book. I think Montana at The Book Belles said it was like a rom-com and that’s a perfect way of putting it.
I spent a good part of this book laughing. I was holed up in my room giggling at all the crazy things that Caitlin and Adrian were doing and the things that happened to them. The most insane thing about this book is that it has more of a contemporary feel to it than a supernatural one. I felt like a was reading a really cute, fun contemporary.
Overall, this book is crazy good. I enjoyed it so much and I had a great time reading it. The writing style is so great and I loved the execution of the plot. If you’re looking for a really fun YA, Velvet is definitely a good you want to check out.
A finished copy of Velvet by Temple West!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Temple West, debut author of the YA paranormal romance Velvet, is as nerdy in real life as she is on the Twitter. Armed with a very shiny English degree, she spent four months in Oxford holed up at the Radcliffe Camera amongst the hush of ancient books and the rich musk of academia. Returning to Los Angeles, she acquired a concurrent degree in film, mostly as an excuse to write essays about The Princess Bride and Hook. She can sew (poorly), drive stick (please fasten your seatbelt), and mostly lift her feet off the ground while stuttering into first gear on a very small motorcycle. She currently lives in Seattle and is the proud mother to a one-year-old laptop and a vintage Remington typewriter.
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