Author: Daniel Marks
Published: October 9th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Description: 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.
I Give This ...
When this was first came to my attention I was excited about it. The cover, title and description just absolutely grabbed me. Sadly, it did not live up to the high expectations that I had placed upon it.
The high point of the book is Velveteen herself. I like her personality. She's a little bit snarky, but has just enough pull that you can tell she's the leader of her little group. They trust her and respect her. She gets thing done. It seems a lot of people in the book are sit back and let someone else do the work. And at lot of that delegation gets past on to her. She's ok with it because it keeps her mind off of Bonesaw.
Now maybe her group shouldn't trust her because she's breaking a lot of rules. But, the truth is that her dealings with her killer are the best part of the story. It's what I wanted out of this book. They just don't happen nearly enough. From the description, it sounds like it should be the focus of the story. It's not, and I found that very deceiving. I'm not a big fan when the book is nothing like the description.
The story is mostly about what is happening in Purgatory. And that is were the trouble with this story lies. This world is absolutely maddening. Half the time it didn't make sense. The other half the time I just didn't care. I wanted to get back to how she was tormenting Bonesaw.
I'm not sure I care enough to read the next one. We will see though.