I read the six The Lying Game books in about 4 days so I'm only reviewing the last one. I read the first two a long time ago but never got to the otheI read the six The Lying Game books in about 4 days so I'm only reviewing the last one. I read the first two a long time ago but never got to the others. I decided to pick them up again after starting the author's new series and not getting into it.
I liked these books and that it didn't skip back and forth between several characters. It was easy to get through. I also enjoyed the characters.
(view spoiler)[I knew in the 4th book that Ethan was the killer. I might have considered it earlier but I kept thinking about the show in the first few books. For a while I thought that maybe Sutton was in a coma or something and not really dead. But, especially by the 5th book, it really was so clear Ethan was the killer. He and Garrett were the only people that had not been suspected and Garrett was way too obvious. Once you run out of characters to suspect, you kind of have to default to the last person. I do wish that not everyone had been a suspect because it would have been less obvious. (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I've had this book for years and just now read it. I didn't realize when I bought it that it wasn't actually written by L.J. Smith and I don't know thI've had this book for years and just now read it. I didn't realize when I bought it that it wasn't actually written by L.J. Smith and I don't know that I would have bought it if I had known. For me, The Secret Circle books are nostalgic and a ghostwritten book doesn't really fit in with that. Being ghostwritten plays a large part in this book.
I felt like I was reading fanfic. All the characters were there but they were all slightly wrong. The characteristics that defined them in the original trilogy were lacking, especially in Diana. The other characters besides Diana, Adam, Faye and Cassie were basically cardboard cutouts to fill space. The new characters also felt like fanfic. It would have only felt more like fanfic if it had been from one of their POVs instead of Cassie's.
The author also seemed to try to mix The Secret Circle book world with the TV world. This book was published after the TV series came out and it seems that it played a huge role in not only the feel of the setting but also the entire witch hunter plot. But the show and the books were vastly different so it doesn't truly fit well with either.
That being said, I didn't hate the story. It was an easy read and I'm interested in where it's going, even if it's predictable. I always wanted to read more of The Secret Circle in hopes that Cassie would dump Adam and go back to Nick and it seems that relationship might happen along the way. I'll probably hunt down used copies of the next ones. If you can look past the circumstances of the book being written, it's entertaining....more
Dancia has a power that she doesn't understand and can't control. When she feels like someone she cares about is threatened, heRead more reviews here!
Dancia has a power that she doesn't understand and can't control. When she feels like someone she cares about is threatened, her power comes out and someone always gets hurts... so she has kept to herself in order to protect those around her. Then, for seemingly no reason, she's recruited by Delcroix Academy, a local private school that seems a million miles away from where she is. Everyone that goes there has a special talent- except Dancia and her new friend Jack. Why do they want her and what would they do to keep her there?
I probably would not have read this book, but I was trying out Overdrive, the library e-book app, and so it was free. I like YA but tend to steer clear of ones that have characters that are 14 or 15. Usually, they tend to read younger and I find it hard to get into them. I was pleasantly surprised by this one, though. Other than a few times, I didn't have a problem with how it read.
It wasn't a hard story to figure out. Because we know from reading the description that Dancia has telekinetic abilities, we know that's why she's at Delcroix even if she doesn't. It more or less is every stereotype of boarding school books- there are no parents to stop them from doing things and there is something going on at the school.
Dancia was pretty typical. She thinks she's on the lower side of average, but everyone else thinks she's super hot and amazing. She even catches the eye of the gorgeous recruiter who is a junior (she's a freshman). I guess I don't mind that these characters are so beautiful that everyone wants them... I just wish there wasn't that falsely modest "I'm so plain. Why would anyone like me?" deal. That annoys me more than anything.
I kind of enjoyed Dancia's friends. They were not they usual goth girl and gay boy. Instead, they were two average girls with perky personalities. I also liked Jack. He was fairly open with Dancia and that doesn't happen much in these books.
Overall, it wasn't a bad book. It was a fairly easy read. I found the story less than thrilling but it wasn't annoying, so it was okay. I don't know that I'd buy the next one and the library app doesn't have it. Maybe I'll find it in book form at the library or will get it on clearance someday. ...more
On the 10 year anniversary of her parents' disappearance, Lorelei notices she's being stalked by her school's loner, Cameron. TRead more reviews here!
On the 10 year anniversary of her parents' disappearance, Lorelei notices she's being stalked by her school's loner, Cameron. There's also a new student, Jared, that has taken an interest in her. Cameron hates Jared and tries to keep her away, but she's drawn to him. There's something different about both boys, though. There's also something different about her.
Death and the Girl Next Door is a typical YA paranormal book. Lorelei is a typical YA heroine who is apparently drop dead gorgeous but thinks she's the most pasty, hideous girl ever. I was really hoping that she wouldn't be like that. Jared is typically the most gorgeous person ever. At least it seems we will be spared the love triangle amongst the main characters... though it looks like one is going to happen with the secondary characters.
There was also supposed to be some secret as to who Jared really was, but it was a weak secret that was poorly kept. Jared kept trying to stop Cameron from spilling the beans, but any of the characters with half a brain could figure it out. The fighting between Cameron and Jared became tiresome, especially when it continued after finding out why Cameron hated Jared and Jared telling what really happened.
The author went with the same theme as her adult book series... Death. It goes further, though, to essentially become an angel book. We get archangels, nephilim, demons, and what is essentially a religious cult. To me, the story became overly complicated.
There were instances of the fun dialogue that Darynda Jones uses in her adult series but it doesn't come up often or stay very long. Lorelei comes off as bland most of the time.
I bought this book because I really like Darynda Jones's adult series. I had hoped that I'd like this one just as much... and I didn't. I didn't dislike it, but I was expecting more and didn't get it. I do want to give it a second chance, though, so I have the next book on pre-order....more
Cookie's friend, Mimi, is missing and Charley isn't the only one looking for her. There are several groups who are alRead more reviews here!
Cookie's friend, Mimi, is missing and Charley isn't the only one looking for her. There are several groups who are also looking for the missing woman and are willing to kill to get to her first. On top of that, Reyes is injured and hiding from her. He won't tell her where his body is and she has to find it before he lets himself die.
Charley is a lot like she was in the first book of the series, but a little less petulant. Even though I liked her in the first book, I found her more likeable in this one. She also seemed more vulnerable with her feelings, especially with her family, even though we got a lot more family back story in the first book.
What I missed in this book that I liked in the first book was her interaction with the departed. While there was some of that in her two side stories, her main case was not a murder but a missing person and any deaths involved with it did not lead to any ghostly encounters.
The secondary characters that were not as developed in book one were more developed in book two. I particularly thought Garrett was well developed. I also liked the development of her family, even though it wasn't all good. The only one that didn't feel all that fleshed out was her stepmother.
As for Reyes... well, I'm still not sure how I feel about him. While Charley sees plenty of outside evidence that he's actually a good person, she doesn't get to experience it first hand. Outside of incorporeal sexy time, he just kept threatening her and anyone she had looking for him. Still, my feelings about Reyes don't hurt my enjoyment of the books.
I liked book two even better than the first one. I don't think I've enjoyed a book series as much as this one in a while. I even went out and bought Darynda Jones's teen book....more
Charley Davidson is a Grim Reaper, PI, and consultant for the Albuquerque PD. She can see and talk to ghosts which makes it easRead more reviews here!
Charley Davidson is a Grim Reaper, PI, and consultant for the Albuquerque PD. She can see and talk to ghosts which makes it easy to solve murders if they can tell you who did it. When her Uncle Bob calls her to the crime scene of a dead lawyer, she gets involved in a case bigger than she expected. She also has been having sex dreams about a guy she met almost 15 years earlier, but they seem like more than dreams and he may be more than human.
One of the blurbs on the back of the book said this book would be for fans of MaryJanice Davidson and Janet Evanovich. Outside of the paranormal romance aspect, I'd say it's not much like MaryJanice Davidson and a lot more like Janet Evanovich. It's a sort-of mystery, but along the same lines as the Stephanie Plum style mystery- less investigating and more falling into dangerous situations.
The character of Charley actually reminded me a lot of Isabel Spellman from The Spellman Files. She had that same immaturity and snarkiness that was funny but could sometimes be annoying. Other than the few times that I felt like slapping her and telling her to grow up, I enjoyed Charley. None of the other characters were particularly developed, but not really one dimensional either. Most of them just weren't in the book much.
Reyes Farrow, the love interest, wasn't actually in the book that much. We hear the story of how they met when Charley was 15 and I was a little turned off by him then. We don't actually see him again until the end. Most of the time, he's there as a shadow and dream sex where she can't even see him. At this moment, I'm not really into him... but I have the next two books and he may grow on me.
Overall, I really liked this book. I happened to buy the next two at the same time as part of a buy 2 get 1 free sale, but if I didn't already have them I would have gone out and bought them. If you like the Stephanie Plum books or the character from The Spellman Files, I would recommend this. It does have some paranormal romance in it as well but, despite being a large part of Charley's life, it's not the biggest part of the book....more
The angels and the demons agree to let one person decide the fate of the world by saving or not saving 7 people... and that perRead more reviews here!
The angels and the demons agree to let one person decide the fate of the world by saving or not saving 7 people... and that person is Jim Heron. When he dies on his job site, he finds out that he is charged with helping 7 people and their deadly sins. The first is Vin DiPietro, a man obsessed with money and what it can buy him.
This is the first book by J. R. Ward that I've read... and I really think it's going to be a while before I read any more. While I didn't think the book was bad, I thought it was boring. The story didn't pick up for me until more than halfway through.
Covet was one of those incredibly serious paranormal romance books. It's actually not my favorite kind. While I don't like my paranormal romance characters to be too silly, I do prefer them to be a little less stiff and serious.
I also thought some of the language was weird. Maybe a lot of phrases or words are regional, but to me they sounded old-fashioned. The one in particular that I remember is referring to the face as the puss. Jim was 40 as I think Vin was, too. Marie-Terese was in her early 30s. It just didn't work for me.
Speaking of characters, I just didn't feel them. I was not invested in their lives or what might happen to them as the story progressed. The only character I cared about was Dog. I have a fear of animals in books because there is a chance they might die. While this book was paranormal romance, it wasn't the kind where I knew the animal wouldn't die.
The romance wasn't interesting to me. In fact, it actually made the story less interesting. Jim didn't have to do any convincing to get Vin on the right path. There were no internal obstacles to saving Vin's soul. Vin sees Marie-Terese and it's love at first sight. He's willing to give up everything right there. There is only slightly more resistance on Marie-Terese's part... but the book takes place over 3 or 4 days so she didn't do much resisting.
The external obstacles were kind of lame as well. We don't even get to see the demons go after Vin. It's over so quickly.
Overall, I didn't dislike Covet but I don't feel inclined to read any more of this series. I have one other book by J. R. Ward that's part of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but I don't think I'm going to read it any time soon....more
Daire lives on the road, going from movie set to movie set with her makeup artist mother. She's been having visions and time stops for a while but, whDaire lives on the road, going from movie set to movie set with her makeup artist mother. She's been having visions and time stops for a while but, when she turns 16, they become bad enough for her to accidentally attack the movie star she was with. Then the grandmother she never knew contacts her mother and convinces her to send Daire. There Daire learns about her heritage, who her enemies are, and how it's related to the dream-love-of-her-life.
I made it a little more than halfway through... maybe it gets better but I don't care anymore. I've been working on this book for over a month (even though I only added it to my Goodreads this past week) and I just can't do it anymore.
I actually don't have any problem with Alyson Noel's writing. Even though I didn't finish the series, I kind of enjoyed reading the Immortals series. The writing in this book was also easy. I just found it so boring. I would only make it through a few pages of talking or a monologue by the grandmother and I'd quit in favor of playing Sudoku on my phone.
I can't really talk about the story other than it's a very basic one that moves along at a glacial pace. I don't plan to try to finish this book, so I definitely won't be buying more in the series....more
Wendy Everly's mother tried to kill her when she was six. Since then, she has been living a very bratty life with herRead more reviews here!
Wendy Everly's mother tried to kill her when she was six. Since then, she has been living a very bratty life with her aunt and brother. They move from town to town because Wendy just can't keep herself from getting kicked out of school. At her new school, she finds that some guy is constantly staring at her. She finally confronts him and he doesn't deny it. It also seems to open the door for him to tell her that she is actually a changeling.
Finn tells her that she is actually a Trylle, or troll, and was switched at birth with a human baby. Wendy, whose mother always said that she wasn't her real baby, pretty easily accepts this but doesn't want to leave her aunt and brother. She's attacked, though, so she decides she has to for the sake of her family. She arrives in the gated community that houses the Trylle to find that she is actually the princess of the Trylle.
The Trylle Trilogy was originally self-published but was picked up by St. Martin's Griffin. I have the version published by St. Martin's and it contains a short story. The concept of this book was kind of interesting. I don't think I've read a book about trolls. Truthfully, though, the book was a lot less interesting than the idea of it. The basics were there, but I don't really think it was delivered well. The book touched on the politics of the Trylle, but didn't really go into it. A romance was talked about, but was so weak it was barely there. And everyone is kind of awful.
Wendy is a brat. The author tries to explain the fact that she's so awful that she keep getting kicked out of school by saying the Trylle have a hard time dealing with humans, but she is really just a pain in the ass. She's also incredibly passive with all the other Trylle. Finn keeps her in the dark about just about everything and she puts up with it. The Queen, her birth mother, is a huge bitch who is constantly criticizing her and she puts up with it. There was nothing good about Wendy.
There was also nothing good about the "romance" between Wendy and Finn. Finn started out creepily staring at her from afar. Then they were at a dance where he asked her to dance then acted like an asshole. Finally, when she accepted the truth about herself, he treated her like a job. Still, Wendy keeps saying that she gets a excited when she sees him and that sometimes he looks at her. Then, suddenly, they have some forbidden love because she's a princess and he's a lowly tracker.
Overall, I didn't care for the book. I actually enjoy the author's writing, though and she has several other books that I may try out, but I just didn't like this one. I didn't even read the short story at the end. I enjoyed the end and I've heard the next book is better, but I don't see myself getting it any time soon....more
Julia was in car accident that killed her best friend and she has been barely living with that for the last six months. Then shRead more reviews here!
Julia was in car accident that killed her best friend and she has been barely living with that for the last six months. Then she "meets" Evan, the popular guy she's never talked to before but has suddenly taken an interest in her. Everyone who knows him says that he's acting differently since he disappeared a week earlier, but Julia is flattered by the attention. As she's becoming involved, the police show up looking for him. Instead of turning him in, she protects him and he offers her a way to see her dead best friend... but she is unprepared for where she ends up.
The author doesn't really make it clear about what the book's about until halfway through... however the prologue should give a big clue. By the cover- the reason I picked this one to read- it looks like it's about ghosts or some other paranormal entity. It's not. The cover does not in any way reflect what the book is ultimately about.
Actually, the book kind of felt like two different books put together. The first half was like a regular "girl meets boy with a dash of paranormal" story. This part was slow, with Julia slowly coming out of her depression and worrying about school and Evan's sudden interest. At this point I was suspecting where it was going to go but it wasn't advancing much. The second half was a dystopian story with nothing but action and a sudden love triangle. I did think this part was far more interesting, but also provided most of my hate for Julia.
And that brings me to Julia, who I don't think I can fully rant about without some spoilers...
(view spoiler)[What progresses this story is Julia's stupidity and failure to think before blindly following someone she's known for a week. At first Julia was fine but, at the halfway point, she becomes the most stupid girl on the planet. She knows that Evan is different than he was before. Everyone else knows that he's different. Then the police show up looking for him. Instead of turning him in like she should have, she lies and then goes to meet him when he calls. She inadvertently runs into the girl that was his girlfriend and she says that the police are saying there are two of Evan. While this is kind of weird, it should have let Julia know that something was wrong... yet she goes back to him and follows him when he tells her that she can see her dead best friend. She doesn't ask questions. Instead, because the police are coming, she just goes with it. Then, when she is captured and basically going to be put to death after being pumped for information about her world, she just can't hate Evan because he feels guilty. She can't even be mad at him. She feels bad for him for feeling guilty and absolves him of any responsibility. It doesn't matter that her execution and an invasion into her world is a direct result of Evan's selfishness and carelessness.
That brings us to the love triangle. While Julia lived through the car accident in her world, the Julia of Evan's died. He was her long-time boyfriend and just couldn't let go so he stole the gadget that would cross into an alternate world to get the living Julia. Julia says several times that she knows that he doesn't love her and only sees the other Julia, yet she keeps acting like it's real. Then she meets Reece, the other part of the triangle, and it's the same thing. Julia is so pathetically desperate for their love anyway that she accepts the love meant for someone else. Every one of them kept claiming they knew that Julia was not the Julia that died but none of them acted like it. (hide spoiler)]
As a rule, I don't like these types of books. On top of that, I just couldn't get past the problem of Julia and her overwhelming stupidity. The book was an easy read, but dragged a lot in the first half. I actually stopped reading for several days just because it wasn't that interesting. While it picked up in the second half, it just wasn't enough to change how I felt about it. It ended with the setup for the next book, but I have no desire to read it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Charlotte gets pushed in front of an oncoming subway train... and wakes up in a hotel lobby. Nancy tells her that she is dead,Read more reviews here!
Charlotte gets pushed in front of an oncoming subway train... and wakes up in a hotel lobby. Nancy tells her that she is dead, but is in limbo until she finds out who killed her. Then she will get a key to the Big Red Door and can move on. But never fear. Nancy started the Dead Girls Detective Agency to help new dead kids find their killers. So Charlotte, along with Nancy, Lorna and Tess, investigate- starting with her boyfriend and the bitchy cheerleaders who are after him.
I think the idea for this book is cute. The thing about it was that it seemed like it would be a better Disney Channel movie or series than a book. I say this because a lot of what happened would have been better visually than it was on paper- specifically the killer. It probably wouldn't have seemed so random otherwise.
As for Charlotte... well, I didn't like her much. I'm tired of these pretentious characters who think they're better than everyone else that's not like them then cry because they're outcasts. She seems to only grudgingly admit that she likes Lorna because Lorna dares to have different interests and thoughts than her. I'm also tired of the "I liked it before it was cool" thing. Outside of this, she didn't have much else going on besides obsessing over her boyfriend. While she claims that she's not the kind of girl that only talks about her boyfriend, she kind of is. Again, I think that Charlotte might have been more likeable if it had been a movie rather than a book. I can only hope that any other books (because it seemed like there would be more) are not from Charlotte's point of view.
The rest of the characters were kind of bland. Tess might have been the only one that had any real depth to her, but much of her time was spent being a bitch. Edison, the new potential love interest, was supposed to be a bad boy but wasn't really.
I also have a nit-picky complaint, but I guess it leads to a bigger issue. Near the beginning, when Charlotte is talking about David, she mentions that both she and David knew about Hole before Jennifer's Body. At first, I was confused because Hole was from my teen years and Jennifer's Body wasn't even a huge song. But then I remembered the movie. Still, it seemed like it was old enough that it was also not a good reference. I was actually bothered by this enough to look up Jennifer's Body, which came out in 2009. These characters would have been 12. And, while Jennifer's Body is also a title of a Hole song, that song wasn't even in the movie (Violet was). I guess the bigger issue is that I don't feel like the author necessarily has a good grasp on what a teen would actually be in to now.
Despite the fact that it seems like I don't like this book at all, I didn't hate it. It was a quick and fluffy read with plenty of enjoyable moments. I don't know that I'd rush out for any other books if this turns out to be a series, but I'd probably eventually try to get them on sale....more
At the end of the school year, Camelia was saved from being run over by Ben. He disappeared before she could thank himRead more reviews here!
At the end of the school year, Camelia was saved from being run over by Ben. He disappeared before she could thank him and it has been on her mind ever since. When the new school year starts, he's there but he pretends that he's never seen her before. He refuses to even speak to her, despite the fact that they are lab partners. Then he has a miraculous turn around and tells her that she's in danger. Camelia is being stalked by someone who is getting more disturbing as time goes on. But is she in danger from him? There is a rumor that he killed his ex-girlfriend but got off on lack of evidence.
I am torn about Deadly Little Secret. I think the story itself was actually an interesting concept, but the execution wasn't wonderful. I liked the fact that the stalker had chapters from his point of view. I also wasn't 100% sure who it was until it was revealed, which was nice. The biggest problem for me was the characters.
I didn't hate Camelia, but she became increasingly stupid through the book. By the time she met her stalker, I didn't even feel bad for her. It's one thing if you don't involve your parents in your secret supernatural life, but if you have a stalker that ultimately threatens to kill you then you tell them. And this is where the parents fail as parents... they are too involved in their own problems to bother to talk to their daughter. Still, if your life is in danger, it trumps your mother's sister problems. The only time that I didn't think she was stupid was when she was actually in danger... I liked that part actually.
Ben was really weak- both as a character and as a love interest. He was like a really faded Edward. I hate being forced to make Twilight comparisons, but this book had at least two scenes and a couple general things that screamed "I got this from Twilight." Ben saves Camelia from being hit by a car in the parking lot at school. They are lab partners in Chemistry class, but he won't even look at her until he suddenly has a miraculous turn-around and is really interested in her. He is constantly lurking around her house. He is reluctant to get involved with her because he might hurt her. But Ben isn't even as interesting as Edward despite the "Did he or didn't he kill his ex?" question hanging over him. It was also never really clear if he was actually interested in Camelia or he just wanted to save her life.
The minor characters- Kimmie, Wes and her parents- were all a bunch of assholes. There is actually a point after Kimmie and Wes know that Camelia is being stalked that they complain that she's not thinking about their lives enough. Her parents basically ignore her because her mom is so upset that he sister is in the hospital that she won't get out of bed and her father can only hover over her mother.
I am not quite sure about how I really feel about Deadly Little Secret. I enjoyed the actual writing, but feel like the whole book progresses because of Camelia's stupidity. If she had handled being stalked in a sane and smart way, we wouldn't have most of this book. The touch aspect didn't really do much for the book except to push Ben into her life and give information off-screen for her to be saved. The more I think about the book, though, the more I feel it's below average....more
Iolanthe, or Io, is an aspiring photographer who is visiting her cousin in Austria. She meets Imogen at the Goth Faire that hasRead more reviews here!
Iolanthe, or Io, is an aspiring photographer who is visiting her cousin in Austria. She meets Imogen at the Goth Faire that has been part of a few other Dark Ones books and wants to take pictures of her against the backdrop of the haunted woods in the area. Imogen refuses on the grounds that her father died there, so Io goes alone. While there, she sees a swirly mist and falls into it.
When she wakes up, she's 300 years in the past. She meets Nikola, Imogen's father, right before he is killed by his half-brothers. As Io spends time with him, she realizes that she has to save him- regardless of what might happen to the future
What I like about the Dark Ones books is that they aren't as intricately wrapped together as the dragon books. For the most part, they can stand alone or in two or three books. A Tale of Two Vampires makes sense as a stand alone book but, to get all the references from other people, I'd suggest reading Confessions of a Vampire's Girlfriend and In the Company of Vampires which is the story of Nikola's son and takes place first in the world's timeline.
What I liked about this book in particular is that, because it took place 300 years in the past and had a Dark One that was not versed in all things Dark Ones, we were not subjected to constant talk of Beloveds. Of course, as someone who has read all the other ones, I knew what was going on. Still, I liked that Nikola wasn't all angsty about getting his soul back because of Io. They don't find any of this stuff out until much later.
Io isn't much different from any other Katie MacAlister character. The voice is the same and the penchant for odd exclamatory phrases is the same. Sometimes, I find it trying when there was constant banter for pages, but otherwise I like the lightness of the characters.
Basically, if you like Katie MacAlister's Dark Ones books, then you'll like this one....more
Ok. Read the description... then completely disregard it because that's not the book you're getting. While the book starts outRead more reviews here!
Ok. Read the description... then completely disregard it because that's not the book you're getting. While the book starts out being exactly as described, Velvet then leaves her murderer's home to go back to purgatory where a revolution is starting. Someone is capturing souls in the daylight, or the living world, and that sets off shadowquakes in purgatory. It's up to Velvet and her salvage team to capture the bad guy and release the trapped souls.
On their first mission of the book, the soul released is Nick. Nick is a jock type and Velvet is a goth girl... and even a dead goth gets to be judgmental about someone more mainstream. Still, she finds herself attracted to him. Nick is also marked for salvage and is put on her team, so we are subjected to a lot of bitching and moaning from Velvet about her feelings. There are bigger fish to fry, though, and Velvet has to find the person responsible for the revolution and stop him.
I am insanely disappointed that this book was not as described. I bought it because that description was so interesting and unique. Instead, it was kind of a jumble of teen angst and politics. If you read the afterward, the author says that he originally had a different story with a serial killer that his niece said was too morbid for the age group but he wanted to use part of the idea still and that's how Velveteen came about. For me, that partly explains why the book had way too many different things crammed into it. The heart of the story, though, was the revolution in dystopian-like purgatory.
For a book that was really about political unrest and the girl that had to stop it, with the end of the book implying there is more to come, there is a lot of relationship whining. Velvet herself was not particularly likeable, though that's how she was supposed to come off. Nick was kind of a muted cocky jock. We're told that Nick is super hot and knows it... yet he follows Velvet around like a lost dog despite her bitchiness. Velvet, for her part, feels attracted to Nick but constantly does this whole push/pull thing with enough asshole behavior that I kind of think Nick is stupid to like her back.
As for the bad guy... well I knew who it was as soon as Velvet got any information about it.
I enjoyed the author's writing. The way he described things was interesting and done with an uncommon vocabulary. There were actually a few words that I had to look up (luckily I was reading on the Kindle and had that built-in dictionary) and that rarely happens. The world building wasn't the best because, for all the description, I never had a clear view of purgatory. I was also disappointed in the background-ness of the other members of the salvage team.
Overall, it was a decent book that just had too much shoved into it. I liked the author's writing but it may not be for everyone, so I'd suggest reading some of it before buying it. Goodreads already lists an upcoming 2nd and 3rd book, and I'll probably read them despite the fact that I just don't see any surprises coming in the political atmosphere of the book.
Just don't expect to read the book in the description....more