It’s not that I don’t like vampires. It’s when the plot is tired or badly written that I have a problem—and that goes for any genre/trope). So, while I admit I read all of the Twilight books, and enjoyed the Vampire Diaries more because because it had plot and grammar going for it, I was never a huge "vampire fan."
As for Velvet... it's in a whole new arena. Oh my god, I loved this book. The premise pulled me in immediately, and kept me turning pages from start to finish! There are 4 specific scenes that I just love more than words: one is how the story starts, the end of chapter 4 after a party, another involves zooming around a library (how cool is that?!), and the last is a really intense scene (which is partially shown in this book trailer)—but I actually prefer the conversation that takes place in the kitchen before. If you like vampires but want something different (e.g. there's actually science in this explanation), this book is for you!
A few caveats (which is why this book isn't a ✯✯✯✯✯✯): there are definitely tropes in this story, and the main girl Caitlin can get whiny (and does a few stupid things that just make matters worse). But she wasn't that bad comparing to a few other people (e.g. Bella Swan and even Elena Gilbert after a while), and her whining was at least based on valid complaints—I know I would definitely have as many (if not more) issues with some of the rules that come with Adrian's family.
Even with those two (sometimes very annoying issues), I found this book addicting. I can't wait for the next book in the Velvet trilogy: Cashmere. Subscribe on Temple West's site (bottom of page) to be notified when the sequel comes out.
About the Book
Series: Velvet, 1
Author: Temple West
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
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?
About Book 2: Cashmere
Series: Velvet, 2
Author: Temple West
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Medias Res Publications
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
This high-stakes sequel to Velvet proves that when you’re the only human caught in a paranormal war, high school can get a little tricky. With Adrian’s brother trapped in hell, the Praetorian Guard has made Stony Creek their base-of-operations, but Caitlin has a bad feeling they’re more interested in her than in finding Lucian. Caught in a sea of conspiracies and lies, Caitlin and Adrian perform a risky magical procedure in an attempt to protect Caitlin from compulsion.
Relieved that her nightmares have ended, Caitlin is disturbed to find that something even stranger has taken their place.
Determined to get on with her life, even amid a crazy paranormal manhunt, she applies for a competitive summer fashion internship in New York. Searching desperately for answers about what Caitlin might be, how Adrian’s father is involved, and where Lucian has been kidnapped to, Caitlin and Adrian must rely on each other to survive. But when the truth finally comes to light, the consequences are unimaginable.
And the question still haunts them both: even if they survive, how will they deal with the fact that Adrian is immortal and Caitlin is not?
About the Author
The 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 but tends to wander from city to city like the gypsy she is.
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I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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