Monday, June 29, 2015

Review: Velvet by Temple West

Title: Velvet
Author: Temple West
Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
Publisher: SwoonReads
Source: From publisher
Where to find: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository
Summary: 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?
“I scoffed. “Why would I fall in love with you? You’re just a hot, closet-nerd vampire with a bazillion dollars and a Harley. There’s absolutely nothing attractive about you."
I want to start this review by saying that this was a highly entertaining, mindless read. I flew through this book without any difficulty. That being said this book is not for everyone. I'm one of those people who every once and awhile needs a mindless read after I've finished one of my fantasy books with an incredibly detailed world and characters. This was just the book for me. I was able to pick this up and read it almost straight through.

Now is this an amazing book? No. It is not even close, however it was entertaining. Let me start off by saying that the vampire myths in this were strange. In this world, vampires are half-human, half-demon. I did not really get why these vampires were created and what purpose they served the demons (it seems as if only certain children are raised by their demon fathers). That being said, in Velvet, Adrian is a vampire who must protect Caitlin from his father.

Talk about cliches, and you have this book. Of course it is illegal for vampires and humans to be together and I'm sure you can guess what happens between Caitlin and Adrian. While this was beyond cliche, it did not cause me to dislike the book. While reading this I also had so many instances where I was comparing this book to both Twilight and the Vampire Academy. There were so many similarities between the three. Along these lines, there were also so many cheesy ridiculous passages that had me rolling my eyes. The quote at the beginning of the review would be one such instance. These passages were shoved in your face and had me cringing at some points.

Velvet is the first in a trilogy and while the plot did progress, this book was definitely about Adrian and Caitlin and had little to do with what they were going to do about Adrian's father or why Caitlin was special. I may or may not pick up the next in the trilogy, but I'm not eager to.

My rating for this book is solely because while it was an entertaining, mindless book, it reminded be too much of other vampire series and it was way too cheesy and cliche. That being said it was an excellent book in terms of mindless reading.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

How do you feel about vampire books post-Twilight craze? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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