AUTHOR: Temple West
SERIES: Velvet Trilogy #2
PUBLICATION DATE: February 14 2017
PUBLISHER: Swoon Reads
SOURCE: Netgalley ARC
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?
You can find my Spoiler free review of Book 1 here! (This review doesn't have any book 1 spoilers either!)
AAAAAHH I AM SO DAMN HAPPY I READ THIS!!!! I read book 1 last year and it ended up being number 10 on my top ten books of 2016! Ever since i've been waiting and waiting to read this book and suddenly a few days ago i saw someone update their status to currently reading on my goodreads news feed and i was like WHAT. IT'S NOT EVEN OUT YET!!! So i went straight to stalk the goodreads page of the book trying to find a way to get an ARC. Then an amazing person mentioned in her review that the book was available on Netgalley as a 'read now' title!!!!! HAPPIEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK. Obviously i downloaded it instantly and devoured it which leads to me now being overcome with feels.
Adrian omigod guys!!!! He is not your typical YA guy! He's a young vampire and uber hot but he's a total nerd!!!! He's a BIG BIG harry potter fan!!! The dude balanced with hotness and geekiness and sweetness! Not typical YA bad boy with an attitude but GAWD he's such a sweety pie!!!! Harry Potter fans there is a scene that will make you so incredible happy!!! And there are countless mentions of Harry Potter and even a dress up scene!
"I was the passionate, reckless one, he was the nerd who read Harry Potter and got accepted to Harvard and spent the majority of his life perfecting a look of polite indifference."
Caitlin i thought i couldn't like her better than i already did but SHE KICKED ASS!!!!!! And i'm not talking physically being badass but her attitude was off the charts and i kept cheering her own! Immortal bitchy vampire hates her and wants to destroy her life? Caitlin will shut her up.
I loved that she kept pursuing her dreams of becoming a fashion designer no matter how much vampires impacted on her life. She knew who she was, who she wanted to become and she was not stopping until she fulfilled her dreams. (Notice i said she knew who she was not what she was *wink*).
One of the things that i absolutely LOVED in book 1 was the development between Adrian and Caitlin's friendship. Despite the slight attraction to each other their relationship was first and foremost based on friendship. It took a while for them to move further than that and it is honestly the first book where i've seen such a great development to a romantic relationship. So if you guys really hate insta love then i highly suggest reading book 1 because the friendship between the 2 was awesome!!! In this book we went more into the romantic aspect of their relationship and it was the sweetest thing ever!!! Also if you pick up this book i suggest paying special attention to chapter 22!!! I will not spoil!!! But hot damn i have never laughed this much because of a book!!!! It was an intimate scene that ended up being so ridiculously sweet and hilarious at the same time!!! IT WAS JUST PERFECT!!! I literally laughed for ten minutes straight!
Plot wise book 1 was more focused on the relationship blossoming between Adrian and Caitlin,,.it wasn't that complex. But in book 2 we delve much more into the plot, it gets really tense and interesting! There are so many things happening-it's a pretty long book-and again never a dull moment even though Caitlin and Adrian were separated for quite some time. Not only did we get more imvolved into the vampire world but we also got a little mix of a contemporary novel in Caitlin's intership. We really get a super insightful look at the fashion industry and it was fascinating!!! Caitlin's personality and passion really shone through! The balance between the supernatural vampires and the contemporary aspect of the internship was super well established! Loved every second of it!
We got introduced to quite a few new characters. I especially liked Kalare, Caitlin's new friend/bodyguard. She was absolutely badass and pretty rough but she had a super sweet side! Like when she started smoking organic stuff instead of cigarettes so she wouldn't ruin Cait's lungs since they were spending a lot of time together! AWWWW!!!
And though a few of our questions from book 1 has been answered there is still A LOT we don't know and we have loads of questions still unanswered! The author does an amazing job at keeping our interest piqued and makes us CRAVE book 3 that much more!!!!
Do not make the mistake of comparing this to Twilight. It is not your typical vamp romance!!! It is off the charts on the awesomeness scale and recommended to everyone!!! I cannot wait to see how it all plays out in the last book!