- Page Count: 460
- Release Date: February 14, 2017
- My Rating: 4.5 stars
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?
I NEED THE NEXT BOOK ASAP. I cannot believe how much fun that was — I had a stupid grin on my face throughout most of it and just adore these characters so much.
I thought I was kind of over vampire/paranormal YA stories last year until I found Velvet and totally loved it. These books are everything I want to see: strong female characters, non-abusive relationships, hilariously realistic dialogue, a wide range of female friendships that pass the Bechdel test, a bunch of unique characters I care about, and an intelligent plot. Like can we just take a moment to appreciate how much WORK Temple puts into making her vampires realistic and explaining the science or reasoning behind their powers? It just makes everything way more believable and fun.
A lot of this book takes place in NYC during Caitlin’s fashion internship, which gives her the chance to get to know some of the other vampires who are guarding her. Kalare was awesome. And then the first part of every chapter is inside Caitlin’s Room of Requirement sort of dreamscape setting where she slowly figures out her powers and what she is. Data from Star Trek is her subconscious 🙂
Actually, the sheer amount of nerdy references in this book were SO WONDERFUL. The Harry Potter parts are legit:
Adrian blasted The Harry Potter soundtrack from his phone as we pulled up to school on the Harley, cloaks flying. He adjusted his round-frame glasses and pretended to walk in slow motion through the parking lot while I carried an overly-large stack of books and a wand with an LED light. Lumos, bitches.
The characters totally feel like they’re their age, too (which is so rare for some reason). The dialogue & reactions were so realistic and everything is just really well written! Caitlin’s character also felt like she grew or matured a bit since the first book and I connected with her a lot more here.
So aside from everything I mentioned, there’s also a really great & intense plot going on! Buuuut I don’t want to spoil anything since this is the second book. I’ll just say that this is still a really fun book even if you aren’t huge on vampire stories. And if you are… definitely check this out.
Thank you to the author for sending me an ARC!