Friday, May 8, 2015

Velvet Blog Tour ~ Review and Giveaway!!

Welcome to the Velvet blog tour! I'm really excited to share my review and a few more fun things with you all today. This was a fun paranormal romance.☺ Enjoy!

Series: Velvet #1 (that series title isn't official)
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampires
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: May 12th 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?
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Source: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Velvet was SO GOOD. I was so happy with how this book turned out! This was the first YA paranormal romance that really impressed me in quite awhile. 

Caitlin was a wonderfully odd and funny heroine. I loved her personality! I also loved how she was able to admit her flaws (even though it did take awhile). I really enjoyed reading her POV. She made me laugh so many times, especially in the first half of the story.

ADRIAN. I loved this guy! He was awkward and nerdy and interesting. He blushed quite a bit and it was pretty darn adorable. It helped set him apart from a lot of other good-looking love intersts in this genre.

The romance in this book was mainly flirting and getting to know one another--that stage where they develop feelings for one another. I really liked the romance. This is a couple to root for! I always looked forward to scenes with just the two of them and I'm really excited to read more of them in the sequel. I loved how well they fit together. They were cute!

The development of Adrian, Caitlin, and their relationship took on a large spotlight, so the plot itself (the danger, the demon, the vampire world, etc.) didn't seem to be as big of a deal. At least, it wasn't something that stood out to me as much. I did really like that side of the book, though. Watching out for the impending danger made me paranoid. I had a tough time trusting even very minor characters because I was so sure one of them was going to turn out to be a demon.

Overall, Velvet was a fun start to a new vampire series! In a way, the humor made this book feel fresh. It could've easily been one of those books where I thought, "oh, I've read lots of other books like this one. It's not that special." That didn't happen, though. There were so many hilarious moments throughout and I absolutely loved that. That and the romance were my two favorite things about Velvet. I'm really looking forward to reading more of both in the sequel!


I have a couple fun more fun things to share with you!

“Sorry I dragged you away from dinner,” I said, realizing the time. “You want to eat with us?”
He seemed to consider it, then shook his head. “I’d better get back. Gotta take my medication.”
I arched a brow questioningly. “I thought your immune system kicked ass?”
He laughed. “Sorry, ‘medication’ is what we call it when we need to drink blood. It’s kind of an inside joke.”
“Oh.” I said, blushing for some reason. I should have kept my mouth shut, but curiosity got the better of me. “Does it…taste good?”
He stared at me for a long moment, before his gaze drifted down to my neck.
“You can’t imagine.”
My pulse jumped, half in fear and half in…something else. His voice had gone low and liquid, his eyes were burning silver.
“Hey Cait?” he murmured, and though he hadn’t moved an inch, it felt as though he were leaning towards me.
“Yeah?” I whispered.
He wasn’t looking at me in the eye anymore, just staring somewhere above my chest and below my jaw. The sound of my own heart seemed loud in my ears, and if I could hear it, so could Adrian.
His eyes flicked to my face. “You should really get out now.”
I blinked. “Yeah.”

I scrambled to undo my seatbelt and almost fell out of the truck. I could hear the click of the automatic locks snapping into place the moment the door was closed. Adrian peeled out of the driveway, back into darkness.

Temple West, 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 and is the proud mother to a one-year-old laptop and a vintage Remington typewriter.

I'm really excited that I get to host a giveaway!! You really want to enter this one if you're interested in reading this book. Plus, that cover is super pretty. It belongs on bookshelves!

This giveaway ends at midnight on May 21st. It's open to US/CAN only. 

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