I love the idea behind Velvet; a girl gets elevated--job wise--and finds herself living in a Medium's household. However, for someone who is supposed to be bright, I felt like it took Velvet too long to figure everything out. Maybe it would've worked better--for me, at least--if there had been a reason behind her blind devotion. At least, more than George's pretty face. That's not to say that the focus is on the romance--there's very little of that--but rather, I feel as if Velvet needed more plot. And honestly? My reason for saying that is this: there are a lot of loose threads left at the end of the book. Believe me, when you get to the end, you'll know exactly what I mean. Velvet is a book that I feel could've greatly benefited from an epilogue.
In a nutshell, Velvet was a book that I unfortunately didn't end up loving as much as I thought I would. It flowed nicely, but there just wasn't enough plot to keep me (personally, at least) happy. I do, of course, encourage you to form your own opinions about Velvet if you're looking for a book set at the turn of the century which deals with Spiritualism.
Overall Rating: ★★
Velvet by Mary Hooper
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Received for review via publisher.