Thursday, November 8, 2012

Velvet by Mary Hooper

When Velvet is offered a better job, one that will take her away from the life of a laundress, she takes it; at which point she stumbles into the world of Spiritualism and while she adores her Madam, she can't help but feel as if there's more than her Madam communing with spirits going on.

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
Edition: e-ARC
Received for review via publisher.


  1. I don't like it when a book feels unfinished. This only adds to my first conclusion: I don't think this is a book for me. I'm sorry to hear you didn't like it as much as you expected. Great review though :)

  2. I think you mentioned two of my biggest pet peeves: an unbelievably naive protagonist and loose ends. While I've never heard of Velvet before now, it doesn't sound like something I would enjoy either.

  3. I very much enjoyed Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper. I had some issues with the believability of the story, for me it had this fairytale like quality. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy Velvet that much though o:

    Celine ~ Nyx Book Reviews


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