Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Superhero
Length: 12 hours and 34 minutes (320 pages)
Publisher: Audible Studios
Release Date: December 24, 2013
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Velveteen Vs. series
Source: Audiobook from Audible.com
Rating: 5/5 stars
He was the last great hero of his generation. Velma Martinez—Velveteen—had never intended to be a great hero, but she was out of choices.
“Hello, Jolly Roger.”
“Hello, bunny-eared girl who’s taken over my ship. Have you come to collect the bounty on my head?”
“I’ve come because Dame Fortuna told me how to find you, and we need your help.” Velveteen crossed her arms. “The Super Patriots are corrupt, and I think Marketing is evil, and they have my best friend, and we want her back.”
Jolly Roger blinked, several times, before turning to the Princess. “Is she for real?”
“She is,” said the Princess, sounding smug. “She would have been happy stayin’ out of the way for her entire life, but The Super Patriots forgot the first rule of rabbits. Don’t follow them into their dens. They’re meaner than they look.”
This is the second book in the Velveteen Vs. series. Velveteen Vs. started as a series of stories posted on McGuire’s blog; these books are compilations of those stories. I really enjoyed this humorous yet heart-felt continuation of the Velveteen stories.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was very well done. The narrator does an awesome job and I would recommend listening to on audiobook if you like audiobooks.
A lot happens in this book and it was great to finally see Velveteen face off with the Super Patriots. I Loved it!
Velveteen is just such a “real” feeling character; I love reading about both her day to day struggles and the awesome superhero stuff she does. I actually pretty much love every single character in this book. McGurie has a way of making even the bad guys interesting and making you engage and sympathize with them.
My only comment would be to remember that this is more of a collection of stories than a continuous novel. It actually makes a pretty good novel but things can get a bit repetitive because McGuire will kind of explain the basics of Velveteen’s character at the beginning of each “story”.
Things end at a pretty good point, although it looks like Velveteen will potentially be having some more adventures with the Seasons in future installments.
Overall I loved this book even more than the first one. The characters, world, and action are awesome. I would recommend to urban fantasy fans, McGuire fans, and fans of superhero stories.