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 received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
If you read and loved Velvet but you were maybe a little upset that it was too short, don’t you worry. Cashmere is so much longer, more intense, and even more romantic. Like, a lot more romantic. It was an amazing sequel, which can be hard to pull off, but Temple killed it. It’s a tough call, but I’m pretty sure I loved this book more than the first one.
Not only did we get a satisfying continuation of Caitlin and Adrian’s story, we were also introduced to so many amazing new characters. Kalare was by far my favourite new addition.
In Cashmere, readers get to see more of the vampire world; it’s rules and politics, and definitely the complications it poses on Caitlin’s life both including and separate from her relationship with Adrian. Of course there is still danger of the two of them being together, but more boundaries are pushed in this book. The stakes are raised exponentially as the characters continue their search for Lucian who went missing at the end of Velvet.
Caitlin’s life is essentially taken over by vampires when the Praetorian Guard comes to town and starts keeping an eye on her every move. They are controlling and everywhere, and basically make it impossible for Cait and Adrian to have any alone time to be cute and in love and that annoyed the crap out of me almost as much as it annoyed Cait herself.
I was super happy that the entire focus of the story wasn’t on the vampires. We got a great look into Caitlin’s future as a fashion designer when she gets a prestigious internship in New York, which puts some literal distance between her and the vamps (for the most part), even though Julian and Kalare (and Sabine…ew) have to accompany her there. I loved learning about the fashion world and Cait’s interest in it. She is extremely talented and passionate about her future career and that is beyond inspiring. I loved that she doesn’t let her human life take a backseat when things get difficult with the vampires. It’s important to her and she’s not willing to sacrifice it. You go, girl!
I have to take a minute to swoon over Julian. Ahh, Julian. I loved him in Velvet and I continued to love him in Cashmere. He has an interesting relationship with Cait in that she doesn’t totally trust him, but she’s kind of forced to in this circumstance and it might work out for the best. Also, it’s impossible not to ship him with Kalare. You’ll see.
There was so much more to learn in this book, about the vampires and their abilities, and especially about our main girl Caitlin. She’s not only growing up and discovering new things in the human world, she is also trying to find her place in the supernatural world as well, which was the perfect opportunity for an epic reveal that will leave readers wanting to know more immediately.
Cashmere had so much going on, but that’s what kept me on my toes and forced me to read the majority of it in one sitting. You get to a point in the story where it’s impossible to stop reading until there are no more pages and you are left sitting there with your mouth wide open.
I am eagerly and impatiently awaiting the third and final book in the trilogy, and I know it won’t disappoint.
Lastly, I have to mention chapter 22. I’m not going to say anything, but if you’ve read it, you know.
I gave Cashmere 5/5 stars. You can add it on Goodreads here.
- What was the biggest difference between writing Velvet and writing Cashmere?
When I wrote Velvet, I wrote from the gut. I had no outline, no plan, and no rules. When I wrote Cashmere, I had to follow the characters, setting, and mythology I’d established in the first book. More importantly, I had to logically expand on those elements to create a larger and more complex world. That was far more difficult that I’d anticipated. Writing Cashmere has definitely made me slowly turn into a person who appreciates outlines.
- Do you have a favorite type of scene to write?
My favorite scene to write is any where Adrian and Caitlin are alone, talking. There’s just something about the two of them that I love. There’s one scene in particular that I think is the strongest in the entire book, and it’s just the two of them going back and forth about this decision they have to make. That scene is in the final third of the story, but I wrote it before I wrote 90% of the rest of the book.
- What is your favorite book and/or who is your favourite author?
It’s a tie between Laini Taylor for her Daughter of Smoke & Bone series and Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora. I adore them both as authors.
- If you could give only one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?
Write every day for the same amount of time. i.e. make it a part of your routine, a habit, and stick with it.
- What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Various combinations of chocolate, peanut butter, cookie dough, and caramel, depending on my mood.
- Why did you choose to self-publish Cashmere?
That’s a very long story, but the short answer is: flexibility. It’s a lot more work, but I also get to have a lot of creative control over everything from the fonts to cover design to the book trailers and quote graphics.
- Is there a particular scene or chapter you are most excited for readers to experience?
Absolutely, the one I mentioned before about Adrian and Caitlin. It’s…it’s very nerdy, and slightly saucy, and super awkward and fantastic and I can’t wait to see what people think.
- Do you have a writing playlist? If so, can you tell us one song from it?
I actually don’t. I either need really even white noise, or no noise at all. If music is playing, I have to pay attention to it, that’s just how my brain works. Sometimes I can listen to light piano or classical, but even that becomes distracting after a while. That being said, thematically, I love the song I used for the announcement teaser, Million Others by Ian David.
- What was the most challenging part of writing Cashmere?
It’s a toss-up between the massive case of writer’s block I had for a year and a half, and the editing process. Both were uniquely painful. I’m still terrified that there’s something I forgot to go back and change.
- What are you working on next?
Book 3 of the Velvet Trilogy. And a children’s fantasy novel that I am extremely excited about. Also, a TV pilot.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
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