Vesper Review

Feb 19, 2011 | Book Reviews | 0 comments

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Vesper ReviewVesper by Jeff Sampson
Series: Deviants #1
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Published by HarperTeen on January 25, 2011
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Dark Faerie Tales Arc Tours
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Emily Webb is a geek. And she’s happy that way. Content hiding under hoodies and curling up to watch old horror flicks, she’s never been the kind of girl who sneaks out for midnight parties. And she’s definitely not the kind of girl who starts fights or flirts with other girls’ boyfriends. Until one night Emily finds herself doing exactly that . . . the same night one of her classmates—also named Emily—is found mysteriously murdered.

The thing is, Emily doesn’t know why she’s doing any of this. By day, she’s the same old boring Emily, but by night, she turns into a thrill seeker. With every nightfall, Emily gets wilder until it’s no longer just her personality that changes. Her body can do things it never could before: Emily is now strong, fast, and utterly fearless. And soon Emily realizes that she’s not just coming out of her shell . . . there’s something much bigger going on. Is she bewitched by the soul of the other, murdered Emily? Or is Emily Webb becoming something else entirely— something not human?

As Emily hunts for answers, she finds out that she’s not the only one this is happening to—some of her classmates are changing as well. Who is turning these teens into monsters—and how many people will they kill to get what they want?

Literary's Views

An interesting take on a known paranormal tale, I enjoyed reading Vesper.  The story opens up with mystery and intrigue as Emily recounts the events leading up to the sticky situation she now finds herself in, which instantly had me wanting to know more.  What happen? How did she get to where she was? Where exactly was she? I enjoyed finding these questions out and so much more.

Emily was an interesting character and so was following her crazy life.  What I enjoyed the most was the mystery of her dual personalities and what she would do next and what it would all lead to. The pacing flowed nicely. Each chapter held my attention building up to an interesting conclusion. What I feel was lacking a bit within the story was some sexual romantic tension between Emily and her romantic interest.

I did enjoy how the main focus of this story was on finding out what was really going on with Emily and her crazy mood swings.  And boy was they crazy.  But I could have use for more interaction with her unique kind and more variety of characters.  Seeing how this is the start of a new series, I hope I’ll get to see and hear from more uniquely different characters and I hope to see more of Emily’s powers and what she can really do.

Overall Vesper by Jeff Sampson was a great start to an interesting story that has the potential to be a great series.  It was just enough action and mystery to keep me entertained and guessing at the same time.  Looking forward to reading more from Jeff Sampson.

4 Stars


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