January 24, 2011

Book Review: Vesper by Jeff Sampson

Vesper (Deviants, #1)Publisher: Balzer + Bray (January 25, 2011)
Hardcover: 304 Pages
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Deviants #1
Book from Publisher*

From Goodreads. 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?

VESPER, by Jeff Sampson, exceeded my expectations in more ways then one. What I thought was going to be a mystery story turned into a supernatural thriller that made me want more (more! more!).

I connected so well with the MC, Emily. She is in one of those 'in between' groups in high school (where I comfortable set myself long ago). She has one really great and loyal friend who tells it like it is. The book started off with a bang when Emily mentally transforms into a boy-lusting hottie. I was immediately intrigued and each subsequent day of her changes made my heart pount in anticipation of what she would do next.

Emily is the type of character that I love to read. She is smart, hilarious, and down to earth. By day she is quite introverted, but by night she is wild and crazy. All rational explainations were thrown by the wayside when she changed. One scene with sleeping pills had me litterally laughing out loud. Emily turned all of her strange thoughts completetely rational.

The plot was very unique as well. I enjoyed unraveling the mystery of what was happening to Emily in relation to the shootings that were taking place in her town. Sampson really knows how to reel you into the story and not let go. I am (not so)patiently waiting for the next book and more adventure for Emily and the other 'deviants'.

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*FTC Disclosure: I received this finished copy from the publisher. I do not receive payment of any kind in exchange for a review. I do not receive monetary compensation from any book links in my review.

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