Review: VESPER by Jeff Sampson

Vesper (Deviants, #1) 
Jeff Sampson
288 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: January 25th, 2011
Source: Publisher
Rating:  LOVED

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?

Jeff Sampson’s YA debut novel, Vesper, is seriously a must read. To me, it falls into the genres contemporary, paranormal, and mystery all at once. The book was written through Emily Webb’s personal account, which she gives to a mysterious man named F. Savage. I didn’t even know what was going with Emily until the middle of the book – and I loved the surprise!

Emily Webb is your ordinary 16 year old. She’s pretty, but not overly pretty, she’s smart, but not a genius, and she’s a geek. But here’s the thing: lately, she’s only geek by day. At night, she changes into a totally different Emily. One that dresses dangerously, and does a whole bunch of dangerous stuff – climbing out her window, sneaking in people’s yards, crashing parties… you get the picture. And in the morning, when she goes back to her normal, geeky self, she regrets it.

I would too. And that’s what I really liked about Vesper. It had that paranormal-ness to it, yet I could almost always relate to Emily. And what I liked even more about Vesper – Emily Webb totally kicks butt. Sounds awesome to me.

Vesper is a unique twist to a common theme. I recommend it for both boys and girls. So what are you waiting for? I know I’m waiting for the second book :)

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    Two Readers Reviews

    February 1, 2011

    This is on my TBR list! Great review!

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    February 1, 2011

    I haven't heard much about this book. I looks like a good one though. Thanks for the review!

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    Uniquely Moi Books

    February 1, 2011

    I'm glad you liked it, I think maybe I will pick it up!

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    Gina @ My Precious

    February 1, 2011

    I've read other reviews on this book and I didn't think it would be something I'd enjoy reading. Then… along came your review. You offer a whole different perspective. And now, I'm reconsidering…. this just may be a book which I could really sink my teeth into.

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    February 2, 2011

    I have been seeing this one for a while now and I really think it sounds great! Refreshing :)

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    February 2, 2011

    Thanks for writing about this…
    sounds like a good story…
    reading the summary, people would most likely believe that it's just another vampire story…
    your review states otherwise…
    perhaps I should read this…

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    February 2, 2011

    Oh it looks really good! Agree with others the cover looks really good as well. I've heard some tings about this book and it all sounds good!

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    February 2, 2011

    Nice review. I'd really like to read this.

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    February 15, 2011

    Cool review. Sounds like an awesome read.