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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Book Review: Vesper (Deviants, #1) by Jeff Sampson

Vesper (Deviants, #1) by Jeff Sampson
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 304
Source: Received from author/publicist for honest review

Summary: 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?

My Review: I'm sure most of us have a badass alter-ego hidden within ourselves. It doesn't really come out unless we are fortunate enough to be cast in an Angelina Jolie action movie. Okay, maybe not most of you, I guess that's just my inner calling. Luckily, Sampson created a character I could live in the moment with. The initial introduction revolved around Emily's ordinary, homebody behavior while at night her feisty transformation appeared. For a good amount of the novel I didn't quite grasp the meaning behind her change. Despite that, the mysterious vibe surrounding her abilities was intriguingly delicious. While Emily struggles to make sense of herself, a killer is also running loose murdering Emily's classmates. I enjoyed the thrill behind this figure's undisclosed identity and looked forward to unraveling his twisted reasons.

The secondary characters, Dawn and Megan were decently written with distinct personalities. Dawn was Emily's step-sister, while Megan was her best friend. Both girls seem to fit into her life one way or the other. Now, I must say the story development was a bit slow. It took me some time to comfortably connect the dots to who the "deviants" were and what their role was in all this madness. Which brings me to the ending! I was going to rate this book a 3.5 but due to the action in the last 60 pages or so, I bumped it to a 4. The overall conclusion filled the action I was hoping to see and definitely gave me insight on what to expect next as a reader. I also want to lightly touch on the subject of a supernatural surprise that Sampson slapped me with. I wasn't expecting it at all! And, no worries, stating that there is a "supernatural" element doesn't spoil anything. I am curious to see the growth in this series and look forward to understanding Emily better.

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Author's Info:

Jeff Sampson is a pop-culture fanatic with an abiding love of TV and movies, much like his main character, Emily. Vesper is his first novel for young adults. Jeff lives in Tukwila, Washington.

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Unknown said...

ooooh, I want to read this one. Sounds really good. Thanks for the review! =)

Test said...

Great review! I've been curious about this one so I'm glad to hear that it's good. Also, I love it when author throws surprises at the readers so I can't wait to see what the supernatural surprise is!

Anonymous said...

This review really makes sense, I am waiting for hard copy of this book and book reviews are also good.
You are now on my To Read list.

Christina T said...

Fantastic review! Sounds really interesting. I like that there is a suspense/serial killer angle to it. It almost sounds like a Jekyll/Hyde thing going on with Emily. I guess I'll have to read it and find out! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Elizabeth Briggs said...

Great review. I really want to read this one!

Mrs. DeRaps said...

I cannot wait to read this book. I've read some mixed reviews, but I am going to read it anyway. Thanks for convincing me!

Miss Remmers said...

This book looks fantastic! I love the book trailer! I can't wait to read it soon!

Rachel said...

Hmm, I've heard some mixed reviews about this one, but I think I'm definitely going to check it out anyway. It sounds like a really interesting read. Great review!

Danna (Bananas For Books) said...

This book looks really good and I can't wait to read it! I love the cover but I hate that it's in hard back. I can't afford hardback:( Grrr. Anyway, great review!

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

This book has a real mix of reviews. Glad you liked it.

You touched on all the points that sold me on the book. I wasn't expecting the supernatural element.

Bere said...

Fantastic review, Eleni! I haven't heard too much on this one but it does sound interesting. I will definitely be on the lookout. Thanks, Eleni =].

Lisa Mandina said...

This sounds good! I'll have to put it on my list as well!

Alyssa said...

I also read and reviewed Vesper! I found the concept super interesting and really had fun while reading it, but the conclusion really threw me for a loop. Just like you said, the ending was crazy-exciting and led you to the next book in the series, but it sort of made me feel like I just read a giant 300-page prequel for the next book. Great review!
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