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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Review: Vesper by Jeff Sampson

VESPER by Jeff Sampson
Pub. Date: January 2011
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: Hardcover , 288pp
Age Range: 12
Source: Publisher
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?

Sampson definitely created mysterious page turner with VESPER. I read this book in one sitting as it was hard for me to put it down. The transcripts sprinkled throughout the book added more mystery and intrigue to the unfolding events surrounding Emily's strange transformations. I was thrown by one of her personas especially if you go by the synopsis of the book. It was a very interesting turn of events since it deviated from traditional myths which were a great thing. It only made me want to find out more about what was happening to her.

Emily's normally quite shy, geeky, and dresses to keep from being noticed. Then out of nowhere, she's a completely different person where she's confident, brave, and she’s exhibiting some kick-ass abilities. She’s a real Jekyll & Hyde. Her antics were quite entertaining as I followed along while she tried to put the puzzle pieces together surrounding her life and the mysterious murders in her town.

VESPER had so many interesting details layered in mystery and the premise really got my attention. There are so many things I want to know about the characters now especially with how the book ended. I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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  1. Thanks for sharing. You've gotten me interested in reading this. Thanks.

  2. Sounds like an exciting read! Thanks for the review. :)

  3. I hadn't heard of this one, but it sounds cool and that's a great cover.

  4. YAY, I am so glad this one is good. I love it when you can't put a book down! Thanks for the review.

  5. The review is great! I really want to read this one.

  6. Thanks for sharing! I can't wait for this to come out!

  7. I've been wanting this book since I saw the cover and giveaway on Goodreads. LOVE the cover, and I am so intrigued that it's by a male author. No offense, but there aren't a whole lot of YA male authors. Now that you said you read it in one sitting I really need to get this!

  8. Been seeing this book a lot lately around the blogosphere. Have to add it to my list I think! Great review!

  9. Sounds like a few twists and layers. My kind of reading. Great review.

  10. Cool! Sounds like a great mystery~

  11. Have had this one on my wishlist from the first time I saw it.


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  12. Awesome review. I'm so interested in reading this now.

  13. Wonderful review. And thank you for his great giveaway :)

  14. OMG! TOTALLY HOOKED! Awesome review!

  15. I was curious about this book, but now I'm not so sure. The bit Jekyl and Hyde looks interesting, but you confused by the book that concerns me, I had to read books that did this to me.


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