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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Review: The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

THE VESPERTINE  by Saundra Mitchell
Pub. Date: March 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Hardcover , 304pp
Source: Netgalley
It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.

When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.

THE VESPERTINE immediately lured me into its pages with Amelia's feelings of abandonment. I wanted to know the cause behind her despair. And so it began -a journey in the past as I embarked alongside Amelia as she discovered a whole new world full of life outside of her small town. The anticipation of what was to come as Amelia set out to land a husband and make friends had me turning the pages nonstop.

Mitchell captured the beauty within the setting of 1889 with crisp writing and beautiful imagery. I could see how Amelia was enamored with the city of Baltimore. The characters in this book are well- crafted, capturing the essence of that time period. Amelia's friendship with Zora was a highlight of this book as these two were always up to mischief. From the moment of Amelia's first vision to her meeting of the mysterious and captivating Nathaniel, I was swept into a whirlwind of Amelia's life as she tried to make sense of her newfound ability.

Historical fiction is my second favorite genre behind paranormal/fantasy and Mitchell combined the two to make THE VESPERTINE an impeccable read. I have high hopes for this series. I couldn't have imagined how things would play out for Amelia. I can only hope that the next installment is even more impressive.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars


  1. I love the sound of this book. I absolutely love that time period. I'll definitely have to read The Vespertine next.

  2. Thanks for the review. I've been hearing about this lately and may check it out.

  3. Amazing review.
    I had seen it around, and think it looks as good as you described. I can't wait to check it out for myself!

  4. Great review. I can't wait to read this book.

  5. I so want to read this. It sounds really good, and I've heard tell that it's a clean read, hurray!

  6. I love the title and the cover, and now after reading your review, I can't wait to read the book.

  7. Historical fiction is another favorite of mine.


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  8. Great review! I didnt know this was a series, I always thought that it was a stand alone.

  9. I absolutely love historical fiction. Great review.

  10. Amelia sounds very interesting. Thanks for the review.

  11. I love the premise and cover for The Vespertine. I will definitely be reading this one!

  12. I really enjoy historical fiction, and this sounds like a cool take on it.

  13. I too am a fan of both historical and fantasy/paranormal. This sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it myself. Great review! :D


  14. I'm so happy to see some great "historical" fiction books come up. This ones sounds fantastic - one that the girls in my classes would really like.

  15. I've been dying to read this book and you're review has gotten me even more excited! You wrote that review beautifully.

    I didn't realize this was going to be a series. That's great@


  16. I've heard so many good things! I can't wait to read this! Thanks for the review!

  17. This sounds like a beautiful book that I can't wait to read.

  18. Historical fiction is also my second favorite genre. It's just so fasinating, and i especially love the Victorian era. I can't wait to get my hands on this book!


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