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{June 30, 2013}   {Review} Vesper by Jeff Sampson (Deviants #1)

7664713From 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?


This is a relatively fast read, but truth be told, I wasn’t all that interested or drawn into the story.  The synopsis and concept make Emily out to be an interesting character, but I personally found her to be very mundane during the daytime, and at night her “changes” made her seem more idiotic than “badass.” Yes, she has more strength and can do things that normal humans could never do, but the way she flaunted herself and refused to listen to anyone made me dislike her more than it made me interested in her phenomenon.  I also found it quite strange that she ran around all night and did terrible things to her friends, but never got caught and her friends continually forgave her.  If you drugged me, our friendships would be over, just saying.

Truthfully, I just didn’t find Emily to be a defining or real-to-life character, and when I found out the big secret during the reveal, I actually groaned a bit.  I felt like it was completely out of character with the story and that Sampson just threw the information at the reader.  I’m still not sure how it all makes sense, and I feel a bit disappointed, overall.  I had high hopes for this novel, but it just isn’t for me.  It wasn’t terrible, by any means, but it didn’t snag me and it seemed a little too cliché.  And, that’s about all I can say because I don’t want to ruin the reveal for any potential readers out there.  Two and a half stars.

2.5 stars

I borrowed this book from the school library.


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