VesperTitle: Vesper
Author: Jeff Sampson
Series: Deviants #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date: January 25, 2011
Pages: 288
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
3 Stars


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?

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into Vesper. It seemed like the kind of book I would enjoy, so I decided to give it a shot. The plot reminded me a lot of “Heroes,” and I’m really curious to see where the rest of the story will be going.

The main character, Emily, starts to develop mysterious powers, which cause her to act like an entirely different person.  The story starts out with an interrogation, and throughout the interrogation the story unfolds. There was not a whole lot of action, adventure, or romance—the story really focuses on the Emily’s struggle to figure out what is wrong with her.

Vesper really sets the stage for the Deviants series. There are a lot of unanswered questions that I am sure will be resolved in the rest of the series. I expect that this series is going to be perfect for fans of “Heroes” and paranormal young adult literature.