Saturday, December 14, 2013

Vesper by Jeff Sampson

This YA fantasy novel features teenage Emily Webb, a girl who prefers to stay in the background at school, keeping to herself and following her own geekish interests. Things change for her when she starts having dreams about becoming a stronger, bolder Emily, dreams that are so real but in which she behaves entirely out of character. She soon realizes that these dreams are, in fact, real, and that she is both drawn to and repelled by the nighttime version of herself. When a girl - also named Emily - is murdered one night, Emily becomes drawn into the mystery - both of the identity of the killer and of the reason behind the changers that are happening to her.

This was certainly an action-packed read, and I liked that Emily doesn't sit around whining about what is happening. It is certainly unsettling to her, but she approaches the situation with strength and tenacity, and she takes charge as best she can, given her limited knowledge of what is going on. While I will certainly be recommending this series to teens at my library who are looking for an page-turning fantasy, I personally didn't connect with the characters enough to continue with the series. I enjoyed it as I was reading it, but I guess I am a little tired of all the loose ends that are inevitably present at the end of this kind of book, leaving the reader hanging until the next one comes out. It sure would be nice to have things end in a conclusive way once in a while!

Books in the Deviants series:
1. Vesper
2. Havoc
3. Ravage

Vesper (#1 in the Deviants series) by Jeff Sampson (Balzer and Bray, 2011)


  1. I saw this around when it first came out and meant to read it, but I kind of forgot. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Kailana - I'll be curious to hear your take on this one when you get to it.


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