Review: Vesper by Jeff Sampson
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?
VESPER is one of those gems that you don’t see enough book buzz about. I am sad to say that even I passed it up on the shelves a few times, but when I got it in the mail, I was still excited! Boy, am I glad that Harper sent this to me because it is GREAT. Full of unexpected surprises and a unique plot line, VESPER is sure to become a rising star.
Emily leads a boring and uneventful life until the night when another girl named Emily is killed and her personality does a complete 180… but only in the late hours of the night. Sounds interesting, right? While Emily’s late night personality isn’t someone I would want to hang out with, I was completely fascinated and dying to uncover what made her go through the crazy change.
I’m sure there are many out there who would love to shed their shy selves and just let loose, but Sampson demonstrates that there are consequences to everything. While it would be awesome to become a new person, I don’t think I would want to have to be in Emily’s circumstances for it to happen. Emily’s night-time world is unusual and frightening, yet equally engaging and interesting at the same time.
So the next time you are in a bookstore and see VESPER on shelves, don’t pass it up. You will find yourself so completely immersed in Sampson’s world that you just won’t want to leave!