- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray (Jan. 25 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061992763
- ISBN-13: 978-0061992766
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,190,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Vesper Hardcover – Jan 25 2011
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“While the paranormal transformations will tempt fans of the genre and make a good hook for readers, it’s Emily’s transformation into a confident young woman who is more comfortable in her skin and willing to stick up for herself and others that makes this book a strong addition.” (School Library Journal)
“Will have readers clamoring for the next book.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“Emily’s attractive personality, drab on the surface but with emerging panache, easily holds readers’ attention, especially during her feral nighttime prowls. Intriguing.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Should leave readers eager for the next book.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A smart and good-humored addition to the current werewolf wave.” (Booklist)
“Addictive and suprising. I couldn’t wait for night to fall to see what Emily would do next!” (Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series)
“Jeff Sampson’s debut delivers the goods-it’s exciting, witty, and impossible to put down. The best kind of page-turner.” (Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of the GONE series)
“Emily is smart, funny, fierce, and just generally kicks ass. The otherworldly mysteries she uncovers will keep you guessing all the way to the final page.” (K.A. Applegate, author of Animorphs and Remnants)
About the Author
Jeff Sampson is the author of the first two books in the Deviants series, Vesper and Havoc. He is also a pop-culture fanatic with an abiding love of TV and movies, much like his main character, Emily. Jeff lives in Seattle, Washington.
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Because it sounded very Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde...and that intrigued me. Also, "Emily Webb is a geek" was in the summary. I felt an instant bond. We bonded I tell you! Also, it was on The Story Siren's list of 2011 debut titles.
What I <3'd
Geek Emily. I loved Geek Emily like no tomorrow. I felt an instant connection to her with all things geeky. Then I got to see through the eyes of Nighttime Emily (the personality that begins taking over at night) and she's totally kickass. Nighttime Emily is so full of confidence (which I didn't have as a teenager) and toughness (which I barely have now) and sexiness (jury's still out). Seeing through the eyes and hearing the thoughts of Nighttime Emily made me want to be more confident and kickass myself. Although, at the same time, being in her head kind of made me want to pick fights...which the author kindly warned me away from (thanks Jeff!).
Also, I absolutely adored the fact that this book gave nothing away. Nothing. You figure out exactly what's going on (which was a total surprise for me) exactly when Emily does. And I loved that. It made it real.
That, and the ending. I'd like the next book please...PLEASE?
What I didn't <3
Megan, Emily's best friend wasn't my fave character...but that might just be because Emily was so awesome by comparison, and Megan kept accusing Emily of just wanting to be popular instead of actually worrying about her friend.
Other than that, the only thing I don't love is the fact that book 2 is so very far away. *pouts*
GEEKOUT Moment (no spoilers!) When Emily finally tracked down the person that her "Nighttime" self was so focused on finding. OMG. New fave character. <3's
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I thought the plot was well laid out. There is a mixture of story, plus periodic transcripts from an audio recording between Emily and a man named Mr. Savage. These transcripts give the tiniest hints that there is much more to this story that what we've been given so far. It increased my interest, and made me want to keep reading faster so I could find out what was going to happen. Inserts like these can sometimes decrease tension, but not in this case. Sampson did a great job with these transcripts.
The plot of the regular story was well laid out as well. There is a big reveal midway through the story, and I didn't see it coming. Though, as I thumbed back through the first half, the clues are there. So, I'm not sure if I was so engrossed in the story that I missed the clues, or if I was being a lazy reader, or what. But I was as surprised as Emily when she found out what was happening to her, which I loved.
The only thing I didn't like was Emily's best friend, Megan. She's not the greatest friend, and it bothered me that Emily is still friends with her even though Megan kind of treats her poorly. However, she is definitely worse to other people, so maybe Emily measures the difference that way. Not sure. I do wish that Megan had been a little more likable, at least when it came to Emily. I do wonder if there are things going on with Megan that we haven't seen yet, though...
The resolution was good, and I love that there wasn't a huge focus on the romance aspect. It was there, and it was well done, but it didn't overshadow the rest of the story. I also liked how the current story was resolved, at the same time introducing more questions that will likely be answered in the next book. I thought this was a good start to the series. Definitely recommended.
This book would be good for kids aged 14 or so and up. There aren't any racy scenes, but there are many references to Emily's body and the male reaction to it.
This series has a ton of potential. The story was very well written and there wasn't a dull part in the book. I can't wait to read the next one. I also appreciate the author not leaving you COMPLETELY hanging at the end of the book. Thank you for that!
I highly recommend this book. You won't regret getting it!!
Because I had already read the first part of the book and enjoyed it, I figured I was in for a treat. Overall, I felt a little let down.
I liked how Emily wasn't moody, that she was a self-proclaimed geek and proud of it. I liked that she didn't just fall for some guy. I liked how she really questioned what was happening to her. I was interested to see how an adult male would write a teenage girl, and that was ok, I felt that was right-on.
But then, I didn't like how the "logical" conclusion to Emily's condition was werewolf. I honestly didn't see that one coming, for me, the "diagnosis" kind of came out of thin air. It was "fast paced" in that it moved quick but didn't go into a lot of depth (or enough depth to satisfy me.)
All in all, I was just kind of meh about the book. I can see how some would LOVE it, but sadly enough, it just wasn't for me.