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Vesper (Deviants #1)

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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  2,856 ratings  ·  356 reviews
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 h...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Balzer + Bray
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
1.5 stars
Well, color me disappointed. I’ll try to keep this short and very clear: I expected a lot form Vesper. Perhaps I was curious because a male author wrote from a teenage girl’s perspective - it usually works so well when it’s the other way around (case in point: White Cat or Anna Dressed in Blood). That’s not something that happens very often and I wanted to find out if it worked. It didn’t. I feel like I’ve wasted a lot of time and got nothing but annoyance in return.

Emily Webb is a hor...more
Levina  C.
With the recent surge in paranormal fiction - the vampires, the werewolves, the fairies, the dark angels et al - I was relieved to find a 2011 novel that wasn't about one of those. But guess what? It was! It turned out that Emily's "transformation" turns her into one-of-the-above. But I won't tell you which. Spoilers, you know.

So, what a beeping surprise, right? And here I thought the author would make up something of his own to perplex us. He could've easily made the one-of-the-above into a spi...more
Allison
This book started out boring and crappy, and it ended up interesting and not-crappy.

Emily Webb (Em Dub) undergoes a transformation from dull, hoodie-wearing Daytime Emily to wild, gotta-show-my-womanly-attributes Nighttime Emily after the death of the other Emily (Em Cee). Personally I could care less about Daytime Emily. She didn’t do much except judge people and shut up when her obnoxious friend Megan (Meganyuckyuck, the nickname matches her maturity) wanted her to. Em Dub was afraid to be her...more
Mara
So Emily Webb is a normal girl. And by normal I mean she has a geeky love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is a social pariah, unnoticed by all except her best friend and fellow pariah, Megan. Emily's idea of a good time is sequestering herself in her room and watching DVDs, so it comes as a surprise to everyone when she starts roving the streets at night, wearing "clubbing clothes" and acting like a cast member of Jersey Shore.

People, meet "Nighttime Emily." Don't know what's up with her? Don't...more
TheBookVixen
Nov 09, 2013 TheBookVixen marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: dnf-2011
Donnie Williams
Jeff Sampson's debut YA novel, "Vesper," is like a welcome breath of fresh air for anyone craving a little girl power. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of the book, and I found myself so hooked that I blew through the story in just a few hours.

"Vesper" has the soul of "Jekyll & Hyde" with the wit and female empowerment vibe of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and the mixture makes for quite the page-turner. Just when you think you have a handle on where the story is going, th...more
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Sampson definitely created mysterious page turner with VESPER. I read this book in one sitting as it was hard for me to put it down. The transcripts sprinkled throughout the book added more mystery and intrigue to the unfolding events surrounding Emily's strange transformations. I was thrown by one of her personas especially if you go by the synopsis of the book. It was a very interesting turn of events since it deviated from traditional myths which were a great thing. It only made me want to fi...more
Michael
A kind of mix of Westerfeld and Heroes (when it was good) and Veronica Mars, but entirely its own beast.

Of late, the teen genre paranormal romances announce themselves as such, with the single element the author is playing with brayed about on the cover. Bored by Wolves! or Fairy Tail or Fallen Angel Boy or what-have-you. Such books are all about cashing in by being as obvious as possible. Want paranormal romance? Here's a vampire angel zombie you can love! And so on. You know you're reaching th...more
faeriemyst
The start of VESPERS immediately caught my attention with the transcript of an interview with Emily Webb, the protagonist, and an agent of the mysterious Vesper Company. This led to the first chapter where no time is wasted getting straight to the story. Emily is every introverted, insecure, don't-make-a-scene-or-stand-out girl out there, which made her very relatable to me; as a teen, I was just like her. Her transformations into Nighttime Emily, as she called herself, were well-done but I felt...more
April
When the lights go down in the city, Emily Webb becomes a different person. She turns more badass and less movie-geek/ book worm. Vesper by Jeff Sampson begins with a confidential interview of someone codenamed Vesper 1 by another person deemed A. Savage. What ensues is Emily’s story and several little mysteries. I almost don’t know whether to call this a paranormal or a mystery. However, I do know that I quite enjoyed Vesper.

Click here to read the rest of my review
Jenny
This review originally posted at: http://supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com...

Actual Rating: 2.5/5

MY THOUGHTS
Vesper is a story that leaves us in a state of suspended indecision, our emotions in constant flux as we mentally debate the merits and drawbacks of what we've just read. It's not a book that's easy to categorize or assign a label such as "good" or "bad", and this sense of being undefinable stems mostly from a complete and utter lack of knowledge despite having read clean through cover to cov...more
Camilla
I ended up finished this book in no time! Turns out that the plot is much, much more than it seems which had me dieing to find out what happens every step of the way during this cool mystery. This book was so much fun, so exciting and just plain awesome. The characters were great and there were so many unexpected twists that had me saying "No way?! AWESOME!" No seriously, this book was so cool. The cover definitely gives a sneak peek at the mystery that lies within this great novel. Man, I am so...more
Wendy
Didn't know what to expect from this book, but that certainly wasn't it.

Maybe that's good...going into a book with little to no knowledge or expectations of just how 'epic' you think a book is going to be.

The story of Emily Webb starts out a little slow, and repetitive. The same thing happens to her 2-3 times before she figures out what's really going on.

I was this close to giving up at that point but thought I really should give it a chance. It's been so long since I've read and enjoyed a pa...more
Monique
Apr 19, 2011 Monique rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA Paranormal story lovers
3 1/2 stars.....

This was a different spin on a very common thread in YA Fiction, the werewolf....It made me flash back to the the darkest powers series by: Kelley Armstrong some similar elements, but, still two different stories...Emily, the main character seems to becoming someone else as night someone who's completely the oposite of what she calls 'daytime Emily.' I liked this book, it kept me interested all the way through...Though I must say even when coming to the end of it...I'm still not...more
Sam
The beginning was interesting. The middle was *yawn* sleepy. The end woke me up and had me ranting. And that, was not in the good way.

BORING. And quite repulsive in a few things. How it ended? Meh. Sampson can't write gore. I didn't even flinch. Plot? Double meh. The only motivating factor to read this book was the fact that I enjoyed the protagonist (I've forgotten her name already - not a good sign) making a fool out of herself. It was the only thing I found entertaining. I enjoyed thinking a...more
Lina
I would like to thank HarperCollins Publishers, for sending this book for me to read.

Throughout reading, Vesper, I had mixed feelings about it due to certain characterization.

The synopsis portrays lead character, Emily Webb as a geek who is happy her with herself. However, in the beginning, it seems as if Emily is uncomfortable within her own skin, which comes of, mainly, due to her "best friend" Megan. I found Megan to be really annoying character. She is one of those girls who has been so ov...more
slayra
RATING: 4 stars.

Here's another book that surprised me. Maybe because I had little to no expectations about it as the only thing I actually knew about it was that it was a werewolf story.
But now, after finishing it, I am impressed with the book. Not because it is a masterpiece, but because it just stands out among all the young adult urban fantasy I've read this year. And that is something, because with so many books of this genre coming out every month it's certainly difficult to be original.

Emi...more
Arena
I *loved* that there were so many great pop culture references in this novel!

If I didn't understand a reference (like who the heck is Ellen Ripley?), I just asked The Nerd. (Apparently, she's the chick from Alien.)

It was so nice to see the main character of a book embrace her geeky side.

This was such a great plot idea -- I haven't read anything similar to it before.

The pacing of the plot was a bit slow...you don't quite know what's going on with Emily for a while. But once it gets there the acti...more
Alethea A
So, picture yourself watching Buffy for the very first time. First six episodes. Awesome, right?

Now picture the credits rolling at the end of the 6th episode... and a voiceover says, "Tune in next season for the continuation of the new series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer..."

Now picture yourself falling over in a dead faint because you have to wait a year to find out what happens next.

Well played, Jeff Sampson, well played.
Ruth
I read Vesper in a four week period, sitting down every once and a while to read a bit here and there. So this may be the reason why this book irked me to no end.

There are some books with brilliantly new ideas which are brilliantly done, although books like this are sparse and few. There are also books orbiting around a "used" idea, but is recycled and made into something totally different, although it still has that lingering feeling which reminds you of other books in that specific category....more
Esther
Check out this review and more at: http://ApocalypseReads.blogspot.com/

What would you think this story is about if you read the above synopsis and compared it to the cover of the book? Obviously something paranormal. Maybe some sort of spiritual battle. You probably wouldn’t think about werewolves. At all. But, then you would be stuck in the same boat as me, staring at the book with a dumbfounded look as you realized that is exactly what it’s about.

If reading about werewolves doesn’t turn yo...more
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
I'm sure most of us have a badass alter-ego hidden within ourselves. It doesn't really come out unless we are fortunate enough to be cast in an Angelina Jolie action movie. Okay, maybe not most of you, I guess that's just my inner calling. Luckily, Sampson created a character I could live in the moment with. The initial introduction revolved around Emily's ordinary, homebody behavior while at night her feisty transformation appeared. For a good amount of the novel I didn't quite grasp the meanin...more
Chibineko
Once in a while you'll come across a book that really keeps you reading. Not your average page turner, but something that really excites you & keeps you reading. This is one of those books.

Where to start? First off, I love how realistic the characters are. Emily doesn't have some unrealistic quirk to her & while she's definitely not one of the "beautiful people" she's not the specific target of anyone's ridicule. (Her friend Megan did have that dubious honor at one point in her past, tho...more
Robert Beveridge
Jeff Sampson, Vesper: A Deviants Novel (Balzer and Bray, 2011)

I really should have known what I was getting into with this. It's a young adult novel, the first in a projected series (really, folks, can someone just write a stand-alone novel these days? Please?), and it deals with the supernatural. Once you've established those three things, you've narrowed yourself to two or three choices. They're all overdone. They're all really, really annoying in the wrong hands, and 90% of the time they're i...more
Olivia (Bookcomet)
This was a very quick read, I borrowed it a couple of hours ago and here I am now, writing a little review.

Well. If you have noticed the shelve section above, you will love the new shelf I added. Entirely appropriate (totally misjudged what book was about). I have done that with the previous FOUR books I have read. I now feel obligated to add the shelf. Anyway, I assumed Vesper was about ghosts. Nope werewolves. Am I way off or what?

Anyway, to the actual book. I thought it was alright. Didn't...more
Alyssa Udall
Vesper is different from your average YA novel. The tone was closer to your average teen than I've read in most other novels, Emily is a geeky girl that doesn't win the heart of a brooding, mysterious guy despite her... circumstances and the book is written by a guy. That last one may not seem like an important factor, but I beg to differ. Reading a YA novel written by a man rather than a woman is like reading a YA novel with a male protagonist rather than a female protagonist. The gender of the...more
Zachary Hulet
I think it's appropriate to start this review by remarking that the concept of altered personalities and states has always interested me. So, naturally, I was drawn to this book via a combination of personal interest and high expectations. Unfortunately, these expectations weren't reached, but were instead blown completely off the face of the earth and into an alternate dimension of awesomeness. Short answer: I loved this book, so much so that I could scarcely put it down after picking it up! Ho...more
Missy (Missy's Reads & Reviews)
This was one of those books that I chose randomly from my reading pile, devoured in one sitting, then sat there staring at the novel for a while longer.. just thirsting for more. It's kind of like when you watch the season finale of your favorite TV show. They give you an ending, but they leave enough unanswered questions to keep you hooked for the next season. That's how this was. I read it, was perfectly satisfied with the ending because it ended at a good spot - but that didn't stop me from g...more
Jennifer
After reading so many good reviews of Vesper, I had to buy a copy to add to my ongoing collection of YA books. One would easily come to the conclusion that after reading so many were or vampire books that they tend to all begin to sound the same; basically, boy meets girl and they fall in love. Usually doing so is a no-no in some way. Sampson gives rise to a new breed of were in "Vesper." Forget everything you know about the were community and be prepared to be amazed.

The characters are delightf...more
Margaret Shabunko
Vesper is a story about a shy nerdy girl named Emily Webb. She experiences some changes after Emily Cooke, a student at her school, was killed. Emily Webb noticed that somehow those changes were in relation to her, even though they were only related, because they shared the same first name. The changes that she goes through aren't normal or in any way hormonal changes. She turns into a different person at night and something else as well. I would rate this book three stars out of five because th...more
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My writing history: I’ve been involved with children’s publishing for the past 11 years now — I got my start right out of high school, just after turning 18. Since then I’ve published eight books for children and young adults, with six more currently scheduled for release and in various stages of being written and edited. I’ve also contributed material to ten or so other books by other authors and...more
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“My idea of a fun night was diving into a massive pile of To Be Read pile of books stacked near my dresser... I was the girl who loved everything geeky.” 70 likes
“I guess I had always sort of fantasized that a guy would see me and get past the ponytail and the glasses and the giant sweatshirt to discover how insanely awesome I am, then come and whisk me off into that magical teenager fairytale where everyone else gets to prance around.” 34 likes
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