*Vesper-- Jeff Sampson

Release Date: January 25th, 2011
Genre:  Supernatural
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Pages: 304
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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?
Review: So I had NO idea what this book was about. The summary is long, but actually pretty vague. When I actually found out what the book was about I had a hard time deciding whether I liked it or not.

This book reads like a prequel.  I feel like the 2nd book will be the one that really gets the plot moving. But because this book was so prequel-ish it left me feeling unsatisfied. I kept waiting and waiting for it to build to something, and it did end in a really cool way, but it wasn't really what I was expecting. I wish that the 2nd book were coming out sooner.

I think my favorite part of this book is "daytime" Emily. She is EXACTLY like me. She'd rather curl up with a book than party. She only really has one friend, but she's a loyal friend. etc. etc. So this book had a really personal effect on me because I could totally understand what Emily was feeling when she would "change." That would freak me out! This both drew me into the story, and made me a little wary.
Eventually, though, the original plot and mystery drew me in, and the ending was SUPER awesome, so I really enjoyed this book. Enough to own it? Probably not. Enough to read the 2nd book? Most definitely.

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