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Friday, March 9, 2012

Vesper by Jeff Sampson

Posted by Irish in Review2 Comments

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 25 Mar 2011
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0061992763
Format: ebook
Pages: 288
Place(s) Traveled to: Skopamish, Washington // Seattle, Washington
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
First Line: I was half way out my bedroom window when my cell rang.
Deviants Series Order
Book 1 – Vesper
Book 2 – Havoc
Book 3 – Ravage (~Jan 2013)
I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I picked up Vesper by Jeff Sampson but what I got, wasn’t it. Vesper is an odd little book told from the POV of Emily Webb. Emily Webb is a very self-depreciating girl who tries to hide behind baggy clothes and an abrasive best friend. I really did not like Emily’s best friend. She was rude and bossy and she seemed to mostly be there to say derogatory things to Emily. And Emily who just seems to hate herself so much just takes it and often agrees. So there was much eye rolling and me talking to the book during any scene in which those two were together. These girls also really never came across as being teenagers to me and some of their dialogue just came across as forced and cliched.
Then there is the whole random interludes that are supposed to be transcripts from some secret organization that has Emily and some others held captive. These serve to show that the events in the book are a flashback and they’ll all lead up to where the transcripts come into play. The first one is seen in the opening chapter and served to give the start of the book a bit of a sinister feel. I liked it. But then as they keep coming up they just become an annoyance and really don’t do much to move the plot forward. At least not for me. For me, they only took me out of the story. 
And finally there was the whole paranormal part to the book and that’s what really turned this into a meh read for me. Like many others I’m suffering from paranormal fatique but I still read it as there is always hope that this one book will be the one to rekindle my love for this paranormal creature or other. Sadly though I have never really gotten into paranormal books about werewolves. Which is what Vesper is partly about. There are other paranormals in this book too but we really don’t get to see too much of them in this book. Maybe those details will come in future installments. But after reading this one I’m not entirely sure that I want to continue reading this series. The plot and even the writing were nothing special and there is none of that urgent need to know even with a cliff hanger type ending.

2 Responses to “Vesper by Jeff Sampson”

  1. A. Knight

    Since you’re suffering, try picking up some light contemporary romance reads maybe…? That could help!

    I don’t really like the sound of this one. It doesn’t very much appeal to me. It’s just one of those books that got pushed to the back burner and then never left. Still, I’m glad you at least liked it 🙂


  2. Wrighty

    I keep picking this up and putting it back at my library. I’m glad now that I haven’t taken the time to try to read it. I’m not crazy about werewolves either and I have too many other books that I can’t wait to read. I don’t need to add this to the pile. Maybe someday I’ll give it a try but not now. Thanks for your review!