Sunday, May 5, 2013
Vesper by Jeff Sampson...
Published: January 25th 2011 by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins
Date Finished: April 17th, 2013 (Unfinished)
Rating: 2 stars
Age Recommendation: -
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?
I was really looking forward to reading this book. It had a great sounding synopsis as well as great reviews on goodreads. But sadly this book didn't live up to my expectations.
The plot. The plot of this book was nothing like I was expecting, when I originally read the plot it sounded very mysterious and something that I would love, but sadly it wasn't executed in a way that I enjoyed. Sure, I only ended up reading till about half way through, but the storyline was on a path that really did not appeal to me. I thought that the storyline was unrealistic even for a fantasy book and I really just didn't think that the book flowed well.
The characters. I really couldn't connect with any of the characters and I think it was because of the way that they were written. I thought that they were all very one-dimensional and didn't seem very relatable at all.
Emily. For me she was not relatable in either of her personalities. I thought when she was "day time Emily" she ended up coming across as quite needy to me and even the way she spoke I thought didn't match her character. "Night time Emily" was not relatable for me either, I thought that she was too over the top in what she did, and Emily overall with both her personalities was not a character I could relate to or one that I liked.
Overall this book just wasn't for me and it's not one that I would tell you to go rush out and buy, but if I end up finishing this book I will update the review.