Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Review and Giveaway: Vesper

Vesper by Jeff Sampson

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Vesper is a complicated puzzle of a story. The story is told from Emily Webb’s point of view but also a main character is Emily Cook who is often referred to as the other Emily. Confused? Well right off the bat super popular girl Emily Cook is murdered in a small town in Washington. Emily Webb is a film geek who simply wants to get through high school without being noticed. The problem is since the night Emily C is murdered Emily Webb begins to act erratic. She can break herself into two personalities. Day time Emily is awkward and shy while night time Emily is strong, confident, and wild.

Daytime Emily reaches out to her friend Megan for help. She is scared that maybe she is possessed by the other Emily or that she has suddenly become sick. Emily feels as if she is a quiet observer in her own body while her nighttime self acts out. Are you confused, intrigued, and hooked? Yeah that’s how I felt.

Her best friend Megan is a real pain. She tried being popular but when that failed she decided to go the angry misunderstood kid. She isn’t always the best of friends either. Megan freaks when she thinks that nighttime Emily wants to be part of the popular kids and she will be left behind.

Night time Emily is all about the fun. She dresses in slutty club clothes and is on the search for her mate. She loves that she can make guys lust for her but they are just a distraction until she finds the one. As daytime Emily she knows that she needs to find the killer and seek out others like her.

It isn’t until about 2/3 of the way into the story that you find out what causes Emily’s strange behavior and that the person who Killed Emily Cooke is out to kill others. If you like suspense and mystery than this book is for you. While there is some drinking, underage clubbing, there isn’t any inappropriate sexual content. If anything I wish the romance had taken more center stage. I wasn't completely hooked, but I will give the second book a chance.

For a chance to win a copy of Vesper fill out the form below.  Winner will be announced 1/30/11

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  1. I've had this on my TBR list for quite some time now. It sounds like it's confusing, but I'm still interested in reading it. Thanks for offering up a copy.

  2. I'm looking forward to reading this one! I'm not really much or a suspense reader, but I hope I like it anyway.

  3. Sounds really interesting and I really love the cover. Great review! =)

  4. I've been really looking forward to reading this one, so thanks for the contest! I wish you'd loved it, but I'm glad you liked it enough to at least check out the next one :)

  5. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  6. I've read quite a few mixed reviews on this book, but I'd still be interested in reading it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and thanks for the giveaway! :)

  7. This book sounds very interesting. Thanks for the review, I'll have to look in to it.

  8. Typically if the story is really strong then I am okay with just a sprinkle of romance, however this story just doesn't sound like something we would enjoy.

    Actually, we have this book for a long while and none of us have picked it up to read.

  9. Great honest review! I think this is one I might have to check out at the library.

  10. Very interesting. I'm wondering what causes it now too.

  11. Awesome awesome!!! I can't wait to read this! I am a new follower too! Thanks so much for this great giveaway!

  12. As I am new to the whole blogging phenom I'm glad that I started with yours. It is great . I can't wait to add to my reading list some of the books you have reviewed.