author : jeff sampson
pages : [hardcover] 288
memorable quote : 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.
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’ve had this ebook on my TBR shelf for a long while after winning it in a contest–not because I was always putting it off, but because there are always other books for me to read. Well, I finally got around to reading Vesper–not realizing that it was the beginning of what I think is a series, possibly a trilogy–and didn’t enjoy this novel enough to consider reading further into these books.
Honestly, I feel like there was a potentially awesome concept, but one that I didn’t see until possibly the last ten pages of the book. The rest dragged on to a conclusion that would have been thrilling if I’d been excited for it. Instead, throughout most of the book, I was confused. Emily was haunted by her alter ego who wants to dress revealingly and party every night, for some reason. It was kind of a terrifying concept to me, because what would you do if every night you became a different person and had to deal with those consequences in the morning? I feel like that could have been more fully explored. Again, her parents seem to be mostly absent in this, and completely mindless of her breaking the rules every night. We really only consistently see her best friend reacting to Emily’s changes . . . and even then she has a different response each night, and not in an evolving/maturing way, either, only in a sporadic mess.
I gave this book one star for the interesting conclusion and the chance that future books could be much more intriguing and action-packed, though I don’t have enough time to invest more in this series on the chance that it could thrive. Another star because there was just enough intrigue to keep me going through the book. But I didn’t find the characters very interesting–Emily, when she was supposedly ‘geeky’, simply seemed like a ‘geeky’ stereotype, and then the stereotype of a party girl when her alter ego came out–nor were they particularly memorable. I’d suggest giving this book a pass.