Vesper - Jeff Sampson

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?

Why I Read It
Because it sounded very Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde...and that intrigued me.  Also, "Emily Webb is a geek" was in the summary.  I felt an instant bond.  We bonded I tell you!  Also, it was on The Story Siren's list of 2011 debut titles.

What I <3'd
Geek Emily.  I loved Geek Emily like no tomorrow.  I felt an instant connection to her with all things geeky.  Then I got to see through the eyes of Nighttime Emily (the personality that begins taking over at night) and she's totally kickass.  Nighttime Emily is so full of confidence (which I didn't have as a teenager) and toughness (which I barely have now) and sexiness (jury's still out).  Seeing through the eyes and hearing the thoughts of Nighttime Emily made me want to be more confident and kickass myself.  Although, at the same time, being in her head kind of made me want to pick fights...which the author kindly warned me away from (thanks Jeff!).

Also, I absolutely adored the fact that this book gave nothing away.  Nothing.  You figure out exactly what's going on (which was a total surprise for me) exactly when Emily does.  And I loved that.  It made it real.

That, and the ending.  I'd like the next book please...PLEASE?

What I didn't <3
Megan, Emily's best friend wasn't my fave character...but that might just be because Emily was so awesome by comparison, and Megan kept accusing Emily of just wanting to be popular instead of actually worrying about her friend.

Other than that, the only thing I don't love is the fact that book 2 is so very far away.  *pouts*

GEEKOUT Moment (no spoilers!)  When Emily finally tracked down the person that her "Nighttime" self was so focused on finding.  OMG.  New fave character.  <3's



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