16 julho 2011

Review: Vesper

Publisher: Balzer + Bray (2011)
Format:  Hardcover | 292 pages
Genre(s): Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Description (Goodreads): "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?"
Here's another book that surprised me. Maybe because I had little to no expectations about it as the only thing I actually knew was that it was a werewolf story.

But now, after finishing it, I am impressed with the book. Not because it is a masterpiece, but because it just stands out among all the young adult urban fantasy I've read this year. And that is something, because with so many books of this genre coming out every month it's certainly difficult to be original.

Emily Webb is not popular. She doesn't think she's pretty. And she knows she's a geek. Most of the time she doesn't mind having only one friend and wearing loose clothes to hide her body (of which she is ashamed). Except sometimes she wonders... how it would be like to be a confident girl, with a confident walk and even some superpowers...

But one thing is imagining and another, completely different thing is having it happen. Really happen. Because suddenly Emily doesn't need her glasses to see clearly; she is fast, strong and... confident.
What is happening to Emily? Why is she suddenly feeling like she is in a movie adaptation of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?

Here's the main reason I liked this book: Emily. I could identify myself with her. She was shy and had doubts about her body and sometimes wished she had the courage to stand up to people. I think she was very human and I can imagine that many girls feel like Emily. I don't know if all of them want superpowers (I know I wanted to be a witch when I started reading Harry Potter... but it's a secret. :D), but certainly every girl in the world has, at one point or another felt inadequate and/or uncomfortable.

So, Emily is a relatable sort of character who suffers a transformation that allows her to be as sassy, outspoken and self-assured as she wants. It's easy to see the appeal, I think. I also liked the fact that Sampson actually cared about the development of his protagonist and that we can see Emily actually changing and growing.

The story wasn't anything special really. It was Emily's journey, Emily's change that drove this book and made it interesting.

There were characters that could have been introduced earlier to the story (like Spencer; we know he is there, but his role is not very prominent although he is an important character) and some parts that felt rushed (the last chapters), but overall "Vesper" was a nice read.
And as the author included parts (the transcripts) that take place much later in Emily's life, I guess I'll have to read the second book in the series to see what else happens to her: how she will find her pack and how the relationship with her "mate" will go. Oh and everything about BioZenith. I'll just have to keep reading until I know as much as Emily seems to know in this first book.

Overall: this is an introductory book to the series, clearly. It focuses on Emily's experiences while changing and has a very simple plot that is there mostly to 'help' Emily in her 'journey'. The "transcripts" that appear throughout hint at a deeper story and several plot lines that include other supernaturals and the rest of Emily's pack. These transcripts represent Emily's present while the book is a recounting of Emily's past so if the reader wants to know more they'll just have to read the other books. I think I will. :)

5 comentários:

Laura disse...

Amen, a good book! LOL
Lately it's been hard to find books that are original. I'm guessing this one is worth it, since you read so many YA and you think this one is cool.

p7 disse...

This one was on my wishlist. I'm glad something debuting this year is pretty good. :D I guess I'll be ordering it soon, as I got really curious when reading your review. ;)

Rita disse...

Olá Slayra!

Gostei de ler a tua opinião. Criaste-me interesse em conhecer a personagem principal, pois tal como tu, possuo aspectos em comum com ela.

Se o inglês não for demasiado complicado, pode ser que o leia na versão original. Caso contrário, esperarei pela possibilidade de uma versão portuguesa...


slayra disse...

Não sei se este livro alguma vez sairá em português... digo isto pq não foi exactamente um sucesso como "Anjo Caído" ou "Shiver"... mas nunca se sabe.

Acho que o inglês é acessível. É escrito para jovens e narrado na primeira pessoa por isso acho que não apresenta grandes dificuldades. É sem dúvida uma leitura divertida e interessante. :D

Rita disse...

Acredito que seja interessante, pela tua opinião parece sê-lo.

Sendo assim, irei colocá-lo na minha wishlist. :)

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