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?
Finally, a paranormal book I liked! After reading countless romances for years I've found one that doesn't have an overbearing romance. My long search has finally ended!
I have never read a werewolf novel mainly because I was hesitant to be disappointed by rip-offs of Big Wolf on Campus. Instead Vesper was quite a surprise with it's refreshing and original take on werewolves. It reminded me a lot of the Uglies series in that everything is based on science and realism rather than fantasy, and that eventually questions will be answered rather than just having readers suspend their belief for the whole series. I also enjoyed how Emily didn't just wake up one day, find out she was a werewolf, and go hunt; the stages, the revelation, the hesitation, the disbelief were all so beautiful written.
My favourite aspects of Vesper were it's originality and realism. It was so refreshing to read a fantasy/paranormal novel that didn't have a crazy romance, instead offering a simple, realistic scenario. Most novels these days (and most of the ones I read) are written by females, so it was really cool to delve into a male author's perspective of a teenage girl. Also most authors forget parents and other restrictions teenagers may face and I was impressed with how Emily wasn't able to just "sneak out" and not be caught every night, but rather faced repercussions by her family and friends. Paranormal books are known for their uncharacteristic violence, passionate romance, but never for their humour, which Vesper had plenty of.