Vesper: A Deviants Novel

“Addictive and surprising. I couldn’t wait for night to fall to see what Emily would do next!”
Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of Fallen

“Exciting, witty, and impossible to put down. The best kind of page turner.”
Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of the Gone series

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?

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Vesper is the first of the three-book Deviants series. Part coming of age story, part murder mystery, and part paranormal/sci-fi thriller, Vesper introduces you to Emily Webb and the mysteries she must uncover after discovering she’s turning into something she never expected…. Vesper is now in stores and available as an e-book in the US and Canada, released by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins.

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“Middle-grade author Sampson’s quick-paced YA debut, first in the Deviants series, gives [spoiler!] an SF twist…. Sampson lets Emily’s story unfold with small reveals, and intriguing details build this into a cohesive page-turner…. Enticing hints of a deeper backstory, combined with a cliffhanger ending, should leave readers eager for the next book.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“A shy, dorky 16-year-old transforms into a wild party girl at night in this effective supernatural thriller…. Sampson delivers an almost believable scenario through Emily’s chatty first-person narration…. Emily’s attractive personality, drab on the surface but with emerging panache, easily holds readers’ attention, especially during her feral nighttime prowls. Intriguing.”

“This smart and good-humored [novel], the first in the Deviants series, should tickle the fancy of girls who like their genre reading spicy without being crude…. [Readers] will enjoy the ride as [Emily] sleuths the other Emily’s death … Intercut between these high-action chapters are scenes from Emily W.’s interrogation by what is clearly an evil force. This conceit proves an effective and unusual way of alerting readers to the potential of Emily W.’s … world.”


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