I should have made this post two weeks ago when the book actually came out, but man does time zip by when you have a new book released!
As the title says, my new YA novel Vesper, the first in the Deviants series, is finally here! Here’s the deets:
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?
“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
“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.”
“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
If Vesper intrigues you and you’d like to get your hands on a copy, the book is now in stores all over the US and Canada. But don’t let dreary winter weather keep you from reading — if outside is currently a frozen tundra, you can also order the book online or download it as an e-book:
If you’d like to learn even more about Vesper and the Deviants series, some links: The Vesper book page – Deviants series Facebook page – Browse inside the book at HarperTeen – Check out the Vesper trailer on YouTube
I’m so excited the book is finally here! I’ve already finished writing Deviants #2 and am about to dive into the hugely epic book #3. These two won’t be out until Jan. 2012 and Jan. 2013 respectively, but I’m doing my best to make them worth the wait!