VESPER is here!

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:

Vesper: A Deviants Novel

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:

US: IndieBoundAmazonBarnes & NobleBordersBooks A Million
Canada: IndieBoundAmazon - Chapters Indigo
E-Book: KindleNook

If you’d like to learn even more about Vesper and the Deviants series, some links: The Vesper book pageDeviants series Facebook pageBrowse inside the book at HarperTeenCheck 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!


  1. Danni
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I just finished Vesper…I loved it! I was wondering if there is going to be a follow up book?

  2. Posted March 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Hi Danni! I’m glad you liked Vesper. There are actually two follow ups planned. The second book in the series is called HAVOC: A Deviants Novel and will be out in January. I should have a cover and summary to share for it soon. And the third book will be out a year after Havoc. I know that’s forever, but I think it’ll be worth the wait :)

  3. Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    i really like your book..:) i can’t wait to read some of your novels..:)

  4. Posted March 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Kityre! I’m glad you liked it :)

  5. Janie
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I read your book in a day!!! It was so good. There are not a lot of “teen” mystery/supernatural books that are really good. But a huge HUGE thumbs up on this book and I am already planning to buy the next one!
    Thanks for a wonderful book.

  6. Posted April 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad you liked it, Janie! I should have some more news on book 2 pretty soon, which I’ll make sure to post here and on Twitter.

  7. Isabel
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I loved reading this book ! When I went to the library the spine caught my attention and I just grabbed it. I think it was destiny. :D When I finished the book I was disappointed because I should have gotten the second book but then when I looked at the copyright I realized that the second book most likely isn’t even out yet. I’m anticipating it so much !! There should be movies made based on the series. :)

  8. Posted August 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Hi Isabel! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Vesper. Havoc should be out in about 5 months — I hope you can wait that long! I think it’ll be worth the wait, though :)

  9. Cesar Ramirez
    Posted August 25, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    All i can say that this book was amazing and i really cannot wait for the sequel i wonder how long the Deviant novels are going to be. Man i cannot wait to read Havoc and i say that your an amazing writer. I finish Vesper in a day lol. Book was too good did not put it down when i started reading it :D

  10. Posted August 25, 2011 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Thanks Cesar! Your comment just made my day :) There are two more books in the Deviants series, though it’s possible there could be more if the series sells really well. But the storyline started in Vesper will get all wrapped up in book 3. Of course Havoc needs to make things crazier first. It’s out in a few months, and I hope you enjoy it!

  11. Katie
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    I adored this book. It has been a while since I sat down for a couple of hours and read a book. I couldn’t go anywhere without it – I even read it while I got dressed this morning! I can’t wait for the next novel!

  12. Ciara
    Posted January 24, 2012 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Umm is the second book out yet cause i got the first one for my nook. And let me say I just finished and am dying to read the second! Of course im sad to hear the third will not be out till next year. Lol

  13. Posted January 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Hi Ciara! Yup, the second book actually came out *today*. I was updating the site right when you were commenting, actually. Check out the main page again for the details!

  14. Amanda
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    I absolutely LOVE these books I cant wait for the third!! I read them both in like three days!! They are incredibly written!! Like I said I LOVE them!! I didn’t know that they were so recently released though glad I found your websit so I can know when the third one gets released!!

  15. Posted February 9, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Hi Amanda! I’m so happy that you loved the first two books :) The third book isn’t out for a year — eep! — but I think it’ll be worth the wait. I just finished writing it a week ago and it’s super epic. I also just got to see an early version of the cover and I think you guys are gonna really dig it. Thanks so much for letting me know you enjoyed the books, it totally made my morning!

  16. Posted November 27, 2012 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    I read this book in a day and I was great !:) #keepreading

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