Nov • 15 • 2010
Series: A Deviants Novel # 1
Genre: Young Adult-Fantasy
Author: Jeff Sampson
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: January 25, 2010
Book: ARC sent by publisher
“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?”
Talk about having a major headache. Poor Emily has no idea why she was changing and she is scared. One moment she was herself and the next, she was someone else on a mission. She was looking for a scent. A boy? Who was it and what is going on with her?
This book was great! I loved the how it started with the whole getting interviewed and recorded. Very mysterious and a great hook. From the beginning, the book just filled me with lots of questions. I just kept on reading wanting to know the secrets already.
The plot and the drama in the book was good. Emily has been seen as a nobody. Through out most of the book her own classmates would questioned who she was, when she was the changed. As changed Emily, no one could stop her. I like that she was filled with strength, fulfilling her mission. Although I concerned for her as to how she dressed and acted sometimes. Emily’s constant change did keep me on my toes. I wanted to know everything that happen when she was changed and of course how she was when she changed back. And I must say, I like the change Emily.
The paranormal stance in this book was good and was one I did not see coming. I thought that maybe Emily was a modern day Jekel and Hyde. But no. She was merely changing in her mind in order to prepare her body. At times I would freak out too. But the way Mr. Sampson wrote this was just WOW! He had me at the edge of my seat with excitement!!! He definitely wrote a book I could not put down.
I like how this book had a lot to do with finding yourself. Although Emily struggled, she prevailed in finding out who she was. I was glad to see her mate wasn’t so bad either. The big secret in the end was sort of a surprise. I was expecting it. I’m not sure if there is a next book, but if there is, I will most definitely read it. There are so many unanswered questions.
I give it 5 BITES!