Google+ Reading Teen: The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books (March 7, 2011)
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Author's Website: http://saundramitchell.com/blog/Buy the book: Amazon

It's the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him. When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia's world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she's not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.

I'm beginning to realize that I really have a love for historical/period YA fiction, and this book certainly didn't disappoint!  Add to that a paranormal aspect, and of course a fantastic romance, and I think it's just about perfect!  This book was so much fun to read.  The writing was elegant, without being difficult to follow or understand.  There were enough plot twists and unexpected developments to keep me guessing what would happen next, and unable to put the book down until I found out.

I loved the relationship between Amelia and her cousin, Zora.  There are so many stories out there where the girls are so catty with each other, and Saundra totally could have gone that way with this book, that it was just a breath of fresh air to read about two girls who were such fantastic friends.  Zora was such a great character!  I loved that she cared about Amelia, and that she was basically a good girl, but that she had a little mischievous streak in her, that provided lots of entertainment for the two girls.

I liked the paranormal aspect of The Vespertine too.  Although it wasn't the main focus of the book, it made the story more interesting, and left you with that unsettled feeling.  Like you know things can't keep going on this well for her forever.  At some point, it's all going to go south.  I was biting my fingernails waiting for the "all good things must come to an end" moment.

Then there was the forbidden romance....sigh....I just love it!  There's something about when two people aren't allowed to be together, that makes even the slightest touch electrifying.  That's what this book has that others are missing.  And even though Amelia and Nathaniel were immediately attracted to each other, their romance still took time to develop.  As they learned more and more about each other, they fell harder and harder.  And what a fall it was!

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  • Sexual Content: Some Kissing
  • Profanity: None
  • Violence: None
  • Other Notables: Mild
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44 comments:

  1. I've seen this around, but never really knew what it was about. It sounds really good! I wish I'd read about it sooner! Thanks for the great review! ^_^

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  2. I just finished this book and I agree it was beyond amazing! I wish I could find more within this historical paranormal genre, such a fascinating combination.

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  3. I've had this from netgalley for awhile and I just can't get myself to pick it up... I think the historical aspect of it is throwing me off =/

    hopefully soon I'll decide to read it, I've heard only good things!

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  4. I've won a blog giveaway and chose The Vespertine as my prize but in a different cover... I was crazy to read it and now I'm even more! :)

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  5. I've heard really good things about this book. I can't wait to read it.

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  6. This sounds great! I have read a few really good historical fictions, so this would perfectly.

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  7. This sounds like a fun, sweet story. Thanks for the review!

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  8. I got a copy of this one from NetGalley, and it was an interesting read! Not my favorite historical, but I definitely enjoyed it. I adored her writing - it was really beautiful!!

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  9. great review! I really like the cover and the book sounds interesting. I can't wait to read it.

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  10. This cover is so gorgeous and now I'm really curious about the forbidden romance aspect in this book.
    Great review!

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  11. I love the cover and the premise of the book. Can't wait to read it!

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  12. l was so unsure with this book, l just didn't think l would like it as l don't really like historical books!
    Will probably give it a go after your review though =)

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  13. I've heard of this book already but your review made me want to read it NOW. great review! I'm looking forward to read more of your reviews.

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  14. Awesome review! I absolutely love the cover of this book. It's just so pretty! I'll have to pick it up!

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  15. Awesome reaview!! I soo want to read this book badly now. Love reading what you have to say =]
    KelseyAnne

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  16. After reading your review, I can hardly wait to read this book and share it with my teenage granddaughter! I am sure we will both love it.

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  17. Sounds fascinating, I guess I'll have to request it on NetGalley myself one of these days (even with so many other books waiting to be read, but oh well)!

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  18. Thanks for the review. I love the sounds of this book and really want to read it. Tore923@aol.com

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  19. Great review! I have been wanting to read this for months now! After all the reviews I've been reading lately, it’s wearing my patience. I can’t wait much longer to read it anymore.
    I love a good YA historical fiction and adding a good paranormal twist, makes it even more appealing. I agree about the forbidden romance too. Then again I think pretty much everyone does, because that theme is pretty much in every story.

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  20. Great review. The vespertine was a book I wasnt sure about reading as I dont really like books set that far back. But I think I might check it out I like romance and paranormal so if these aspects are in it I might give it a go :)

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  21. I've always loved historical YA fiction, but now that you mentioned there's a paranormal aspect to this book as well, I want to read it even more!

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  22. I've heard about this book before but it didn't draw my interest. I'm not a big historical fan (well except for Clockwork Angel but that's Cassandra). But I will definitely have to read this one. Thanks for the review.

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  23. That sounds so cool(I almost wrote cute, but with the paranormal theme, that probably doesn't work,lol). I've heard great things about it, I'm def gonna try to read it. <3 thanks for the review!

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  24. Great review! I love historical fiction too and I want to try some with a bit of paranormal/magic so this sounds like a good choice. Thanks for the reccommendation :)

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  25. Great review! I love historical fiction too and I want to try some with a bit of paranormal/magic so this sounds like a good choice. Thanks for the reccommendation :)

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  26. Great review! It sounds really interesting, what with the paranormal mixed in with romance. I can tell that I'll love it. :)

    Darn, now you got that "All Good Things (Come to an End)" song by Nelly Furtado stuck in my head. XD

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  27. Sounds good! And OMG I LOVE THE COVER!!! :O

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  28. I can't wait to get this book. March 7th is SO close!! I've heard nothing but great things about it from bloggers.

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  29. I really liked your review. It made the book sound interesting. Your right that most books are missing the getting to know you stage and go right to the we are madly in love. I love the cover too!

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  30. Very nice review! Vespertine has been on my wishlist for months now. The story sounds interesting and the cover looks really beautiful.

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  31. I'm pretty excited to read this book. I was intrigued by the cover, but I was THRILLED it's a clean read!

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  32. I am very excited about reading this one. I find I am loving historical YA!

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  33. Great review! I've heard so much about this book and definitely plan on oobtaining a copy in the near future.

    sarah.setar@gmail.com

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  34. Great review. Glad to see it is on the clean read list. Can't wait til Monday when it is available.

    Hopefully I am your Secondhand Sat choice. Thanks
    Bookgoonie(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. I think that is what makes a good book - the many elements that come together to make one compelling read. Good historical fiction, paranormal elements and a romance, I think one would hit a perfect trifecta in that book.

    Also, the cover is absolutely beautiful. I am going to add it to my "to-reads" list right away! :)

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  36. I haven't read this book yet, bu I'd like to. I love historical romances, and also science fiction/paranormal books, and this one seems to fit bot categories.

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  38. Great review! The books sounds very good, I'll definitely try to get it!

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  39. this book has been on my radar ! thanks for the review

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  40. I saw the description and some awesome reviews of this book, and after reading your review, I have to read The Vespertine soon!

    Thanks for the honest review.

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  41. I've been wanting to read more historical fiction and this one sounds really good. Thanks for the review!

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  42. This is the first I have heard of this book and it sounds soo good! Gotton written down in my to-read book :) x x

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  43. Sounds like a cute, light and fun reading. Historical paranormal is so different! I'm going to look for it! :)

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