The Vespertine is about Amelia van den Broek, who goes to stay with her cousin, Zora, during the Summer of 1899. After a few difficulties settling in with society she meets Nathaniel, a struggling artist, whom she immediately falls in love with. Amelia later discovers that she can predict the future and with some pushing from Zora decides to read peoples fortunes. But knowing the future can't always be a good thing and it might just be the thing that ruins her...
This book starts off very dark, Gothic and angry but amazingly written, it's sucks you straight into the story. I admit I'm not quite sure what is going on up to where she states that's she's locked in the attic by her brother with only a pen and paper for company. After reading 40% of the book I realised that the beginning is the aftermath so I re-read it and it made much more sense. After that the story flows nicely. The scenes are very vivid and easy to imagine, so the story is easy to read.
As soon as I met Zora I fell in love with her. Her character is smart, daring and sarcastic which is just what this story needs. One description of her particularly amused me: 'Zora spun and tossed herself onto the bed so completely that she'd need help back up... she still be left to roll back and forth on the duvet like upturned turtle'.
I found this story very romantic, entertaining and suspenseful. Knowing something bad will happen at the end of the novel kept me reading. I would recommend this to anyone with a love of Supernatural Romance.
*EDIT* This book will be released in March 2011, if you search for it on Amazon it's available to pre-order. :)
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