Avert your eyes, spoilers, YO!
So, Vesper by Jeff Sampson ends on an insane note – and Havoc, the sequel, pretty much picks up where Vesper leaves off. By day, Emily Webb is a normal glasses and pony tail girl. By night, however, her ‘deviant’ side comes out and she has super powers and can also turn into a wolf. One question keeps pricking at Em and her pack — why are they the way they are? This central question drives the plot of Havoc.
Sampson continues to write Emily in a snarky, bad ass style. Night Emily is blunt and awesome. His teens actually sound like real teens and not like the olds trying to be hip. Nope, no squares at all in Havoc. I will say the writing style is fresh, pop culture laden and something I really enjoy reading.
However, Havoc by Jeff Sampson very much feels like a middle of the series book. It is fast-paced, but honestly, it seems like the story of the Deviants barely advanced. I mean, at this point in the series, I STILL don’t know the purpose behind the Vespers and Deviants.
Also, this is a bit shallow, but I wish there was a bit more romance. There’s definitely set up between Spencer, another of the Deviants and a member of Emily’s pack, and Emily. And yes, PLENTY of sexual tension, but not much time is spent acting on it. Which, okay, I am sure some people are down for that, but personally, I like a bit more kissing and swooning.
In all, I’m indifferent to Havoc – it’s not great, nor is it terrible — it is merely an ordinary read. I’ll admit, I still want to check out the third in the series, but I am not on tenterhooks for it or anything.
Disclosure: Received for review.
Other reviews of Havoc by Jeff Sampson:
Deviants Series Order:
Vesper (Book One)
Havoc (Book Two)