Monday, 25 April 2011

The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

The Vespertine
Saundra Mitchell
Harcourt Children's Books
[March 7, 2011]

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.

Wonderful. Magical. Amazing.
I read this book probably over a month ago, so I'll review this the best I can.

When I read this, I was in the middle of a book slump. No book could engage me properly. But this book came pretty damn close. 

Amelia was a fantastic character. Strong and independent and kinda ballsy, but in the best possible way. And I loved Nathaniel. He was kind of dark, even for me, but he was still a great guy for Amelia.

Which leads me to the romance. Thrilling. Wonderful. Beautiful. The romance is the only thing that really sticks out in my mind (besides a few things that are spoiler-y. ;]) and it's just...GUH. So, SO wonderful.

Really, I liked everything about this book. And I'm super excited for the sequel. And I HIGHLY recommend it, especially if you liked A Great and Terrible Beauty or if you just like historical fiction or if you just like magic. Fabulous book overall!



  1. I completely agree--The Vespertine was absolutely amazing! I loved Nathaniel, especially. *swoon*

  2. The Vespertine was pretty much INCREDIBLE. :)



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