Most people do not like to read works of historical fiction, but it encompasses many famous and/or enjoyable books. The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell is not one of them. The plot moves fast, slow, and jumps around too much. This makes it hard to even figure out what year/season it is. Also, Mitchell’s use of antiquated language sometime clouds what the characters are attempting to convey.
Amelia is an average girl living with her brother and his wife in Broken Tooth, Maine. After a series of arguments, they decide to send her to live with her cousin Zora Stewart in Baltimore. The glamour and charm of Baltimore enchant Amelia. Then she discovers her strange ability to see the future, but only at sunset. At first her powers are fun and harmless, but she then sees darker and more lethal things. Amelia is also in love with a painter named Nathaniel who has an ability of his own.
On a scale of 1-10 I would rate this book a 5. The language clouded meaning and the plot was at many times dull. If you want to read historical fiction I would recommend you read a book like I was Jane Austen’s Best Friend.
~Luke, Teen Book Reviewer