Thursday, December 29, 2011

Review: Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff (The Watchers #1)

Title: Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff
Published: September 6th 2011 by NAL Trade
Source: Purchased
Grade Rate: C+

When Annelise meets dark and seductive Ronan, he promises her a new life-if she has the courage to chance the unknown. Now, she's whisked away to a mysterious island and pitted against other female recruits to become a Watcher-girls who are partnered with vampires and assist them in their missions. To survive and become a Watcher, Annelise has to beat out every other girl, but she's determined to do so, because to fail doesn't mean dishonor-it means death.

My Review

Isle of Night had been patiently waiting for me in my “Billy” bookshelf for a while and I decided to read it after finishing school for Christmas vacation.  Overall I enjoyed the book.

Annelise Drew is a very strong character and Isle of Night is narrated in the first person, which makes it all the more about her and only her.  I felt that other characters, the setting, even relationships took a back seat to Drew.  For all her claims and belief that she is a genius, she made some awful mistakes.  How many times have you heard from your parents: “don’t talk to strangers, don’t get in a stranger’s care” and so on, and so forth.  I know there is a paranormal explanation for the “why”, but I’m telling you that I would NEVER get into a stranger’s car, not matter what!  Maybe be drugging the girls would be more believable to me.

Other characters that I enjoyed are Ronan (of course!), but he is still a complete mystery and I hope I get to see more of him in the next book.  I really liked Drew’s friends Emma and Yasuo and I am glad that she finally had some true friends to rely on.  The vampire Alcántara is so creepy that I hope he loses interest in Drew quickly.

The plot was original up to a point.  It seemed a weird cross between The Huger Games, Vampire Academy and the Southern Vampire series (these vampires are definitely not good).  The writing was easy to read and straightforward and the book was not too long either.  There are a lot of questions left unanswered yet. For instance, what on earth does a Watcher do? What happens to the girls that loose (I can imagine!)? Are allowed to date or do anything else that is not creepy, cruel, and hard?

If you are looking for a quick paranormal read and you love vampires, the Isle of Night is for you.  I will still read the sequel Vampire’s Kiss next March.

About the Cover:  Gorgeous people in the cover, right?  It is mysterious and very appropriate for the book.

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