Monday, February 13, 2012

Isle of Night: The Watchers by Veronica Wolff

Isle of Night: The Watchers by Veronica Wolff
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: NAL

Is life offering fewer and fewer options? Then join the dead.  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. -

I deliberately waited as long as I could before reading this book.  I've had it for months, but I had heard such great things, knew I would like it, and so didn't want to set myself up for a months-long wait until the second one came out.  Now that the end of the second book wait is in sight, I couldn't take it any longer and finally broke down to read this one.  I was not disappointed in the least!!

This book was so different from any other vampire story I've read.  I've been on a non-vampire-book kick for a while now, because I'd gotten so burned out on reading them.  This one does have vampires, but they are closer to the traditional vampire stories...where vampires aren't domesticated, mysterious and romantic figures, but actually quite the opposite.  I read one review that dubbed this a Hunger Games meets Anne Rice.  A perfect description, actually.

When Annelise, who prefers to be called Drew, graduates from high school, she doesn't waste any time getting out on her own and escaping her abusive family.  With nowhere to go, it takes very little for Ronin to convince her to come to a special school, but what she finds upon arriving isn't quite what she expected.  What I loved about this character was her strengths and weaknesses.  This is a girl who is strong, determined, and able to take care of herself.  But at the same time, the author didn't write her as being perfect.  She has big flaws too, weaknesses that make her vulnerable.  It was such an authentic mixture that this character was so three-dimensional for me.  I felt like she was real.

Ronin is definitely sexy and mysterious, and I can understand why she likes him, but there's a lot more to come in this series before we will truly be able to get to know Ronin.  The promise of romance is definitely there, but when she's having to fight to death with other girls just to make it through the school, it leaves little time for romance between these two apart from the implied one.  I'm definitely one for romance in the books I read, so I thought this would be disappointing for me.  Quite the contrary.  I found that the promise of romance, the long looks exchanged, the few little touches that aren't supposed to happen, was quite enough to keep me strung along and wanting more.

This story had an excellent mixture of elements in it, adventure, mystery, romance, and a certain eerie quality that gave you shivers.  This is such a unique new series and I can't wait for the second one to come out!

If you liked this book, keep an eye out for the release of the second one:


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