Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff
Published by NAL Trade
Genre: YA paranormal
$9.99 (US paperback)
What it's about:
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
Going into this I was sort of expecting it to be like Hunger Games, Vampire style. This was sort of true, but completely off at the same time.
I guess what I was sort of expecting was a bunch of girls who are on an island and the last couple standing gets to become the protectors to the vampires. This was not at all the case. The girls are taken to an island over by I think Scotland, and they are pretty much sent to boarding school. They have to go to classes such as etiquette classes and also PE along with a few others, and they have to try and survive, which isn't easy. The classes are killers, literally. It wasn't until the second half of the book that it did turn into something more Hunger Games-ish.
I loved Annelise's character. I thought she was great. She isn't some dumb damsel. She is smart, determinded, and beautiful. Thought she did have her flaws but those made her believable. I felt so bad for her for a good chunk of the book that I just wanted to give her a great big hug and tell her it would be okay.
I know that a lot of people are sick to death of vampires, and honestly I am a little too, but this book isn't really a "vampire book." They are such a small part of this book. There are lots of questions asked of them, and hardly any of them are answered in this book. That kinda drove me crazy while reading it, but it definitely had me intrigued.
I'm dying to get my hands on the second book in this series, Vampire Kiss. I am really invested to what happens to Annelise and the rest of the characters. I must find out all the answers to the questions that were asked.
My rating: 9/10