September 6, 2011
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.
ISLE OF NIGHT is a fantastically thrilling YA debut that blew me away! Wolff gets points for taking off with vampires and creating such a unique world. I could not put this book down for one second, and I even risked peeking between the pages in class! The action is non-stop so there is absolutely zero chance of getting bored. You are sure in for a treat when you decide to delve into ISLE OF NIGHT.
Annelise is my kind of girl. She has had a really rough life, but she doesn't sit on her butt and mope about it for the entire story! She has created a hard shell around herself to protect herself from getting hurt, but it does start to crack a bit from the moment Ronan walks into her life and changes it forever. Training to become a Watcher is tough business and Annelise sure struggles a bit at first. It was great to see her slowly come into who she was and embrace her new life. I felt so awful for all of the horrible things she had to go through and I know I wouldn't have been able to do what she had to do to survive. Annalise is a heroine that girls are sure to look up to!
And then there is Ronan. Ronan captivated me from the moment Annalise first locked her eyes on him. He is the typical tall, dark, and mysterious romantic interest but he does have a few traits that make him unique. The chemistry between him in Annalise....WOW. They hardly ever touch during the scenes that they are together but the moment they encounter one another, the sparks fly! There were so many times I wanted to shake him for doing what he did though! Why must the mysterious boys always play hard to get???
The concept behind the novel was very intriguing. In Wolff's novel, only males can be vampires and special women are their Watchers. Becoming a vampire or a Watcher is not easy at all in ISLE OF NIGHT. There are so many of them that die from their training. There are also those pesky girls who want to sabotage others and prevent them from moving up in rank. One of these girls happens to be Lilac, someone who I came to love to hate. She was positively nasty throughout the whole book!
On a brighter note, ISLE OF NIGHT is the start to a YA series that is sure to be a hit. I need more of this creative world that Wolff has crafted. Do not miss out on this one or you will certainly be missing out on a remarkable novel.