Release Date: Aug. 7, 2012
Publisher: NAL Trade
The Watchers #3
Genre: Young Adult (Urban Fantasy)
Format(s): Paperback (304 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME —
EVEN IF HOME IS WHERE THE DEAD LIVE.
It’s the start of the fall semester, and a new crop of Acari and Trainees has descended on the Isle of Night. Watcher training has intensified, and Drew has a new roommate named Mei-Ling. But Mei-Ling harbors a dangerous secret that drove the vampires to abduct her against her will. Drew knows she shouldn’t get involved, but she can’t seem to leave her roommate to fend for herself.
Luckily, Drew has other things on her mind—like vampire Carden. A blood bond to a brawny, eighteenth-century Scottish bad boy tends to preoccupy a girl. And though she’s still figuring out what this bond means, one thing has become clear: She craves him in a major way.
But then bodies start turning up on the island. All the evidence points to the existence of a rogue vampire, and the sinister vampire Alcántara is gunning for Carden, even though Drew has proof that Carden had nothing to do with the murders. Now she has to find the true killer—without endangering Carden, Mei-Ling, or herself…
What G & U are talking about:
Gikany and Una make no qualms about it, this Watchers series is excellent. It is for truly for young adults (high school and older) unless your middle school child is mature enough to handle the violence and romantic situations.
The latest installment in the Watchers series is Blood Fever, and, man, did it heat up! If you haven’t picked up this series yet, what are you waiting for?! The premise, characters and mythology are fresh, enthralling and invigorating. Sadly, Ms. Wolff has no qualms about killing characters; however, it is never done without reason.
The Watchers is a series told from the perspective of Annelise Drew. If you think of the Isle of Night as a combination of the evil Twilight vampires and the Hunger Games, you’ll have a good idea of what this series is about. Drew is brought to the Isle of Night under false pretenses to be trained as a Watcher. Watchers are highly trained and extremely lethal women who protect and support the exclusively male Vampires. There are some obviously chauvinistic tendencies seen by the way Vampires treat the Watcher trainees, as most of the vampires on the island are very old. Despite this, the training is fascinating. Oh, we forgot to mention, you don’t fail out of this training, you live to advance or you die trying.
After the conclusion of the second book, Vampire’s Kiss, Drew has the added complication of her connection with Carden McCloud, the very attractive and very different Vampire she rescued. The interactions between Carden, *ahem* Master McCloud, and Drew are wonderful. Ms. Wolff masterfully allows the reader to be a teenager again in Drew shoes. It is a treasured opportunity to experience again first-hand all those new found emotions, spurred by hormones all while trying to temper it with logic.
We enjoyed the introduction of Drew’s new roommate, Mei-Ling. The subtle differences between the two of them, the mystery over why this particular Acari was placed with Drew and the friendship that blossoms between them was gripping. What is more, the quiet strength of Mei-Ling was appealing and a well-placed juxtaposition to the loud mouthed brawn of Drew. Their interactions while teaming up with Drew’s best friend, Emma (she is just so awesome) in Blood Fever and the outcome of it at the end was enthralling and heartfelt. The great team that Emma and Drew made (something thoroughly discouraged by the Vampires) was only enhanced by the addition of Mei-Ling. This is especially evident as they investigate the rogue Vampire who is killing people…without permission and leaving their bodies to be found.
This is a difficult review to write without giving anything away. The ending of Blood Fever will surprise you, anger you, and yet, if you read the snippet from the next novel The Keep, will give hope. Drew still has a long road ahead of her, but at least she has the first year down. So if you haven’t done so, pick up the Watchers series, you won’t regret it!
Personal favorite – a must read (A+)
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