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Isle of Night: The Watchers [Paperback]

Veronica Wolff
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  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: New American Library; 1 edition (6 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451234626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451234629
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Veronica Wolff is an award-winning, bestselling author with a soft spot for kilts and vampires. Not necessarily at the same time. Known for her Scottish time travel and historical romances, she's changed gears, writing two new series for the Penguin Group: The Watchers, starring a group of vampires and the teenaged girls who train as their agents, and Sierra Falls, a contemporary romance series set in a small community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. In real life, she's most often found with her husband, kids, and dogs on a beach or in the mountains in Northern California, but you can always find her online at veronicawolff.com.

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Isle of Night 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 Full description

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A huge disappointment 9 Feb 2012
By Book Passion for Life TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I bought Isle of Night way back in September and since then I've been eagerly awaiting for the right time to finally read it. Before reading it, it was one of my most highly anticipated books but now after reading it, it's undoubtedly one of the biggest disappointments.

The story follows the life of Annelise, a girl who lives in a small town and cannot wait to get out of it. When her opportunity to enrol in College comes earlier than most kids her ages she jumps at the chance to go. When a mysterious and gorgeous guy named Roman comes into her life before she enrols in College, she suddenly finds herself agreeing to go to a mysterious island with him. Once there, she realises the Island isn't what she originally thought; she's actually being forced to join other female's who are being recruited to become Watchers - girls who are partnered with vampires to assist them in dangerous missions. All Annelise needs to do is survive but she also has to beat every other girl to become number one, because if she fails - is will lead to her death.

Sounds awesome right? Well, after reading I'd have to disagree. I wanted to love this story but I couldn't and eventually the cons outweighed the pros leading me to rate this book a 1.5 out of 5.

What I didn't like:
- Annelise as a character; even though she was very smart and brave, she actually very nave and very unsure of herself, almost to the point were I'd say she insecure of herself. She is always worrying what other people think and that other people will pick on her because she is super smart and she doesn't think she's pretty enough. I found it very unrealistic that a girl like Annelise couldn't be confident in herself while coming across strong as the same time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Irish Banana Review 10 Sep 2011
By Hannah @ The Irish Banana Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Whatever I expected when I started reading Isle of Night, it wasn't this. I guess I expected Veronica Wolff's novel to be more romance and seduction and what I got was hard-core action and horror. Not that that is a bad thing! Far from it. I think I got used to the sweet, girl-meets-hot-guy-and-they-fall-in-love storyline that most YA vampire-centric novels throw at me. While there is a romantic element to this book, it was most definitely not the front running story.

Annelise is a girl who has been kicked around all her life. She's crazy-smart, but has never had a chance to escape her nightmare of a life until now. Only it turns out her great escape turns into a huge joke and she's left in an even worse situation than she was before. Enter Ronan, the guy with all the answers.

Truthfully? I found the beginning to be somewhat ludicrous. I mean, what person gets into a plane with a guy she just met? Hot or not, Annelise just seemed too smart for that. Luckily that is explained later, but I was left wondering what was going on for quite a little while. It actually annoyed me to an extent, and I felt like this could be a deterrent to some readers. Stick with it, and I swear it will make perfect sense.

Once I got a few chapters in, though, I was well and truly hooked. I loved learning about Annelise's training as a Watcher, as well as the trials she was put through. Some of them literally had me gaping open-mouthed at the pages. It wasn't long before I genuinely cared for Annelise, and was rooting hard for her to prevail. She's a strong, smart character that I couldn't help but like.

One thing I must advise is that I don't recommend this book for younger teens. It was, at times, quite graphic in the violence. Other than that, it's a darkly written tale of survival of the fittest. I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of this series and find out what happens to Annelise.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most dangerous, romantic, and exciting paranormal YA titles I've read all year 7 Sep 2011
By AJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have a self imposed rule with books. I give them fifty pages to win me over. If I'm not intrigued by then, I tend to move on. I've never been so glad to have that rule than I am after finishing--and loving--ISLE OF NIGHT by Veronica Wolff because the first fifty pages did not entice me at all. But, and this is a big but, from then on, the rest of the book became one of the most dangerous, romantic, and exciting paranormal YA titles I've read all year.

Right out of the gate, ISLE OF NIGHT tripped and fell flat on its face and stayed down for the first fifty pages. Annelise, a brilliant victim of domestic abuse, did not endear me to her initially. She was supposed to be witty and sarcastic, but instead struck me as petulant and desperate. Her home life also came across as trite and insincere despite the sad circumstances. I didn't feel sorry for her, and I should have. Especially when a handsome stranger sweet talked her first into his car, then onto his plane with promises of a new future.

But!

Once Annalise and her tall, dark, and criminally handsome escort reached the Isle of Night, everything changed. Suddenly Annalise was witty and sarcastic. The references to her past abuse did arouse my sympathy, as did the situation she found herself in: a kill or be killed scenario with a secret academy of gifted girls all competing--whether they wanted to or not--for the chance to become Watchers, the deadly yet beautiful assistants of vampires. The school is seriously scary and girls are killed on a regular basis for breaking rules, failing to pass tests, or the whim of the vampire headmaster.

Mixing elements from Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Mean Girls, ISLE OF NIGHT may have problems at the start, but the rest of the book is about as good as paranormal YA gets. There are vicious girls, mysterious guys, scary and seductive vampires, and a school where prowess with a blade is just as prized as elegance in a ballroom. The complete 180 this book took still has me dizzy, and if it weren't for those first fifty pages, I'd probably be giving ISLE OF NIGHT a 5/5 bat rating. As it is, I'm buzzing with anticipation for the next book in The Watchers series, VAMPIRE'S KISS, which will be published on March 6, 2011.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Thrilling, Epic Read 6 Sep 2011
By Erica - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Isle of Night was a fantastic start to a new series that was a ton of fun to read. With it's fast paced action, I could scarcely put it down. Wolff balanced all the elements needed to great a perfectly epic story.

It took me several chapters to be fully on board. I wasn't quite understanding what was going on and it was a bit unbelievable, then all at once everything made sense and I just couldn't put Isle of Night down. I was up until some crazy hour of the morning reading, until I finally made myself put it down. The whole situation with Isle of Night was so well done - it was this perfect balance between intriguing, scary, and a bit of just down-right creepy.

The vampires in Isle of Night were different than others - in Wolff's world male's become Vampires and females train to become Watchers. This in itself was really interesting, as it was brand spanking new.

I loved the characters. Annelise was so incredibly spunky, I loved her. Ronan was one gorgeous hunky guy. I really hope to see more from Emma as well in future books, as she was super lovely.

I am very excited to see where this series will go. Book 2, Vampire's Kiss, is due out early next year, and I am very excited for it! Isle of Night was an absolutely fantastic read!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Like a Cliche B Horror Movie (C Grade) 8 Oct 2011
By Katie Babs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff had its moments where I was lost in the world she has created. The heroine, Annelise is known as what is called "kick ass" in the YA world. Annelise prefers to be called by her last name Drew for no reason explained. Drew has graduated high school a semester early because she has perfect SATs and a high IQ. She comes from an abusive family. Her father beats her and her evil witch of a step mother. She's so happy to fly from the coop and to attend college on a scholarship. Drew feels her life is on the upswing until she goes to register and finds out she hasn't graduated because she never passed swim class. She never asks to talk to some higher authority at the college and takes what the registrar says at face value. Now despondent about returning home and going back to high school where the kids there are too perfect but dumb as bricks, Drew is given another chance when she meets the seductive Ronan, who when he touches her, she feels tweeny twinges of pleasure throughout her body.

Drew goes off with Ronan, with hardly any questions asked. Not once does she investigate why she hasn't graduated high school. But if she did, then it would be too easy and harder for the author to get Drew on a chartered plane where she thinks she'll attend a prestigious bordering type school. Drew is in for a world of shock as she ends up on an island along with other girls. Most snarl and hiss at her even though they're all blonde, much like Drew, but are rich and snotty, unlike Drew who is a jeans and T-shirt type of girl. Right off the bat she makes enemies. The reason the female "students" aren't friendly is that they're fighting to save their lives. They all have special abilities and have been chosen to become Watchers to a race of vampires, which are all males. Why? No clue. Every single girl has been banished from the main land because each has done something illegal where they've been exiled essentially. They'll be trained in the art of warfare so they can battle one another until only five girls remain to take the coveted Watcher spots.

Drew is beyond angry and scared because the only ability she has is her brain. She can't believe she allowed herself to be tricked by Ronan who isn't a vampire, but a Tracker who takes girls like Drew to this island of horrors. Now Drew must defend herself, much like she did when she lived with her father, getting over her attraction to Ronan, while ignoring her lusty feelings for the scary, yet seductive vampire professor, Alcantara, who was indirectly responsible for bring her to the isle of night.

Isle of Night is an over the top book that doesn't give any valid reason for anything. The girls are uber-mean, the vampires and their female underlings are borderline sadomasochistic and I expected a serial killer wearing a hockey mask to appear with a machete. The sexism is fierce here, where the girls are treated like property, who must fight to the death like the movie 300 in order to live and be given a coveted position. Why? Again, there's no real explanation for anything that happens in this book, as if the reader will shrug and be fine with it. (And don't get me started how no one from the main land questions about all these missing rebel type girls who are still underage.)

I also think there's a smog monster loose on this skerry tween island ala Lost.

Drew is the highlight of Isle of Night but she's forced into a world that reminds me of a B horror movie. You know she'll be beaten, tortured and perused by the things that go bump in the night, but still come out whole. There's no element of surprise with her other than which man she'll choose to fall in love and be with by the end of this series, which I can't see lasting too long. Far too many clichés occur and the actions and some of the dialogue is laughable, and not in a good way.

It seems Veronica has tried too hard with Isle of Night as if she's jumping up and down in the crowd of other YA books to be noticed. Unfortunately, readers will pass Isle of Night and the future books in this world.

Kaiebabs
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unlikeable characters and a go nowhere plot. 22 July 2012
By Cheryl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Annelise Drew, who prefers to be called Drew, wants nothing more than to put Christmas, Florida in her rearview mirror. She doesn't get along with her stepmother and her stepfather is a mean, abusive drunk who's smacked both of them around more than once. School wasn't any better, with an IQ of 185 Drew was pretty much an outcast with no friends. Because of all of that she busted her butt to graduate a semester early and is was granted early admission to college. When she gets there she notices a hot guy hanging out in the registrars office, but her attention is quickly drawn away when she's told that she actually didn't graduate from high school because of a new requirement to pass a swimming test, which she didn't do (Drew hates the water and can't even swim).

As she sits in her car, which won't start, the hot guy, a Scot named Ronan, comes up to her and offers her a ride. After some hemming and hawing, Drew accepts. Once she's in the car, instead of taking her to the coast, where she's planning on getting a waitressing job and figuring out what to do next, Ronan takes her to a landing strip where a private jet and the offer of a new life at an exclusive school awaits. Despite her misgivings, Ronan seems to have a way to persuade her to go with him. What awaits her on the Isle of Night, near Scotland, is a place full of vampires and the threat of death if she underperforms; a threat which is immediately made clear is not an idle one.

First of all, and this is me on my soapbox, Drew says she sees herself in a fur coat. Now, I know this is fiction, but I don't care. I'm sick of authors putting crap like this in books in this day and age. Fur is nothing to be looked at as classy or womanly. Okay, I'm getting off of my soapbox. No, wait, she also said that she wore a shirt and figured Kristen Stewart would wear something like it...wearing something because Kristen Stewart might, that shouldn't happen either. Ugh.

So, Drew's supposedly a genius, which she constantly reminds us of, yet she got in a car and then on a freaking plane with a total stranger. Her own father smacked her around and she kept going on about her instincts and, I don't care that ****slight spoiler**** Ronan has some special persuasive powers ****end of spoiler****, if she's so smart, why the hell would she go with him? I just don't get it. And then, because she's seen "casual cruelty" (maybe that fur you'd like), someone getting eviscerated in front of her doesn't really phase her. Yeah, right.

Obviously, I really didn't like this book. The characters had no depth and we didn't get to know any of them all that much; not that I really wanted to. With the exception of Drew's friend Yas, a vampire trainee, pretty much everyone was an ass. It appeared that the only way to get an invite to join the sadistic vampires was to basically be a borderline psychopath. Or maybe that was just done to make Drew seem more sympathetic and normal. Didn't work. No one, Drew included, seemed to really mind hurting or killing others. Something she did resulted in some dire consequences, and, though she said it bothered her, it really didn't seem to. We were supposed to feel sorry for her because her father physically abused her and it was apparently what made her so tough as nails, but I didn't feel for her at all and she didn't come off as all that tough. Oh, and Drew and all of her fellow trainees drink vampire blood right from the get go and don't really seem to give it a second thought. When in Rome, I guess. Plus, nasty vampires, a male Asian friend and a main character who, in theory, is supposed to be a kick butt heroine called Drew...I kept thinking of the Strange Angels series.

To top off the crappy, depthless characters, we really didn't learn anything about what they're really being trained for, how the vampire trainees become vampires, why they'd agree to it or what the Watchers really do. We didn't learn much about training, classes, etc. and there seemed to be nothing to do except for Drew to obsess over being number one in a contest so that she can get off of the island with one of the vampires who, of course, we know next to nothing about and who scares, yet draws Drew to him. I've said it before, I'll say it again. Ugh. Maybe it was because there's a sequel and the author thought that a book with no real answers would whet our appetites for more, but I have less than no interest in reading the next book in this series.
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