Review: Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff
I’m going to agree with others out there and say this book has a definite Vampire Academy vibe. I’ll even say that it’s a bit like Bloodlines (think the uber smart Sydney Sage), however this series is not a copycat nor is it as good. But, hey if you’re looking for a filler series until the next Bloodlines than this is it.
I was drawn to this book because I needed a YA vampire fix. While it fit the bill, there were certain elements that overshadowed the whole and left me scratching my head.
The elements in question:
Name-calling. I found the name given to Lilac von Straubing by Annelise (Drew), VonSluting to be offensive. Lilac was a classic mean girl, a total witch, but not a slut. Then why call her that? If Drew were such a genius, you would have thought that she could have given her a more appropriate name.
The killings. This is the part of the book that is likened to The Hunger Games. To become a Watcher you have to be the best of the best, and the weed out process involves death. I’m okay with that; however, I am not okay with the reactions. If you kill someone inadvertently because you broke the rules (Drew) you should have a very, very heavy conscious.
Two weak plot points. The beginning at the registrar’s office (this is not 1993, registration would not happen like this) and the note from Yasuo. For such a smart girl, Drew can be a little daff.
Overall, I was not ecstatic with this book. It was more of a ho-hum feeling.
Yes, I’ve read book 2 and 3 and they get better,
Wolff, Veronica. Isle of Night. New York, NY: NAL, 2011.