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I Belong


Review: Blood Fever by Veronica Wolff

Title: Blood Fever

Author: Veronica Wolff

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: The Watchers (Book 3)

Publication Date: August 7, 2012

Format: Paperback, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 045123703X (Penguin Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0451237033 (Penguin Teen)

Reviewed by: Michelle

Synopsis:

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 have 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…

Quick & Dirty: A more engaging sequel, the heroine’s eyes are open to the truth of the vampires’ intentions.

Opening Sentence: His mouth.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

In Veronica Wolff’s third installment of The Watchers, Blood Fever comes back with a darker theme. While I was beginning to think that I may be too old for the series (I am in my 30s), Wolff brings a more adult vibe throughout the story. There is definitely more danger around the corner on the Isle of Night. And luckily for me, I was able to read about it right away.

Blood Fever begins at the start of a new semester. Fall brings new Acari recruits and trainees. For the rest, Watcher training has intensified, bringing more guts and glory for the determined. Drew has survived another year, and with some surprising allies. One ally is Camden. A bond has solidified their connection, but that connection goes beyond what was formed. Mei-Ling has a secret and a talent. That secret was the cause of her abduction by the vampires. Drew is involved, no matter if she should or not. And when the death counts start rising, will she be able to prove the cause? Or will it bring danger to her, more than it already has?

I loved Drew in Blood Fever. I think she became so much more personable than the last three books. Maybe because of her bond with Camden, or even her friendship with Mei-Ling. Whatever reason, she shows so much emotion on the inside and out. It was entertaining to read and the accompanying dialogue was fun, to say the least. Her relationships get serious, whether it is in a positive or negative light. There’s so much more on the line and I appreciated the way Drew handled every single scenario. Her days of act-first-think-later seem to be in the past, but who knows, Drew will surprise me when she can.

The all-around character progression was believable and realistic. Each character, whether it’s Drew or a supporting character, had a purpose and a reason, each one playing a key part into the storyline. There was so much more to the characters this time around. There was an intensity and ferocity that I loved. Maybe it was because the theme of Blood Fever is darker and the stakes are higher. Whatever the reason, I loved it.

Wolff knows how to slowly transcend each story into its own plateau. The amount of chaos included within Blood Fever was the right amount. The pacing was on par with the events, and not once did I feel the lull of a scene, or lack thereof. Wolff pushes the boundaries, testing her readers with more of this and more of that. There was a point where I didn’t think I could take another thing, but Wolff went there and brought it. And as a reader, I can say that it made the story much more enjoyable to read.

I highly urge you to read Blood Fever, or The Watchers series. So much fun.

Notable Scene:

“If I’m quiet, it’s because I listen. Unlike you.”

Whoa. Get back. I actually laughed. Was that an insult or an observation? It didn’t piss me off, though. On an island of secrets, I liked her candor. “What do you mean, unlike me? I’m just trying to help. I wasn’t sure if you understood what was going on back there.”

“I grew up in New York. I speak English.” Though the words carried a sting, there’d been no animosity in her voice when she’d said them.

I stopped on the path. “Wait, Mei. Do over. I know you understand English. Jeez. I meant, you’re not used to the Guidons.” I rubbed my temples—the headache was back with a vengeance. “God, I can barely think straight.” Inhaling deeply, I faced her. “All I meant was that those girls would love to kill us—and they will if we’re not careful. They could make your life serious hell.”

I’d lost Amanda, and keeping Mei-Ling safe felt like righting that wrong. Besides, I liked odd ducks, and Mei was shaping up to be pretty massively odd.

“Hey,” I added, trying to lighten the mood. “We’ve gotta watch out for your hands, right?”

She held out one of those hands, studying it. Then her eyes met mine, and she smiled. A real, genuine smile. “Right.”

The Watchers Series:

1. Isle of Night

2. Vampire’s Kiss

3. Blood Fever

4. The Keep

FTC Advisory: NAL Trade/Penguin provided me with a copy of Blood Fever.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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