Monday, January 30, 2017

Review ~ The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey

Title: The Isle of Blood
Author: Rick Yancey
Copyright: 2011
Type:  young adult
Pages: 538
Series: yes (The Monstrumologist Series)
3. The Isle of Blood
4. The Final Descent

Reason for Reading:
I absolutely loved the first one, the second one took some time to grow on me but I love the main character Will Henry and I wanted to know what was going on in his life. 

When Dr. Warthrop goes hunting the "Holy Grail of Monstrumology" with his eager new assistant, Arkwright, he leaves Will Henry in New York. Finally, Will can enjoy something that always seemed out of reach: a normal life with a real family. But part of Will can't let go of Dr. Warthrop, and when Arkwright returns claiming that the doctor is dead, Will is devastated--and not convinced.
Determined to discover the truth, Will travels to London, knowing that if he succeeds, he will be plunging into depths of horror worse than anything he has experienced so far. His journey will take him to Socotra, the Isle of Blood, where human beings are used to make nests and blood rains from the sky--and will put Will Henry's loyalty to the ultimate test.
I love Will Henry and the promising thing about this series is that he has grown. The sad part is that he keeps relapsing on his need for Dr. Warthrop yet you understand why he relapses on needing him. This is Will Henry's coming to an Ahh Ha moment in his relationship with Dr. Warthrop as well as himself. Will Henry has really grown as a young man and I love that when we start and end the book it feels as if we are reading his journal the whole time. It's a nice twist on it so you are left wondering is this real or not did this man Will Henry really exist or not. I have to say the series has waned for me over time. Then again I am not the targeted audience as it is a young adult novel. Most of the reason for the series waning for me is the constant dependence of Will Henry on Dr. Warthop yet at other times he is almost so mature you would think he is an adult. I get it I work with trauma consumers and since I do it is hard sometimes to not go Oh Lord I deal with this daily do I really want to read about it. The only reason that I read it is the monster twist and the whole study of monsters and is there a society out there that studied them and what really happened to Dr. Warthorp and Will Henry. So yes I will be reading the final book just to know how their stories wrap up . 

Grade 4 out of 5 stars (I have no idea why I must have really liked it back in 2016) If I were to grade it now I would probably say 3 stars

Would you Recommend: If you've read the other 2 books then for sure. I would suggest this series to a young adult reader who enjoys monster stories. 

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