Vampire's Kiss: The Watchers

Vampire's Kiss: The Watchers

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by Veronica Wolff
     
 

As someone who has survived her first year as an Acari recruit, Drew's ultimate goal is to become a Watcher and be paired up with a Vampire agent. Except nothing is as it seems. The vampire Alcántara is as sinister as he is sexy, Ronan is more distant than ever, and it turns out there are other vampires out there. Bad ones. They've captured one of the

Overview

As someone who has survived her first year as an Acari recruit, Drew's ultimate goal is to become a Watcher and be paired up with a Vampire agent. Except nothing is as it seems. The vampire Alcántara is as sinister as he is sexy, Ronan is more distant than ever, and it turns out there are other vampires out there. Bad ones. They've captured one of the Watcher vamps and are torturing him for information-and Drew is going undercover to rescue him.

But when their vampire prisoner turns out to be a gorgeous bad boy, Drew's first mission quickly turns into more than she bargained for...

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jessica Miller
Following the astonishingly brutal initiation into her new life as a Watcher trainee (Isle of Night: The Watchers, NAL Trade, 2011), Acari Annelise Drew must internalize some hard-won life lessons. While she has made friends on the Isle of Night, Drew now knows that they will eventually be pitted against one another. After all, the vampires who are training them believe that only the strongest deserve to survive. Now Drew must not only continue her physical training, without any assistance from her friend, Ronan, but she must also survive the violent hazing of the older girls and extra decorum lessons, vile in their own dastardly way. Though Drew longs to escape, acknowledging the impossibility leads her to focus more strongly on her lessons and consider finding a vampire protector. While she finds the prospect detestable, Drew is not sure if she will be able to navigate the tricky social waters of her situation without assistance. Fans of vampire lore tired of the same old tropes will appreciate the intricate new mythology that Wolff brings to the genre. Similar in some ways to Mead's Vampire Academy series, this world features a strong female protagonist fighting for her place within a system that she does not willingly embrace. While these vampires are certainly attractive, they are also brutal creatures who see humans as inferior toys to be used at their whim. A compelling and dangerous story, Wolff presents a new foray into the over-explored vampire arena that will keep readers riveted. Reviewer: Jessica Miller
Kirkus Reviews
An atmosphere of tension rescues this imaginative but otherwise thin addition to the vampire-fiction craze. In this second installment of the Watchers series, 17 year-old Drew has won a fight to the death to become the girl most likely to succeed on the Isle of Night, off the coast of Scotland. There, Drew competes in a school that trains students to aid a clan of ancient vampires. Super-smart Drew has drawn the attention of a dangerous vampire, Master Alcántara, who chooses her for a secret mission. Before earning that chance, however, Drew must fend off jealous older students who are both intent on killing her and allowed to do so if they can. Characterizations tend toward the shallow, but Wolff manages to make her protagonists interesting nonetheless. She maintained tension by highlighting the constant danger that threatens Drew and by throwing in frequent action scenes. Worldbuilding is adequate, although more description would aid new readers. The plot, however, grows ever more preposterous. Drew's secret mission flies by far too quickly, as its main purpose appears to be setting up the next sequel. Nevertheless, what otherwise would be only a B-level effort comes across as a B+ due to the successful suspense and the intriguing vampire world. Entertaining but underdeveloped. (Paranormal suspense. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451235725
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Series:
Veronica Wolff's Watchers Series, #2
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Veronica Wolff has a master's degree in art history from The University of Texas at Austin. She has lived everywhere from South Carolina to Hawaii to India, finally settling in San Francisco where she lives with her husband, two children, a dog and cat, and countless houseplants. Her unmarketable skills include snow-boarding, speaking Hindi, gardening, and knowing an alarming amount of pop-culture trivia. She has two new books coming out with Berkley: Warrior Of The Highlands (January 2009, Berkley Sensation Mass Market Original) and Lord Of The Highlands (Berkley Sensation Mass Market Original scheduled for January 2010).

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Vampire's Kiss: The Watchers 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Nickyrian More than 1 year ago
I rate this book 4.5. The writing is great. Lots of humor, snarky remarks by Acari Drew, and full of action. It's just the romance has gone to different direction (not what I have expected). Then, the mysterious background of Ronan is still a question mark? I will admit. I am being impatient on unraveling the mysteries. I hope the next installment will give the audience more answers to the unanswered questions, and reveal the history of the isle and its surrounding civilizations (i.e. a) Why is isle populated by the vampires now? b) Why is there a conflict amongst the vampires? c) Why is Hugo ruling the Isle of Night?) Overall, it is a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by: Vikki S. Let me start this review off with a round of applause for author extraordinaire Veronica Wolff. Seriously people, I’m ready to bow down to this woman’s feet to pay tribute to her literary genus. Vampire’s Kiss is Veronica Wolff’s second book in the Watcher’s series. In book one “Isle of Night” we are introduced to Annelise Drew, a brilliant, sarcastic, charming teenage girl, who due to an unkind life and an abusive drunk of a father is lonely, self conscious and unsure of her self-worth. Through a series of events she is whisked off the mysterious and deadly Isle of Night where a clan of vampires makes its residence. Annelise’s only chance of survival is to become a watcher, which serves as liaison, intelligence officer and assassin for the vampires. We are also introduced to an amazing crew of character in Isle of Night, who are back for more in Vampire’s Kiss. Annelise is spectacular; she struggles so hard to mature while inevitably falling into bouts of childish emotional tantrums, which for the highly intelligent and less innocent Drew was amusing to read. Vampire’s Kiss takes Drew on an off-island covert mission to rescue a missing Master Vampire McCloud. She plays”Green Hornet” to Master Alcantara’s “Kato” and learns that there are more things to fear that goes bump in the night. I don’t want to giveaway any spoilers but what would be the point of a book titled “Vampire’s Kiss” if there isn’t say a kiss. This book was an awesome read; there is so much excitement and tension not to mention it was inarguably one of the best reads I’ve read in a while. I laughed, I cringed, I cried, and then cringed some more. Do yourself a solid and pick up the Watcher’s series, you’ll love it! ARC provided by Veronica Wolff.
CherBear80 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love this series
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