Series: The Watchers #4
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance
Published by NAL on June 4, 2013
Reviewed by: Abigail
Kissing. References to attempted sexual assault.
JUST BECAUSE YOU WORK FOR THE DEAD DOESN’T MEAN YOU WANT TO JOIN THEM.
Drew has just started her second year on the Isle of Night, and the weather isn’t the only thing changing drastically. She has ascended to the rank of Initiate. She’s also found an intimate love in the handsome vampire, Carden. But most of all, she no longer dreams of escape. She dreams of vengeance.
Her friend, Emma, was brutally wounded by the savage vampire Alcántara, and may have been taken to the dreaded castle, from which none of the living return. But there are so many different stories from so many people with so many of their own deceits and machinations, Drew can’t be sure of anything—except that she must find a way into the castle to discover the truth and take down Alcántara once and for all.
But Drew isn’t the only one out for revenge. Someone very dangerous on the island is also out for blood…
If you love vampire YA, The Watchers is THE series to read. Danger, desire, and delicious mythology make each book better than the last. Drew has grown so much over the course of this series. She now wields her body as the weapon it is, and coupled with the genius level IQ that brought her to the vampire's attention in the first place, she's skilled and clever enough to find the upper hand in most of the dire situations she encounters in THE KEEP. Whether it's her heart or her life that's in danger, Drew is a fighter.
What I love most about The Watchers series is how it perfectly balances intense violence with tender romance. Given the life or death stakes on the Isle of Night, the 'school' were Drew and other girls are forced to train as lethal vampire guardians, it makes sense that they would love just as fiercely. Drew and Carden have just gotten to that heart thrilling stage in their relationship where they aren't saddled with doubts and fears. They just get to explore what is blossoming between them. Every stolen kiss, every desperate touch, every confessed feeling. It's heady stuff. Made even more intoxicating by the threat of discovery.
And it's not just death and romance this time out, Wolff finally starts to dig into the juicy details of her particular brand of vampire mythology, and wow are there some shockers. The Keep, vampire origins, the male and female roles in this society. All of them are explored with more detail than the three previous book combined. Wolff is currently writing the fifth book in The Watchers series and I can't wait to sink my teeth into it.