Mar 22, 2012

Review--Vampire's Kiss by Veronica Wolff


By her wits, blood, and sacrifice, so far Drew has survived the intense training on the Isle of Night. She's a second-year Acari, and her ultimate goal is to become a Watcher. Now she has a shot at her first mission...except nothing is as it seems. The vampire Alcantara is as sinister as he is sexy, Drew's mentor Ronan, is more distant that ever, and it turns out that there are other vampires out there. Bad ones.

Ancient, bloodthirsty, and powerful, these undead are really old-school. They've captured one of the Watcher vamps and are torturing him for information. The only chance to save him is to infiltrate a major summit the baddies are holding on their own island. There will be mortals serving as butlers, maids, and various hired help. Drew had better brush up on her skills as a serving girl, because she's about to go undercover.

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

Wow! Veronica Wolff's Vampire's Kiss was just as awesome as the first book! I honestly cannot decide which is better of the two! They are both so wonderfully written it is hard to choose just one, as you may know I can rarely ever choose just 1 fave book!

It's summer time, really this takes place before Annelise starts her second year there, but this is going to be one helluva summer! She passed the final test not that long ago, Lilac is gone. So all should be well. There's just the other girls there now, and her friend Emma. But Annelise has a new set of enemies now. And it's the upper class. Lilac was bad enough on her own, but when all the older girls, like Masha.

But angry girls is only one of Annelise's problems. She seems to have a lot on her mind as she gears up for the mission Alcantara keeps mentioning to her. In fact the first 3/4 of the book is Annelise preparing and dealing with her student body enemies. I was wondering when, if ever, she would go on this mission. For she planned to make her grand escape during this trip as well. Which I found odd. She is enjoying excelling at this school, yet she still yearns to escape. And maybe join the CIA or some other such company and use her super cool skills. It was just a little odd since she does seem to enjoy her time at the school despite the bullies.

And then there are the boys! Yes, she still secretly pines for Ronan, maybe not "pine", but the crush is still there.Yet Ronan isn't as much. He's distant, and her Proctor Amanda seems to be as well. She can't help but notice the looks the two share when they think no one is looking. 

Another interest is actually the vampire Alcantara, which I can't figure out. It might just be the whole vampires are sexy thing, but I can't get a bead on it. He is a teacher, but there only seems to be tension brewing and there may be an ulterior motive that we aren't aware of yet.

Then there's Josh! I like Josh! He's an Aussie and I love his accent! He's flirty and fun! And he proves himself to be a great friend in this book. I can't tell yet if he's a contender for Annelise's heart yet. So there's quite the shape of love going on here! There's no telling which direction Annelise might go in!

When Annelise finally does go on her mission things end up going haywire! The end results are shocking and a bit frightening. We're left with more puzzles and questions than answers. Like who exactly this mysterious prisoner that Annelise helped escape is. And why Alcantara wasn't exactly pleased with the results of said rescue mission.

The ending was surprising as well. I mean total shocker! And I sooooo cannot wait to see where the next book takes us! What I really enjoy about this series is the characters! Annelise is still one of my most fave YA heroines! I feel a connection to her, maybe because we're both short--although she's still an inch taller than me!--and have that kind of outcast thing from high school as I wasn't really in any kind of crowd back then! But I find her refreshing, yet sometimes she is a bit naive with certain things, but that makes her more real. I wouldn't want to have a main character who was without flaws!

There are still a few unresolved mysteries left in this one. One's a spoiler, so I won't go there, another is about the island itself. Annelise makes a kind of discovery but before we can dwell too much into it, she goes on her mission. These few cliffhangers aren't too dreadful, they just make you yearn to know more, but it doesn't make the wait all that killer like with other cliffhangers that shall not be named!

Vampire's Kiss was pure awesomeness! Filled with moments both terrifying and endearing, this series is a roller coaster of a ride and once again I highly recommend reading it!

Overall rating 5/5 stars

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