Once again, Veronica Wollf is back with another action-packed, no-holds-barred approach to vampires in the second book of her series The Watchers,Vampire’s Kiss — in stores tomorrow.
Vampire’s Kiss picks up where book 1, Isle of Night, left off — but the stakes for Drew are higher than ever, as she gets closer to the ancient and mysterious vampire Hugo Alcantara, all the while planning her escape from the island.
By her wits, blood, and sacrifice, so far Drew has survived the intensive training on the Isle of Night. As a second-year Acari, her ultimate goal is to become a Watcher, and now she has a shot at her first mission. 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.
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 there, 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…
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…
Vampires, romance, action … it’s all there and more in Vampire’s Kiss, and as with the first book, I’m once again left wanting more. Not because the book was lacking — far from it, actually — but because I just need to know what happens next! (Luckily, book 3 is on its way later this year). The world Wolff created in Isle of Night flourishes in Vampire’s Kiss as she expands on the mystery of these island vampires and the purpose of Drew and the other Acari.
Things get even more intense as Wolff throws in more potential romance — not only as Drew continues fighting her feelings for Ronan (the sexy, Scottish mentor who first brought her to the island), but also to the vampire Alcantara and a vampire-in-training, Josh. Then she goes on her off-island mission to rescue the vampire Carden McCloud and everything changes.
Wolff strings the tension along in Vampire’s Kiss at a perfect pace, building momentum up until the very last page that just makes you anxious for book three. And if you think you know vampires, think again. Nothing here sparkles or dazzles, but it’s every bit as enticing.
Vampire’s Kiss is in stores tomorrow.