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The Isle of Blood (The Monstrumologist #3)

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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  2,541 ratings  ·  329 reviews
When Dr. Warthrop goes hunting for the "Holy Grail of Monstrumology" in 1888, twelve-year-old orphan Will Henry follows him to Socotra, plunging into depths of horror worse than anything he has experienced so far.
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Published 2011 by Recorded Books
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Stephen
The study of Aberrant Biological Specimens...aka...monsters...
Monster2
...is the purview of the Society for the Advancement of the Science of Monstrumology. Professor Pellinore Warthrop is the world’s foremost monstrumologist and, together with Will Henry, his teenage ward, the pair investigate the strange, mysterious and deadly biological phenomena of the 19th century.

A cross between Sherlock Holmes, the X-files, and the adventure tales of Jules Verne, with an added blanket of “lovecraftian” dread dra
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Crowinator
I don't know if I can write a review that captures this book (always a problem for me with this amazing series) but it was a wholly absorbing, disturbing, meaningful experience, I can say that. This is one of the best stories out there, though I think it's struggled to find a (large enough) audience that gets its mix of literary/philosophical musing and outright gore and slow-building dread and shrieking horror. I think this series is becoming quite Lovecraftian, especially in its frame tale of ...more
Orrin Grey
Rick Yancey's Monstrumologist books are some of the most impressive horror novels I've ever read. There, I said it. The second book wasn't quite as good as the first, but I think this one knocks it right back up to the top.

I've mentioned in my reviews of the previous volumes how incredibly gruesome, gory, and grim these books can be. Surprisingly, given the nature of the monster being hunted in this one, this may be the least gruesome (or maybe I'm just getting used to it), but it also pays off
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Rayna  Del Rivas
Yancey's most magnificent yet?

My devotion to the Monstrumologist series grows with each superbly crafted novel that Yancey writes. In drafting this review, I wrestle only with this query: is Isle of Blood equal to or greater than the previous installments? I may never figure the answer to that, just as I may never figure out how I will be able to wait for the next one - which appears to be another 9 months from now. Sigh. Simon and Schuster should really rethink their decision to end this unique
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I'm probably going to rush somewhat through this review. First of all, I have a much longer review to do and I want to get to that. Secondly, I've already reviewed the first two books and I don't have many different things to say about this one ... (Um, also I read the second and third ones so close together that I'm kind of getting them mixed up, but I'LL TRY NOT TO.)

Anyway. This book is fantastic, just like the two books before it. (I'm also quite surprised that this has less than 600 ratings
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Darren Hartwell
Like many fans of Rick Yancey's Monstrumologist series I was truly gutted when I read that his publisher had decided not to extend his contract beyond three books. From what I could make out, this decision came quite late, after Mr Yancey had completed the third book, thus not giving him the opportunity to finish telling the story of Will Henry. Of course, this rather low moment was followed several weeks later by a massive high when it was announced that Simon and Schuster had decided to extend ...more
Karina E
The monsters in this were more of the psychological kind. I only realized this halfway through the book and it explained why there wasn't much of a monster hunt. I couldn't really get behind how the relationship between Will Henry and Warthrop changed. It was all very strange. On top, I found the ending to be unsatisfying. All in all, very meh.
Vane
The Monstrumologist series is one of those few that quickly became one of my favorites, and The Isle of Blood is, in my opinion, the best book in the series. I cannot put into words how truly amazing this book was, so if you find my review difficult to understand, it might be because of my confused feelings.

Mr. Yancey outstanded himself with this book. I thought the series couldn't get any better, but then Yancey comes up with The Isle of Blood and surprises me. The word "perfect" is not even en
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Aleeeeeza
Soooo. The Curse of the Wendigo, the second book in the Monstrumologist series Blew. Me. Away. I was expecting this last instalment to blow me away, too, and I'm glad to say that in many ways, it definitely did.

I read The Isle of Blood on my laptop, and this eARC was 562 friggin' pages long. And lately I've discovered that reading humongous books on my laptop puts me in a really bad mood. However, I wanted to read this book badly enough that I decided to just give it a go. And surprisingly, the
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Rain Misoa
Dec 06, 2012 Rain Misoa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror Fans and people who have hearts made out of ice.
Recommended to Rain by: Library
Shelves: must-own
Oh, my feels... they have been shot. I don't even think I can write up a review that's coherent. Though, I can try. (To the best of my non-existent abilities.)

I am IN LOVE with this series. I am. I think Rick Yancey did a magnificent job with the writing, plot, and characters. Though not as gruesome as the first in the series, The Isle of Blood is still as gripping and as exciting at its previous installments. This one specifically killed my feels. I was left... in shock. Especially with the ch
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Wendy F
"There are only three real causes of death, Will Henry. The first is accidents-diseases, famines, wars, or like what befell your parents. The second is old age. And the third is ourselves-our slow suicides. Show me a man who cannot control his appetites, and I will show a man living under a death sentence."


This is another series where I spend so much time wavering between 4 stars and 5 stars. I'd definitely say it's 4.5, solidly. I'm just not sure how many stars should represent my thoughts of
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Athina
This third book in The Monstrumologist series was slightly different. Of course there was the hunt, the monsters and the gruesome descriptions we all love, but it was more about the characters than the hunt. Which proved to be very interesting.

The book starts with a scene we waited to read since book one, if not mistaken, with the poisoned man sent by Jack Kearns to deliver a package to Warthrop in exchange for the antidote for the Tipota poison that runs in his veins. Well, if you read the boo
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Tina
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I'm not a super-fast reader, but some friends tell me I have a pretty fast reading pace. I've been pretty slow lately, though, but for young adult books with a max of 500 pages, I know I can finish it in a week or two weeks, tops. Which is why I feel slightly terrible when I realized that it took me two months to finish one book from a series that I really like. In my defense, I was reading this together with The Historian while NaNoWriMo-ing, and then life and
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TheBookSmugglers
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2011/09/b...

For two years, William James Henry has lived with and served the most preeminent Monstrumologists the world has ever known, Dr. Pellinore Xavier Warthrop. For two years, he has skittered around the abyss of ultimate darkness, narrowly averting the onslaught of Anthropophagi and the madness of the Outiko, all in service to the Monstrumologist, who is the only thing young Will has in the world. In The Isle of Blood,
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Rayne
"We are hunters all. We are, all of us, monstrumologists."

Dear Mr. Yancey,

You are absolutely brilliant. If I could give this book a million stars, trust me, I would. Year after year, I think your genius has reached a limit, a new height it would be impossible to top, but then you come and deliver this novel and you have proved that each installment can only be, impossible as it seems, even better than the one that preceded it. I am fully aware I am fangirling, but your books deserve it and if I
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Eva
Petualangan Will dan Dr. Warthop kali ini sudah menyeberangi batas2 benua, dari Amerika ke Britania Raya di Inggris, dan ke Arab di Asia. Semuanya bermula dari kemunculan seorang laki2 Inggris yang dikirim oleh Dr. Jack Kearns, karakter yang sempat absen di buku kedua serial ini, nampaknya Jack tidak ingin terlalu lama menghilang di balik layar dan ingin segera mengejar skor. Tidak tanggung2, Dr. Kearns meracuni pria malang bernama Mr. Kendall dan menyuruhnya membawa sebuah paket misterius untuk ...more
Donna
Jan 13, 2012 Donna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: JG
The third installment in The Monstrumologist series, I think I liked this one the best - even though it really had less action. Will Henry, now 13, recounts the story of how Dr. Warthrop went in search of "the Holy Grail" of all monsters - the Faceless One. Described as dragon-like in some cultures and always "1/1,000 of a second from the corner of your eye", this is the one monster that no one has ever seen. The only evidence of its existence is its nests and the "red rain" - bloody human rema ...more
Priscilla
A great continuation from the last book!

Initial thoughts:
1. I love the consistency of writing, characters, and style within all three books.
2. I miss the gore and violence. D: Granted there was some, but not as much as in the last two books.
3. The monster was kind of anti-climactic. It was interesting, but I was still underwhelmed. Same with the plot.
4. Love Dr. Warthrop and William James Henry. They are such fantastic characters, and their relationship is so great. Love the humour and banter.
5.
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Tommy Hancock
I've liked each book in this series better than the last. I don't know what to expect from Final Descent, though. I don't know how they go up from this one.
Manel
YES! YES! YES! This fantastic book has rekindled my love for the Monstrumologist series. I didn't enjoy the second book as much so I am ecstatic that this instalment had everything that I loved about the series. Intense action, blood, gore and of course the amazing relationship of Will and Pellinore.
There is so much character development in this book that I was enthralled with it from start to finish.
I would've liked to increase the pacing of the book and maybe introduce readers to 'The Isle of
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Erin
This series...man is it good. Very dark with many disturbing descriptions of some pretty gruesome stuff so definitely for older teens, young adults even better. The subject matter that Yancey deals with in this series and this entry in particular is so layered and complex I'm not sure a younger teen would really get it. Hell I'm still trying to figure it out. He deals with the eternal questions of the inner darkness in all of us and what happens when you look into the dark and it looks back at y ...more
Lola Snyder
To say I am obsessed with this series would be an understatement. Yancey is a master of language and utterly adept at weaving fact into fiction leaving the reader wondering if it could all be true. Fantastical and terrifying Yancey's books will keep you up well into the dark night where his creatures stir.
Lauren Stoolfire
So far this is easily the best book in the series! I eagerly await The Final Descent!
Jenny
My favorite of the series so far! Read this in less than 24 hours!!
David
And so we have now reached the point where Rick Yancey's Monstrumologist series rises above the level of "excellent" into something more like "sublime". These books could have gone in any number of well-trod, overused directions- they could have become "Will Henry the Plucky, Courageous Monster Hunter Meets the Zombie Ooze!!" at any number of points. But instead, as we read the latest gruesome and gore-drenched quest that Will ends up on with Dr. Warthrop, we become more and more unsettled, not ...more
Allyson Hamby Hirschmann
I first read this series in 2011 and only recently read "The Descent", the final book. My first impression 3 yrs ago was mixed. I loved the basic premise of the study of monstromology, the creatures, the bi-polar and enigmatic Dr. Warthrop but had a very difficult time with the perpetually rejected, emotionally isolated and bereft orphan Will Henry suddenly thrust, unwanted into the emotionally cold Dr. Warthrop's house as his ward and "indispensable" assistant in the Study of Abberant Biology o ...more
Amanda
I can't begin to write a review that is going to do this book justice. This is the third installment in the Monstrumologist series and they just get better and better as the series continues. I love the characters Will Henry and even the harsh Pellinore Warthrope and enjoy following them alone their journeys of discovery. The author has a magnificent grasp of the SHOW not TELL aspect of writing. There were so many times when I was reading this novel that I thought ugh I could have done without t ...more
Crystal
Each of these books has taken a different approach to telling a story, and surprisingly I have enjoyed them all. The first book was a classic monster hunter story, the second book was mainly about character development of Dr. Warthrop, and this book was about Will Henry's character development and the darkness within all men.

I was expecting a ton of gore, so I was a bit thrown off that there didn't seem to be too many scenes that fit that agenda. Near the beginning and near the end there are a c
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Annie
Sitting here, staring at this blank review, one thought rose to my mind: something about this series makes me so, so happy. My second thought was that, well, that first thought was odd. This isn't what I'd consider a "happy" series--it's too dark, creepy, and strange for that. And yet, the more I think about it, the more my initial thought makes sense.

The Isle Of Bloodis, actually, full of things that make me happy. Gorgeous period-authentic prose, an intelligent and suspenseful plot, a spunky y
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Samantha
Jan 02, 2012 Samantha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens, Adventurous Readers, Gothic
Shelves: teen-read, reviewed
I was walking in my mom's bedroom a few months ago and saw this book sitting there. I didn't recognize it so figured it must be new. I picked it up, saw that it said "An Advance Reviewer Copy" and asked her about it. She had found it online and sent for it. I eventually started reading it, but ending up taking a break and I'm so glad I picked it up again to finish.

First off, I have never read the first 2 books. I have never heard of this series. Usually I don't start in the middle of a series.
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aka Richard Yancey

Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Ext
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Other Books in the Series

The Monstrumologist (4 books)
  • The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)
  • The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist, #2)
  • The Final Descent (The Monstrumologist, #4)
The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1) The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2) The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1) The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist, #2) The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (Alfred Kropp, #1)

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