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The Isle of Blood (The Monstrumologist #3)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  1,970 ratings  ·  287 reviews
The third book in the Printz Honor–award winning series, this gothic, gory novel is “articulately literary, horrifically grotesque, and mind-bendingly complex” (Kirkus Reviews).

When Dr. Warthrop goes hunting for the “Holy Grail of Monstrumology” with his eager new assistant, Arkwright, he leaves Will Henry in Victorian New...more
Paperback, 538 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published September 13th 2011)
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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...more
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...more
JJ
You guys, my love for Pellinore Warthrop is reaching slightly hysterical levels. To the point where I've seriously considered writing my Teddy Bear a letter that says "Dear Bear: I love you, but it's not you, it's Pellinore Warthrop." I have to keep reminding myself "He's fictional, he's fictional, he's fictional..."

The best draw of these books (aside from the pitch perfect diction and tone) for me is how deftly-drawn the relationship between Will Henry and the doctor are. Oh god, it makes me FE...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Tina
Original post from One More Page

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 w...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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....more
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...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.
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...more
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...more
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....more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Cross posted to The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.blogspot.com/201...

After having positive experiences with both the first two books in The Monstrumologist series, I eagerly anticipated getting my hands on the third book. This probably explains why I wasn't entirely prepared for my disappointed reaction when I finished. Don't get me wrong; on it's own and outside any biases or pre-conceived notions, this book is a solid horror novel for young adults. But compared to the The Monstrumologist...more
Laurie Dole
Pairing
I am pairing The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes with the audiobook The Isle of Blood. It is the third in The Monstrumologist series, chronicling Dr. Warthrup’s quest to find an unseen monster. Will Henry is Dr. Warthrup’s apprentice and records the tale much like Sherlock’s Watson.

Audience
This book is rather gory at times, so I would save it for a high school student interested in criminology or Gothic mystery.

Selection Criteria
This is a dangerous and gruesome thriller, made more so by the...more
Crystal Cook
I loved the first in this series, and liked the second one, but THIS one, "The Isle of Blood", is my favorite. I was put off from all of the gore in the first two books (mostly because it had to do with babies, which I had a hard time getting past. And yes I am aware that this is technically horror) so I didn't feel like I could give it a five star rating, even though I really wanted to. But with this book I think the author has truly done his best work. And so here it is, 5 stars!

The reltionsh...more
Christopher
As a stand-alone novel, Rick Yancey still hasn't beat the brilliance of the first chapter of his Monstrumologist series, but as a continuation of the ongoing adventures of Will Henry and his piece of work mentor Dr. Winthrop, this third chapter is a welcome addition of deliciously gruesome fun. Yancey never disappoints with his ability to shape and develop his characters, which is what brings me back for each new installment of this series. Every new book takes us deeper into the series' main ch...more
Alex Watzek
Once again, I am impressed, and maybe even a little awed, by Rick Yancey's ability to create a story that has both an exciting plot and significant literary depth and meaning. This novel has a brilliantly written story with rich imagery and vivid, though sometimes slightly disturbing descriptions that make it as poetic as Shakespeare yet as thrilling as any good horror film. Yancey's frequent allusion to and parallels with historic events and characters (such as Arthur Conan Doyle or Arthur Rim...more
Emily


It is so difficult for me to separate the many layers of the books in this series. It is absolute horror on top of an in depth look at the limits and descriptors of love on top of an intense exploration of humanity. The relationship between Will Henry and Warthrop is what I retain foremost, closely followed by the horror and gore. There are do many parts I go back and read over simply because of the accuracy of Yancey's depiction of humans and the real monsters we encounter. People who have not...more
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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...more
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