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The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey
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Sep 30, 11

Read in September, 2011

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 FEEEEEEEEEEEEL things. I love feeling things. I love feeling things that have nothing to do with romance whatsoever.

My only complaint, really, has been a consistent one throughout these series: that there is a serious dearth of ladies. Female characters do play roles in these books, but the narrative belongs completely and utterly to men. I suppose it makes sense given the time period (and I would hate the illusion Yancey casts with his prose to be broken by something as horrid as an anachronistic heroine), but after a while, the plethora of dudes gets a little ridiculous. Really? No ladies that aren't mothers or love interests? No female secretaries in the Society? Nothing?

Still, despite this flaw (and it is a serious flaw, make no mistake), I love these books to pieces. Love, love, love. Oh god, the next one needs to come out immediately. IMMEDIATELY.
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message 1: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Miller JJ - I keep looking at these and wondering if my 10 year old could handle the reading level and content. Does is skew upper MG or more YA? Maybe I should read them myself and find out, after your glowing recommendation :D


message 2: by JJ (new) - rated it 4 stars

JJ Dawn wrote: "JJ - I keep looking at these and wondering if my 10 year old could handle the reading level and content. Does is skew upper MG or more YA? Maybe I should read them myself and find out, after your g..."

I think he could. They're not inaccessible to a young reader, although the gore/grossout factor is pretty high.

I actually think they skew adult; they straddle that funny space that's half upper MG/half adult literary (otherwise known as my favourite liminal space), although the content is definitely much darker than your typical MG horror, so...who knows. It's a curious beast, but they are SO, SO GOOD.


message 3: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Miller And I'm downloading to my kindle to read over the weekend. Thanks, JJ!


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