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Wolf Island

(The Demonata #8)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  8,630 ratings  ·  225 reviews
As the mysterious Shadow builds an army of demons, Grubbs Grady and his team search desperately for answers. But when they follow up a new lead, it takes them to an old, unexpected foe - the Lambs.

"We spot the werewolves as we skim the treetops. Mutated, vicious, hairy monstrosities, all fangs, claws and muscles. The beast within me tries to force its way to the surface, h
Hardcover, 196 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People into the YA Horror genre
Recommended to Sita by: My American friend Cam
Because it’s like the eighth in the series, I’m going to give it a quick review.

Characters: 8/10
Told from Grubbs’s point of view we already know most of the characters, so it’s nice to see how they are changing and facing the situation.

Writing: 8/10
How he described some of the scenes, especially what Grubbs was feeling. WOW! I felt as if I was actually in Grubbs’s head.

Plot: 9/10
This book is told from Grubbs’s point of view once again, and this has my book has my favourite scene out of the enti
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

Wolf Island is told through the point of view of my favorite of the series, Grubbs, but poor Grubbs is definitely going through some bad changes. Leaving some of the group behind for survivals sake, and after a long recap of the previous book, he and a small team follow the trail of the Lambs to an island. The Demonata attacks never grows boring, but Shan changed it up a bit by having a group of werewolves of all things - except these guys shouldn't exist any more.

The mystery of this added color
❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️ Bitter SnoBerry ❄

Yes, yes, yups. First book that I give 5 stars in the Demonata xD Why? Because I have no issues with this books xD Everything happens so... awesomely, it's all so coolio! xD Yes, I agree, I'm being hyper, I don't mind ^.^

Darren Shan, hats off to you man! First, you break all rules to make Vampires awesomely great beings in Cirque Du Freak, and now... WEREWOLVES! Awesome, simply awesome! :D

GRUBBS!!!!! I just LOVE your POV! And now, you add poetic words at times, still being the I-care-a
Maybe 3.5 stars for this one, as I enjoyed it more than the last one.
Another pretty standard Demonata book, focusing on Grubbs Grady this time (who is the best, in my opinion). Takes place round-abouts the same time as the previous book, but this time we see what Grubbs was up to (since he and Bec - and Kernel - were separated for a lot of it).
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Derek Chung, Matthew Choy, and Rocky Chow
This book is by Darren Shan, a horror writer. It's about a werewolf magician called Grubitsch Grady and the disciples (a group of magicians) are investigating a werewolf attack on his uncle. Grubitsch and the disciples search for Prae Athim, leader of the lambs (a group of people who are trying to find a cure to lycanthropy) to find out why she attacked them, the found that she had escaped to wolf island where she let all the werewolves out in the loose. When they go to Wolf island, Grubitsch st ...more
Sam Hamadi
Dear Mr Shan,

You are not funny at all. Please stop writing silly jokes in your books.

Thank you very much.
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, this book brings us back to Grubb’s story.

This book tells us more about the werewolves than it tells us about the demons, but the demon story does still continue. With the usual twists you expect in Darren Shan’s books, this one is no different, keeping you entertained throughout and ready to read the next instalment even before you had put down this book.
Erin Forson
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wolf Island
By Darren Shan
Every Demonata reader knows that the Lambs are a necessary evil, ridding the world of innocent—albeit dangerous—teens who morph into werewolves and make the earth unsafe for humanity. But when Grubbs and his crew return from the demon universe to investigate an increase in wolf attacks, the true motives of the Lambs come into question and Grubbs’s wolven side strains for release. Fans may be shocked by some of the unique conflicts that begin to surface in book eight. Pa
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015, e-books
4.5 Stars

Wolf Island, #8 in The Demonata Series by Darren Shan is another fabulous installment in the series. As like the last few novels, pretty much all of our favorite heroes are in this one again. Unfortunately, Bec and Dervish are part of this story line without us ever being treated to their points of view. Lord Loss does not make an appearance in this book, but he still makes his presence known.

This is another Grubbs story. Of course it is, after all the name of the book is Wolf Island a
Leo Mcmahon
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Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
So glad I have time to return to this fucking series with a series of Rock n' Roll albums (Queens, David Bowie, Gun n Roses) to paddle along, underneath the breathe of demons's stinky blood pool and organs chopped up slushy frappe. Not originally plotted but delicious! ...more
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you — like me — have been expecting for something very specific, which has been overshadowed over five books, to happen, this book is for you. IT finally happens.

That reason alone isn’t the only thing that ‘Wolf island’ has to offer. The novel gives you a proper heist and scorching betrayals, old familiar faces and new acquaintances. I also found my new favorite character of the series, Timas. (Please Mr Shan, bring him back for the finale.)

The novel really gives you an insight to the futur
Alley Kat
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After not touching this series for so long, I knew it was going to be a little difficult to get back into it. The details on some characters were a bit fuzzy, but the basic idea of the plot was fairly fresh and rehashed towards the beginning of the book. I was quickly reminded which characters I absolutely loved and which characters I felt could burn in a pool of demon vomit for all I cared.

That being said, I can't say Wolf Island was the best book of the series, but it was one of them. Wolf Isl
Darien Griffiths
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Loved the gorey details in this one! And that was one heck of a transformation! I wonder how he will use it. Everything has been leading up to the biggest fight of their lives and I'm living for it ! Getting close to the end now and I have literally no idea how it's going to go down but I'm so excited for it!!! 😭😍 ...more
Jul 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The book was about a kid named Grubbs Grady is following up on a lead that they have found that takes them to a place called the lambs who were one of there old enemies. ( The lambs are a organization that tries to find the cure for werwolf's.) Grubbs, Meera, Sharks, and 9 of the best solders go to the main base of the lambs. but when they get there they get ambushed by some solders that work for Juni Swan ( who is a human who works for a demon lord named lord loss. They had a big fight were s
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 10grade-shelf
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Reviewed by delil1 (TCRC)

Ok, so Grubbs is the narrator for this book. Wolf Island takes place at the same time as Death's Shadow it tells what Grubbs was doing while Bec was with Dervish. He has accepted his role as magician and is in the demon universe with Beranabus trying to find info on the Shadow. But when word about the attack on dervish and Bec reach them they return to save them. Investigating the truth behind the attack leads Grubbs and a group of disciples to the leader of the Lambs an
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Book eight in the Demonata series.

Much of this book, narrated by Grubbs, takes place at the same time as the events in Death's Shadow. While Beranabus, Bec, Dervish, Sharmila, and Kernel are fighting the Shadow, Grubbs, Meera, and Shark are on the trail of the werewolves who attacked Dervish in Carcery Vale.

The search for Prae Athim turns out to be a trap, and Grubbs has to make a decision that could save his friends or doom them all to a gory death.

The finale brings the survivors of the two s
Dec 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is the most wildest book out of all the books in the demonata saga. i read this in a total of 2 days a total of about 6 hours. best book i've ever read. darren shan really knows how to describe the fights, gore, and bloody battles. this book, this book, makes me want the next book badly! i recommend this book to whoever is into fast racing, adventures, blood and gore, and whoever is looking for a book to kill time. this book is absolutely amazing! READ IT ...more
Aug 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I liked how this book didn't just start where the last one ended, but paralleled the last book, just from Grubbs point of view instead of Bec's. Shan really likes weird character names. There were several unexpected developments, but he really knows how to develop a good action adventure without being heavy handed with the plot twists. ...more
And once again I didn't see the twist coming!

Nope, I'm not even kidding.

I think this was actually better than book seven, I just love all the doggies.

I do need to go back and read 1-6 though because it's been years and I had to keep stopping and trying to remember bits.
Ellice  Oh
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grubbs p.o.v. on his adventure he goes to wolf island where he fights his mutated kin and claimes alpha when he turn wolf finds out by juni he will destroy the world and so on
John Hendricks
Mar 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-books-read
Shan's Demonata series is a top-notch boy YA series that doesn't disappoint. Blood, gore, werewolves, magician battles, other dimensions; everything a boy likes. ...more
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second time I read it but it's still awesome! So deliciously twisted! For you that haven't read The Demonata: READ READ READ! :D ...more
Melody Newby
Love the different descriptions of the demons.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grubbs is back and he's mean and wolfy.

This book is fast-paced action story with good story beats. It ties to the previous book pretty good. It makes it up for last slowish book. But this is Grubb's story and it is visible - his character arc feels really fulfilling and complete and I really like that.

Spoilers: So Grubbs is the boss now. And I know that he's gonna fuck it all up somehow and everything is going to shit but at the same time I am ready for whatever Shan has in store for me. The on
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english
OMG! This book was absolutely amazing! I have always loved when the story gets told from Grubb's perspective, he makes it much more interesting, especially when he's talking to himself or with his magic, it has you always craving for more of those dialogues. Another thing which made me love even more this book was that since I knew about werewolves, I was looking forward to seeing more of them and also had some expectations over Grubbs powers. Those wishes got materialized in this story, which w ...more
This series has been on a roll since book 6 and this book takes it's place as my favourite in the series so far. Going back to the point of view of Grubbs helped. Learning more about the Lambs and the werewolves was nice, and the story along with the characters (especially Shark and Timas) was very good. The way some of the scenes (especially on Wolf Island) are described is brilliant, really makes you feel like you're there. While I'm not a huge fan of the changes that Grubbs went through I can ...more
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Librarian's note: Also writes books for adults under the name Darren Dash. And in the past he has released books for adults under the names D.B. Shan and Darren O'Shaughnessy.

Darren Shan (born July 2, 1972 in London, England) is the pen name of the Irish author Darren O'Shaughnessy, as well as the name of the protagonist of his book series The Saga of Darren Shan, also known as The Cirque Du Freak

Other books in the series

The Demonata (10 books)
  • Lord Loss (The Demonata, #1)
  • Demon Thief (The Demonata, #2)
  • Slawter (The Demonata, #3)
  • Bec (The Demonata, #4)
  • Blood Beast (The Demonata, #5)
  • Demon Apocalypse (The Demonata, #6)
  • Death's Shadow (The Demonata, #7)
  • Dark Calling (The Demonata, #9)
  • Hell's Heroes (The Demonata, #10)

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“Maybe you're going insane."
"Maybe," agreed Kernel.
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"I wasn't.”
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"I've started styling my hair differently," I laugh.
"Oh. I thought it was that you were three feet taller, a hell of a lot broader, look like a werewolf, and are naked expect for that bit of cloth around your waist. But you're right - it's the hair.”
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