Release: August 7, 2012
Source: finished copy sent for review
You can read the Goodreads summary here.
I was intrigued when I received this book for review because the description seemed so kick-ass. In this third installment of The Watchers series, Drew has bonded with the Scottish vampire, Carden and their bond is getting pretty serious. Meanwhile, Drew is roommate-less until new girl Mei-Ling shows up, having been kidnapped and forced into the Isle of Night. Drew becomes her protector when things start getting out of hand on the island - people are being murdered and drained and plenty of people suspect Drew herself.
I was right, there are so many intense things about Blood Fever to love. First and most obvious is the relationship, or rather bond, between Drew and Carden. The chemistry between the two becomes almost palpable as the novel goes on and if this had been an adult novel rather than YA, I feel like it could have become very, very steamy indeed. But even without the act of sex on the table, their chemistry is just plain off the charts. Who doesn't love a little Scottish leading man, anyway?
Second, of course, is the plot involving mysterious murders. When Drew is informally accused by others at the school, she feels she must find the killer and absolve herself, all while keeping her friends safe. This culminates in some very intense scenes involving Drew searching through the wilderness and some pretty epic battle scenes. Trust me, the action in this book will have you turning the pages as fast as you can! I know the ending was pretty climatic for me and while I knew it wouldn't go the way I wanted it, too, I was surprised at what really happened. It set things up for the next book in the series extremely well.
Three stars! I was admittedly a little lost having not read the first two books in the series, but it wasn't anything I couldn't overcome. If you're a fan of YA vampire books, or books that take place at training academies, or books about vampires at training academies, this series is definitely something you should check out. There's still a week before Blood Fever comes out, so plenty of time to catch up on the first two books in the series!