Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey

I just finished the third book in the Monstrumologist series, The Isle of Blood, and was quite pleased with it. Written by Rick Yancey, the series takes place in the late-1800's and follows the early life of William James Henry, a boy who is orphaned when his parents are killed by a fire. Rather than going to an orphanage he is taken in by his fathers former employer, Dr. Warthrop. "The doctor" turns out to be a monster hunter and he wants young Will Henry to be his assistant thus transporting him into the horrifying world of Monstumology. The series is fairly well written and generally moves at a quick pace. It can definitely be categorized as young adult-horror as some of the scenes in all three books are very graphic and aren't for the faint of heart. I love the juxtaposition of Dr. Warthrop's utter brilliance and complete lack of understanding of Will Henry. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book!

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