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Lost meets The Hunger Games in the thrilling new young adult novel from C.L. Taylor, the Sunday Times and million-copy bestselling author. Welcome to The Island. Where your worst fears are about to come true… It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island. But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them strand Lost meets The Hunger Games in the thrilling new young adult novel from C.L. Taylor, the Sunday Times and million-copy bestselling author. Welcome to The Island. Where your worst fears are about to come true… It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island. But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime quickly turns into a nightmare. Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re coming true. Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret. Who will make it off the island alive?


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Lost meets The Hunger Games in the thrilling new young adult novel from C.L. Taylor, the Sunday Times and million-copy bestselling author. Welcome to The Island. Where your worst fears are about to come true… It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island. But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them strand Lost meets The Hunger Games in the thrilling new young adult novel from C.L. Taylor, the Sunday Times and million-copy bestselling author. Welcome to The Island. Where your worst fears are about to come true… It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island. But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime quickly turns into a nightmare. Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re coming true. Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret. Who will make it off the island alive?

30 review for The Island

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Six teenagers go on holiday to Thailand with their family’s as they have done all their lives as their parents stayed friends after meeting at antenatal class. The six get a Bear Grylls survival type experience on a deserted island. What could possibly go wrong? This is a good YA novel which addresses a number of pertinent issues which teachers and parents could use to generate discussions around worrying problems for the young. It raises mental health concerns , dealing with grief, loss and pho Six teenagers go on holiday to Thailand with their family’s as they have done all their lives as their parents stayed friends after meeting at antenatal class. The six get a Bear Grylls survival type experience on a deserted island. What could possibly go wrong? This is a good YA novel which addresses a number of pertinent issues which teachers and parents could use to generate discussions around worrying problems for the young. It raises mental health concerns , dealing with grief, loss and phobias and does so very creatively and gives a positive message. The author also examines group dynamics which fluctuate as the problems of the teens on the island mount and I find this aspect especially fascinating. A number of problems arise on the island, some of which are very serious with the strain and panic of being trapped and marooned being well depicted. The jungle atmosphere is effectively used to create fear and tension which further tests the bounds of friendship. There are a number of mysteries and dangers to solve which is intriguing and becomes scary as you realise that someone is manipulating the group but you have no idea why. My only reservations lies in the number of characters to get your head around although this does become easier the further you progress through the plot. I also think the end sort of fizzles out and is maybe a bit convenient. However, overall I think C L Taylor has done a good job with this novel as I am sure it will engage and interest older teens and it’s a good adult read too. It’s well written and has a good pace. Thanks to NetGalley and HQ YA for the arc for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    NZLisaM

    Cross Survivor with One of Us is Lying, throw in some Lord of the Flies, and you have The Island. Jessie, Danny, Honor, Milo, Meg, and Jeffers have been friends since birth. Their parents met in antenatal class and the families have vacationed together every year since. Now that the teens are seventeen, Jeffers father has arranged a special treat for them – nine days on an uninhabited tropical island off the coast of Thailand learning bush craft survival skills – just the six of them and an expe Cross Survivor with One of Us is Lying, throw in some Lord of the Flies, and you have The Island. Jessie, Danny, Honor, Milo, Meg, and Jeffers have been friends since birth. Their parents met in antenatal class and the families have vacationed together every year since. Now that the teens are seventeen, Jeffers father has arranged a special treat for them – nine days on an uninhabited tropical island off the coast of Thailand learning bush craft survival skills – just the six of them and an expert guide. Sitting around the campfire their first night they decide to share their phobias. The next morning their guide drops dead of a stroke. Then they discover the starter chord of their speed boat has been sabotaged. And when Milo falls into a booby-trapped hole, and is almost bitten by a deadly snake (his phobia is snakes) the group realise they are not alone on the island, and that someone is using their worst fears to scare them to death. The Island was an intense, fast-paced read full of excitement and danger. The characters were given thorough backstories and childhood memories, distinct personalities, and the group dynamics were clearly defined. Secrets, grief, loyalty, friendship, paranoia, resentment, mental illness and obsession were the prominent themes. The conclusion, and explanation, were very different to what I was expecting, but I was completely on board with the direction the plot went in. As an adult reader the juvenile behaviour of the six did at times get on my nerves. One of the teens tried to swim to shore even though it was an hour-long boat trip? And instead of focusing on getting off the island the teens decided to get drunk despite being low on food rations, and even when their lives were threatened tended to focus on their love life, squabbling, and blaming each other. I'm not saying this isn't how teens would act in this situation, in fact they likely would, but teenagers gone awry grew somewhat tedious. C.L. Taylor excelled at writing teen viewpoints, which I'm not surprised by as her adult novels often feature young people. The Island had me emotionally invested in the lives and wellbeing of these six seventeen-year-olds. I'm looking forward to reading her previous YA installment – The Treatment. I'd like to thank Netgalley, HQ, and C.L. Taylor for the e-ARC. Publication Date: 21st January, 2021.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    Five teens have been friends since birth but the nature of their relationships have shifted with the tides of adolescence. Friendships have deepened for some, fractured for others, or become irreversibly distanced after becoming scarred by tragedy and grief, like for Jessie. Despite all this, their families still expect them to venture on one holiday a year together. Whilst the adults sit poolside with cocktails on hand, their children are sent to a nearby island for some survival and strategy f Five teens have been friends since birth but the nature of their relationships have shifted with the tides of adolescence. Friendships have deepened for some, fractured for others, or become irreversibly distanced after becoming scarred by tragedy and grief, like for Jessie. Despite all this, their families still expect them to venture on one holiday a year together. Whilst the adults sit poolside with cocktails on hand, their children are sent to a nearby island for some survival and strategy fun. But what started out as excitement for some and a bore for others, soon turns into a nightmare none will ever forget. Who will they be and how will their relationships alter, if they ever make it off the island alive? I was only a handful of pages into this when I knew it would become a one-sitting read. The intrigue started out high and remained so throughout the entire book. There were multiple mysteries to uncover and I had shifting theories form and fetter out on every other chapter. Despite this interest, I still found myself longing for something more from the text. The relationship drama was a consistent focus, as were the many mysteries, but the lush setting was only depicted in the most broadest of strokes. It was enough to garner an understanding of their environs but not to really feel myself a stranded participant and form an emotional response to the teens' shared fate. I also found a few of the events peaked or concluded in a very short span of paragraphs and whilst this ensured the tension was always at an all-time high, this also heightened my distanced emotions, as I never could truly internalise the horror or fear these situations demanded. Despite some aspects of this not entirely working for me, I can say that I had a very fun evening consuming this. If you are looking for some high-drama contemporary or a high-octane thriller then this would a great book to pick up. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, C.L. Taylor, and the publisher, HQ, for this opportunity.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    I am a big fan of C L Taylor’s books and this action packed adventure was fantastic and I read it in a day. This is her second YA book and it is as twisty and fun as her psychological thrillers. 6 teenagers who have known each other since birth.... their parents meeting at mothers group. They have all grown up together and every year the families go away on a holiday. This year it is Thailand, and the teenagers are spending a week on a remote, jungle of an island with a guide in a survivor style I am a big fan of C L Taylor’s books and this action packed adventure was fantastic and I read it in a day. This is her second YA book and it is as twisty and fun as her psychological thrillers. 6 teenagers who have known each other since birth.... their parents meeting at mothers group. They have all grown up together and every year the families go away on a holiday. This year it is Thailand, and the teenagers are spending a week on a remote, jungle of an island with a guide in a survivor style challenge. No wifi, no photos and hunting for their own food. But early in, somebody dies, answer they find themselves truly on their own and running for their lives. I started there somebody else on the island or is it one of their own? Thanks to HQ and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Review Take your phobia or phobias. Scares you right? Mix them with being on an island with a guide that is now dead, just a group of your friends. And then.....things happen one by one that bring out your individual phobias. Then there’s these guys. It’s a YA read but can be for any age, it certainly has its scary moments that you bite your nails over. Great portrayal of characters, young adults with kicking in hormones, great read! My one down disappointment in the book was a portrayal of mental h Review Take your phobia or phobias. Scares you right? Mix them with being on an island with a guide that is now dead, just a group of your friends. And then.....things happen one by one that bring out your individual phobias. Then there’s these guys. It’s a YA read but can be for any age, it certainly has its scary moments that you bite your nails over. Great portrayal of characters, young adults with kicking in hormones, great read! My one down disappointment in the book was a portrayal of mental health excuse. That will make sense to you when you read it. It stood out to me because my husband lives with bi polar and I’ve been around psychosis in unwell people for over 30 years. So it hit home to me in a bit of a negative way. A part from that, I loved it. (

  6. 5 out of 5

    Claude's Bookzone

    3.5 Stars CW: (view spoiler)[Death of brother in fire - sister tries to save him and is burned herself and has scars as a result, mother dies in a car accident - son has PTSD, phobias discussed, sexual harassment incident, panic attacks, (hide spoiler)] Well that was entertaining and is going to be popular in the library! I love a good survival story. Add elements of a psychological thriller in there and I'm totally there for it. The concept was very good and Cally cast enough doubt that the targe 3.5 Stars CW: (view spoiler)[Death of brother in fire - sister tries to save him and is burned herself and has scars as a result, mother dies in a car accident - son has PTSD, phobias discussed, sexual harassment incident, panic attacks, (hide spoiler)] Well that was entertaining and is going to be popular in the library! I love a good survival story. Add elements of a psychological thriller in there and I'm totally there for it. The concept was very good and Cally cast enough doubt that the target audience will enjoy putting the pieces together. I didn't personally enjoy the protracted ending where everything was explained and "made okay", however, I think given the content it was an important and safe way to end this for young adult readers. An enjoyable book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    A group of six families go on holiday with each other every year. This year they are in Thailand and six of the teenagers go with a guide on an adventure to a private Island for a week. They are not happy that they have look after themselves and when they loose their guide things start to get harder. Strange things start to happen and they begin to suspect each other but they are stuck on the Island with no way of getting help. A real page turner with a twist. Thank you to NetGalley for HQ my e-cop A group of six families go on holiday with each other every year. This year they are in Thailand and six of the teenagers go with a guide on an adventure to a private Island for a week. They are not happy that they have look after themselves and when they loose their guide things start to get harder. Strange things start to happen and they begin to suspect each other but they are stuck on the Island with no way of getting help. A real page turner with a twist. Thank you to NetGalley for HQ my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    A tense and terrifying tale. can you imagine being trapped on an island with six of your “friends“? No way to get off the island, no way to communicate with the outside world, and someone is up to no good. Who is making these teens phobias come true? Is there a stranger on the island, and if so how do they know the friends deepest fears? this is what happens when paradise becomes a nightmare. What a book! I was so caught up in this addictive story I listened to the audio well past my bedtime. Th A tense and terrifying tale. can you imagine being trapped on an island with six of your “friends“? No way to get off the island, no way to communicate with the outside world, and someone is up to no good. Who is making these teens phobias come true? Is there a stranger on the island, and if so how do they know the friends deepest fears? this is what happens when paradise becomes a nightmare. What a book! I was so caught up in this addictive story I listened to the audio well past my bedtime. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of two of the teens, Jesse and Dani. C. L. Taylor did a great job of apprising the reader of each of these characters backstories. It was nice with such a large cast of characters to never be confused as to who was who. I was suspicious of each character at one time or another. My focus seriously shifted from chapter to chapter as more and more was revealed. The audiobook was narrated by Olivia Dowd and Sam Newton I think they both did a wonderful job of giving Dani and Jesse a voice. I also always appreciate when a story told from multiple perspectives is also narrated by multiple narrators. this was a well done young adult thriller that will appeal to readers/listeners of all ages! this book in emojis 🏕 🏝 🐍 🕷 🛥 🥥 *** Big thank you to Harper Audio UK for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  9. 4 out of 5

    bookswithpaulette

    Jeffers, Danny, Honor, Jessie, Meg and Milo have been friends’ all their life. Their friendship is driven from their parents who meet in antenatal class and the families have kept up with their annual group holiday since. Celebrating Jeffers 17th birthday his dad surprises him with a week away with his friends to a remote tropical Island off the coast of Thailand. They will have a guide with them whilst they learn survival wilderness skills. This year the parents will stay behind on the mainland Jeffers, Danny, Honor, Jessie, Meg and Milo have been friends’ all their life. Their friendship is driven from their parents who meet in antenatal class and the families have kept up with their annual group holiday since. Celebrating Jeffers 17th birthday his dad surprises him with a week away with his friends to a remote tropical Island off the coast of Thailand. They will have a guide with them whilst they learn survival wilderness skills. This year the parents will stay behind on the mainland….. it was supposed to be the perfect holiday. On arrival at the island, Anuman their guide enlists them to help build a shelter and gather wood, water and food for camp. From the onset its clear there are fractures within the friendship group. That night sitting around the campfire, the friends share their worst fears. The following morning the teenagers wake to their guide Anuman has died of a stroke leaving them stranded. To throw a spanner in the mix, the starter chord of their speed boat has been tampered with. Things get intense and super creepy from here….. Honor wakes to Danny disturbing her whilst she is trying to sleep, he keeps swatting something away on her back, legs her arms. She’s furious and demands to know what he’s doing. He finally tells her she was covered in tarantulas; he was swatting them away. She screams (Honors’ worst fear is spiders). It’s clear they are not alone on the island, as more fears come true they realise someone is using their worst fears to frighten them. This book had me hooked, I was invested in the characters I wanted to know who was tormenting them and I was rooting for them all to get out alive. It’s a strong character driven novel, exploring friendships, mental health, grief, obsession and control. This is a young adult book, some for the teenage “dramatics” and antics in the book were frustrating at times but it didn’t take away from my investment and caring for the characters. The ending was very unexpected but very refreshing the direction it went in. My first YA novel from CL Taylor and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Thank you to Harlequin Australia and CL Taylor for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is certainly no story like the Famous Five. Here, in Thailand, six teenagers are having to survive on a remote island with no chance of rescue until a week has passed because one of the parents has “booked” the island for a week’s stay. There’s no chance of ginger beer, a picnic or a mystery to solve as the group worry for their own safety. A young adult thriller, I think this will appeal to teenagers and older readers alike. It’s a gripping story that moves at a quick pace. From both Jessie This is certainly no story like the Famous Five. Here, in Thailand, six teenagers are having to survive on a remote island with no chance of rescue until a week has passed because one of the parents has “booked” the island for a week’s stay. There’s no chance of ginger beer, a picnic or a mystery to solve as the group worry for their own safety. A young adult thriller, I think this will appeal to teenagers and older readers alike. It’s a gripping story that moves at a quick pace. From both Jessie and Danny’s perspectives, I like how this narrative split provides a different insight into the group dynamics. Jessie and Danny have very different experiences on the island; whilst both characters have varied close attachments within the group, Jessie is undoubtedly affected by the recent death of her brother. Taylor does not go into detail with this information until far later in the novel, leading readers to anticipate what really happened to Jessie and her brother. Taylor addresses the issue of mental health in this book, most specifically towards the end. I think this is so important, particularly with the increased awareness in society today. It demonstrates how anyone can be suffering silently and this ties in with the how the characters are being targeted by their own phobias. What begins as a spur-of-the-moment discussion by the fireside on the beach ultimately comes to haunt them – a bit like the despair that follows several of the characters. I had many theories about what was driving this story forwards, but Taylor surprised me right until the end! It is not a complicated plot and, being set on a deserted island with just six characters means that there are not too many distractions. In other words, the character list is quite small and once you have got their identities confirmed in your head, you can simply sit back and enjoy the narrative unfolding. On this basis, I think this story would certainly appeal to young adult readers, particularly those who are more reluctant towards reading. The opening captures your attention immediately and this is the theme for the rest of the story. I liked the escapism that this book provided and enjoyed the concept of being on holiday in Thailand! However, with these phobias coming true for the characters, I don’t think this is a place I would visit in a hurry – my fears are far too numerous! With thanks to HQ Digital and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    CL Taylor is one of my all time favourite authors, and I have read all her thriller work, including her first YA novel The Treatment - which I loved. When The Island came up for request on NetGalley I was straight on it, and so happy to be accepted for it. The story follows a group of 6 teenagers who have been linked since birth, as their parents attended the same baby group. They have therefore all grown up around each other, doing things together and going on holidays together etc. This year t CL Taylor is one of my all time favourite authors, and I have read all her thriller work, including her first YA novel The Treatment - which I loved. When The Island came up for request on NetGalley I was straight on it, and so happy to be accepted for it. The story follows a group of 6 teenagers who have been linked since birth, as their parents attended the same baby group. They have therefore all grown up around each other, doing things together and going on holidays together etc. This year they are all going to Thailand, and they are going to be facing a stranded/survivalist kind of trip. Some of the group are thrilled, some not so much, but it all changes when things start to go wrong. And that is where the story really begins. I enjoyed reading this one. However, I would say it is probably my least favourite of Taylor's books so far.... but don't take that the wrong way - it doesn't mean a lot because they are all fantastic, so they are hard to beat! :) I'm not a massive fan of YA but I enjoyed The Treatment so much that I was really anxious to read this one, and I'm glad I did. So many things are explored in this book - teenage angst, relationship struggles, mental health, death etc - and they are explored well. I can tell Taylor has done her homework and the writing was as polished as ever. I got Lord of the Flies vibes, perhaps some Lost and Castaway vibes too - I mean they were stranded on an island! :) Overall a good book, especially for teenagers - its market audience - but adults will enjoy this too. www.thebeautifulbookbreak.com

  12. 4 out of 5

    Natalie "Curling up with a Coffee and a Kindle" Rampling

    This was fantastic! I listened to the audiobook of this title and it was extremely well executed. All the characters' personalities were distinct and memorable, and the plot was non-stop! Kept me engaged the entire time, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. C L Taylor is definitely a favourite author of mine and doesn't disappoint! The narrators of the audiobook were brilliant, and captured the drama of the story perfectly. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my ARC. This was fantastic! I listened to the audiobook of this title and it was extremely well executed. All the characters' personalities were distinct and memorable, and the plot was non-stop! Kept me engaged the entire time, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. C L Taylor is definitely a favourite author of mine and doesn't disappoint! The narrators of the audiobook were brilliant, and captured the drama of the story perfectly. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my ARC.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is pitched as Lost meets the Hunger Games. Six childhood friends went on a private island with a guide, it was supposed to be a fun trip. But they got stuck there for 7 days. Survival is hard but things started to fall apart when their phobias started to come true. I was really excited to read it. The first sentence of the book totally hooked me and I really liked the first 100 pages, little flashbacks from the past mak I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is pitched as Lost meets the Hunger Games. Six childhood friends went on a private island with a guide, it was supposed to be a fun trip. But they got stuck there for 7 days. Survival is hard but things started to fall apart when their phobias started to come true. I was really excited to read it. The first sentence of the book totally hooked me and I really liked the first 100 pages, little flashbacks from the past make it easy to understand the background of their friendships. The story is told in only Danny and Jessie’s POV and there was one odd chapter from Honor’s POV which was so unnecessary. If there are 6 main characters then I’ll preferer to read everyone’s POV. Unfortunately, I didn’t like any of the characters, Jessie was so one-dimension, Danny was so over caring and fake, Honor was annoying and kept crying all the time, Milo and Meg are side characters who are wrapped in the packaging of main characters and the 6th guy (can’t remember his name) was so I, ME and MYSELF. The plot got so bland and one-dimensional after 80-100 pages, couldn’t relate to any characters so I didn’t care when all the things happened with them. The twists and turns didn’t intrigue me. The ending was flat and hurried to me. Jack and Josh part was so forced, who tries to kiss a stranger girl in public. I couldn’t digest them, they were literally shouting that we are filler characters. The addictive Young Adult thriller sticker thing on the book… it is a TRAP.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    This book reminded me completely of the series on Amazon Prime – The Wilds. 6 teenagers stranded on an island when their survivor specialist guide had a stroke and fell dead. Then came the sabotage of their boat, followed by each of them facing their fears. Would they get off the island alive? And how many would survive? YA thriller debut by author C. L. Taylor, it was quite a journey of fun to read from the safety of my home. I used to love the Bear Grylls survivor episodes, and some parts of it This book reminded me completely of the series on Amazon Prime – The Wilds. 6 teenagers stranded on an island when their survivor specialist guide had a stroke and fell dead. Then came the sabotage of their boat, followed by each of them facing their fears. Would they get off the island alive? And how many would survive? YA thriller debut by author C. L. Taylor, it was quite a journey of fun to read from the safety of my home. I used to love the Bear Grylls survivor episodes, and some parts of it reminded me of that. But the most intriguing was the group dynamics and their ebb and flow of emotions. The author managed to keep me hooked on the minds of these teenagers. I was quite intrigued by one of them, Jessie, who had gone through her trials by the fire with guilt being her only witness and scars being her proof. Something in her called to me and I was on her side, hoping she would leave the island without more scars. Facing the phobia, or having their phobia bite and hiss at them made me realize that there was something more at play. Or should I say, someone else on the island. As their problems increased, my interest in them raised too as the teens and their friendship was sorely tested. Too many characters, in the beginning, had me a bit muddled, but soon got used to them. The relationship angst between some of them got to be a bit tiresome. Barring the relationship drama, I felt this made a good listening at 1.5x speed with narrators doing a bang-on job, giving me the right intonations. Overall, it was fast-paced and gripping, where each chapter brought its own suspense.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This was a really fun YA thriller with a really cool concept As with all C.L Taylor books this book was really well written and super engaging. The concept was really interesting. I love books set in claustrophobic closed in environments so this books setting was perfect for me. I didn't love the characters. They weren't all that likeable as people and it took me a while to be able to distinguish them from each other. It was full of twists and turns. I was totally captivated and hooked right till This was a really fun YA thriller with a really cool concept As with all C.L Taylor books this book was really well written and super engaging. The concept was really interesting. I love books set in claustrophobic closed in environments so this books setting was perfect for me. I didn't love the characters. They weren't all that likeable as people and it took me a while to be able to distinguish them from each other. It was full of twists and turns. I was totally captivated and hooked right till the very end I definitely did not see the ending coming at all. The pace was really good too. It was fast paced and I never felt bored during the reading experience. Overall, this was a really fun YA thriller by one of my favourite thriller authors TW: depression, death, violence and suicide references

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.5⭐️ I loved this cover! Isn’t it awesome? The narrators were spot on and I thought their voices fit well for the story. This was a YA book so keep that in mind when watching this play out. I always have to consider the genre when I’m going into a story. Teenagers are stranded on this island and they’re not handling things well and no one is prepared. I thought it was ok. I wanted a little more development with the characters and the plot. I couldn’t predict the end, so at least there’s that. I 3.5⭐️ I loved this cover! Isn’t it awesome? The narrators were spot on and I thought their voices fit well for the story. This was a YA book so keep that in mind when watching this play out. I always have to consider the genre when I’m going into a story. Teenagers are stranded on this island and they’re not handling things well and no one is prepared. I thought it was ok. I wanted a little more development with the characters and the plot. I couldn’t predict the end, so at least there’s that. I recommend it if you love YA drama. Thank you Harper Collins Uk Audio via Netgalley for this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rach

    Six teenage friends who are being friends for years through their parents are going to a remote tropical island for their holiday. It looks like paradise at first until their guide dies of a stroke which leaves them stranded on the island until their parents realise. One by one each member of the groups worst nightmare becomes and group start to think someone is after them on the island. We are POV’s in the book Jessie and Danny. This was a fun read. Imagine thinking you are going to tropical isl Six teenage friends who are being friends for years through their parents are going to a remote tropical island for their holiday. It looks like paradise at first until their guide dies of a stroke which leaves them stranded on the island until their parents realise. One by one each member of the groups worst nightmare becomes and group start to think someone is after them on the island. We are POV’s in the book Jessie and Danny. This was a fun read. Imagine thinking you are going to tropical island which looks like paradise but turns out to be your worst nightmare, well it happens to the six of the friends. Each character has depth to them and they all have secrets which does turn to distrust at parts in the book. I liked how the author dealt with the trauma of two of the characters, she handle it with sensitivity. I’m going to admit the ending took me by surprise and I certainly didn’t guess what was going to happen. This is YA book but you can certainly read it is as a adult. Overall an entertaining read which starts as paradise but turns into a nightmare for the characters.

  18. 4 out of 5

    my bookworm life

    An enjoyable YA thriller , although for me I do like Ya books but don’t tend to go for this genre with them. This would be very enjoyable for teenagers and I wish there was more of this thing when I was younger as I would have loved it. Still a good twisty read though. I received a copy via NetGalley from the publisher

  19. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Sad Water Bottle)

    I gotta stop adding every book that sounds like The Hunger Games. I gotta stop adding every book that sounds like The Hunger Games.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Trish at Between My Lines

    Holy tension! This book has been dubbed as Lord of the Flies meets The Hunger Games and whoever came up with that description nailed this. A group of teenagers go on a survivalist trip to a deserted Island as birthday "treat" for one them. And what starts off a a bit of fun rapidly deteriorates into chaotic nightmare. I loved guessing what was really going on and really enjoyed how the tension tightened up chapter by chapter. Entertaining, nerve wracking and not for the faint hearted as it hits Holy tension! This book has been dubbed as Lord of the Flies meets The Hunger Games and whoever came up with that description nailed this. A group of teenagers go on a survivalist trip to a deserted Island as birthday "treat" for one them. And what starts off a a bit of fun rapidly deteriorates into chaotic nightmare. I loved guessing what was really going on and really enjoyed how the tension tightened up chapter by chapter. Entertaining, nerve wracking and not for the faint hearted as it hits on lots of phobias. Imagine being faced with your worst fear while being stuck on an island with no escape, it made me shiver. Recommended for sure! I listened to the audiobook version of the Island and thought the narrators did a lovely job. Pleasant voices, easy to listen to and they captured the essence of the characters really well. Thanks to Harper Collins UK Audio for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie Lacey

    Another great read from C.L. Taylor. Six teenagers get the opportunity to stay on a remote island in Thailand while their parents are at the neighbouring resort. Things don’t start off great as within days their guide suddenly dies leaving them to fend for themselves on the island. They try to get off the island in the boat they arrived in, but soon discover it has been sabotaged. On their first evening the group shared their phobia's around the campfire and soon someone is bringing their worst f Another great read from C.L. Taylor. Six teenagers get the opportunity to stay on a remote island in Thailand while their parents are at the neighbouring resort. Things don’t start off great as within days their guide suddenly dies leaving them to fend for themselves on the island. They try to get off the island in the boat they arrived in, but soon discover it has been sabotaged. On their first evening the group shared their phobia's around the campfire and soon someone is bringing their worst fears to life. The story is told between Jessie and Danny's perspectives and it is clear from the start that each of them have secrets to hide. This is an action packed book which will keep you guessing as to who is making their time on the island so difficult. Thanks to HQ and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    The Book Review Café

    The Island is targeted at the YA audience, even at a stretch there’s no way on earth I could be classed as a YA! But I’m a huge fan of C. L. Taylor’s books so there was no way on earth I would not miss reading this book. Personally, I think The Island is an chilling, suspense filled thriller that will appeal to readers of all ages. Six teenagers are on a seven-day adventure break, but end up stranded on an remote island in Thailand, sounds perfect! But instead of beach parties, barbecues and fro The Island is targeted at the YA audience, even at a stretch there’s no way on earth I could be classed as a YA! But I’m a huge fan of C. L. Taylor’s books so there was no way on earth I would not miss reading this book. Personally, I think The Island is an chilling, suspense filled thriller that will appeal to readers of all ages. Six teenagers are on a seven-day adventure break, but end up stranded on an remote island in Thailand, sounds perfect! But instead of beach parties, barbecues and frolics their dream break soon turns into their worst nightmare when ‘someone’ terrorises them.  The story is told from two viewpoints, Jessie and Danny, which I liked as you get two different perspectives. It was interesting to see how the group’s dynamics changed as things took an ominous turn, and to see how their friendships were tested, and fractured by paranoia and fear. As mistrust grows within the group so does the suspense, like the group you do not know if they have been targeted by ‘someone’ or it’s character within the group with a grievance. The remote island is the perfect setting for this book. It feels claustrophobic, dangerous and sinister, which increases the tension tenfold. The Island is an exciting, quick read for anyone wanting a story they can totally immerse themselves in. Highly recommended you add it to your TBR pile immediately. 

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Six teenagers go on holiday with their parents to Thailand. They have been on holidays for years with their parents since they met in an antenatal class. As a special treat for one of the teenager’s birthday there is a separate excursion to stay on a deserted island for a week and forage like Bear Grylls. So, they teenagers set off with a guide to show them the ropes while they are on the island. But after the first night the guide who is in sixties suddenly dies from a stroke and the kids are l Six teenagers go on holiday with their parents to Thailand. They have been on holidays for years with their parents since they met in an antenatal class. As a special treat for one of the teenager’s birthday there is a separate excursion to stay on a deserted island for a week and forage like Bear Grylls. So, they teenagers set off with a guide to show them the ropes while they are on the island. But after the first night the guide who is in sixties suddenly dies from a stroke and the kids are left alone to defend themselves. The first thing they think to do is all get back in the boat and get back to shore. But overnight spooky things start to happen, and they find out that the starter cord is cut on the boat and its too far to swim back to the mainland. Will they survive the week, and will then their parents come to the rescue and find them? Thank you, HQ, and NetGalley for a copy of The island by C.L. Taylor. I don’t normally read many young adult books. But since it is one of my favourite authors, I thought I would give it a go. The island is a captivating thriller that I read in one sitting. It is also very character driven telling us the backstories of each teenager. It has lots of twists and turns. It had a slight Maze runner type vibe to it that teenagers will love. 4 stars from me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    rattled through this, it was HIGHLY addictive and I had a love hate relationship with all the characters- which this author always does to me whether shes writing adult novels brilliantly or young adult novels brilliantly. A disparate group of teenagers all stuck on a desert island, trying to hang on until rescue but somebody seems determined to make that extremely difficult- but who and why? Well you’ll eventually find out but before then you’ll have a rocketing read that will entirely grip you, rattled through this, it was HIGHLY addictive and I had a love hate relationship with all the characters- which this author always does to me whether shes writing adult novels brilliantly or young adult novels brilliantly. A disparate group of teenagers all stuck on a desert island, trying to hang on until rescue but somebody seems determined to make that extremely difficult- but who and why? Well you’ll eventually find out but before then you’ll have a rocketing read that will entirely grip you, it’s a bit like the Adventurous Four on acid – but also has some emotional themes explored really well so its a really clever and intense read that does genuinely keep you guessing. I enjoyed it thoroughly and to date this author has never let me down no matter the target audience. Excellent stuff. Very much recommended. Put it on your 2021 lists immediately.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    I received this audiobook from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I really like C.L. Taylor's thrillers, and her YA ones are no different. She manages to write something tense and twisty in a way that feels fresh. In this one, we get six friends who are on a Thai island for a week with a guide. But it all goes wrong early on, and the teens start experiencing strange occurrences that align with their greatest fears. We have two narrators in the book - Jessie and Danny. T I received this audiobook from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I really like C.L. Taylor's thrillers, and her YA ones are no different. She manages to write something tense and twisty in a way that feels fresh. In this one, we get six friends who are on a Thai island for a week with a guide. But it all goes wrong early on, and the teens start experiencing strange occurrences that align with their greatest fears. We have two narrators in the book - Jessie and Danny. They're both sort of hard to get to know, with things that aren't outright explained to us. But Jessie did grow on me as we learn more about her brother and see her open up to her friends a little. Danny is much harder for me - I spotted early on that he was clinging to Honour, and that put me off him a little! We do get a couple of things that didn't work so well - the two scenes with Jack and Josh didn't feel like they added enough. The first one in particular they are just horrible boys being creepy. At least in the second, it really did add an element of terror to the island that was needed. Though I couldn't help but feel the friends should have all gathered at their boat! The second is that I guessed very early what was going on, and while I doubted myself a few times, I did end up being correct. However, I really liked how it played out and how the ending was handled - I was quite worried it would show more blame and less acceptance. This is a decent YA thriller and fun listen or read. 3.5 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicki

    I loved Sleep and Strangers, C.L. Taylor’s most recent books, and couldn’t resist requesting The Island when I saw it was available as an audiobook on NetGalley. This was a fab audiobook about six teenagers spending a week on a remote island without their phones or any other electronic devices. They’ve known each other all their lives, their parents becoming friends after meeting in a NCT baby group. and then having summer holidays together ever since. They all get along well together, although t I loved Sleep and Strangers, C.L. Taylor’s most recent books, and couldn’t resist requesting The Island when I saw it was available as an audiobook on NetGalley. This was a fab audiobook about six teenagers spending a week on a remote island without their phones or any other electronic devices. They’ve known each other all their lives, their parents becoming friends after meeting in a NCT baby group. and then having summer holidays together ever since. They all get along well together, although they obviously have their niggles about each other. As with most thrillers about a group of friends stuck together, I was expecting there to be lots of unlikeable characters, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I liked all the teens, especially Jessie who was one of the narrators of the story. I really didn’t have a clue what was going on with the story, until just before the big reveal, so it was really nice to have my suspicions confirmed at the end. I thought this was a great thriller, which had the right amount of tension and twists which didn’t getting silly, as some thrillers can do. In fact it all felt very plausible and as a mother of an older teenager, rather scary! 😱 The narration by Olivia Dowd, Sam Newton, and Sarah Ovens was very good. I particularly enjoyed Olivia Dowd’s voice talents and will definitely be looking out for more audiobooks narrated by her. I definitely recommend this if you enjoy YA thrillers on audiobook. Thanks so to NetGalley and HQ Young Adult for my digital copy via the NetGalley App.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    Woah, that was an intense couple of hours as I couldn't put this book down, but also couldn't quite figure out who was behind everything, in fact I didn't really come up with any theories as I was so absorbed in the story, I couldn't spare any space in my brain for anything other than reading the words and seeing it play out in my mind. Well the 6 teenage friends, were meant to be on the Island for a safe survival experience, camping out and living in the jungle for a week, on a private island w Woah, that was an intense couple of hours as I couldn't put this book down, but also couldn't quite figure out who was behind everything, in fact I didn't really come up with any theories as I was so absorbed in the story, I couldn't spare any space in my brain for anything other than reading the words and seeing it play out in my mind. Well the 6 teenage friends, were meant to be on the Island for a safe survival experience, camping out and living in the jungle for a week, on a private island with a guide. Little where they expecting for the guide to die early on, and for their survival to suddenly become a real issue. For someone clearly has it in for them, there is no way off the island, they all have phobias and well they are starting to come true. There is definitely danger and trouble afoot on this island, and we are getting the story from two viewpoints, Jessie and Danny. As a result I felt I knew those the best out of the friends, but you do get distinct pictures of the others with them, as well as their changing group dynamics over the year. Both Jessie and Danny are complex characters, neither have been truthful about their own phobias and both seem to have As we get to grips with this holiday that has turned into a nightmare for this group of teens, we get to know every corner of the Island. I sort of had the big private island that was featured in a horrific storyline in Neighbours earlier this year in the back of my mind, and although both attracted danger, that is where the similarities end. I am starting to think though, having read another book recently about a private island where things go wrong, but in a completely other way too.... that private islands should be avoided at all costs. In fact please if you ever hear me say I want to go to a remote island, talk me out of it, they are downright terrifying settings, and just perfect for psychological thrillers but not necessarily real life! C. L. Taylor is the master of highly addictive books that I can devour in a matter of hours. I'm very glad I was able to sit and read it in one go, while ignoring the real world. Just wow! This may be a book for young adults, in which case I'm quite a bit older than the target audience but it didn't affect my enjoyment at all, as this has all the grit I need from a book and its just wow! Thank you to HQ Young Adult and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily,

  28. 4 out of 5

    hollie

    I don’t really know what I was expecting from this book but what I got wasn’t it for me. I went into this book thinking this was going to be an intense YA thriller but I got a weird teen romcom with a bit of mystery splashed in. - The characters. I firstly just don’t understand why we only had Jessie and Danny’s pov. I think the story would have been a lot better told if we got to see everyone’s perspectives. I also thought Jessie was just irritating and Danny was erratic. - The plot felt boring an I don’t really know what I was expecting from this book but what I got wasn’t it for me. I went into this book thinking this was going to be an intense YA thriller but I got a weird teen romcom with a bit of mystery splashed in. - The characters. I firstly just don’t understand why we only had Jessie and Danny’s pov. I think the story would have been a lot better told if we got to see everyone’s perspectives. I also thought Jessie was just irritating and Danny was erratic. - The plot felt boring and predictable. I could see where the ending was going by the fourth chapter and I was right. I didn’t think their phobias were real enough to feel that bad. Overall, this was pitched as a mix between Lost and The Hunger Games I wouldn’t say it’s like either. It felt flat for me and although the writing was good, the characters were one dimensional. I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gina Robertson

    As soon as I saw a C.L Taylor book was available on NetGalley I logged on and requested it. Thankfully, I was accepted and I have just finished reading this fabulous book! A group of childhood friends go on their annual holiday and this year go all out for one of their birthdays. Renting their very own island! But when things start going wrong, who is to blame? The perfect ‘who’s done it’ story. Excitement, thrills and suspense throughout. The characters are really likeable and the ending was a As soon as I saw a C.L Taylor book was available on NetGalley I logged on and requested it. Thankfully, I was accepted and I have just finished reading this fabulous book! A group of childhood friends go on their annual holiday and this year go all out for one of their birthdays. Renting their very own island! But when things start going wrong, who is to blame? The perfect ‘who’s done it’ story. Excitement, thrills and suspense throughout. The characters are really likeable and the ending was a shock! Highly recommend! 5 star! Very excited for the next of Taylor’s amazing work!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    Wow. I've found a YA mystery that I don't hate!! In fact, I kinda love this! Using one of my favourite mystery tropes, The Island follows a group of teenagers who are on a remote excursion on an island off the coast of Thailand when their tour guide dies and the group finds themselves stranded. Things go from bad to worse when the teens' worst fears start happening to them and they realise someone is trying to kill them.. I absolutely fricking love a good isolation mystery thriller. Give me a book Wow. I've found a YA mystery that I don't hate!! In fact, I kinda love this! Using one of my favourite mystery tropes, The Island follows a group of teenagers who are on a remote excursion on an island off the coast of Thailand when their tour guide dies and the group finds themselves stranded. Things go from bad to worse when the teens' worst fears start happening to them and they realise someone is trying to kill them.. I absolutely fricking love a good isolation mystery thriller. Give me a book where a group of people are isolated in any situation and someone is trying to kill them, and I will eat that shit up. This book was no exception and I really did love it. I thought from the beginning it would be a generic YA mystery that I don't tend to get on with. I thought it wouldn't be dark or thrilling enough for me. Past Ashleigh is a fool, ladies, gentleman and non-binary people. An absolute fool. This book was almost perfect for me. The twists were great, although I did guess the big one, but I find that doesn't have a negative effect on me with books. If you love isolation mysteries, you're gonna love this one! PICK IT UP!!

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