Review: Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

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Review: Bloodrose by Andrea CremerBloodrose by Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #3
Published by Philomel
Pub Date: January 3rd 2012
Pages: 406
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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5 Stars

The Ultimate Sacrifice.

Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.

In the final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Andrea Cremer creates a novel with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its final pages. A dynamic end to this breathtaking trilogy.

Dear Andrea Cremer,

From the moment I read Nightshade, I knew you had created a completely new take on werewolves that was going to be epic. Because it’s not just about wolves…it’s full of magic and adventure and sacrifice and heartache. It’s the kind of story that takes incredible skill and imagination to bring to life and you delivered that in this series.

Not only that, but you created characters that I came to feel so very strongly for. I felt like I was part of this group of brave people, like they were my friends. Anytime I lost one, I grieved…and I grieved a lot in these three books! I But the fact that I felt anything that strongly just speaks again of your incredible talent.

Bloodrose had me on the edge of my seat quest after quest. It was such an incredible journey each time they went to retrieve part of the cross. It made me want to be there, fighting with them! And I never say that about any story….seriously! Never. I’m perfectly content cheering on my favorite characters on their quests from the comfort of my bed, but I wanted to join this group so badly! Though if I did I’m pretty sure I’d be the first casualty, lol.

When it came time for the final battle, I braced myself. I thought I was prepared for what I suspected would happen, but I was kidding myself. I never imagined how much it would hurt to see THAT fall. I had to put the book down and I cried for about five minutes. After my pity party and some talking myself down from the ledge, I understood why it had to happen…my only gripe is the how. I feel he deserved a better way. *sigh* I’m ok though…no worries. What really surprised me was the rest of it. I did not anticipate the outcome for the pack, but it is so, so fitting, and it left me with such a bittersweet feeling. I may have cried a little more…but this time, they were tears of joy for them.

It is with that feeling upon finishing Bloodrose that I write this letter to you…to say outstanding job. You’ve made a lifelong fan out of me. :)

Sincerely,

gwtw-heading-jess

 

About Andrea Cremer

Andrea Cremer is a New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Manhattan, but at heart she will always be a small-town girl.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but it took a horse and a broken foot to prompt her to finally write the novel she’d always dreamed of writing. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Andrea resided in the academic world where she taught early modern history.

When she’s not writing, Andrea tries to master difficult yoga poses, wanders through Central Park, and hunts for new music to provide the soundtracks to her novels.

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21 Responses to “Review: Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer”

  1. Erin W.

    Great review. I loved the first two books but already seeing a few spoilers around and many of reviews, I don’t think I’m prepared to read this book. Not in the slightest.

  2. Tiffany

    I keep seeing reviews for this one and I have it sitting on my shelf right now. I really enjoyed the first two but I’m nervous to read this one because last books in series always make me nervous, but I’ll definitely try to read it soon. Great review!

  3. Alyssa Kirk

    Cried for five minutes? I don’t know which “he” you’re talking about but I adore them both and now I’m terrified to read this! But glad it touched you so deeply. 

  4. Christy @TheReaderBee

    Gah! I am so looking forward to reading this! Of course, I still need to finish up Wolfsbane… But hopefully I can read them both soon! Lovely review, Jess!

  5. Giselle

    Oh wow this sounds intense. I haven’t started this series yet but I’ve seen a few reviews of this one lately that really want to make me pick up book 1!

    Giselle
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  6. Christin

    I completely agree with everything you said here.  I don’t say this about many books, but the Nightshade trilogy is amazing.  Great review!

  7. Smash Attack

    JESSSSSSSSS! I absolutely refuse to believe that Ren, Shay OR Ansel (MY FAVORITE CHARACTER!) dies in this book. I will not accept it.

    And now, I am a nervous wreck about reading it!! :(

  8. Mundie Moms

    Great review!! I LOVE this series. I adore Andrea’s writing. I can’t wait to see what other books she writes. 

  9. Amy @ bookgoonie

    I love your creativity. I 100% agree that the fallen deserved way more than received…at least not by him. I was a little disappointed in this one though…*sigh*. I am sure it has to do with how I hoped it would play out. And there was not near enough of Connor. I do think the final scene is a good one.

  10. Nicole

    Nice review :) I completely agree with you. I never once considered what happened at the end of Bloodrose, it was a complete surprise to me, but once it happened, I couldn’t help but feel kind of stupid. It was a logical ending and I feel like it was always obvious. It was sad though, and it left me with an empty, aching feeling in my heart, but in a good way (if that makes any sense). I’m sad to see this series end, but it’s been an amazing journey :)

  11. Evie

    I really, REALLY love Andrea Cremer and her fabulously captivating writing style. She has such an amazing way with words. I loved the Nightshade series, didn’t even mind the extra-horny love triangle, but I gotta say, Bloodrose KILLED ME. That ending?! I must have pulled two fists of hair from my head when I got to the end and saw how she decided to end things. Now, few years later, I think it really was kind of brilliant, but at that time.. the frustration and shock! One thing for sure, she made me FEEL feels and react very emotionally to things. I loved it. It was an awesome experience! Have you read her prequel series yet? Or Snakeroot?? I’m just about to read Snakeroot and I’m hoping it will be just as awesome!

    Thanks for a fantastic review, Jess! :)

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