Andrea Cremer, I bow down at your amazing story-telling. If you thought Nightshade was full of unique, incredibly interesting characters and original story, Wolfsbane will leave you wondering how it was possible for it to have gotten even better.
Wolfsbane truly felt like a “Part II”. Yes, it picks up where Nightshade left off, but it’s also almost like a completely new story. I loved that!! We’re introduced to new characters (who I instantly took a liking to and I know you will, too) and we’re told new, accurate histories about the Guardians, Searchers, and Keepers. It turns out some people have been lying for a very long time and lying very well. Wolfsbane also had a lot more action than Nightshade. More battles, more casualties. It was really sad every time someone died!
In Nightshade, my stance in the battle of the boys was firm: Team Ren, all the way. I think something about Shay always having to be saved by Calla kind of turned me off. Well, let’s just say that Wolfsbane Shay has grown into his inner wolf. He is more assertive and manly, deadly even, more sure of himself…and, well, it’s kind of hard not to take notice. I found myself very conflicted, as was Calla. Calla’s conflict in choosing between them stems more from her feelings of guilt for leaving Ren, whom she truly cares about, and her feelings of love towards Shay. I’m still Team Ren though. I’m just so much more sympathetic to Ren’s character and story than Shay’s. Le sigh, I always fall for the tortured boys. One thing I’m almost positive of though is that Calla will choose Shay in the end. She kind of did already, from the start. I’ve made my peace with it in reading Wolfsbane. They really love each other! It’s so hard to admit that I feel it will turn out that way, but I think it’s inevitable. And can I just mention how much I LOVED that scene toward the end, with Shay and Calla in the garden!? The emotions and feelings between them were so palpable! Loved it. :)
In conclusion, I hated it. HAHA, KIDDING! It was a brilliant follow up to the already amazing Nightshade! I was so engrossed by it. Sure I missed Ren, but he is very present in this book, much to Shay’s dismay. And I’m guessing from the ending that he will be ALL OVER Bloodrose, and I for one cannot wait!
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #2
Published by Philomel
Pub Date: July 26th 2011
Format: ARC | Source: Blog Tour
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended.
Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer-one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack-and the man-she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.
Thanks to Jen from I Read Banned Books for the opportunity to read and review this book as part of her book tours. :)