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Offline pixiebelle

Review: Wolfsbane (A Nightshade Novel) by Andrea Cremer
« on: September 20, 2011, 01:19 PM »
Name of the book: Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2)
Genre: YA/Paranormal/Romance
Book publish year: 2011
Rating (out of 5): 4

Brief intro (From GoodReads):

When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, 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.

My review (Spoilers ahead, read at your own risk):

Calla wakes up in the world of Searchers. Shay is with her. She spends about a third of the book making friends with the searchers, and pushing Shay away because she feels absolutely awful about leaving Ren behind. This book is probably gorier than the first (but we are not tormented by things climbing out of the paintings this go around). There is death, treachery, and love all around in this book.

I am a bit peeved at how Calla handled a particular situation. She saves 4 from her original pack, and finds Ren. He's been ordered to "break" her by any means necessary (which includes beating and possibly raping her). Maybe it's because she's an Alpha is why she didn't think twice about what happened but I don't think I would ever forgive Ren for what he was going to do, even if he didn't do it. It would always be in the back of my head. I was furious at her decision in the end of the book, especially after what transpired between her and Shay.

I've read chapter 1 of the last book in the series and I am upset that she would just give into him like that. Like I said, I know she is an Alpha, but as an Alpha I would still be afraid and would not trust Ren. I don't care if he did claim he wasn't going to break her, he had started to and probably would've finished had Monroe not walked in. I just hope Calla sees this later on, instead of using "his love for her" as an excuse to why he reacted the way he did.

"One day I would stop taking off my clothes in
V’lane’s presence, but the cost of that resistance
would be a piece of my soul." ~ MacKayla Lane


Offline pixiebelle

Re: Review: Wolfsbane (A Nightshade Novel) by Andrea Cremer
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2011, 01:54 PM »
I did like this book. I was actually surprised because I had read chapter 1 of it so long ago and I've had it on the bottom of my to read list because it didn't seem that interesting. Then today, I saw the cover for book 3 and was intrigued and bumped it up to read.

I honestly think the saving grace of this book was the "back" characters. They are what pulled me in (and honestly, I love snarky characters and smartasses so she had me with Connor and Adne). I think that's a problem with "middle" books though. They need those characters for the final book, but they have to set them up to get them there.

I sorta look forward to book three. Only because I'd like to see the Keepers die, not because I want to see who she ends up with (although I hope it's Shay and not Ren). The author really turned me off to Ren and Calla having a relationship after that scene and I'm not really looking forward to anything happening between them in the rest of book 3.
"One day I would stop taking off my clothes in
V’lane’s presence, but the cost of that resistance
would be a piece of my soul." ~ MacKayla Lane

Offline Tart

Re: Review: Wolfsbane (A Nightshade Novel) by Andrea Cremer
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2011, 10:39 PM »
You definitely liked it more than me, I gave it a 2.5

To me it was a step backward from book one and I didn't like the way the plot was in Wolfsbane. Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate the book but it wasn't that great to me either. The whole Ren thing is what really turned me off the entire book. If it wasn't for the searchers, I wouldn't have even bothered finishing the book. They were the only interesting people in the entire book for me.

I hope Bloodrose is written better than this next year because Nightshade is one of my favorite series.

Offline maiaa

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Re: Review: Wolfsbane (A Nightshade Novel) by Andrea Cremer
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2011, 05:29 AM »
wow!!! i read this book just today...i did like it a lot but its unfair that ren was left out of all the action :-\
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