Monday, February 27, 2012

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer [Review]

4 out of 5 Robots!

Wolfsbane Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade, #2
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
Release: July 26, 2011
Hardcover: 390 Pages
Publisher: Philomel Books
My Copy: Personal Copy
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Shannon's Thoughts:

Wolfsbane is the second book in the Nightshade series and picks up literally where the first one left off.  Calla has saved Shay from being sacrificed, run away from her pack and finds herself taken in by her supposed enemy, the Searchers.  Now she has to make peace with leaving her friends and family behind and learn to trust the Searchers. 

You really can't read this book without reading the first, Nightshade.  The end of the first book flows directly into this one.  It is really hard to talk about this book as a standalone.  So let me talk about this things I love about this series in general.  I love the world the author has built.  I especially like the idea of the Guardians.  I originally stayed away from this series because I thought it was about werewolves.  But, happily, I was mistaken.  The Guardians are actually more like shape shifters.  They actually have two souls: one human and one wolf.

Also, the action was amazing!  Cremer really knows how to write an awesome action sequence.  Events happen at a breakneck speed and leave you breathless. I LOVE Calla!  She is strong, determined and a leader.  She is able to make hard decisions...well, with the exception of deciding between Ren and Shay.  Sigh. This brings me to the things I disliked.  I can handle love triangles to a point, but this was a bit much for me.  Mostly because Calla had such a hard time putting her foot down and telling the boys how she really felt.  The other (small) issue I had, was this book falls into the trap that many middle trilogy books do.  Now that the story has been introduced, but the conclusion is a far way off, a lot of questions need to be answered and so some parts of the book lags as they try to answer the questions.  A lot of new characters are introduced and sometimes their personalities felt a little forced. 

But, this series is definitely worth checking out! I tore through this book in about a day.  Be sure to read the first one, Nightshade, before delving into Wolfsbane.  You won't be sorry you did!

Books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Nightshade
2. Wolfsbane
3. Bloodrose

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