Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer


Hardcover, 390 pages

Published July 26th 2011 by Penguin Young Readers Group 
YA Paranormal
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.--Goodreads

My Review
OK so I gave Wolfsbane four stars. This decision was totally based on how this book ended. I have to say that in the first part of the book I was thinking 2 to 3 stars. In the beginning it dragged. There was a lot of dialog, a lot of new characters to meet and a ton of information to absorb. It took me a little while to actually picture each person and connect each personality with the right character. Also, this book has a totally different feel to it then Night Shade. It has a more epic dooms day kind of feel.

If I remember correctly Nightshade focused on the Keeper and the wolf packs and had more of a love triangle thing happening. That's what I prefer to read about. The love triangle thing, that is. I mean this book had that going on at the end of the book but it felt like I had to crawl through mud to get there. I was of course, happy to be back in this world and see the flip side of the Keeper, Guardian world but I feel the beginning put a damper on the story.

Other than that I felt the second and third part of this book took off in the right direction. It was exciting and I was pretty nervous about what Calla would find back in Vail. It was heartbreaking to see what had happen to the Nightshades and some of the Banes. I had guessed early on about some relationships that were kept hidden in the beginning but I do that a lot more so with movies. It was fun to say "I knew it!".

At the end Calla is still absolutely confused as to who she wants to be with, either Shay or Ren. It's a little frustrating but I think this makes for a good story especially when it involves two hot guys fighting for her affection. I did read the first chapter of Bloodrose and it was pretty steamy and now I'm worried about Shay (uuhhggg). What is Calla going to do?!?! I can not wait for Bloodrose. I want to see how everything turns out!! 

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"Staring at the wreckage of the life we could have had, I knew it wasn't about love or Shay or the Searchers now. It was about sacrifice and redemption, loss that could have new meaning." 

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