Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Wolfsbane (Nightshade, Book 2)
Hardcover, 400 pages

Released: July 26, 2011

Publisher: Philomel

ISBN13: 9780399254833

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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 Rating: 5 / 5

My Thoughts:

When Calla wakes up, she finds herself in a strange place among the Searchers. Her world is turned upside down as she now wonders if it's really the Keepers who can not be trusted. One of the aspects I loved about Nightshade was the origins of the supernatural war and this was Wolfsbane's focus; we see the flip side of this story, the reason for the war from the Searcher's prospective. From page one I was hooked.

Calla has been given the choice of joining the Searchers, who she has only ever seen as her enemy, in hopes of saving her pack. As always, she considers doing what is best for her pack.  The ultra-sexy love triangle from book one takes on a smaller role as Ren, unfortunately, is not so prominent. Calla is feeling guilty that Ren was left behind after helping her and Shay, and worried about how he is being treated. She has easily become one of my favorite female characters. She is fierce and determined, but here she is also more vulnerable. She feels the weight of her decision to save Shay and the impact it has had on the people she loves. Shay steps us as the kick-ass character, as he takes advantage of the powers he has gained from Calla. I loved seeing this transformation and can't wait for him to show us what he's made of next!

Full of a great new cast of characters, surprises and betrayal, Wolfsbane starts off strong and manages to keep hold of you until the last page. I always love it when characters surprise you, and Andrea has given us quite a few of those moments.  As more and more layers to this story are revealed, it will have you begging for the next book.  I had high expectations for Wolfsbane, as Nightshade was a favorite read for 2010 and this still blew me away! It's going to be a favorite of 2011.

On a side note, I did find I needed help remembering the roles of the various groups (Searchers, Keepers, and Guardians) as the book picks up exactly where it left off. I would suggest reading Chapter 14  of Nightshade as a quick refresher.

6 comments:

  1. Great review and loved that it a new setting. Glad to see new characters and Team Calla here.

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  2. I really have to read Nightshade fast to catch up here! Great review :)

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  3. I think I NEED this book - THANKS :D :D

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  4. I'm so excited as I just got a copy yesterday and am hoping to read it this week or next. I'll make a note to reread Ch 14 of Nightshade as I always forget some of the side characters of the previous books.

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  5. Julie ~ Yes and Team Calla here too!

    Jackie ~ woot, then we can chat!!!

    Emma ~ yes you do :D

    Jenny ~ YAY, I hope you love it as much as I did :D

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  6. Very nice review! I need to get into this series. *sigh* time time time.... always against me, it is. :) Thank you!

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