Thursday, July 28, 2011
Title: Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2)
Author: Andrea Cremer
Published: July 26th 2011 by Philomel
Summary: "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."
Thoughts: One of my absolute favorite reads in 2010 was Nightshade, so needless to say, I was dying to get my hands on a copy of Wolfsbane. As far as sequels go, this one is a keeper. While I enjoyed Nightshade more, I still found Wolfsbane to be a fast paced, action filled read. Hold on tight kids. You're in for one wild ride!
First off, I want to talk about the cover. There has been a lot of controversy between whether or not people like this one or the previous one more. Personally, while I think this one is nice (I love the colors), I must say that I liked the old ones more. These make the series seem like an adult series, while the other screamed paranormal YA! Plus, the other one (in my opinion) was more attractive. If I passed both this cover of Wolfsbane and the last one at a bookstore, I would pick up the previous one first.
Now, onto the story. I forgot how much I love and missed Andrea Cremer's writing/story telling. Boy, is it addicting. The story just flows naturally and starts off right where Nightshade ends. Remember how Calla was taken hostage by the Searchers? Well, it turns out they need her for a task, to which she begrudgingly agrees to. It's the only way for her and her pack to have true freedom, something Calla has wanted for so long. But, like most things in life, Calla will have to fight for it, betray everything she's ever known and possibly risk it all.
I must say, I wanted to love Wolfsbane as much as I love Nightshade, but for some reason I didn't. It's not that it's not good (it's wonderful), and it's not a great sequel (it is!), but it didn't quite do it for me the way Nightshade did. For example, before I couldn't decide whether I was Team Shay or Team Ren. Now, I'm definitely a Team Ren kind of girl. I can't quite pinpoint it but somewhere in this book, Shay began to get on my nerves. I felt like he was trying to control Calla. Yes, he cares about her safety and yes he wants what was best for her, but she's a very strong woman, capable of taking care of herself, AND she's an alpha. His jealously in this book also became very tiresome. Though Calla does get wishy washy with the whole "Do I love Shay or do I love Ren" situation, it's clear where her heart lies. I have a feeling by the end of it all Calla will choose Shay, but still hope for Ren.
Now, the action/fight scenes. Those are pretty freaking awesome. At times, I had to remind myself I was reading a book and not watching some kick butt movie. The descriptions are so vivid, I felt like I was there (but am glad I wasn't!). What made this book for me, though, was all the history between the Keepers and the Searchers. In Nightshade, it talks a lot about how the guardians are not allowed to really know or read the infamous War of All Against All book. Finally, you get to know about what Shay is and why he's so important. All the pieces begin to fall together and really, who doesn't love putting a good puzzle together?
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Wolfsbane and found it to be better than most sequels out there. New characters will be introduced, but don't get too attached to anyone. There will be many tragedies. Ahh, the casualty of war! What a troubled web we weave, eh? While the chemistry between the three young love birds was lacking a bit, the action and history make up for it. For fans of Nightshade, you will not be disappointed. And with what I'm assuming is Andrea Cremer's personal form of torture, there will be a cliffhanger in the end that will have you screaming for more. When does Bloodrose come out? Not soon enough.