Monday, August 22, 2011

Review of Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2)***THIS IS BOOK TWO IN A SERIES AND THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR NIGHTSHADE. TO CHECK OUT MY REVIEW OF NIGHTSHADE, CLICK HERE***


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.


Given the insane cliffhanger that Andrea Cremer ended Nightshade on, it’s no surprise that I was excited for the release of Wolfsbane. Even though I went in with high expectations, I didn’t expect to devour all near 400 pages of Wolfsbane in 48 hours, my jaw on the floor the entire time. With its perfect balance of action and world building, Cremer’s sophomore novel had me turning pages late into the night and dying for more.

Wolfsbane starts right where Nightshade left off. While Nightshade focused a lot on the Keepers and the Guardians, Wolfsbane focuses more on the Searchers, introducing us to lots of intriguing new characters. I was constantly impressed not only by the amazingly detailed world Cremer has crafted, but also by the twists and turns that I found within the pages of Wolfsbane.

Part of the reason I loved Wolfsbane so much more than Nightshade (and I really enjoyed Nightshade) is because Wolfsbane shows off what a wonderful writer Cremer is. Her prose felt just a little bit more polished than in Nightshade, and she did a nice job of incorporating deeper themes into her story without shoving them in the reader’s face. Plus, Ren and Shay are both very intriguing love interests. After finishing Wolfsbane I remain firmly on Team Shay.

If you haven’t already figured it out, Wolfsbane blew me out out of the water. Between the awesomeness of this book and another cliffhanger ending, I cannot wait to get my hands on Bloodrose. Despite the fact that Bloodrose’s release date has been bumped up, it’s going to be a long wait until January.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you!

4 comments:

  1. Great review! I didn't like Nightshade quite as much as I expected (I still did enjoy it, but I just had very, very high expectations), but I want to give Wolfsbane a chance. I'm glad to hear that you liked Wolfsbane more than Nightshade... hopefully I will, too!

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  2. So excited to see another Team Shay! When I looked on goodreads, it seemed like everyone was pro-Ren. I'm not firmly Team Shay but I think he's a better choice than Ren.

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  3. Great review. I loved Wolfsbane, too. Although, I didn't like Shay so much. I was Team Shay when I read Nightshade, but after Wolfsbane, I'm just not so sure anymore. I might be heading the other way. I hope Bloodrose will help me decide for sure! ;-)

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  4. yay! I am in love with this series and enjoyed book two even more also (which to me is kinda odd). I enjoyed all the new myth and the Searcher perspective in this. I am so team Ren still though, even though he was missing a lot in this one :(

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