Thursday, September 22, 2011

Review of Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Title: Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2)
Author: Andrea Cremer
Published by: Penguin Young Readers Group
Pages: 390
Source: Borrowed from the library
Format: Audiobook
Rating: ★★★★

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

I absolutely loved Nightshade and a huge reason for that is I loved Calla and Ren.  For me, there was no love triangle because Shay was not even a contender in my mind.  Literally, I couldn't fathom the idea of Calla liking Shay and I just assumed he was added in as this character to show off how amazing Ren is compared to others.

That being said I was really torn about this novel because it mostly involved Calla and Shay.  As I was listening to it there were times I was screaming out loud at Shay telling him to stop talking and yelling at Calla that she was crazy for listening to Shay and doing the things she was doing.  (Good thing it's been cold here so the other drivers on the road don't think I'm too nuts as I'm driving to work in the morning yelling at fictional characters like I have any control over their actions.)

Despite that though, Wolfsbane was extremely interesting.  We happened to learn much more history involving the Searchers, Keepers and Guardians.  I loved the new characters and thought they fit amazingly into the story line.  They were fierce, protective, amazing fighters and helped to keep things comical when tensions heightened.  I also enjoyed seeing some of the old characters again and hearing more of their stories.  I don't want to give too much away but some we definitely get to see where pack loyalties lie.

Overall it wasn't my favorite book but I'm a bit biased on the whole love triangle thing so if you like Shay then you'll love this book....and if you don't like Shay (Yea Team Ren!) it's still a great read.


  1. TEAM REN all the way! Seriously, could Shay be anymore boring or wrong for Calla?

    It doesn't make me happy to hear that this book focus more on Calla and Shay, that is why I haven't been in a rush to read it. Maybe later.

    P.S. TEAM REN!

  2. Goodness, I loved this book! I'm still so undecided on what team I am. I can't wait for Bloodrose, though! Great review!!

  3. I dug the first book because I thought the love triangle was done so well (which tends to be a rarity) but in this book I just wanted to kick Calla. I'm not team Ren or Shay - I really do like them both, but Calla needs to make up her frickin mind! I wanted to ring her neck during the entire book with how wishy washy she was being. The history was very interesting, but I struggled because this is definitely not a stand alone book - if you didn't read the first one (or hadn't read it in a long time like me) Wolfsbane will be super confusing. I can't listen to audiobooks while I drive because of the yelling at characters thing :)

  4. This book wasn't written as well as the first. It tries to keep to many story lines going. It bounces around and leaves way to many loose ends at the end. I know there will be another one but I like a story that can stand alone within a series and this one CAN'T!!!


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