Sunday, 8 April 2012

[REVIEW] Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Published: July 2011
     Publisher: Philomel Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Nightshade #2
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. (From Goodreads)

Wolfsbane is the sequel to the first book in the series, Nightshade. 

In Wolfsbane, Calla and Shay allign with the Searchers and attempt to get back Calla's pack. Of course, things don't always turn out the way it's suppose to be. Because of Calla's choice and actions, the Banes took over the Nightshade pack and Calla's mother is executed. As well, Calla's brother was made an example, what happened I'll let you find out. When the searchers and Calla finally find where her pack is, somethings happen that are completely unexpected. New alliances are formed throughout the story and there's always surprises in every couple chapters.

Wolfsbane was more of the explanatory book to me. 

Much of the history of the Scion and the previous Guardian revolt is revealed, as well as some hidden secrets. 

Calla and Shay are also developing more of a romantic relationship which I was not happy to read about because I was completely for Calla and Ren but I guess after Ren's choice and actions in this book, I can be on Team Shay for a while...until the third book comes out then I'll decide again.

That's one of the reasons why i like this book, I never really figuered out who the main character, as an alpha wolf, would pick as her mate. I guess that is made more clear in this book. 

Andrea Cremer does an amazing job keeping you hooked in to this book. I remember reading it and there would be some parts that were utterly boring to read but then soon after, something exciting. Sort of a pattern, boring, exciting, boring, exciting. 

The cover for Wolfsbane is also really pretty. The publishing group had redone the covers for the entire Nightshade series. For Wolfsbane, there's Calla on the cover crouched in an animalistic way. Almost like she's about to shift and lunge at you. It's a very powerful image in my opinion. 

This series is amazing and if you like to read books about action, fantasy, and very powerful women, this is definitely one for you.

(originally posted in the TPL Word Out program)

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