Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Wolfsbane Andrea CremerWolfsbane (Nightshade #2)

Andrea Cremer

Published July 26, 2011
ARC from Penguin Young Readers Group
Purchased Copy

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. –Goodreads

I put off reading Wolfsbane for a while – as much as I loved Nighshade I KNEW there was gonna be a cliffhanger and I just couldn’t put myself through the wait. I’m one of those gals that if I can wait for the whole series to be released THEN read them – I’m a much happier reader. So – I waited. Patiently. And, I’ve gotta say, I’m so glad I did. I loved Wolfsbane as much as I loved Nightshade but, y’all, this book was intense. It was full of twists and turns and drama and awesomeness all rolled up into one excellent sequel.

Cremer takes the reader on one heck of a ride with Wolfsbane. Cremer laid the foundation in Nightshade and Wolfsbane took off and never looked back. Regardless of what team you are on, the plot of Wolfsbane is what keeps the need to finish this book as fast as possible going. Cremer builds a world that is so detailed and rich with history (History teachers FTW!) – you can tell that there is just so much planning that went into how these books would flow with each other. The world of the Searchers, Guardians, and Keepers is so complex – there were times I had to go back and reread certain parts just to make sure I was understanding the history (which I didn’t mind). And the adventure Cremer takes us on! We aren’t in Colorado anymore, Toto! The new world in Wolfsbane is definitely different than what we experienced in Nightshade Series – with a lot more heartache and danger.

If there was one thing that was a negative it was the lack of previous characters from Nightshade in Wolfsbane. Where is Ren? I LOVE Ren! And the rest of Calla’s pack, who she left behind – there are so many unanswered questions when it comes to them and I missed the pack. However, I did love the new characters that Cremer introduced – Connor, Ethan, Adne, and the gang definitely filled some of the void – adding even more complexity to the story.

I’m not even going to address the love triangle. Team Ren. That’s all.

When Calla left her pack to save Shay, she didn’t realize the consequences – and, y’all, there are consequences. I spent most of the book wondering HOW THE HECK they were going to get out of the situations they were all in without everyone dying. (dramatic much?) The cliffhanger was one heck of an ending to Wolfsbane and I was SO HAPPY to have Bloodrose on hand.

And that review.. will be coming soon!

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