Bloodrose

Bloodrose

Book rating: 05 Hardback Nightshade (Hardcover)

By (author) Andrea R Cremer

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  • Publisher: Philomel Books
  • Format: Hardback | 407 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 41mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 3 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0399256121
  • ISBN 13: 9780399256127
  • Sales rank: 61,797

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The third and final installment of the international bestselling Nightshade trilogy! Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is. In this remarkable final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, international bestselling author Andrea Cremer crafts a dynamic novel with twists and turns that will keep you breathless until its final pages.

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Andrea Cremer spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Minnesota, but she thinks of her homeland as the "Canadian Shield" rather than the Midwest. Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. When she's not writing, Andrea teaches history at a very nice liberal arts college in St. Paul. In the little spare time she can find, Andrea stares up at trees, rescues infant rabbits from predatory cats, and invents names for pug puppies. She has an unfortunate tendency to spill things--white carpets beware!

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By Jennifer McDaid 09 May 2013 5

Review:

I was so sad to get to the last book of this series. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the book but I didn't want it to be over so I tried to take my time. I couldn't I rushed through it as fast as the audio would let me. I loved this last book. It was a bitter sweet end to a wonderful journey.

Long story short :

There isn't much to say about the book's plot. Readers have seen what's coming. Nightshade started it and Wolfsbane prepared for it, now Bloodrose will end it. The final showdown, the final battle between Keepers and Searchers, each with wolves by their side. Loyalties have been changed and the packs divided. Now it is time to end it all. Calla will finally have to make a choice between Shay and Ren and become alpha.

My thoughts :

I loved the ending to this series. Well at the time it was the ending to the series. Now there is a fourth installment. I am happy about that but I am not sure which direction the book will take us. Bloodrose had a pretty closed ending, and ending I thought was fit for the series.

This book definitely had my emotions all over the place. I was sad, happy, excited, confused, irritated, frustrated and so much more. The same beautiful writing style, the same awesome storytelling skills, and of course some really cool characters. I really wasn't sure what the ending would look like and I never expected what I got. For sure the book was full of surprises and shocks.

I must say that I think Calla frustrated me the most in this book. By the third book, she should know what she wants and make up her mind. The playing with both boys hearts really had me at wits end. I loved both boys. I started out liking Shay and Hating Ren... then I put up with Shay and I started to feel for Ren... in the end I loved them both. They both had their great qualities, their weaknesses, and a place in my heart. I knew in my heart who Calla should choose but it didn't make it any easier for me. Sometimes I really thought Calla didn't deserve either one of them. In the end Calla figured it all out and redeemed herself in my eyes.

The other characters in the book are really the best characters for me.. Conner, Bryn, Ansel, and so many more. I love them all. I grew so close to each and every one of them and it broke my heart every time they were hurt. Andrea Cremer does not shy away from hurt, pain, broken hearts, and even death.

I think this was a wonderful ending to a great story



In the end :

A roller coaster of a ride, so many twists and turns and heartache and joys. Loved it!

By Pretty Little Reader 12 Feb 2013 5

Where Nightshade had me blushing from all of the sexual tension, and Wolfsbane had my head reeling from information overload, Bloodrose had me blushing, reeling and sobbing uncontrollably as I held on to the edge of my seat, not daring to breath as I unravelled the remaining secrets of the war between the Searchers and the Keepers and what that meant for Calla, Ren, Shay and the Guardians.

Calla was back in full force. Emotionally wrecked and feeling like she had abandoned her pack in Wolfsbane, finding Ren seemed to have brought her the strength she needed to become the leader her pack deserved. She put both boys in their place, claiming her position of dominance and her title of alpha over both of them until she was able to choose her mate - a choice she decided was best left until after the war was over. Other then a couple of moments of weakness, Calla was able to stand by her decision and focus on the tasks at hand, and I loved watching her resume her role of someone who was able to fend for herself, without needing someone else to tell her what to do or hold her hand while she did it. She was strong, fierce and determined.

"I don't need you...But I want you...If I needed you, I wouldn't be me."

I also loved having Ren back. His interactions with his new-found sister Adne were adorable, and I love how fiercely protective of her he became so quickly. The sexual tension between him and Calla was as palpable as ever, and the pack's reaction to his return brought back the family dynamic I had admired in Nightshade. I still don't like Shay, but he did grow on me slightly. His arrogance was mostly gone, replaced with something resembling humility over his status as the Scion. His attempt to make Calla's choice for her had me outraged, and I completely understood Calla's anger with his cowardice. The Searchers all grew on me as well, and I found myself cheering for Connor and Adne and holding my breath when it looked like Adne had been fatally injured.

I'm not going to get in to details over the ending. I know there's some people who feel like Cremer took the easy way out, but when I think about it, I can't picture a more perfect ending. Yes I'm devastated over the death of one of my favourite characters and yes I'm devastated over the fate bestowed upon Calla and her pack, but in a way I can see how things have come full circle and I am left with a feeling of satisfaction. I think Bloodrose was a fantastic ending to a wonderful series and I can't wait for the prequel series to be released so I can jump back in to the world of Guardians, Keepers and Searchers!

By Annette Shaw 12 Jan 2012 5

Andrea Cremer writes a compelling book, one which is difficult to put down, and yet each one is so very different. If I had to classify this novel, I'd put it in the category of 'adventure story' - the main characters spend the novel chasing from A to B to C... collecting objects which will help them 'win' the war that's been raging for centuries. It was all rather exciting, but the emotional drama was squeezed into finite moments around this action, in the hours when the main characters should have been sleeping or eating. You read this book compulsively, because the storyline creates such an atmosphere of anxiety and while it's characters are in a race against time, you feel as though at any moment the next great disaster might strike. So you have to keep reading.

I can't say that I was particularly happy with the ending of this book. Calla didn't have to make the choice I was waiting for (I'll say no more for fear of spoilers), and I felt that the ending was the result of a lack of real options. I love a happily ever after, but this one felt forced upon the characters, not chosen. Maybe I'm just sour, because one particular character I'd been routing for didn't fare so well - should have know, Ms Cremer's true intentions had been fairly obvious all along - I'd just been too stubborn to see it.

After three books I still like Calla as a main character. She's independent, intelligent, fair, brave and kind. It's the pack as a whole and now the Searchers too, that make this book stand out however. The characterisations are strong, you can visualise each person, predict their next sentence even, because they are so distinctive in their voices, and they play off one another in such a great way. Even in an action scene the dialogue in this novel is snappy and entertaining. This novel works so well because these characters feel familiar and so its easy to empathise with their plight.

This book is filled with wonderful ideas for settings and 'beings' and kept me on my toes. I enjoyed that about it. Luckily, Shay also annoyed me less in this book - previously I'd felt he was whinny, and used emotional blackmail to wind Calla around his little finger. Punk. But he seemed to mature in this book, which was great. Ren too, was well written, if a little too perfect after all of his past mistakes and 'ego' moments. As always though, the love interests in this book are a real crowd pleaser and 70% of why you will adore this book.

The one thing should say about this novel is that no 'terrible moment' lasts too long. One minute something horrible might threaten Calla's future and ten pages later it's all over. For someone who hates to see characters suffer, this book is a safe bet. I think this trait restricts the emotional impact of this novel though and stops this story from truly challenging its reader. Remember that whole period of time when Dimitri was a strigoi? That's right, you do! Because it lasted for longer than ten pages and forced Rose to decide upon some serious changes. Instead, in Calla's world, she can just go back to the status quo after every challenging situation. Continue the war, protect her pack, don't choose between her alpha males, be in charge. Characters may die and objects may be found, but Calla's life continues, her priorities refuse to shift, and she never has to grow up.

This is a fantastic, epic, adventurous end to the trilogy that transports its reader all around the world. Some people will like it's conclusion. I was frustrated by it. Although the end battle was very satisfying and not at all short! If you've read all the other books in the trilogy, don't think you can miss this one. Duh, it's the frigging ending! For everyone saddened by this news, there is a 'prequel', set in the same world but many, many centuries earlier - RIFT, August 2012.