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- Publisher: Philomel Books
- Format: Hardback | 391 pages
- Dimensions: 145mm x 231mm x 33mm | 590g
- Publication date: 26 July 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0399254838
- ISBN 13: 9780399254833
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 50,316
This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about "Nightshade" begins just where it ended-Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and 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.
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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!
By MissPageTurner 05 Mar 2013
What an unbearable ending Andrea Cremer left us with NIGHTSHADE! Calla has been taken by the enemies and the last thing that's on her mind before she blacks out, is finding her way back to her pack and her love Shay.
In this sequel, Calla wakes in a whole new setting, which she and I needed quite some time to adjust to. She isn't in good old Vail - with her pack - anymore, but with the Searchers, her supposed enemies.
I'm very thankful that Andrea Cremer included flashbacks to past events. They were very much needed to refresh my memory. Andrea's writing is just as brilliant as in her debut novel.
There is a lot to learn about the Nightshade universe, Keepers, Searchers and Guardians. So many facts that made the first half of WOLFSBANE rather slow to read. But it was followed by a bombastic second half.
It felt right that Calla wasn't alone with the Searchers. Giving her Shay as companion was a nice way to cultivate their relationship and add further experiences and trials. Ren was a constant, too...at missing, unfortunately. I am Team Ren supporter and felt sorry for the way his part of the story played out.
WOLFSBANE was a novel that worked for me, relationship-wise. Andrea Cremer put together couples that I really cared about.
There's much talking in WOLFSBANE, about the Keepers, Searchers, Guardians, their secrets, magic and different worlds. The new charaters are ace. My favourites were Adne and Connor, who were just so entertaining.
Then there's still Shay's secret to unravel, just like many other incidents of the past. But what is the Scion supposed to do and which role does Calla play in all of it?
4,5/5 ****/* WOLFSBANE - Impulsive and explosive, just like protagonist Calla!
Two emotional universes, the best couples ever and a kick-ass finale. This novel often felt like the last in a series. I can't believe the grand finale is still coming in BLOODROSE. I loved how Andrea Cremer pictured Calla's human and wolfish emotions and reactions, which were really enjoyable thanks to the dual perspectives.
By Amanda 09 Oct 2011
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm (http://www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com)
After finishing Nightshade I knew I had to dive into this ASAP, so I put it on hold in the library and got it pretty quickly. It took me a bit to read this, sadly, because I just didn't have much reading time. But every time I picked it up I was sucked into the world of Calla. And when I wasn't reading, I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next.
I was never (That I can remember!) able to guess what was going to happen next. I was hopelessly captivated by this story. These books are so addicting! They keep you reading, and reading, and reading. I was never, EVER bored. The history in the books for the Keepers, Searchers, and wolves are just...amazing. So intriguing. I thought you knew pretty much most of the history after reading the first book, but boy was I wrong! You dive even deeper into the history, the REAL history (You'll understand if you've read the first book.)in this sequel.
This one seemed short (Though it definitely wasn't!), and didn't have as much action as the first book, but it was very intense. And it made my heart break for Calla.
The writing is great, and I can tell I will not be disappointed with these books. It isn't one of those series that gets worse and worse as they presume, but one that with each new book it gets better, or equals or at least nearly equals the amazement of the first book.
When the last book ended, I couldn't figure out if I was Team Shay or Team Ren. I still can't truly figure it out, I love them both. But with this book Shay kind of annoyed me a bit with how he was. Sometimes he was truly mean with Calla's feelings. She can't help he feelings! She can't help how brainwashed she is with how things in her world used to be. He made me want to smack him SO much in this book, though I still love him. And Ren kind of made me mad too, but I'm not going to get into that. His couldn't completely be helped.
Overall, I loved this book. It wasn't AS great as the first book, but pretty damn close. If you haven't picked up this series yet; do it as soon as possible. You will NOT be sorry. And if you've read the first book, but haven't read this one yet; again, do it as soon as possible. Bump it up on your list. You know you have to be dying to know what happens. And, by the way, can Bloodrose PLEASE come out sooner? I need it in my hands right now.
I really, really love this cover. I actually kind of like it better than the original Nightshade cover. The one I have for my hardback copy. I love the green and darkness of the cover, and I love, love, love the cover model's hair. I am SO jealous. Oh, and she fits Calla's description so well.