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Series: Nightshade #2
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Source: School Librarians (Well they were, but now they're like my librarian friends)
Nightshade became one of my favorite books instantly and I wasn't sure if Wolfsbane could match it, but Andrea Cremer does it again! Wolfsbane picks up right after Nightshade when Calla wakes up to find that her allies are now the Searchers. Calla and Shay then learn about what really happened and the truth about the Keepers and Guardians. While it's mostly focused on Calla and Shay's time with the Searchers, old pack mates are still included and their stories are strengthened.
What I love about the series so far is how all the characters feel so important and memorable. Even when new characters are introduced I never get the overwhelmed feeling about the amount of names. Each person is so different and have distinct personalities that you just grow to love all of them. There was one particular searcher that I loved most, Connor. He's just this ridiculously bubbly guy that I can't get enough of. Although on the surface he's a light humored person, underneath I believe lay many secrets and an interesting past.
Calla is as strong as ever and is making hard decisions for the better of her pack. Her relationship with Shay and Ren isn't set in stone and continues leaving me guessing, but I'm definitely switching over to Team Shay. My first impression of Shay was that he was very...sensitive, which was great but not like the alpha Calla is. He then slowly develops into this alpha image and is becoming an equal to Calla (and Ren). For those who are wondering if Ren is still in the picture I can for sure say that he is. I'm not sure what to think of him right now besides the fact that he's a bit torn between the lies he has been fed.
Wolfsbane is an action packed book that will leave you turning page after page before you realize that the book's over. I finished this book in a good 2 days and was even tempted to re-read it. And I never re-read books, ever. This is definitely a not to be missed book that could easily be enjoyed.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5