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Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
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Series: Nightshade #2
Publisher: Philomel
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Format: ARC
Source: School Librarians (Well they were, but now they're like my librarian friends)
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.

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


  1. Ahh, I really loved Nightshade, and I'm glad you thought the sequel was equally as good! Can't wait to read this book. :D

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I've heard so many mixed reviews, I am beginning to worry. I can't wait to read it though! Thanks for sharing your review!

  3. I've read some mixed reviews about this one and I think it's made me a bit hesitant to pick it up. I do have an ARC though and I might start it today. I'm so glad you really liked it! And it's important that each character stands out when there are so many, so that's definitely good to hear!

  4. I just started and can't wait to get my hands on it later! Great review!

    - Amanda @

  5. With Ren though you see kinda a soft side with him. ..I love Ren, and I honestly hope Calla ends up with him in the end..but I highly doubt she will.


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