Friday, December 2, 2011

Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

I really wanted to love this one, but I didn't find it nearly as enjoyable as the first book in Andrea Cremer's NIGHTSHADE series.

Synopsis (from official website, because I'm afraid of giving away too much):
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.

In a word, this sequel was slow.  Calla is with the Searchers in their hidden lair, and she learns a lot about them, their history, and how her pack came to be under the leadership of the Keepers.  Unfortunately, this is a solid two-thirds of the book, and not much actually seems to happen.

There are a few revelations that I wish I could say were startling, or surprising, but Andrea Cremer may have hinted at them one too many times to make me gasp in surprise.  Calla was torn between Ren and Shay in the first NightShade book, and she seems to have made a decision by the end of this installment, yet I'm not really sure she's comfortable with it.  She loves them both. 

It is said more than once, "Alphas are born, not made," yet I was waiting for Calla to embrace her role as Alpha, even in her love life...especially in her love life.  The Keepers were no longer with her to hold her back, and the elder Alphas were not there to push her down.  I wanted her to stop acting like a little naive girl and show some courage.

I'm hoping this is what Bloodrose will give us when it is released January 3, 2012. 

I also have to make a note on the audiobook.  I believe the same narrator read WOLFSBANE that read NIGHTSHADE, yet this time her voice wanted to make me listen to the book on 1.5 speed.  She was a little too dreamy and added to the slow pace of this book.

I'm sorry, but I didn't enjoy this one as I had hoped I would. 

Book Extras:
Official NightShade website
Andrea Cremer on her Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook
Nightshade website - anything and everything you need to know!
Download an excerpt
Penguin's Nightshade page

About the Book:
  • Reading level: Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover: 400 pages 
  • Publisher: Philomel; 1 edition (July 26, 2011) 
  • Language: English 
  • ISBN-10: 0399254838 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399254833

  • About the Author:
    Full Bio HERE

    *Disclosure:  I purchased a copy of this audiobook for my own enjoyment.

    Buy the Series from IndieBound:


    Debbie T said...

    I liked Nightshade, but I didn't love it. So I was on the fence to even read this one. But I really like the cover. In Fact, yesterday I saw it on here on the side and it caught my eye, not realizing it was the sequel. Maybe i'll check it out of the library some day, maybe not. There are so many others to be read first.

    Thanks for the review.

    Bookworm1858 said...

    I was on the fence for this book although I really did like all the information we learn. I am also conflicted about the love triangle as she doesn't seem 100% for it.

    Zibilee said...

    I don't like it when books are too slow to be enjoyable, and I probably would have had a lot of problems with this one, as you did. I am sorry to hear this wasn't a favorite, but from your excellent review, I can see exactly why!

    Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

    I have not started this series but have the first book... its too bad this second one disappoints. Thats always a bummer.

    Belgie said...

    I haven’t red the book yet but I think it’s quite nice to read since I am a book lover! Nice blog by the way.

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