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