October 12, 2011

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

excerpt here
Series: Nightshade 2
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Purchase Link: Amazon
When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, 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.
Now that the Searchers have found an ally in Calla, they set another attempt at an alliance with the Guardians in motion.

After a mind numbing history lesson about The Keepers, Guardians and Searchers, Calla's brother, Ansel, was found by the Searchers. Here she discovers what happened to her family and pack members when she chose to run with Shay. But her beloved brother is changed, he is no longer the sweet, loving and loyal Ansel that she knew, not only is his wolf gone but he's broken from the torture that he endured from The Keepers.

With the help of searcher magic, Calla goes back to Vail, Colorado to rescue her pack mates and Ren but surprise! Surprise! Not all of them needs rescuing and there has been a terrible shift in the Bane and Nightshade packs. Calla experiences betrayal first hand and witness what she and Shay have started when they left.

I'm happy that Wolfsbane is not a transition book like what the usual case is in trilogies. Here we're given the backstory of the important characters which explains the motives behind the Searchers' plans to thwart Keeper rule.

I think Ren is the wild card being half Searcher and half Guardian which explains why he chose to let Calla go in Nightshade. But when they reunited in this book you can tell that Ren is torn between his loyalties to his pack and his love for Calla. The Guardians' strength lies with Ren that much I can tell.

As for Shay, he was a jerk in this book. Why get mad and reject Calla because she doesn't want to get it on with you? In her mind she's still mated to Ren and even if current situation isn't exactly conventional, you can't just expect her to abandon her morals and start ho-ing around! Girl, I hope you get your marbles straight, I'd rather that you stay single for a while than be with this d-bag, Scion my petunia!

Calla, though her decision to run off with Shay was impulsive due to her attraction to him, here she finally got the low down of what the consequences were when she abandoned her pack and family. The first collateral damage on the war she started are those she held dear, I feel bad for her but part of me feels that she had it coming as well. The part where she cuts her hair was very symbolic, she's shedding her "good girl" image and is going rogue to salvage what's left of her family and pack.

Bloodrose, the final book, will be released on January 24, 2012. Glad I don't have to wait that long. Team Ren!

read the teaser here

1 comment:

  1. 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.


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