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.
Initial Thoughts: Where's the 3rd Book?!
I would be so mad right now if the third book wasn't already sitting on my shelf. I HAVE to find out what happens (though finale books always make me nerves too...am I alone in this?) and quick! This definetly ends on a cliff hanger so you might want to have the third book near.
Wolfsbane > Nightshade
Okay, I enjoyed Nightshade. But Wolfsbane kicked everything to a new level. It was absolutely amazing, and one of my favorite books this year.
The beginning was interesting and introduced us to a lot of new characters. We find Calla with the Searchers. I loved getting to know the different members of the searcher team. The charcters pop and their personalities show a lot of development. Here, she learns a lot about herself and her past. This part isn't necessarily slow (the writing flows well), but their isn't tons of action.
The second half though. Bam. Action packed. And I loved every minute. Once I got halfway through, I could hardly put it down for any length of time. Every page and chapter was like a whirlwind with something new happening. Different actions scenes mixed with emotional twist had me on the edge of my seat. At times, I had to know what happened next, but wasn't sure if I was able to read it. It made me nervous to know what was going to happen next, but I couldn't look away.
And a couple twist definitely caught me by surprise. I love it when I don't see a twist coming (cause I usually do) -- it really sucks you into the book more.
What of that pesky love Triangle??? (Go Team Ren)
If you've read Book I then you know that this book contains a love triangle. If you absolutely hate that -- then don't pick up this book. However, I'm not huge on the love triangle thing, and this one drew me in. I was Team Ren from the start. And even at the end of this book, I am still routing for Ren. I like how the author kept both angles open in this book though. Calla ends up spending a lot more time with Shay in this book, but I appreciated the thought of Ren (and how that all eventually played out was *gasp*, that's one of the things that got me).
Other Random Stuff:
--The magical parts were described very well (I totally want to be a Weaver).
--Cremer writing style flows well and draws you in; along with her actions/fight scenes being wrote so you feel like you're there.
--Calla is a tough heroine who even says that she doesn't need anyone to save her. She's BA and the boss -- I love that!
--All the twist and turns were perfect!
Favorite Character: Conner. He was always himself. It didn't matter who he was talking to, he was the same self-assured, cracking jokes, easy going guy. Plus, he can fight and I love that he has a soft spot for Adne.
Final Thoughts: 5 Stars
I have library books due back soon, but I think I'm going to have to pluck Bloodrose off of my shelf first. I have to know what happens with all the action between the Keepers and Searchers, and of course which boy Calla finally choses (*crosses fingers for Ren*) -- come on, Bloodrose don't let me down.
Seriously, I put this book off for a while cause Nightshade was just alright. I cannot believe I waited so long, because this book was amazing! Give it a chance if you haven't, especially if you like magic, action, and a dab of romance.