Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Title: Wolfsbane
Author: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Philomel (July 26, 2011)
Source: My Choice; Purchased

From GoodReads:

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.

I'm usually not a fan of a series changing the covers partway through, but holy hotness, this cover is good. If that doesn't say sexy she-wolf, I don't know what does. 

I am a huge fan of Nightshade. Huge. Because Andrea Cremer had such an amazing debut, I knew it would be hard to live up to. Wolfsbane did more than a respectable job, but I definitely prefer the first book. 

Wolfsbane takes the reader into the aftermath of Nightshade. It's almost like we're in a whole different world with different characters, rules, social structure, and history. It's very interesting to learn about "the other side" and see if we can determine "the truth" right along with Calla. Even more interesting, Calla is on this path of discovery with Shay, who seems to be caught between the two worlds himself, never truly belonging to either one. 

One of the things that stood out to me the most about Nightshade was how sexy the whole book was. Wolfsbane had sexy moments, but the whole book wasn't infused with sex like Nightshade. Each reader can determine whether this is a good or a bad thing, based on personal preference.

At the beginning, it was hard not having the wolf packs involved. I had grown to love so many of the characters and I missed them when they weren't present. I won't give away plot details, but I will say that my heart ached for some of them and I became extremely pissed at others.

Wolfsbane is a good second book to the series and I am super excited for Bloodrose. 

Overall thoughts: Buy it.

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