Sunday, March 18, 2012

Book Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Book 2 of the Nightshade Series

Title: Wolfsbane

Author: Andrea Cremer

Synopsis: 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.


a.) Characters: 4/5 score.  When Calla first wakes up, I felt the panic she did when wondering where her pack was, how they were, what had changed.  Reunited with Shay, the Searchers make them an offer.  As the story progresses, Andrea shows us not only the world of the Searchers, but their personalities as well.  Each character is charming and funny, and before long, you like them.  Yes, even Ethan (the one who shot Calla).  The only complaint I have is that there is Ethan, Efron, Emile- when developing characters you should start with the alphabet and try to use different letters so as not to confuse the reader.  

b.) Plot: 3/5 score.  The plot for me was weak.  Getting her pack back was a big concern, but it was often looked over when her and Shay were having time together.  A lot of the plot is just the Searchers and Calla trying to work together instead of tearing each other’s throats out.  There were a couple of good twists and turns, and it worked for me.  I can’t say too much without revealing a bunch of the plot that could ruin the first book.  

c.) Writing style: 4/5 score.  Again, her writing was breathtaking at times, and then at others, it felt like it was lacking something.  I feel she pulled the humor off that each Searcher had, as well as causing a lot of worry on Calla’s side for her pack.  This was definitely to move the series along to the finale stage, but it was also revealing more for the reader.  Also, that cliff hanger at the end was RUDE!  Overall, it was believable, and easy to get through.  

Rating: 11/15 total 

I was so taken back by the way she just cuts it at the end that I had to run out and get the last book.  I don't know what I would've done if I would've followed the series as it was being published.  It just isn't fair to do that to your readers!  

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