Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

"Staring at the wreckage of the life we could have had, I knew it wasn't about love or Shay or the Searchers now. It was about sacrifice and redemption, loss that could have new meaning."

Before I begin my review for Wolfsbane, I want to say a few things about the incredible Andrea Cremer. If you follow her on Twitter, then you already know what a sweetheart she is. I love how gracious she is and how appreciative she is of her readers, bloggers, and reviewers. I stayed up for the midnight release of Wolfsbane and to wish the author a Happy Book Birthday. Her tweets of excitement along with her retweets from her followers were so endearing.

Wolfsbane finds Calla waking up to Searchers, chances and choices. Being in control of her own destiny is a new world for Calla - and one that threatens to tear her apart. Family, pack, enemies-turned-alliances… this story is riveting and full of Cremer’s brilliant writing style. Her descriptions are vivid and paint an incredible picture of Calla’s journey.

Wolfsbane picks up right where Nightshade left us, but for me the two books couldn’t be more different. Nightshade was our introduction to the characters and the world they live in. Wolfsbane is our guide to their history. One thing that was the same: Andrea Cremer’s ability to captivate me with her amazing story telling skills. MAD skills! There were parts of this book that I thought for sure would give me an ulcer or a heart attack… or both. My heart was pounding so hard at one point I was concerned… not enough to dare put the book down, but still. The action in this book was intense. There were battles and there were casualties.

I loved the debut of the new characters. I was surprised how quickly I became invested in all of them. Especially Connor. Charming, unbelievably funny and handsome, Connor is a perfect addition to the series.

I am Team Ren and while some have expressed concern over Ren’s participation in Wolfsbane, I will say his presence is most definitely felt. I would have thrown what we southerners refer to as a “hissy fit” and we might have had to have a Sunday-morning-come-to-Jesus-meeting with that cliffhanger, but sweet lovely woman that she is, Andrea Cremer released an excerpt of Bloodrose that you can find here:Bloodrose

Now, if only I could rate the excerpt of Bloodrose that she so generously gifted us. Oh wait. This is my review, so I can: Bloodrose gets 5 bazilliontrillion stars. She did not let us Team Ren gals down with that opening!

Is it time for Bloodrose yet? Let the countdown begin!

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