Andrea Cremer Wolfsbane
400 pp. Philomel (Penguin Young Readers Group) 2011 ISBN: 978-0-399-25483-3
Interest: Sequel to Nightshade
Source: Borrowed the ARC from Jillian @ Heise Reads & Recommends
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Summary (From Goodreads): This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended–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.
To start off, if it’s been a while since you’ve read Nightshade, make sure to re-read the last chapter or two before starting Wolfsbane. It picks up exactly where Nightshade ended and because it’s been months since I finished, I was a little confused. Calla wakes up with the Searchers, confused, scared and concerned about Shay and her pack. We know from the first book that the Guardians and the Searchers are enemies, so I was instantly hooked. Is there going to be another battle? What happened to Calla’s pack? What is she doing with the Searchers?!
We learn a ton of information and history about the Searchers and the Guardians within the first 200 or so pages of Wolfsbane. Andrea Cremer’s use of history in Nightshade had me singing her praises because it was so well done. I’m not that impressed with it in Wolfsbane. I absolutely loved the first book and couldn’t wait to read this one. Unfortunately, the pace dragged on. Once Calla figures everything out and finds Shay, we meet new characters like Connor and Adne. They’re Searchers and play a big part in the book. I enjoyed their characters, especially Connor, but didn’t really feel a connection with them. After meeting these characters, a decision is made for Calla and Shay to work with them. Once they decide this I expected the plot to really move along, but it didn’t. Instead it felt like there was a lot of discussion and history being told for about 200 pages which added up to about two days or so (in the storyline).
I’m still torn about who I prefer more–Ren or Shay. Calla’s indecision didn’t bother me in the first book, but I couldn’t stand it in this book. She leads Shay on like no one’s business! I know Calla has a lot on her plate, but come on. At times I agreed with Calla’s uncertainty and not wanting to make a decision because of what she’s going through. Then other times she’d start thinking about Ren, and Shay would pressure her to make a decision. I kept finding myself wondering why this is such a big deal when a war is going on and her pack is missing.
I know I’ve just bashed quite a few parts in the book, but I did enjoy it and think you should read it if you’ve read Nightshade. Once we weren’t standing still with the Searchers, the book became more enjoyable. I think Wolfsbane has fallen into the dreaded trilogy rut. I’ve noticed that many books that fall in the middle of a trilogy or series drag on with what sometimes seems like filler, but end up proving their worth in the next book(s). I’m still looking forward to reading the third book, especially after the cliffhanger ending. My prediction is that a lot of the history and uncovered secrets will play a huge role in book three, especially the big uncovered secret towards the end.