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Book Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Did Wolfsbane, the sequel to Nightshade, live up to the first book’s glory? Read and find out…

Book Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

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Title & Author: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Genre: YA- Fantasy

Release Date: July 26, 2011

Series: 2nd in a planned series (??)

Publisher: Philomil

How I Got the Book: Bought


“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.”

Not as Good as Nightshade

I had high hopes for Wolfsbane. Nightshade was a great start to the series- it had high intensity, burning romance and loads of action. In comparison, Wolfsbane was pretty “blah.” The main reason being that the action in the story is limited and the background needed to understand what’s going on is confusing and never-ending.

There were so many explanations of things that were going on, like Guardian/Keeper history, complicated, secret plots and trouble-in-paradise romantic twists. The whole dynamic of the book just felt…off.

To me, I thought Calla had made her decision about who she was going to be with. Wrong. Throughout Wolfsbane, Calla swings faster than a pendulum between Shay and Ren. Her relationship with Shay progresses, but she is held up from truly moving forward because thoughts of Ren creep in whenever she least expects it.

It would be one thing if, at the end of the book, Calla made a firm choice between Shay and Ren. But, no…she doesn’t. The situation is still as confusing as it was in Nightshade. I wouldn’t normally be frustrated with the romantic tension Cremer created, but this lack of consistency only added to my frustration with Wolfsbane in general.

The Upside

Although Wolfsbane wasn’t my cup of tea, I did enjoy some of the events that took place in the book, (which I can’t talk about because they’re too spoilery. Sorry 🙁 ). It’s stuff in the first book that you were hoping might happen but weren’t sure if you’d get to see in the next book. That kind of thing is really rewarding. (This paragraph was totally useless to most of you. Oops).

Plus, Cremer is a marketing genius, because YET AGAIN, at the end of this novel, readers are in SERIOUS suspense. And, even though I’m sort of generally miffed with Wolfsbane…I’ll buy Bloodrose when it comes out in January. Even though it has a silly cover. And even though, I have no idea what Cremer will do next.


If you’ve read and enjoyed Nightshade, I would sate your curiosity by reading this book. But, I would just keep in mind that the storyline is confusing and that a few of the relationships lose their fizzle. With Wolfsbane, I felt a little cheated, but I can hope that Bloodrose will be a great conclusion to the series.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.