Did Wolfsbane, the sequel to Nightshade, live up to the first book’s glory? Read and find out…
Book Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Title & Author: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Genre: YA- Fantasy
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Series: 2nd in a planned series (??)
How I Got the Book: Bought
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.
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.