July 26, 2011
Young Adult | Urban Fantasy
Rating: ★★ 1/2
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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.
In 2010, I fell head over heels in love with a first book of a new trilogy coming out. It was about werewolves and was set in Denver and the cover was absolutely gorgeous. If you haven’t already guessed it, that book was Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. It was the first book I’ve ever received in ARC format (which I didn’t realize was a THING at the time) and it generally made me excited.
Fast forward to January and February 2012. I had just bought Wolfsbane and despite its negative reviews, I thought I was going to enjoy it immensely. I was wrong.
Oh dear. OH DEAR. Wolfsbane, frankly, falls under the sophomore slump. While there are exciting scenes in this book, I fear that it’s more of a bridge until the final book. I’m still not sure about the tagline “how many trials can love survive?” (On the Goodreads cover, it’s different: “She must follow her instincts to find her heart.” STRANGE.) When I think back to the story, I find it horrifying. Is the second book REALLY supposed to be about love?
So gorgeous. I would buy
the entire series again
just for the UK covers.
Oh, Calla. Calla. Despite Calla repeating that she is strong, she is the alpha, she comes off as weak in Wolfsbane. And it made me yell at the book every time she said that she was strong or the alpha “NO YOU ARE NOT.” Because if she were, she would ACT like she was.
Calla is also very dumb in this book. I know asking questions is one of the best ways to let the reader understand the world, but for the love of God, every time Calla said “huh?” or “I don’t understand.” I wanted to stab her. Especially since this happened in the first 100 pages of the novel, and then again in the last fifty or so when other werewolves show up. Oh man it was horrid. Very, very horrid. Let the reader understand the world, or strike out Calla not understanding and have her understand. Because now I think of Calla as a weak, stupid non-alpha wolf.
The minor characters are very 2-dimenseional and I still can’t separate them. They’re all just one big melted puddle in my head. Ethan and Connor are the Searchers-version of Mason and Nev. The fact that I just had to look in the book for the names of all four of those characters says something. Then there’s Sabine, Adne, and Bryn, who are all basically the same too. There’s also a whole cast of adult characters who bleed into one another in my head. I am tired of this! I do not like it when all the side characters are the same, and the main characters are somewhat different. (To me I think they’re all the same.)
I love this one so much.
The ending bothered me a lot. There’s two pages near the end of the book that aren’t necessary; Adne just tells her life story while trying to get a ring from Calla. Yawn. I almost fell asleep during that part, and actually I just skipped it. I don’t feel as if I missed anything.
Bloodrose, book three, I’m guessing is another plot about saving your true love because Calla says this on the last page: “This is only about love.” Since I know how one character ends in Bloodrose, I’m already disappointed. A little over 400 pages of saving your lover and it ends like that? Tsk.
Unfortunately, I have purchased Bloodrose and will be reading it because I do not want my money to go to waste (and I’m such a sucker for pretty covers/books. Penguin’s design team gets an A+ for the overall look. So pretty.)
I enjoyed Wolfsbane, don’t get me wrong, but there was a whole lot of BAD that overshadowed the good. It took me at little over two months to finish Wolfsbane because right when I hit 50% read, I put it down and almost never picked it back up. The last 50% rushed by for me because I read it in a day.
Sadly, Wolfsbane doesn't compare to what I loved about Nightshade. I do wonder if Nightshade is as good as I thought it was, or if it fails lie Wolfsbane does. Since I've read the first, I've read more books and picked them apart. The hazards of being a critical reader.
Did you like Wolfsbane or hate it?
Did you like Wolfsbane or hate it?