Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #2
Date: July 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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You're an alpha, a leader. That's what we need. It's what we've always needed. When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she's certain her days are numbered. Then the Searchers make her an offer, one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save her pack - and the boy - she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? Will Shay stand by her side no matter what?Now in control of her destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials love can endure.
I’m sorry to say that I didn’t like this book as much as Nightshade. I think unfortunately, like so many ‘middle’ books in trilogies, it served only as a gap filler.
At the end of Nightshade, Calla and Shay have been rescued by the Searchers and the rest of her pack are held by the Keepers. In Wolfsbane, the Searchers want to form an alliance with the Guardians and retrieve the rest of Calla’s pack. They know about Shay’s past and what it means to be the Scion. Calla and Shay therefore join forces with them now that they know the Keepers lied to them about the Searchers. Calla desperately wants to save her pack and Ren from the Keepers but ultimately she also knows that the Searchers will be valuable allies in the long run even if getting used to their ways is difficult at first.
I’m going to start with good points. There is a lot of light shed on the story in this instalment. We finally get to understand ‘what’ Shay is and what he can do. We also find out a LOT of back history of how the Searchers and the Keepers came to be, and the full truth of the Guardian’s existence and the circumstances surrounding the death of Ren’s mother. I was glad that all this was explained because lack of information was one of my only problems with Nighshade. Another good point to this book is the new characters we are introduced to. The Searches are a happy, bantering bunch. Their interactions with each other are playful and adds some light-heartedness to the story.
Unfortunately for me, this book was just too slow. I said I liked the fact that we got some information… and I did. However it was like the complete opposite of Nightshade. I would say about 80% of the story is Calla, Shay and the Searchers sat around telling each other long back stories of their history etc. And after a while I just got bored with this. There was too many of these scenes. The bantering between the Searches also became a bit tiresome after a while. It almost felt fake to me, like they were forcing it. And I felt myself cringing at a lot of this. Another thing that bugged me about this book was Calla. She bugged me in the first book with her indecisiveness about which boy she wanted to be with. But in Wolfsbane she takes this to a whole new level! She goes from loving Shay to missing Ren to kissing Shay to thinking about Ren and how she still wants to be with him. I just wanted to scream at her sometimes!
The ending was a massive improvement on the rest of the book. The action was good once it came and had me on the edge of my seat (finally!) but unfortunately by the time the action did arrive, it was just too little too late for me. The final chapter gave me hope that the next and final book in the series will be more exciting and gripping than Wolfsbane so I’m crossing my fingers that it will be. If you’ve read Nightshade, and enjoyed it, then undoubtedly you will be picking this one up but I just wouldn’t expect too much from it.