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Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

July 18th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Picked up at ALA

Publication date: July 26, 2011

Publisher: Philomel

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from Betrayal, loss, pain, fear. How many trials can love endure and still survive?

It pains me not to give this book a higher rating because I absolutely loved Nightshade.  I have to admit that a large part of my problem with the book was Shay. If you read my review of Nightshade you know I am not a huge fan of his and he was even worse in this book. I can officially say I think he is a douche bag.  He claims to love Calla and he is supposed to be this savior of them all but he still acts like a spoiled child.  He pretty much brushes off the fact that Ren put his own life in danger by helping Calla and Shay escape.  He gets pissed off when Calla won’t have sex or admit she loves him while she’s mourning leaving her pack behind. He also gets uber-jealous when she even comments on liking a guy even though he flirts and hangs out with another girl and insists to Calla there is nothing to be jealous of.  The real kicker for me was when they find out the Nightshades are in trouble and Calla wants to go rescue them where Shay is all for writing them off as casualties of war.  If he really is supposed to take Ren’s place as the alpha of this pack I can’t believe he would behave like that even if he’s so head over heels over Calla.  I’ve been pretty certain since the first book that Calla will end up with Shay when all is said and done and I just hope something happens in book 3 that redeems Shay.

My other issue over this book is that Calla has gone the way of the whiny female heroine who moans and groans over which boy does she really love and gets so caught up in her own love life that she misses totally obvious things like who the Searcher, Monroe, really is.  I was thinking to myself are you really that clueless?  I know you have a lot going on but come on.  I really think the book spent way too much time on Calla’s internal debates about Shay vs. Ren and the story only really gets going towards the last half or quarter.

The ending does really pick up the pace and I did enjoy it more possibly because there is not so much Shay time.  There are a few twists you don’t really expect which always makes the reading experience more enjoyable.  Overall, I was sort of let down because I had such high expectations but it wasn’t a bad book.  In fact, if you are a Shay fan you will probably love

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    Oh, boo, I’m sad that she’s gotten a bit whiney in this one. I really liked the first and was hoping it would be as strong as the first. I’ll still red it but I guess I’ll be prepared, right? ;O)

  2. Kailana

    I was just looking this book up because the cover caught my eye somewhere. Probably not my book, but it does sound good…

  3. Michelle

    So can I just post a link to your review and say ditto in mine? You hit the nail on the head here. I am not a Shay fan and this book did nothing to make me so. I enjoyed it but certainly not as much as the first. I didn’t have as strong a reaction to Calla’s behavior but I can see the point you’re making and I can agree with it. I’m resigned to Calla being with Shay in the end as well, in fact I suspect Ren will sacrifice himself and die in the last book which pains me to no end. So unfortunate.

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