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Snakeroot: A Nightshade Novel Hardcover – December 10, 2013

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Product Details

  • Series: Nightshade (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (December 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399164227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399164224
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Cremer combines the present-day world of her Nightshade novels with the backstory for the world she created in Rift (2012) and Rise (2013). With so much history from very different times and a huge cast of primary characters, this title is not a good place to begin exploring Cremer’s world of werewolves, Keepers, Guardians, and Searchers. But the series’ many fans will be delighted to see how Cremer binds the two worlds together, with the powerful medieval priestess Eira present, in a magical necklace; evil Bosque Mar seducing a new generation; and the complicated love lives of Calla, Shay, Ren, Adne, Logan, Sabine, and Ethan providing a treat for romance readers. New characters include a deliciously snarky pair of siblings—Chase and Audrey—who work with Logan to summon Bosque Mar, fumbling their way through spells for comic relief. The first third of the book is heavily involved in plot exposition, which is both confusing for new readers and tiresome for devoted fans, but once she has laid out the basic history, the swift pace, romantic sensuality, and powerful magic will keep readers glued to the page. Grades 8-11. --Debbie Carton


What people are saying about the first three Nightshade novels:

"A book for well-read hopeless romantics who like their heroines conflicted, their love interests smoldering, and thier passions triangulated and torrrid." --The Los Angeles Times

"Sexy and intoxicating, filled with action, suspense and definitely romance." --Romantic Times Book Reviews

"Will keep you reading intently." --Entertainment Weekly

"Intensely romantic." --Justine Magazine

More About the Author

Andrea Cremer is a New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Manhattan, but at heart she will always be a small-town girl.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but it took a horse and a broken foot to prompt her to finally write the novel she'd always dreamed of writing. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Andrea resided in the academic world where she taught early modern history.

When she's not writing, Andrea tries to master difficult yoga poses, wanders through Central Park, and hunts for new music to provide the soundtracks to her novels.

Customer Reviews

I can't wait till the next book to come out.
Kazumi 93
I liked Ren's new role in this, even more of a Guardian than before.
Joan Newpeck
I read the whole series of books in a little over a week.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hannah @ The Irish Banana Review on December 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books I had to take a deep breath and brace myself for before reading. Andrea Cremer blew me away with her debut novel, Nightshade when I first started blogging. I raved about this book, but I became increasingly frustrated with the characters and at the end of that series, I was heartbroken. Destroyed. In the worst way possible.

And then I heard a little rumor about this book that gave me this flutter of hope. And since it happens in the beginning of the book, I don’t see it as spoilery:

Ren is ALIVE.

Sort of. We’ll get to that. But Ren plays a huge part in Snakeroot and I’m sure the rest of the series. For you Ren fans, that may be reason enough to pull you back into this incredible world that Cremer has created. But there’s more.

This obviously takes place after the events of the original Nightshade trilogy. And while we were stuck in Calla’s head for that series, Cremer pulls back and we get a glimpse of the bigger picture and see what’s happening in this world now that things have fallen apart. Adne is a huge part of the reason Ren is back, and I feel like this will be Adne’s story—Adne is Ren’s half-sister, for those who may have forgotten.

My heart is still fragile after the way it was crushed my last time around with Cremer. But I’m willing to give this a go because I adore the way Andrea Cremer writes a story and creates a world. It’s magic and beautiful and so vivid. Everyone needs to go read this. Read and adore Cremer’s books, and know that the Ren fans now have hope.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Oh. My. Goodness.
Just when I thought the Nightshade series couldn't possibly get any better, Andrea Cremer came out with two fabulous new additions that completely blew me away. In November 2013, I had the pleasure of reading her adult paranormal romance set in the Nightshade universe, Captive, and guys, it was absolutely amazing! And just recently, I was lucky enough to get invited to take part in the blog tour for Snakeroot (published in December 2013). Needless to say, I didn't think twice. I consider myself a huge fan of Cremer's addictive writing style and brilliant imagination, and so I knew I just had to be part of this.

Snakeroot did not disappoint. To be perfectly honest, I think I enjoyed it even more than I did the original Nightshade Trilogy, perhaps because it wasn't weighed down by Calla's convoluted love triangle. This book was just as exciting, captivating and packed with action, tension and mystery as all the previous Nightshade books, but it was also better plotted and more unpredictable than the other novels. With each chapter, comes a mind-blowing surprise or unexpected reveal. With each page turned, you find yourself drawn deeper and deeper into the story. And, most importantly, you're back in the oh-so-very-familiar world of Guardians, Keepers and Searchers, re-visiting places you know and love, even meeting characters you thought you'd never meet again! What a fabulous reading experience that was! For someone already familiar with the Nightshade world and all the characters, it's a real treat! I can honestly say that there wasn't a single thing about Snakeroot that I didn't love.

The story takes place few weeks after the events of the Nightshade Trilogy, not long after Shay closed the Rift that separated the human world from the Nether realm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessie Potts VINE VOICE on December 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 stars

This book is either going to be a hit or miss for fans. If you were ticked off with Bloodrose, you may not want to continue on. For Ren fans … I'm sorry, but I'm not saying anything, and if you read No. 3.5, I'm still not saying anything. OK, so Snakeroot takes place after the Nightshade trilogy. I definitely don't recommend starting this book without having read the Nightshade books. Adne (Ren's sister) is the heroine, and we have Logan as the main hero. Their dreams are being haunted by Bosque Mar, who is trying to escape from the Nether where the Guardians trapped him. This installment is more fast-paced, and it was interesting to read about the NS world from a non-wolf perspective.

To see what Andrea has to say check out the HEA Blog!
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By Angie on September 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Snakeroot can be summed up in one word: boring! Nothing happens! After the brilliant ending of Bloodrose, I had high hopes for this series. Unfortunately, the first two-thirds felt like an extended epilogue, and the last third was build up to nothing. With the Guardians back to being wolves and the Rift closed, the Searchers are the only magical beings left. Or so they think. Logan is looking for a way to get his powers back, and to do that, he needs to release Mosque Mar. Adne has been having nightmares where the evil Keeper talks to her, but she doesn't dare tell the others. She just might be the key Logan needs.

Aside from being boring, Snakeroot is also slightly confusing. This comes from the fact that there are six POVs! Why do we need to follow this many characters? It would have been fine with just Adne and Logan, and maybe Ren. But there's also Connor, Sabine, and Sarah. The story ends up jumping around a lot, as we witness how everyone is coping with the end of the war and this new threat. All of that was not needed! Perhaps Adne and Logan weren't up to enough to fill a whole book, so the author threw in everyone else? Who knows, but it didn't work at all.

There's also some really annoying short cuts in Snakeroot. Ren is trapped between the living world and death, so he's roaming aimless, unsure of what to do. Then Logan summons him and all of a sudden he knows his purpose! Really? He is magically enlightened, but he doesn't know the rules of his new position. If he could learn his purpose out of nowhere, couldn't he have learned all of it?! Whatever. The second convenience was that Logan needs Adne for whatever he's up to. Well, she decides that she needs to talk to him, and seeks him out. Way to cut out a lot of potential drama and excitement!
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