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Wolfsbane: A Nightshade Novel Book 2 [Kindle Edition]

Andrea Cremer
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The thrilling second book in the bestselling Nightshade series

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.


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About the Author

Andrea Cremer spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Minnesota, but she thinks of her homeland as the "Canadian Shield" rather than the Midwest.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. When she's not writing, Andrea teaches history at a very nice liberal arts college in St. Paul.

In the little spare time she can find, Andrea stares up at trees, rescues infant rabbits from predatory cats, and invents names for pug puppies with her husband. She has an unfortunate tendency to spill things—white carpets beware!


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  • File Size: 2006 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IYIU10
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misogynistic love interests ruin the series January 19, 2012
Format:Hardcover
* Spoilers*

Calla Tor is separated from her pack and her family, surrounded by the Searchers, who have been her enemies for as long as she can remember. She assumes they will kill her soon until they offer to make her part of their campaign to destroy the Keepers, the masters of her and the other guardians that treat them like property. Since it gives her the opportunity to save her friends and family, including Ren, and earn them their freedom, Calla agrees. Shay, the Chosen One turned Guardian, is with Calla and acts as her only support system, but she still has complicated feelings about Ren. Will the Searchers keep their promises and save her friends despite their past conflicts? How many will die in the fight for freedom? Will she ever choose between Ren and Shay?

I read Nightshade and I had some significant problems with it, namely with Renier and the oppressive and misogynistic wolf pack hierarchy, but other aspects of the story redeemed it for me. Wolfsbane had all of the things I hated about Nightshade and more with none of the things that I liked. In the last book, Renier was insufferable and used violence as well as passive aggressive tactics to make Calla feel inferior. He didn't figure largely in this installment, but when he appeared, he made a big impression. When Calla returned to her home to try to save him, he decided to beat her into submission and "break" her because that's what a good boyfriend should do to make his girlfriend stay with him. If that wasn't enough, Calla blames herself and feels guilty for his actions, which just screams domestic abuse situation. I had absolutely no sympathy for Ren because he decided it was ok to express his love through his fists.

Now, let's move on to Shay.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Call it the Sophomore slump, the second season syndrome, or what have you, but last year I gave NIGHTSHADE, the first book in the series of the same name by debut author Andrea Cremer, a perfect 5/5 rating. Today I'm giving the sequel, WOLFSBANE, a 2/5 rating. What happened to the story, the characters, the romance, and the writing between books one and two to cause such a drastic change? A lot of annoying, confusing, and boring things.

The mythology of the Keepers, Guardians, Searchers, and the Scion still offer an interesting twist on witch, werewolf, and demon mythologies. Likewise the sociopolitical interactions of each group are well thought out and have wide reaching effects on themselves and each other. Andrea Cremer's background as a history professor comes into play as well providing a detailed and very realistic origin for her mythologies. Unfortunately, those are about the only good things I can say about WOLFSBANE.

Just about everything I loved about NIGHTSHADE is absent in WOLFSBANE. The forbidden love triangle between Calla, Shay and Ren? Not so forbidden anymore. But don't tell Calla. She still anguishes over which guy to choose ad nauseam. Shay, barely recognizable in this sequel as a whiny possessive hot head, bears the brunt of her indecisiveness. Calla still wants to make out (and more) with Shay until mid smooch session when she'll abruptly shove him away out of guilt over Ren. But then the situation just repeats a few chapters later.

More annoying still was the plethora of new and extremely irritating characters. NIGHTSHADE was all about the wolves, WOLFSBANE is all about the Searchers.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete and utter letdown. August 1, 2011
By Michele
Format:Hardcover
"Nightshade" set up what seemed like quite a promising new trilogy in YA fiction. We get these new and improved versions of werewolves, a mysterious ages-old rivalry between two warring factions, and a delicious love triangle. It's bound to just get better and better, right?

Wrong. So wrong.

In this second book, the people Calla was trained since birth to view as enemies quickly become her allies - TOO quickly. These new allies spend chapter after chapter cramming backstory down our throats until I wanted to die from boredom. Not only do these new allies talk too much, their personalities are either completely annoying, or completely not there. I didn't care about a single one of them. The love triangle just becomes a nuisance since one guy turns into a complete jerk and the other guy spends 90% of the book locked up where we don't get to see him. In fact, except for Shay and Calla, we don't get to see any of our beloved characters from the first book until the last hundred pages or so of "Wolfsbane." And one of those characters is so completely different from his portrayal in the previous book that I seriously could not believe what I was reading about him.

It was just overall a bland novel. There is finally some action in those last hundred or so pages, but there just wasn't enough "oomph" there. And the actual ending was...well. There are cliffhangers, and then there are endings where it feels like they accidentally forgot to publish the rest of the chapter. It was just so abrupt for a stopping point and didn't feel satisfying at all.

I honestly have no desire to read "Bloodrose" at this point in time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Wolfsbane
Wolfsbane is an alright sequel. It's not terrible, but it's not particularly good either. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Nightshade, although it did have fewer problems. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 16 days ago by Denise Doychak
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much talking not enough howling
I am honestly really disappointed with this book. The first book in the Nightshade trilogy was pretty good and very similar to Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause which... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Katelin C. Tough
5.0 out of 5 stars two thumbs up
I really like this series. Great author. Books really draw you in.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Nightshade book
Just as good, if not better, than the first! If you are second guessing reading this, just go read it! I loved this book so much and think this series deserves more recognition! Read more
Published 1 month ago by BookGeek 101
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Shipped quick.
Published 1 month ago by Brooke M. Havron
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Continues a great story
Published 1 month ago by C
3.0 out of 5 stars I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrator did a...
Wolfsbane picks up right where Nightshade left off. In this book we are introduced to a whole new cast of characters and we learn a lot more about the mythology/lore of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by toobusyreading
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book...
This series was great...I am so glad that I had a friend tell me about it. I will read them all again.
Published 3 months ago by Michael D. Whiton
5.0 out of 5 stars Series Would Make a Great Movie Trilogy
Just like Nightshade, I found this book to be a very entertaining and fast read. Of course there's another cliffhanger, and I have already started reading Bloodrose. Read more
Published 4 months ago by S Dee
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