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Bloodrose (Nightshade) Hardcover – January 3, 2012

4.0 out of 5 stars 246 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Nightshade Series

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The last installment in the Nightshade trilogy suffers from the weaknesses common to multivolume finales: the need to compress plot summary and character development from earlier titles into the opening while building a story that not only stands on its own but ties up loose ends. Still, Cremer’s many fans will be willing to overlook these flaws in exchange for another fast-paced romp with shapeshifters Calla, Ren, and Shay as the fight between Keepers and Searchers comes to a bloody end. Calla is drawn to both Ren, her original intended, and Shay, who turned werewolf for her in the first title (Nightshade, 2010). She tries to remain neutral while maintaining her alpha status, protecting her traitorous brother, and navigating the many familial revelations presented as Cremer ties up plot details. Although the writing is frequently overwrought—with constant growling, fighting, and lusting—Cremer’s device of focusing on the werewolves’ sense of smell to describe their emotions remains a clever touch in this crowd-pleasing finale. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Author appearances, a fat advertising budget, and a dedicated website are all lined up to promote the final book in the internationally best-selling Nightshade series. Grades 7-11. --Debbie Carton


Fast paced and full of action, the Nightshade trilogy comes to a howling conclusion. With abundant action and sexy heavy breathing, the trilogy ends in a nifty resolution that readers won't see coming. The author sustains the pace throughout by filling even her peaceful scenes with aggressive behavior, and she keeps romantic pulses constantly pounding. She briefly returns to her earlier underlying theme of freedom, but this series finally becomes more about action scenes and sexual tension than about lofty ideals, a development that should keep its many fans briskly turning pages. Yet the saga's clever surprise ending intimates that Calla's long-sought freedom comes with limitations. Fans will eat it up. -- Kirkus Kirkus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Nightshade (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books; First Edition edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399256121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399256127
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was the most depressing ending I have ever read. There are a few ways that ending could have played out that could have been much less depressing, but Cremer chose the saddest one. That being said, I did cry, so I guess the ending at least caused a cathartic reaction in me. I'm glad it's the last in the series because I could barely finish reading the book after a certain thing happened. I skimmed over the last 20% honestly because I just didn't care anymore.

Calla went from being strong and unique in the first book to manipulative and cold-hearted in this book. Her emotions fell flat for me. I felt that Cremer told instead of showed us what Calla was feeling. Also, Calla bounced back from big events way too easily. None of her feelings seemed real. She was indecisive and weak. By the end of the book I hated her and was hoping an anvil would fall out of the sky and squish her or something. She was that bad.

Shay... I have never hated a literary character as much as I hate Shay. NEVER. He is obnoxious, not funny (even though he seems to think he is), annoying, whiny, weak, and selfish. He was even worse in this book than he had been in previous ones. I just couldn't stand him or the fact that if he said "jump," then Calla would ask, "how high?" As I said, Calla was no longer a strong character in this novel, and that had everything to do with Shay. I wish Calla had let the bear kill in him the first book.

Ren even fell flat for me in this novel. He was reduced to fighting over Calla and making the same "terrific plan" for war over and over again. None of his personality shined through. It was disappointing. Also, Ansel annoyed me and I used to love Ansel. Bryn was also obnoxious, and she, too, was a former favorite.
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Spoilers for Bloodrose are in this review.

I haven't written a review on a book before but I hated this one so passionately that I felt I had to so I could get it out of my system. I'm still so angry I probably would have given it half a star if that was possible. In short, I liked it to start off with but then the ending ruined it for me, and as a result I never want to read or be reminded of this series again.

I have to admit that I enjoyed Bloodrose up to the point where Ren died. To me, the story was about hope. When Ren died, I found that all hope I had was lost and the outcome of the war no longer really mattered to me. Before then, Bloodrose was exciting and difficult to stop reading. Cremer managed to make the quest for the Elemental Cross varied and engaging. I especially liked the different forms Guardians took and the places she took us to across the globe. The side relationships also added to the depth and interest. I have to say I was pleased with these far more than with the major love triangle.

Ren's death ruined the book for me and not because I liked him and wanted Calla to end up with him (although afterwards I decided that he was way too good for Calla). He deserved at least an honourable death, and to be remembered and mentioned for the rest of the book, after having tried his best and done all he could for Calla, letting her leave at the end of Nightshade, being tortured in Wolfsbane, and then forgiving her for leaving and fighting for her throughout Bloodrose. All he got after he died was a couple of paragraphs. He wasn't even mentioned in the epilogue. Calla grieved for and wanted to avenge Silas more than for Ren, someone she supposedly loved. Calla didn't even try that hard to save Ren.
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*mild spoiler alert*

What the effery. I am now officially Team Bear. As in Calla should have let the grizzly have him. What.The.Hell. Honestly, there are no words. This ending was so predictable I was shocked an author would actually take the route. I was expecting some shocking, twist, didn't-see-that-coming, what an ending, let's all dance because for once a YA author dared to step outside the pre-designed mold of the ever stereotypical love triangle. I mean, it was set up perfectly, from what I could tell Ren was by far the fan favorite. Which is unusual since going in to the first book it was obvious Calla would choose Shay. But the fact that the author made Ren such an deep character and always kept him in the spot light gave me hope that there was going to be some turn around. But alas, this is what disappointment feels like. And disappointed I am, it wasn't just that Calla didn't end up with who I thought she should, in honest Ren might have escaped easy as the ending all of the characters got sucked. And I am a tear jerker, tragic romance, lover. Honest. The more heartbreak the better (I know that sounds terrible) but somehow this just felt different. Wrong, somehow.

Seriously though, all I can think is there is nothing in life more frustrating than having an in your face unforgettably epic ending set up perfectly only for it to be squandered away in such a manner. AARG! I haven't been this pissed since 'Mockingjay', but perhaps less passionately since I saw it coming. And that is not a compliment, by the way. And even then my utter disdain for the third in the trilogy didn't taint or take away from my love for the first two. Bloodrose did. The ultimate sacrifice is right.
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