Thursday, September 22, 2011

Review: Wolfsbane (Nightshade, Book 2)

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.

So, I mostly liked Nightshade, but there were a couple of things about it that bothered me.  But I thought the writing was good, so I was very interested to pick up Wolfsbane.

What Andrea Cremer did here was take everything I disliked about Nightshade, multiplied it by 50, and made a book out if it, adding in some new annoyances while she was at it.

Calla really isn't a strong, admirable character anymore.  She's an idiot that never learns any lessons from any of her life experiences.  Shay is no longer a mildly annoying character who I didn't connect with.  He's a misogynistic jerk that I hate, even though I can tell the author wants me to love and root for him.  And she must have thought there were too many readers who liked Ren, and she's all "no, reader, that's not how you're supposed to feel about these characters--it's Shay you like, SHAY", so she tried to make sure of that by making Ren in his tiny, tiny bit of "screen time" into an even bigger jerk than Shay, if that's possible. 

With all that said, I read this in a day, so it was a quick read and not a total waste, so I give it a D+.  On a side note, what in the heck is up with this cover?  There was another cover I saw for this book that was absolutely gorgeous, and they changed it to this?  And if that's not bad enough, they changed the amazingly beautiful cover for Nightshade into something that's almost laughable.  I guess they wanted the covers to match the story, in that aspect.

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