Despite the fact that I didn't love Nightshade, I picked up Andrea Cremer's sequel Wolfsbane. I liked it a lot more than the first book. A lot of the...moreDespite the fact that I didn't love Nightshade, I picked up Andrea Cremer's sequel Wolfsbane. I liked it a lot more than the first book. A lot of the things that annoyed me in Nightshade weren't an issue here. Calla and Shay left their old lives behind and joined in with their old enemy's team - the Searchers - at the end of book one. And book two picked up right where they left off.
Warning: Slight spoilers ahead.
We were introduced to many new characters: Ethan, Ariadne, Connor, Monroe, and other Searchers. It took me a while to warm up to them. Their dialogue and constant joking were a bit much; I had some trouble with their dialogue, especially in the beginning. It caused a bit of trouble for me connecting with them. A few of the pack from Nightshade make an appearance, but Ren wasn't in the book much. That's not so good for Team Ren, but yay for Team Shay! I liked that Calla and Shay were given a chance to get to know each other without Ren around.
Which brings me to the main point of why I liked Wolfsbane over Nightshade. Calla wasn't quite as torn between two guys. She wasn't kissing one in one chapter, and the other boy in the next. It's not that she forgot about Ren or the feelings she has for him. In short, there was less of a love triangle here. Which made me really happy. The Searchers, as a species, were very interesting. The weaving sounded fascinating. And I loved the mysticism. I think if I could be a character in this series, I’d choose Searcher.
I’ve already begun Bloodrose, and I’m excited to see how this story ends. I included the arc cover of Wolfsbane in this post. It still makes me sad that the publishers chose to change the covers from the originals by outstanding artist, Suza Scalora.(less)
This book was amazing. I was able to read a borrowed copy the other day. It arrived in my mailbox Thursday, and I was up til 1:30 AM r...moreOh. My. Goddess!
This book was amazing. I was able to read a borrowed copy the other day. It arrived in my mailbox Thursday, and I was up til 1:30 AM reading it. I could NOT put it down.
This is one of my favorite series, so when I got the book I hugged it close for a while, and then ate dinner while looking at it longingly, and then I dove into the prologue.
When it comes to series that I love so much and have such high expectations of, I'm always a bit nervous to read it. Will it live up to my expectations? But that doesn't really slow me down... at all...
And I have to say that this book does not disappoint! It was fabulous the entire way through. I laughed. I cried. And then I was sad it was over. The last Wicked Lovely book... over... But since everything has to end at some point, I'm glad it ended on such a great note.
If you haven't read the previous 4... do it! And then pre-order this one. I think it may be my favorite of the 5!(less)
Book two in the Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS. It is available from Little, Brown on October 12, 2010. I w...moreBook two in the Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS. It is available from Little, Brown on October 12, 2010. I was able to score a copy at ALA.
I really enjoyed this one. As usual, I'm not sure which book in the series I like better. The writing was fantastic. The story was interesting. I love when you can read a book and have no idea what's going to happen next. There's a lot of mystery in this gothic romance, and it keeps the reader guessing. Predictability is not something I enjoy in a book. It's a really long book for a YA. And I think because of that it takes a while for things to really get going. The second half of the novel moved a lot faster than the first.
I love Ethan. He is swoon-worthy. Where I can find one of him? Well, an older version of him. I love so many characters in this series... which is rare. Most of the time there are characters I don't like. In this series, it's just the baddies I don't like. The world was expanded. Characters were added. But Amma remains one of my favorites, as well as Ethan's great aunts. I didn't like Lena as much in this one, but I like that we got to know Ridley more.
I loved the Star Trek Prime Directive reference. I'm a Star Trek geek, so I loved this. There was one line that made me laugh so hard I had to put the book down. For those who have the ARC, page 152... the line with "nekkid" in it.
I'm excited for the next installment. Curious about the Epilogue. Definitely pick this one up when it hits the shelves.(less)