Nightshade was awesome. I read 130 pages in one day. I couldn't put it down. Wolfsbane? Yeah...
I read 5 chapters a day so I could get it done in the week I had left with it from the library. I wish I didn't have to endure that much of it at once.
Pages 1-80: Calla and Shay look like idiots, not figuring even the simplest things out by themselves while Silas(the freakishly racist scholar) tells them about their real history.
If you thought Calla was slow in the first book(and really, sometimes I was wondering that myself), you will think she's a complete moron in this one. There were many times that Silas would say something and I think to myself, "Ah, that's interesting, that means this is this." It won't even be something that I think they're hinting at, it's just something that they explain. Only Calla and Shay don't get it, they need it to be explained further.
And speaking of Shay, he has probably 30% of the brain power he had in the first one. In Nightshade he was figuring stuff out in an instant, knowing things that a normal person wouldn't know. In Wolfsbane he's a complete idiot. He's not quite as slow as Calla, but he's getting there.
Spoilers from this point on!
The thing that drove me crazy the most was the whole Monroe and Ren situation. As soon as they mentioned that Monroe and Ren's mom had a thing, I knew without a doubt that Ren was his son. It wasn't a, "Oh, I bet this is what happened, I'm almost sure!" No, it was, "Gee, could they make that any more obvious?" And what a surprise, I was right! Oh, wait, not a surprise. Because there were no surprises in this book.
And then, even when Emile pretty much says that Monroe is Ren's father, Calla STILL DOESN'T GET IT!!! I wanted to strangle her.
Emile: "He's almost as stupid as his father!" Calla: I didn't get it. Why would Emile be calling himself stupid? It just didn't make sense. And why was he staring at Monroe when he said it?
Now, those aren't exact quotes, but the big picture is the same. Let's see, Monroe says he had a thing with Ren's mom, he's been acting as protective as a father, and Emile implies that Monroe is Ren's father. I wonder what that means? *face-palm*
And then the one time that Ren is shown, he's ten times the douche he was in the first book. I mean, I get that he's messed up, he's been tortured and he lost the girl he loves. But come on. He tries to rape her? No, that's just stupid! I know he went a little too far in Nightshade, but she was kinda asking for it in that one. She was leading him on every time she saw him, only to regret it when she was with her precious Shay. In this book Ren is just a monster who's trying to force her to be his.
And then there's the cover. Why, oh why, does Andrea want us to think that Calla is a stripper so badly? I get the whole wolf-crouching-ready-to-attack thing, but that's not how it comes off. It's more like I'm-a-seductive-chick-who-wants-to-sleep-with-you-for-money.
I'm still gonna read Bloodrose, partly to see if it gets better, but mostly just to finish the series.(less)
This book is not one of Robin McKinley's best. I opened with high expectations because I've read Sunshine and Beauty by the same author. This book, ho...moreThis book is not one of Robin McKinley's best. I opened with high expectations because I've read Sunshine and Beauty by the same author. This book, however, was sourly disappointing. The first story wasn't that good, but I thought it would get better.
Like the other two books I've read by McKinley(and like someone mentioned below), it needs more dialogue. There are so many pages that I got bored and stopped paying attention without even realizing it- then I read the page again and the same thing happened.
Another thing that irks me about this book is how the people fall in love. They don't know know each other but they someone know that they love each other. What? This is pretty typical of fairy tales, but I was hoping McKinley would be better.
So, in the end, it looked like a good book... but wasn't at all.(less)
I read this a few years ago and gave it four stars. Four stars? How did that happen? I tried reading it again and got 60 pages into it before giving u...moreI read this a few years ago and gave it four stars. Four stars? How did that happen? I tried reading it again and got 60 pages into it before giving up. If I hadn't read it already I would have continued, but since I already knew the story I didn't feel like putting up with it. How was I not bored to death of this before? There were a few times I thought, "Just ten more pages. Ten more. I can do that, right?" This would be followed by me shutting the book after four more pages.
The storyline is decent. Nothing unique, but still enjoyable. And Wanda and Ian get really cute towards the end. But is it worth it? Hecks no! Sure, it's better than Twilight, but then, what isn't? (A little book called Once in a Full Moon, that what.)
Honestly, most of the book is the characters wandering around. Which I guess makes sense, since the main character is called Wanderer. However, this does not make for an interesting read. I don't want to wait 60 pages for something good to happen. It's not worth it. Not even a little. The movie, sure. That was much more fast paced and exciting. It wasn't a long, drawn out 600 pages. But no one should waste their time on this book.(less)
One of the best books in the Warriors series. The plot was perfect, the characters were engaging, and the ending was fabulous. I think I read this in...moreOne of the best books in the Warriors series. The plot was perfect, the characters were engaging, and the ending was fabulous. I think I read this in two sittings- I couldn't put it down! There are a few typos that irk me, but other than that, I loved it!(less)