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Review: Wolfsbane By Andrea Cremer

It’s a little bit of a challenge to review a book that’s not the first in the series, because I don’t want to be specific and give anything away for anyone who hasn’t read NIGHTSHADE yet. So, know that I will be as unspecific as possible but don’t hate me if a small detail accidentally slides by.

So here’s the thing about this book: it is awesome. I enjoyed NIGHTSHADE, obviously, since I chose to read the sequel but I actually loved WOLFSBANE. It’s just a strong book, all around. Some new characters enter in this one, and they’re great. Very real, some of them hilarious.

The nature of the book meant that a lot of things about the world needed to be explained to the main character by other characters. A lot. But these conversations between characters, which could have been incredibly boring, were well done because of the way the characters interacted, and I wasn’t for a second bored while reading this book.

In NIGHTSHADE, I felt pretty lukewarm toward Shay—not because there was anything wrong with him, but because Ren is just so much more to my personal tastes—but I think he grew a lot in this second book, and I really warmed to him. And I thought Calla dealt realistically with everything she was going through. She didn’t always make the decisions I thought were smartest, but her decisions always made sense in her mindset. She also recognized when she was to blame for things (and sometimes even maybe took on a little too much self-blame) and I liked that she owned up to the consequences her choices had. Actually, I also liked that her choices from book one had consequences in book two. I like seeing characters who make mistakes and have to face them rather than catching nothing but luck.

If you haven’t yet started this series, I recommend that you do. And I say this as someone who isn’t generally a werewolf fan. And if you read NIGHTSHADE and enjoyed it, definitely be on the lookout for WOLFSBANE, because it is great.
Kaitlin Ward

Kaitlin Ward is the author of Bleeding Earth, Adaptive Books 2016, and The Farm, coming 2017 from Scholastic.

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  1. I'm seeing some amazing artwork for YA book covers lately.

  2. I'm with you...I only feel lukewarm towards Shay, but I really connect to Ren. They're all pretty great characters, though.

  3. This cover is gorgeous, hands down. I might consider picking up the first novel because I love how the second looks.

  4. I felt luke warm about Shay too - just like you I didn't think there was anything wrong with him I just didn't get the super attraction that Calla had. I am really looking forward to reading this one, thanks for sharing your review - I'm excited to see some positive feedback on it.

    Megan @ Read It, See It

  5. Thanks for the review! I liked the first one so I will be reading this one!!!

  6. I agree with all of you about this cover (which I said nothing about in the review!) It's unbelievably gorgeous. I love the green. So much. My sister-in-law and I fawned over the cover together for quite a while.

  7. Gorgeous cover. Can't wait to read this one :)


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Item Reviewed: Review: Wolfsbane By Andrea Cremer Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Kaitlin Ward