By Andrea Cremer
Copyright 2011, Philomel Books
Release Date: July 26, 2011
In Nightshade, Calla was forced to grow up awfully quick and she discovered lies that had encompassed her world as well as love that was never meant to be part of it. She learned the ruthlessness of the Keepers, the passion of her chosen mate Ren and that her love of a boy, Shay, would cause her to cross all lines. In Wolfsbane we pick up where Nightshade left off, with Shay and Calla in the care of the Searchers. But not everything is as it seems. This edition to the tale Cremer started weaving with Nightshade is a beautifully told execution of the lengths we go to for love and how those actions effect everyone around us. The host of characters grows, no longer only dealing with Guardians and Keepers we are now introduced to the Searchers as more than just blood thirsty enemies of the Guardians. The Searchers have their own family dynamics including lovers, parents, dirty jokers and passionate mercenary types. Calla and Shay have each other in this strange place and that should be enough, but Calla can't help the longing to get her pack out of the trouble she's sure she caused. She has no idea the extent of pain and torment they might go through in her absence. While she has the chance to commit to Shay, since the rules of her world seemingly no longer apply, she doesn't even need to look down to the ring Ren gave her to hear his voice and feel the connection between them. When it comes down to it, Calla must decide why she can't stop looking back and how doing it just might help her future.
I had heard so many mixed reviews of Wolfsbane I was achingly scared to start it, but when my dear friend Erika sent it to me I couldn't stay away. The lives, emotions and stories Cremer created in Nightshade pulled me headfirst into this epic sequel. My opinion of Wolfsbane does not vary. I loved it. All of it. Calla is a refreshing and realistic heroine, even in a sequel. She's torn between two loves, it's not easy guys, I know a lot of books and people make it seem like love is a one shot deal - that you meet one person and BAM that's it. Forever. Really? Calla's a teenager, let's remember that first off. And does love only actually hit once? I think you can love multiple people. I think you can love them for the same and for different reasons all at the same time. Yea, I think one wins out and that's who hopefully you end up with but still! And Calla has lived her whole life knowing who will ber her "mate" and knowing love has nothing to do with it. To be taken away from that idea and thrust completely into a love she didn't have to be told to have - that's powerful and it has to be awfully confusing! SO. Let's cut her some slack! : ) Like I said, we do meet Searchers and out of all of them there is ONE that I wanted from the first time I saw her name appear on the page to end up eaten. I'm not a spoilery type of girl so I won't name names or drop major hints but UGH. Beast, I would SO tear out your throat! Ok ok, rant over... :) I welcome the new characters, they add so much to the story - so many new layers and emotions.
All in all, Cremer produces a world that is vivid and thrumming with life in a sequel that is thrilling, compelling and alive. Heartbreak, love, lust, desire, jealousy, hatred, prejudice, pride and hope lace the pages of Wolfsbane and I encourage you to meet me at the shelves on July 26 to pick up a copy.