Publisher: Penguin Young Reader's Group
Age Group: Young Adult
I was delightfully surprised after finishing Andrea Cremer's new novel. After reading Nightshade, I decided the only reason I would ever read Wolfsbane would be to figure out what happened after the cliffhanger left in the prequel. (I can never leave cliffhangers just hanging there.) But as I turned the last page of this new addition in the Nightshade series, I couldn't help feeling that I needed to read the next book, and not because it didn't have a big ending (because it did) but it turns out that Wolfsbane is infinitely better than Nightshade.
First things first, there were tons of secrets that were revealed in this one. I was gasping at every page because the enormity of each were just so big and monumental to the story. It was a big step up from Nightshade-for some reason, I could almost see what was happening next in her previous book, which really irked me. A warning though; You should definitely read Nightshade before reading Wolfsbane, even if you're not sure you would like it. I read it, and I still got confused with all the terms and action they were throwing around. That's the other thing-this book reads fast. The plot twists and turns with fighting, romance, and gore, and I found myself at the last hundred pages when I was least expecting it.
The romance is the only thing that's holding me back from giving it a full five stars. The chemistry between Shay and Calla and Ren and Calla never exactly felt...well, real. I couldn't find myself really detesting or liking either Shay or Ren, which I didn't enjoy. I also thought that Calla's character could be developed more-sometimes she seemed so selfish, while others she seemed like the perfect heroine in every way. Maybe that's the key to a good character-she/he needs to have an equal balance of good or bad-but I still thought she could've been more well-rounded.
So, yes... please do read Wolfsbane! It is amazing! I will be eagerly waiting for the next in the series, as I'm sure that other readers will be!