This review is for all three installments of Andrea Cremer's Nightshade series.
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain
be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him,
side by side, ruling their
pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers.
But when she violates her masters’ laws by
saving a beautiful human boy out
for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence,
and the very
essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might
everything - including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the
This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where
it ended-Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and
she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an
offer-one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the
pack-and the man-she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And
will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny,
Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love
can endure and still survive.
Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her,
there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs
Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor.
There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and
ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s
deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is. In
the final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, New York Times bestselling
author Andrea Cremer creates a novel with twists and turns that will keep you on
the edge of your seat until its final pages. A dynamic end to this breathtaking
I really enjoyed this series, but by premise alone. I'm not knocking Ms. Cremer's writing abilities, but I do feel as though this story could have been presented differently. For example: I was halfway through with Nightshade before the storyline actually made sense. Up until that point, I was left with
non-related events that should have made sense. The author waited until the middle of the book before she explained some things that (to me) were vital to understanding and enjoying the read.
After suffering through Nightshade, I just wasn't sure I wanted to continue reading, but I did. And it got better. Wolfsbane was much, much better. Of course, I was to the point where I understood what was going on, so that made the read easier. By the end of Bloodrose, I was completely engulfed. I DO NOT like the way this series ended. I won't give away any spoilers, but I will say, I was incredibly shocked and disappointed.
I have my hands on Rift, which is supposed to be the prequel to Nightshade. I can't wait to read it, perhaps by placing it first, anyone who hasn't read the series can start with Rift and understand what's happening before picking up Nightshade.
All-in-all, Andrea Cremer is an amazing author and the Nightshade series is uber-tastic. I give this one a 3.5 out of 5.
Read ya some.
Self-proclaimed Southern Duchess