Book Review: Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

8130839But 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 this remarkable final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, international bestselling author Andrea Cremer crafts a dynamic novel with twists and turns that will keep you breathless until its final pages.

Wow, that was a long book! It was pretty good, consistent with the first two books, but it dragged on longer than it should have. It is so hard to write a review for a book in a series that I have already reviewed. If you want to see my reviews for Nightshade (Book 1) click here and for Wolfsbane (Book 2) click here. Everything seemed to wrap up together nicely and I didn’t feel like things built up to a tragically short ending. The characters kept pulling me in with their developments and achievements and yes, I cried when some were lost.

I got to say though, the ending through me for a loop. Not in a bad way, but in a different way. I won’t give anything away, but it was definitely a change from the normal. The ending also left all the characters at a good place, but also a place where the series could continue in a different direction if the author chooses.  Just to give you a little something to look forward to, I will mention the two gay teen werewolves scuba diving and chasing turtles.  And that is part of the reason I like this series.

4 Bards

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Book Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

7263429Calla 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.

 

 

Jumping into book 2 of the Nightshade series, I was thrilled to see that it started exactly where book 1 let off. I hate when books have an unaccounted time lapse and this did not, so well done Mrs. Cremer!  And with that, the book had great flow and was adventurous and captivating.

Trusting that the people she was bred to hate would be her and her pack’s savior.  Calla continues her journey towards freedom from a life she can’t go back to. Bumps in the road, betrayals and heartbreaks lead her closer to the goal, yet she begins to feel like she’s going backwards and not forwards. Among the continuing storyline is an undercurrent of a love triangle, one where she must continue to chose between loyalty to her pack or to her heart.

The continuing character development worked well for all the players and the dialogue and descriptions fit the story perfectly. I had a hard time putting the book down!  Book 1 was a little slow and long, but this book was quick and just the write length.

I give this book 4 bards!

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Book Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

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Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll 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 lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Nightshade brings you into a world of teenage wolf packs. It’s an interesting take and diverges from the normal view of what a werewolf is and what they do. These teenage wolves are the top of the school, most popular and most feared, they have normal teenage issues, and yet they hunt in a pack, keep watch over sacred ground and mate to a partner that was chosen for them at birth.

Calla is a female alfa, fighting for a place in a patriarchal pack. Where even though she is the alfa of her group of pack mates, she must bend and heed to anything the males of any pack say and do. It’s a little cringe worthy at times, as I am a strong willed woman and find it hard to read about strong will women being submissive in a not so pleasant way. There was nothing sexual about it, merely just suggestions to the “I am male, you do what I say no matter how much you don’t like it” nature.

Trying to following the system of beings within this book was a little confusing as well. Who’s who and what’s what got to be a little much and I found myself skipping over the details of that and still following the story just fine. That being said, there was plenty of dialogue to keep me interested throughout the whole book. Descriptions were good, but not overly done, which is a huge bonus for me.

For being a young adult novel, it stayed true to the audience and had just enough action to let the reader continue reading without hesitation. I did think for book 1 in the series it was a little long, and could have been cut or shortened a bit. I’ll be interested to see how the story picks up in book two!

I give this book 3 1/2 bards!

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books on my Spring 2014 TBR List

Click on the titles to read the synopsis, and then add them to your TBR!

1. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page

2. On the Fence by Kasie West

3. The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer

4. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

5. Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

6. A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka

7. Nil by Lynne Matson

8. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

9. Tease by Amanda Maciel

10. End Times by Anna Schumacher

 

What are some of your books on your TBR list?  I’d love to have more to add to mine!

 

Book Review: Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.

There was something about this book that I liked. I’m not sure if it was because it was an easy read and easy topic or if the book was written well or what. Nothing stands out to me as good or bad about this book. The plot was predictable, the characters were okay, the writing was fine. But I liked it. I don’t think it was meant to be a life altering, mind altering book. It was about a boy that is invisible, and that’s okay sometimes. 


I guess now that I analyze it, I have some issues with the book. The characters seemed to be very independent for teenagers. I, for one, was not capable of taking care of myself at sixteen. I found Stephen to be older than his years, but if no one could see me I might be too. Elizabeth was your typical “I have to save the world female”, blah. I loved Laurie. I would have liked the book so much more if Laurie was the main character and fell in love with Stephen. He was quirky, fun, smart, and optimistic. His story was better than Elizabeth’s too. 

As for the plot, well, it was predictable. When you meet Elizabeth you just know, “oh she is going to try to fix everything, and sacrifice herself for a boy.”  I hate that mentality, but I digress. Each “twist” was guessable. I thought the idea of the spellseaker, spellcaster, and cursecaster lacked imagination and showed a bit of laziness. These are ideas we have already heard about, nothing new. 

And that you left it at that is a little lazy. What you couldn’t think of other supernatural occurrences that could be real in this world? I have not read any other books by the authors and would pick up another book but only if I didn’t have anything else to read. Like I said, I liked it because there wasn’t much to it. Sometimes it’s nice to read a book like that. 

2.5 Bards

 

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