Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade, #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Philomel (Imprint of Penguin)
Date Published: July 26th, 2011
When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, 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.
Hmm. Well then. What to say? Well, first off I was kind of hoping for more from this book. I know that’s not really starting off on a good note, but for the majority of this book I felt like nothing was happening. It’s sort of hard to explain without spoiling anything, but I’ll try. Basically, this book is a lot of education on the history of the Guardians, Keepers, and Searchers. We also meet a bunch of new characters so there’s new character building going on. On a side note, for the most part I liked the new characters.
Other than that though, not really much happens. I felt like this was almost just a segue into the next book. Everything seemed to just be setting more stuff up for this war which we have no clue how is going to happen and how Shay is supposedly going to help “the good guys” win.
On top of nothing going on I feel like I’m on the wrong who-will-Calla-end-up-with team. You know how when there’s a love triangle, you can always kind of tell who the person is going to end up with in the end, even from the beginning? A big example would be with Twilight, or with The Hunger Games (at least in my opinion). There always seems to be one guy that the girl is at least just a little bit more interested in, and you know she’ll end up with him. For the most part, I tend to end up being on the winning team. But, for these books I can’t help but root for Ren, which I feel is being setup as the opposing team for some reason. I just like him though. I don’t know what it is, but I do!
Which brings me to my next peeve. Not enough Ren! He was hardly in the book at all. Hopefully that’ll change in Bloodrose, but in this book he was just not in it enough. As for Shay, I liked him in the Shadow Days prequel novella, but that’s it. I’ve always found him a bit annoying and just couldn’t find myself rooting for him, and this book didn’t help with that opinion unfortunately.
So yeah, I’m a bit disappointed by this. It wasn’t bad by any means. It held my attention and all. But, like I said, it feels like this book has that “middle-book-syndrome”. You know, where not much at all happens and it just a big setup for the following book(s)? I’ll definitely be reading on because I want to see where all of this goes, but I wasn’t impressed by this unfortunately!
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