Title: Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2)
Author: Andrea Cremer
Release Date: July 26, 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 way? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must figure out which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.
I have had Wolfsbane sitting on my shelf pretty much since its release date. But I only just read it, and now I'm kicking myself for that. I had forgotten how much I loved this story and these characters. This second installment proved to be just as good, if not better, than the first.
After running away from her union with Ren, Calla was taken by the Searchers. When she wakes up in their lair, she doesn't know what's going on and what happened to Shay. Last she saw him, he was also being taken away by the Searchers. As Calla finds out more about the Searchers and everything she's been told by the Keepers, she realizes that the enemy may not be who she thought it was. Calla and Shay decide to join forces with the Searchers in an attempt to take down the Keepers. But Calla won't be able to do it alone, she needs her pack back. Except she left them behind when she ran away from Vail with Shay. But more importantly, Calla needs an Alpha. Will it be Ren, the boy she's known her whole life, or Shay, the boy who came into her life and stole her heart.
Werewolves, or just wolves, are probably my favorite paranormal creatures. I don't really know why, but they just are. And Andrea Cremer may also have something to do with it. The world she created in this series feels incredibly real, every page I felt like I was right there alongside the characters. And if the world isn't amazing enough, the story she tells through Calla is absolutely incredible. I loved every single minute of it, and never saw any of it coming. The story was packed with action and at every corner there were new twists and turns. This book just took me on an incredible ride.
Calla is an amazing character. She's strong, she's not afraid of anything and she'll do just about anything to help the people she loves. And then there's the whole love triangle thing. Normally it would annoy me that Calla keeps going back and forth between Ren and Shay, but here the story wouldn't work without Calla not being able to choose. And in her position I wouldn't know show to choose between Ren and Shay (though I do lean more towards Ren). Shay pretty much swept her off her feet when he showed up in town and she ran away to save him. But she has a history with Ren and she grew up thinking that's who she would be with. And on top of it all the boys are not making it any easier on her. The new Searcher characters were really great. I loved getting to know them and they were a great addition to the story. And I have to admit that Connor and Adne were my favorites, I just loved the relationship between the two.
Wolfsbane was a great sequel, and an even greater read. This book will take you on an incredible journey and you won't want it to end. It was a good thing I was lucky enough to have a copy of Bloodrose on hand to read when I finished this one.