Series: Nightshade #2
Publisher: Philomel on July 26, 2011
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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.
Check out my review of Nightshade (Nightshade #1)
“‘What are you even doing here?’ I barred my fangs at Silas. ‘Aren’t you just a paper pusher? ‘That’s my girl.’ Connor smiled.”
“‘Yeah, she is great. I spent the whole week with her.’ ‘Doing what?’ I asked, catching a growl before it left my throat. ‘Aw, you’re cute when you’re jealous.'”
Favorite Character: Calla. It’s interesting to see Calla’s changing personality, and I admire her strong will and leadership.
“I couldn’t shut out the screams.”
My Musings: I’m writing this review super duper fast because I can’t wait to start the next book! Cremer has once again created an in-captivating world. The writing was impeccable, as always, still able to transport you into Calla’s world. The plot kept me on my toes, we met some new characters, tough decisions were made, and unlikely alliances were formed.
We’ll start with the plot. Oh. My. Freaking. Gosh. So many unforeseen events! It’s like, you’re positive that something is going to happen…then it doesn’t. There were a lot of looks of disbelief as I read this book. However, there, true to form, were no dull moments–only ones that kept me wanting more! Now the characters. We were introduced to a bunch of new characters. I’d have to say that my favorite newbie would be Connor. Who doesn’t love a sense of humor when you’re in a deathly situation? But I loved seeing how our returning characters reacted and adapted to meeting new people and being in a totally different environment. We saw sides of characters that we have never seen before. The decisions, though. The decisions that the characters had to make were incredible (incredibly sad, incredibly torturing, etc.) I just…i don’t have anything else to say regarding that matter.
Although the romance was ever-present, I do have some qualms about it. The one thing that I didn’t enjoy was the lack of Ren and influx of Shay. What can I say? Shay just doesn’t give me the tinglies inside. It lacked the steamy love triangle that was present in the first novel, but hopefully that will be remedied in the next novel! However, the romance with Shay and Calla was very realistic, and not one of those superficial relationships. In this novel, we delve deeper into Calla’s psyche, and we learn about what she feels for each of the gorgeous Guardians But other than that, I couldn’t name another fault to the book. I really enjoyed reading it, so much to where I was reading it walking through the halls at school! It was truly a fantastic read, and I can’t wait to delve into the next one!