Bloodrose- Andrea Cremer

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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.

I first started the Nightshade series for our bookclub here at yareads. Funny enough, I didn’t think I was going to like them. I was wrong. I devoured all three books in less than a week. They were so full of action, adventure, love, betrayal, everything you could possibly ever want in a book.

Bloodrose probably contained the most adventure out of all three of the books. I was on the edge of my seat throughout most of the ride. It was seriously so good.

Yet again, I had a problem with the character of Shay. I know that a lot of you out there love Shay to death, but I just couldn’t get past the fact that he came across as mentally abusive. He would constantly put down Calla for submitting to others. When she finally started to do something she wanted to do, though, he would have none of it. He seemed to believe that he was the one in control, and, as a woman, Calla had to bow down to him. I’m sure that Andrea Cremer did not mean to come across this way in the books. However, this was something that really bothered me throughout the entire series.

The ending of this book infuriated me. I think I probably saw red for the rest of the day. Andrea Cremer took the end of this series in a whole different direction than I thought she would. I’ve never actually had an ending of a series upset me as much as this one did. I really want to read Rift, Andrea Cremer’s newest book, but I’m a little afraid to pick up any more of her works after this.

I would recommend this book simply because I love the series as a whole. I loved all of the characters and it was such a blast watching them grow throughout all the books. Again, I have to warn teachers and parents that this series does show some mental and physical abuse. While I think the books are alright for children to read, I think that that’s just something to keep in mind and maybe discuss with them. Overall, this is a great series, and I hope you all enjoy it!

Pages: 406

Publication Date: January 3, 2012

Publisher: Philomel

Rating: [rating: 3]

 

Teaser Quote: “ Ren’s scent was everywhere. The smoke of aged wood lingering beneath a chilled autumn sky, the smooth burn of well-worn leather, the seductive ribbon of sandalwood. I closed my eyes, letting his scent pour over me, filling me with memories.”