Monday, December 26, 2011


Author: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Philomel
Released: 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
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Source: Bought
Series: Nightshade #2
Challenge: None

After Calla and Shay escaped the horrific sacrifice-and -union scene, and after they've been captured by Searchers as they attempted to evade the Keepers, Calla and Shay have to face the fact that everything they know about Guardians, Keepers, and Searchers may be completely wrong, and that the better allies are the Searchers. While they digest all the new information, the Searchers begin planning the alliance between Guardians and Searchers, but hardly anything goes according to plan, and there are plenty of surprises - mostly unwelcome - and a lot of grief.

The second book of the trilogy picks up right where Nightshade left off, and it flows seamlessly into the continuation of the story. There's a lot of explanation, especially in the first half of the book, but Andrea weaves the story and Calla's thoughts together with the explanation so that the pace is a constant ebb and flow of emotion and action. I like how this feels exactly like the "middle book," because it felt like Calla and Shay are regrouping from everything that's happened until now, and together with the Searchers are setting up for the final, epic battle that's sure to come in book #3, Bloodrose. The romantic moments are still equally tender and passionate, as Calla figures out - or tries to - her feelings for Ren and how that fits in with her absolute love for Shay. All in all, what this book mainly did was whet my appetite for the next book!


  1. A middle book that "whets" your appetite for the next book? Brilliant. It sounds like an intriguing read.

  2. That's the good thing about this book - it's good on its own merit, but if you look at it as part of the series, it really acts as a "middle book," giving information to clear things up from the first book and set things up for the third. And Andrea does it so skillfully!

  3. Calla is no longer in Vail with her pack. She's in the Searchers compound and she doesn't know if she can trust them. After recovering from the bolts she took in the fight to protect Shay, she is trying very hard to live without her pack.