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How Many Bad Tag Lines Can A Book Series Survive?

Forever Young Adult presents a book review of Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

How Many Bad Tag Lines Can A Book Series Survive?

BOOK REPORT for Wolfsbane (Nightshade Book 2) by Andrea Cremer

Cover Story: Kindle It
BFF Charm: Erg!
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Temple Of Doom
Bonus Factors: Weavers
Relationship Status: I'm Continuing My Role As This Book's Big Sister

Cover Story: Kindle it

Zoiks! That picture! That POSE! I actually feel bad for the model, cause that CAN'T be comfortable. That said, this IS a book about werewolves, and books about werewolves aren't known for their stellar covers ifyouknowwhati'msayin'.

The Deal:

If you haven't read Nightshade, there are spoilers for that book ahead.

Calla and Shay have been taken by the Searchers, but quickly learn that the Keepers are a bunch of lying liars who lie about pretty much everything -- including the origin of Guardians like Calla. Now the Searchers want to form an alliance with Calla's pack, but first they have to rescue them. Because when Calla fled to save Shay the night she was supposed to be joined with Ren, Ren lied for her to help her escape. And now not only Ren, but the rest of her pack might be imprisoned. Or worse.

BFF Charm: Erg!

I gave Calla my charm in the first book, but I had to take it back this time. Because honeychild, you just... sigh. The whole 'torn between two choices/lives' got old real quick, and where I had a little bit more understanding for her in the first book, I just wanted to give her a good shake in this one.

That's why I will be extending my big sister charm, because Calla needs a big sister like me to drop some truth bombs about love triangles what's important and the like.

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

How many trials can love survive? This series suffers from the most cheesetastic catchlines this side of a Kraft box, but what it really should say is 'how much indecision and stupidity can love survive?' because that's the real challenge here.

However, there are some truly deliciously swoony bits, and just when you think the whole book might be one big cocktease, Cremer delivers the S.E.X.

Talky Talk: Temple of Doom

You know how the opening scene of the second Indiana Jones installment is one of the best and most thrilling sequences in cinematic history? But that the movie, as a whole, doesn't quite hold up to its predecessor? Well, that's my loose comparison for today, folks.

Cremer once again provides a really thrilling storyline, with an INCREDIBLE world -- a world that was so detailed it sometimes got bogged down in exposition. She doesn't shy away from violence, or putting her characters through truly horrible situations, and her prose is vivid. I did have a couple of issues wit how quickly everybody believed that everything they were ever taught was a lie, as well as the aforementioned love indecision, but feel that it might appeal more to younger readers. Still, I liked the story enough to continue reading when the next one comes out.

Bonus Factor: Weavers

Cremer introduces a new character in this installment, and her ability is 'weaving' -- using elemental magic to open portals. So while it doesn't use actual thread, the whole idea is really cool, and she carries it out with flourish.

Casting Call:

I had originally cast Emily Browning as Calla, but I think I'd like to go with Skyler now. We already know she can do the whole supernatural hybrid thing.

Skyler Samuels as Calla

And I'll go ahead and overuse:

Evan Peters as Shay

Relationship Status: I'm Continuing My Role As This Book's Big Sister

I mentioned earlier how I'd like to be this book's big sister, and I mean it. I'll accept its life decisions, even if I'm shaking my head and cringing. Like any good big sister, I'm going to have to give my opinion, but I'll support it no matter what. And in the eventuality that it calls me crying, I'll head over with ice cream and hugs -- keeping my 'I told you so's to myself.

Jenny Bird's photo About the Author: Jenny grew up on a steady diet of Piers Anthony, Isaac Asimov and Star Wars novels. She has now expanded her tastes to include television, movies, and YA fiction.