Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer
2012, Philomel
Series: Book 3 of Nightshade

Synopsis: 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.

The Good: Bloodrose was definitely emotional with quite a few twists and turns that couldn't possibly be expected. I wasn't Team Shay or Team Ren, so I could totally appreciate Calla's choice not to chose until the war was over. I understood her motivation. It made sense. Other events, surprising, jaw dropping, mind blowing events were heartwrenchingly brilliant.

The Bad: While Cremer's plot twists and romantic angles (Ansel/Shay, et al. included) were absolute perfection, she meanders often. Things have a tendency to drag, or be repeated, or the wording just doesn't work for me. I felt like I was fighting the writing to get to the story.

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