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 FAERYS VIEW
This is one book that I’ve really been looking forward to but Andrea Cremer’s Bloodrose was both unsatisfying and strangely satisfying at the same time. The majority of unsatisfying outweighs satisfying by quite a bit. To say I was disappointed in it is a bit of an understatement; in fact I think I’m still in shock having just finished it about an hour ago. I’ve been reading the ARC but I doubt that much changed in the finished copy aside from some editing errors.
Bloodrose could have been an EPIC finish to a popular and much loved series about werewolves that were created by evil beings (Guardians) in order to control the world and the people that have sacrificed their lives to bring those evil beings to an end and bring the balance of the world back to where it should be (Searchers). Now, there is so much more to it than that and I’m going to assume if you’re reading this that you’ve read the series and have an understanding of the world that Andrea’s created.
I’m not going to re-hash the book as I’m sure that’s been done already. Since I’m an optimistic person I’m going to start with some of the things that I liked about Bloodrose:
- The locations that Andrea created were fantastic
- The humor of the pack remained; I really grew to like some of the searchers
- Exciting battles were fought that were easy to follow
- Andrea’s unique character portrayals remained
On to the things that I really disliked about Bloodrose:
• Andrea took away Calla’s free choice which I saw as a cop out
• Calla became a non-alpha in Bloodrose by her own actions yet surprisingly her pack still treated her as Alpha despite the fact that she had her nose up Shay’s behind while Shay had his nose up a certain searchers behind.
• It was so hard for me to see the once Kick Ass, Break the rules when they were bogus and Strong Willed True Alpha Calla take a back seat to so many others and go against her natural instincts. Actually, it wasn’t just hard; it was pure torture for me.
With all that being said there’s still more but I know there are still a lot of people who haven’t read Bloodrose yet. Anyone who has read Bloodrose knows that Calla is extremely confused over where her true feelings lie; she has a hot, steamy scene with Ren-God, Ren is one of the best guys I’ve ever had the literary pleasure to meet. Then Calla has some scenes with Shay but there’s always lingering doubt in her mind except for one little sentence in the book which I felt was made in the heat of the moment. I feel like Andrea wussed out of making Calla stand up and be the Alpha she is and make a choice on her own. The ending was wrapped up a little to neatly for my liking; it felt rushed, it felt like the easy way out and it felt like what Andrea thought her fans wanted and definitely what she wanted to happen. Hey, it’s her book but it doesn’t mean that I have to like it and I didn’t!
Because of the reasons I stated, I didn't enjoy the last book in The Nightshade Trilogy as much as I would have liked and my anticipation of the book was out of this world which made it even more of a buzz kill but... Andrea still did a fantastic job with the portrayal of the characters; I felt very close to the main characters and many of the secondary characters-the often playful dialogue was fun and reminiscent of the first two books in the trilogy. I can't say enough about Andrea's vivid rendering of the exotic locales that were visited in the book; I felt every palm frond and smelled the ocean along with the sulfuric odor of the volcanic caves. Andrea Cremer is and will remain one of my favorite authors; it will just take me awhile to get over Bloodrose!
THE FAERY SAYS, SADLY, MY WINGS DROOPED NEARLY TO THE GROUND!
Thank you to ATWT and the publisher for allowing me to view this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.