Bloodrose

Title: Bloodrose (Book 3 in Nightshade Trilogy)
Author: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Philomel Books – Penguin Group
Release Date: January 3, 2012

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 really, really enjoyed this book. I think that it was a fitting conclusion to the series. The characters were as loveable as ever, and despite some heartache (alright, a lot of heartache), the action, romance, and other parts of the plot made up for most of it.

The book was very fast-paced. One mission after another after another, with barely a break, not only kept me reading, but it didn’t allow for much meditation on things like emotion and feelings. Of course, then the brief reprieves in which there was a lot of thinking were gifts of insights to characters and the plot. However, one of these reprieves was very annoying to me – at the end, when they were in the middle of a battle, and they decided to have a long drawn-out conversation. I get that maybe some catching up was necessary, but it could have been a shorter conversation, especially since there were people dying as they spoke.

Other than that, though, I loved the romantic tension – not only did it bring out Calla’s snappy side, but it was entertaining just for Ren and Shay to be in the same room. And after they had been tied up? That was an interesting conversation, and Calla’s reaction to it was priceless. But then, the end. I cried. I cried, and cried, and cried. (This isn’t an insinuation or anything, but I’m Team Shay). Everything culminating in that battle, and then all the loss. But then there’s the good parts, too – not that I’ll be telling you any of them.

If you’ve read the first two books, I highly recommend finishing out the series. In fact, the next book I’ll be reading is Nightshade .5, Rift, so keep an eye out!

~Yours Truly

**Note: This book is not recommended for ages 13 or younger due to sexual references, profane language, and some violence.

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