Monday, February 20, 2012

Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

Release Date: 21st February, 2012

Publisher: ATOM

Pages: 416pgs

The Story

Is true love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

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.

In the final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Andrea Cremer creates a novel with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its final pages. A dynamic end to this breathtaking trilogy.

The Review

A big thanks to Laura from Hachette for sending me a review copy of this book!

Despite the spoilers that have circulated the internet prior to me reading this book (yes thank you dear readers for that special early surprise of yours), I have to say the author, Andrea Cremer, had still totally surprised me in the way she handled her final conclusion to her bestselling Nightshade series. I mean, I loved the way she separated the book into different sections (water, fire, etc.) and how everything captured my attention from beginning to end just to find out what happens next, but dear Ms. Andrea Cremer why must you do what you just did in this book? Especially to me of all people. WHY? I knew it was coming, I knew there was a possibility of this certain "something" to happen to these lovely characters of ours . . . but man I felt kind of cheated even though I knew some of the spoilers before picking up and reading this book.

BLOODROSE picks up right after the previous book, Wolfsbane, and Cremer doesn't waste anytime whatsoever in continuing the fast-paced action sequences and the smexy sizzling sexual tension between several of the characters for all the right reasons, and I commend Cremer for always having the ability to entertain me. While that's good and all, but regarding characters I was a little concerned about them for the majority of the book and the choices they have made for others that I didn't necessarily agree with.

One of my concerns was the leading main heroine, Calla, herself. Throughout book one and two Calla had remained a tough-as-nuts strong and a fiercely independent young woman, however in this third installment I really disliked the way she juggled her personal relationships with her two potential love interests, Shay and Ren, and I often wondered why she did what she did with them. One moment she's kissing and staying inside Shay's room (I mean seriously come on), and the next she's switching her teams entirely and found almost kissing Ren. Which is basically torture for him . . . I understand why her heart is being split into two between two very different guys for two very different reasons, after all she has spent her entire childhood with Mr. Hottie-paws Ren and found new love with Shay that opened up all sorts of possibilities for her, but what I didn't understand was Calla's usual way of confusing the guy's minds . . . like becoming intimate with Shay right in front of Ren even though she has given the idea to Ren that he may still have a chance to be with her. Now that I didn't approve of and it was beyond cruel. But other than that small mishap on her part, Calla is much more focussed in this book than the others and even that much more determined . . . so for that I'm grateful for.

Look in some ways, BLOODROSE was a very well written book, with plenty of action and romance that kept you there reading on your bed in one sitting, and I love any book that leaves you anti-social for a few hours straight but . . . I disliked the ending. . . partially because I'm biased toward one of the main characters in particular and if you know my boy fictional teams well enough, you would know who I'm talking about here. While I do understand why Cremer decided to end the way she ended things in the third and final book, but I was more opened to an ending that was lovely and fitting for everyone, and unfortunately it wasn't what I wished for. The ending certainly concluded and tying a couple loose ends, but personally for me every single issue and circumstance was wrapped up far too easily and I wanted the main character, Calla, to have full closure and resolvement, and it was a pity it didn't turn out that way for all our sakes. A total bummer.

Without going into further detail, especially since I don't want to spoil things for those who haven't yet read this book or the series for that matter, overall I will give the author a fair shiny 4 golden stars despite my disappointments because Andrea Cremer did do a very good job with this novel and I was entertained on every high level possible. With a great continuation of the storyline (a little sad at times I admit), a fantastic and hilarious cast of characters, and with earth-shattering consequences, and heart-wrenching sacrifices that will pull some heartstrings of all ages, I highly recommend this book to readers of Unearthly and Vampire Academy! After all, this book was great because we finally get to see more of Ren . . . but oh . . . I wanted much more of him and less of nasty Shay (trust me there's a lot of rival alpha male pride going on between Ren and Shay and it's almost ridiculous at times)!

The Rating

4/5 stars


  1. I've seen mixed reviews for this series on goodreads. But a lot of people seems to enjoy it. I might have to check out the first book. Great review.

  2. Mr. Hottie-paws Ren... hehe <3 I did feel for the guys though, because while Calla was conflicted at heart, they were the ones who suffered the most from her indecision. But I loved the rest of it and even though THAT part of the ending broke my heart *SOB* the conclusion still satisified me in a bittersweet kind of way. I love those endings that leave an impression on my heart!

    Fab review, Erin! Now let's go have a cryfest together over... THAT THING! *passes tissue*

    1. Exactly! The guys suffered the most! *shakes head* OMG THE ENDING BROKE MY HEART TOO! Argh! Still not happy about it even though the spoilers spoiled it and everything. *grabs tissue and then the whole box*

  3. Oh my gosh, I KNOW! The ending was torturous to the nth degree! </3 But I have to admit that, besides a certain someone having a certain sudden ending (I think you know who I'm talking about LOL), it kind of fit in that bittersweet, I-know-it-can't-be-any-more-perfect-than-this-but-I-want-my-HEA-anyways sort of way. x)

    Still, amazing review, Erin! You summed up this book PERFECTLY! Even though I'm sad it's over, I'm glad you liked it too, and now we only have to wait for that spin-off book to come out! :)

  4. I;m afraid to start this series because I think I'm gonna be Team Ren and I'm pretty sure I'll be disappointed by this book! I've read lots of mixed reviews, but I guess I'll give it a go (especially since everyone always raves about Nightshade). Thanks for the great review :).

  5. I so know I'm spoilering myself reading a review for the third book when I haven't read the first... but this sounds amazing and painful all at once... I kind of saw spoilers about... yes--THAT--on Twitter, and... hmmm...

    I'm SO excited to read the series--ESPECIALLY after your review, but on the other hand I'm biting my nails over this one, and I'm kind of dissapointed about the path Calla takes after hearing such amazing things about her in Nightshade and Wolfsbane! Conflicted!

    Ugh! Well, my copies are in the mail, so hopefully they arrive soon :D

    ♥ your review, Erin! (like always. Seriously. You're a perfect-review making machine!)

  6. I could not stand Ren in the first half of book one, but then he definitely opened up to me. I was still Team Shay, but when reading book three, I completely became Team Ren. I absolutely loved him! The ending was very hard for me, and took me a few days to realize if I actually liked it or not.

    Great review!

  7. I am team Ren all the way!!! but that ending though, i was kind of sad after reading that bit and your review was great! sigh why did it have to end that way..


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