Wolfsbane (Nightshade Series #2)

Wolfsbane (Nightshade Series #2)

by Andrea Cremer


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This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended-Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer-one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack-and the man-she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399254833
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Series: Nightshade Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 594,630
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.32(d)
Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Andrea Cremer is the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series, which includes Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose, Snakeroot, Rift and Rise. She is also the author of the Inventor's Secret series, and of Invisibility,which she co-wrote with David Levithan. She lives in Claremont, CA. You can visit her online at www.AndreaCremer.com or follow her on Twitter @andreacremer.

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PART I PURGATORYI was exhausted; with the two of us uncertain of our way, we halted on a plateau lonelier than desert paths.

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Wolfsbane 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 463 reviews.
skyla11377 More than 1 year ago
Back in October, after I read Nightshade, I was beside myself wondering how I was going to wait until Wolfsbane came out in July. I was extremely lucky enough to receive an ARC from Andrea's publishers. OMG, I was doing the *Snoopy Happy Dance* when it came in the mail. I have to say Andrea Cremer has another fantastic hit on her hands. Wolfsbane was such an action packed amazing thrill ride. I was a fan of Shay's from the first book and now I am a hard core fan. Shay is just such an incredibly dynamic character. Calla is such a tormented soul with such intense feelings that you can almost feel her pain and conflict. Take these two characters and add the dynamic of the Searchers and you have such a whirlwind story giving Calla and Shay a whole new side to the conflict. We get to hear things from the Searchers perspective which in turn gives Calla and Shay a whole new outlook on what they were brought up to know and believe. We also learn a little more about Ren's mother and her roll in the past Guardian revolt. I am so afraid to say too much because I so don't want to ruin this fantastic story for anyone. Just know this is a MUST READ sequel. On a scale from 1-10 I give Wolfsbane a 20. Of the scale I know but Andrea's storytelling is beyond AMAZING. Her Wolves are hot, sexy, fierce, as well as loyal. If you have read Nightshade you MUST read Wolfsbane. If you haven't read Nightshade what in the world are you waiting for. Go out right now and get it....^_^. Andrea Cremer does for Wolfs what Stephanie Meyer did for Vampires, which is making us want and/or to be them.
TheMochaLatte More than 1 year ago
Calla wakes up to find that a week has gone by after escaping Vail, her new surroundings unfamiliar. She then discovers that she is in the lair of the Searchers, the sworn enemy of the Guardians. However, not all is as it seems when they give her the offer of a lifetime- destroy the keepers and save her pack. But Calla has doubts. Is getting Ren back worth the risk of loosing her freedom and Shay? Can true love really endure all trials and still survive? Readers will immediately notice that Wolfsbane steps onto a whole different plane of intensity separate from Nightshade. While I would best describe Nightshade as being filled with action and romance; there lacked explanation and readers were left with hundreds of unanswered questions. Fear not because Wolfsbane does just the opposite! In Wolfsbane, readers will finally get the answers to their questions. We'll learn more about the Searchers, Keepers and Guardians, including their incredible history. The pace throughout the first few chapters was quite slow, Cremer taking the time to explain everything in detail in hopes of building a better surrounding. It worked. After those slow chapters we are hit with the action; the exciting drama we've been waiting to see unfold between Shay, Calla and the other Guardians. I found myself shaking with excitement as each chapter passed by. Wolfsbane was far from predictable, the story taking undetermined twists and turns. Surprising secrets, terrible truths are learned and we are witness to just about the hottest and sexiest moments in the series so far. Yes, this installment in the Nightshade series will definitely keep fans on their toes and have them crawling up walls begging to get a taste of the third and final installment. Calla, our beloved protagonist has definitely changed in Wolfsbane. I found myself witnessing this drastic change and wondering what happened. Readers will remember the Calla from Nigthshade as being fierce, bold, emotionally strong and ready to pounce with very little provocation. However, in Wolfsbane Calla is not the bold and emotionally strong character we knew before. She is still fierce and ready to attack but she holds a new sense of awareness and vulnerability. Shay, perhaps, is the one character who showed the most growth. He's no longer the weak human-turned-guardian. He's intuitive and incredibly powerful-the alpha among alphas if I must compare. Do not fret, Wolfsbane also presents an extensive grouping of new characters like; Adne, Ethan, Connor, Monroe and many more. Each one just as interesting, funny and exciting as the next. When reaching the end of Wolfsbane I became depressed. Why, you ask? Cliffhangers. We all hate them but that's what makes waiting for the next installment just that much more bittersweet. I can assuredly say that Andrea Cremer gives Nightshade fans what they were waiting for in Wolfsbane with the new plot development weaving the story into a deeper adventure and creating just as many unanswered questions as it's predecessor. I am highly anticipating the third installment. If you haven't read Nightshade, well then I highly recommend that you do so soon. Lovers of all things shape shifter will fall head over heels in love with it..I know I did.
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. The writing is beautiful, the story wonderful. I can't wait for the next book to come out.
MrsMikeyWay More than 1 year ago
I am currently two pages away from finishing Nightshade, and honestly i Cannot stand Shay, i will be really upset if the story ends how im thinking it will, with Calla picking Shay. :( i<3Ren
Vivacie More than 1 year ago
I was practically done with Wolfsbane before I realized it. I cannot get over how fast paced it was and how quick I finished it! There wasn't a dull moment, there was always something going on, something that always occupied your attention. Really, I was fascinated by the history and believe me, there was a lot of history explaining. It was a crash course and while it was a lot of info (more so than Nightshade) it still wasn't overwhelming. The plot really doesn't move forward too much. Sure, a few things get explained and we learn a few shocking secrets, but there was never a jump to the next part of the story...until the end. We get another cliff hanger! The book was fast paced and because of that, I feel like there should have been another 100 or so pages added. And seriously, that cliff hanger! I like them, but can I please not have them right when the story is getting to its grit? So, Calla is with the Searchers now, and there are a whole lot people introduced. They can not fill the void of the wolf pack (their presence is virtually nonexistent), but a few of the characters are gems, like Connor, Ethan, and Silas. These characters also bring along a banter of dialogue that's usually out of place and I was left wondering why it was included. (And can I just say Ren > Shay. There is no contest.) Can I please have Bloodrose (Nightshade #3) now?
harstan More than 1 year ago
Seventeen year old alpha girl-wolf Calla Tor struggles with her love for Shay, who she changed into a man-wolf (see Nightshade) and her need for her soul mate Ren. Calla worries about Ren as the Keepers who control the wolves were torturing him back in Vail. She concludes the Keepers will destroy her Colorado pack unless she can intervene somehow. She knows she cannot save her pack alone so she makes a deal with her enemy the Searchers who agree to assist her destroy her former handlers. However, the Searchers have a price expected of her, Ren and the pack for her freedom. The second Calla enjoyable high school age urban fantasy is a direct sequel to the first entry (see Nightshade) so it behooves the audience to read that tale to understand how the heroine got to this point of making a deal with her life long enemy. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with non stop action as the reader joins Ren and others on a raid that fails to deploy as planned. There are some heated sex and another cliffhanger that enhance the wonderful saga. Harriet Klausner
Nicole_Ivonne More than 1 year ago
I seriously read this book a few hours after I finished reading Nightshade, I was so drawn into Calla's world! I love EVERYTHING about this book. Besides the sad part, but even those parts kept me glued to the book! I think it's fair to say that I am completely torn between Ren and Shay, I simply can not favor one over the other. I love them both! <3 There was a new surprise on every page that kept me wanting more! I seriously can't wait till Bloodrose is released!!!! One of the best series I have ever read so quickly! :) <3
Upsa-Daisy More than 1 year ago
this book started right from where the 1st book, Nightshade, left off!! it was an amazing experience to read through. calla, ren or shay??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Guardians give them houses, cars, and whatever they want as long as they follow them, oh and they also get to turn into wolves at will. What is SO wrong with that? I love the series, i really do, but its so annoying to see Calla turning down the live she has. What is so wrong with it? She's got the perfect Fiance and the perfect friends and family. Oh, and she's got that annoying guy called Shay following her around, she honestly should have let him die when the bear attacked him. What does Shay have that Ren dosn't? I'd happily marry Ren for her. Overall this book is amazing, picked it up when i bought The Nine Lives Of Chloe King (which was a bust, i can't bring myself to finish it) and Nightshade caught my eye. I read the first couple of pages and fell in love. With Calla, the strong, and Ren the perfect and cocky. and then, Shay comes along...i really want him to die. he's not worth risking everything you've been given. CHOOSE REN, Calla, REN!
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
This book begins and ends with action. Calla wakes up in what she believes is the enemy's lair. She has been stabbed and has finally healing. There is a general state of confusion, she doesn't yet know why she is still alive. The Searchers quickly dispel Calla of her notions about them and offer a truce. Calla meets up with Shay and their budding relationship continues to blossom; however, Calla repeatedly thinks of the wolf she left behind, Ren. The reader will love discovering the different twists and history behind this elaborate plot with Calla. Ren's father...may not be his father, Shay's history is slowly revealed, and there are many secondary characters whose stories some to light. Calla learns more about the background behind her shifting as well. Calla and the Searchers embark several plans to save Calla's friends from Ren's father's evil grasp. There are plenty of mishaps and exciting scenes...near escapes, deaths, and sadness. Calla makes several new friends and earns the trust of people she would have killed in the beginning of the novel. Soon, it becomes evident that someone has betrayed Calla and her new friends...but who and why? The book ends on a cliff-hanger, forcing readers to immediately put the next book in this series on their to-reads list. The characters were dynamic and interesting, the reader will enjoy meeting new secondary characters and observing the love triangle between Ren, Calla, and Shay. The plot is just as good as before and the scenes are very fast-paced. This book is recommended to young adults/teens who enjoy fantasy and romance.
cristal1313 More than 1 year ago
I'v read a lot of books and i'm only 13 and Nightshade was the best book i'v ever read and i can't what till Wolfsbane come out. If your a teen that loves werewolf books then you will love the Nightshade series (cant what till Wolfsbane comes out!!!!!!!!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first i didnt like this book. But when i started needing pages for school i started geting into i loved it! My fave part is in the second book twords the middle when they're in the garden and things got interesting! When Ande and Conner finaly admited thier love for one anther in the third book ot made my heart sing and i'm so glad Shay got to be with Calla in the end they realy where ment for each other
Novelsontherun More than 1 year ago
&lsquo;Nightshade&rsquo; left me rather confused about Ren and Shay. What I mean was my personal feelings towards who is my Team guy. NOW, Andrea has added Connor. I love Connor, he is so playful, yet ready to act when called upon. I know he isn&rsquo;t for Calla, but I think he is rather a gorgeous character. Wolfsbane, was a lot different to what I was expecting. Andrea takes the reader behind the scenes with the ENEMY, the Searchers. The Guardians are led to believe the Searchers are the enemy in Nightshade. We discover in Wolfsbane that the Keepers have been telling a bag full of porky pies. All is SO not what it seemed. I really enjoyed meeting the different Searcher characters. Me thinks cranky Ethan may be ogling a certain somebody. Andrea certainly flipped the storyline for us and opened up all these wonderful new places she can take us. We don&rsquo;t get a lot of Ren, which was kind of sad, but the storyline was presented to us in a way that he didn&rsquo;t fit into a lot of the book. Shay was in the forefront in this book. I would like Shay, and then sometimes I did wonder about some of the things that came out of his mouth. He definitely knows he has competition with Ren and Calla&rsquo;s feelings for him. I know readers have a concern with Andrea&rsquo;s wolves shifting back to human with their clothes intact, but I do get it. This is more a magic thing. Not a werewolf, Twilight style wolf. They are shifters and it&rsquo;s a magical thing. Not a bone crunching, cracking, painful thing. More a I dream of Jeannie style blink, and you are a wolf, blink and you are a human. Well, without the blink, ha! Hehe! There would have been some red faces the amount of times Calla did her shifting if she was in the nuddy. Imagine that girl having a supply of clothes handy. Guys can do with a lot less. We are talking bras, knickers......put the bra on take the bra off...like seriously, who needs that. I loved the new characters and sub characters Andrea has brought in. The more the merrier I say. There is more a magical feel now to Andrea&rsquo;s Nightshade series. Visually this series now would make great movies. Wolfsbane had a lot more visually interesting scenes and a bit of snarky thrown in. Oh and that ending.........Calla, Calla, Calla, you better have a bag full of excuses ready for that one.... considering. This book is a great introduction into the Searchers life, throw in some snarky, witty dialogue, love, lust , magic, loss, heartache, bravery, discovery, action and I am still confused about where I stand with Ren and Shay. My heart says Ren, but I just don&rsquo;t know. I may end up settling with Connor, he seems a lot less intense and although he is hiding his own pain, he seems the less complicated choice at the moment. Trust me things are going to be complicated with this triangle of love in Bloodrose. I shall get my hands on Treachery , the novella before I head on over to Bloodrose shortly. Oh the tangled web we weave.......
ren27582000 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed Wolfsbane as much as Nightshade, I will read these books again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of background information was given during the first half of this book, thats the reason for 4 stars instead of 5. But the book took off and it was really difficult to come back from their magical world. The love triangle continues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I say these books would make a good movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was better then the first book! My heart was racing the whole way through. This book holds everything: Celebration, fear, love sadness, suspense... You name it! The ended was a shock but a good one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't want to give the things that happen in the books away, but I feel I should metion some things as a warning. The three thing I didn't like had more to do with the caracters then the book it's self. I DID NOT like that there was so much death in this book (I understand why, but I still don't like it), they kiilled some one very inportant to Calla, and killed at least part of some one else she loved, and on top of those two things some one you'll grow very fond of in the book they'll sundenly decide to get rid of in the end. So be warned that you might be crying thrue most of the book, but other then those things the book was great.
pipsqueakers More than 1 year ago
I personaly liked nightshade b/c it was a better written plot. I also wnated to see more of Ren in Wolfsbane!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing.It has everything you want in a book.when Calla and Shay are final togther as alphas in the pack.But i need the other book its taking forever for it to come out. I would recomend this book to people that want suspence and action.
VysBlog More than 1 year ago
Nightshade became one of my favorite books instantly and I wasn't sure if Wolfsbane could match it, but Andrea Cremer does it again! Wolfsbane picks up right after Nightshade when Calla wakes up to find that her allies are now the Searchers. Calla and Shay then learn about what really happened and the truth about the Keepers and Guardians. While it's mostly focused on Calla and Shay's time with the Searchers, old pack mates are still included and their stories are strengthened. What I love about the series so far is how all the characters feel so important and memorable. Even when new characters are introduced I never get the overwhelmed feeling about the amount of names. Each person is so different and have distinct personalities that you just grow to love all of them. There was one particular searcher that I loved most, Connor. He's just this ridiculously bubbly guy that I can't get enough of. Although on the surface he's a light humored person, underneath I believe lay many secrets and an interesting past. Calla is as strong as ever and is making hard decisions for the better of her pack. Her relationship with Shay and Ren isn't set in stone and continues leaving me guessing, but I'm definitely switching over to Team Shay. My first impression of Shay was that he was very...sensitive, which was great but not like the alpha Calla is. He then slowly develops into this alpha image and is becoming an equal to Calla (and Ren). For those who are wondering if Ren is still in the picture I can for sure say that he is. I'm not sure what to think of him right now besides the fact that he's a bit torn between the lies he has been fed. Wolfsbane is an action packed book that will leave you turning page after page before you realize that the book's over. I finished this book in a good 2 days and was even tempted to re-read it. And I never re-read books, ever. This is definitely a not to be missed book that could easily be enjoyed.
cupcakes4eva More than 1 year ago
this book was so amazing... i can't even find the best words to describe it! it was spectacular, superb! overall, Andrea Cremer is an absolute phenomenal writer and i wish that she could writer faster because i cannot wait for Bloodrose and the other books that she is planning. (more details on her website) Wolfbane was suspenseful and shocking. the ending left me hungry for more. as soon as i finished it, i went online and read the first chapter of Bloodrose... i cannot wait! January 24th... come faster!! i highly recommend this book to anyone that needs a break from all the vampire crap. Wolfsbane and Nightshade are amazing... i tore through both books. Andrea Cremer has a writing style that makes you rip through her books, and then make you feel horribly depressed once you finish them. read this book!! Andrea Cremer deserves more attention for her debut series!!
Nicole Buterbaugh More than 1 year ago
I just reading this book. I was surprised of the outcome and decisions of the characters in this book. The ending made me want to keep reading. I wish Bloodrose came out earli then it ha been set. Im anticipating the next book!!!
janesJS More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, I was pretty bored throughout this book. I loved the first but i guess I was just expecting more from this one. I still love the characters and the whole story behind it but for some reason..it was just soooo slow. There was not much excitment like there was in Nightshade...Definatly not as great as the first!!!!
nightlove7 More than 1 year ago
I loved it but I want the next one