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Wolfsbane isn't as exciting and thrilling as Nightshade. In the first half of the book, we learned about the searcher's laws, magic and history, which is necessary, but can be really dull at times. You will discover that almost 80 percent of the book consists of people talking and talking. Calla was mostly silent throughout the whole book. She's the one that's always confused and popping up questions. I know all the questions she had asked was intended for readers to better understand the world of the guardians and searchers. But it can be exhausting and boring for this to repeat over and over. I had to force myself to keep listening in order to get into the second part. It was from there that everything gets interesting. Heart-breaking betrayals, the family secrets........but somehow I know the best part will all be in the third book, Bloodrose. It will be on the bookshelves in spring 2012. We'll wait and see if it gets better.
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My problem is with the series. Here are my spoilers.
Calla - By the end of the third book she is a week willed, manipulative character. She claims to be this strong alpha warrior from book one. But being strong means you know your weaknesses as well as your strengths. By the third book I wanted to choke her ever time she says don't tell me what to do, I am an alpha, I don't need you to protect / help me. Everyone needs help and to imply you're not a strong woman cause you need help is a horrible thing to do to. She is in love with Shay from book one but she wears Ren's ring and say she won't chose. It's like she doesn't want to commit to either boy because she is hoping the war will kill one and make her choices for her. She needs Ren so she keeps her feelings for Shay in check around Ren so she can keep him dangling on a string. I hated Calla by the third book
Shay - He is a baby not an alpha. He has human ideas that he is pushing on Calla from book one. And it's not that I don't agree with him on some of the points. But it was the way he went about it. Only thing he didn't do was stomp his feet and throw himself on the ground. He doesn't care about the pack. He only cares about himself and what he wants. He even tells Calla at one point I am doing this cause I love you. Not because it's the right thing to do, Not so only he can save the world, not cause its morally wrong to stand by and watch this happen..... No its so he can get laid ....
Ren - Well was not sure about Ren at first. He was really pushing his will on all the other characters, but for anyone who has read Alpha werewolf books before this is a common flaw in the alpha males that is normally redeemed by the end of the series. And Ren is no different, by the end of the third book I wanted him to win so badly I was almost chewing on my desk. But no ... He doesn't win ... She kills him ... She didn't even write him in a new female that he could get a happy ending with.
I know the characters are suppose to be teenagers. However the author is not and when you are writing a book for YA then why would you make your hero/heroine so immature. They can start off that way sure, but they grow and learn and are better by then end of the story. I found that Shay and Calla only got worse the longer the story went on. I didn't want them to be rewarded with the happy ending they got. They didn't go through the trials and come out the other side better people.
I was so disappointed and sad. I didn't want anyone else to have to go through this ....
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