Author: Andrea Cremer
Details: ARC, Published in Hardcover, 400 pgs.
Published: July 26th, 2011 by Philomel
Reading Level: Young Adult
When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, 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.
I'd heard some mixed things about this book so I went in a bit concerned. But I needn't have worried. Although the beginning was a bit slower I was still very interested in the story and never grew bored. The biggest problem I was having was that I couldn't remember Nightshade very well. At least not the little details and the less important characters and it just made this one a bit difficult to understand. Eventually things started coming back to me, but it would have been a smoother ride if I'd reread Nightshade first. So I definitely recommend that. Or skimming it first, at least.
This book goes into the history and background of the Seekers, Keepers and Guardians. It was all pretty interesting actually and I was surprised that I didn't grow bored because there was a lot of sitting around talking. And all that talking included a lot of dialogue and dialogue without action can get boring, or tiresome. So I can see how some may have a hard time. Luckily it didn't bother me much.
There are a lot of new things introduced in this book. Like some very cool magic and some new characters. I actually didn't love any of the new characters. I didn't hate them, but they didn't really grow on me either. I also wasn't feeling the connection between Shay and Calla. Calla has a lot going on in her head but I think I was just hoping to feel the heat and I just wasn't. It was just kind of blah to me. I didn't care if they were a couple or not, actually.
There's not TONS of action in this one, but there is a bit and I liked it a lot. I thought it was easy to follow and I'm not a big fan of fight scenes usually. I tend to skim them, but I didn't in this book. It was VERY intense as well. And things were mostly unpredictable.
Overall I felt quite satisfied with this book. As I pick it apart more I notice that I didn't love different things, or wasn't feeling certain things, but when I put the book down I was happy with it. So my rating reflects my overall feeling.
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