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Monday, January 23, 2012

Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

Release: January 3, 2012

Others in the Series: Nightshade and Wolfsbane

Source: Purchased
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
Bloodrose is the happy median between Nightshade’s lush emotional conflict and Wolfsbane’s captivating pacing. The strengths of Bloodrose’s two predecessors combine to create an epic conclusion full of strife, love, loss, and shocking twists. Readers will be kept on their toes as they jump around the globe with the Searchers and Guardians, facing shocking surprises and terrifying barriers.

Building on the fast-paced roller coaster that was Wolfsbane, Cremer tells the final installment in Calla’s story swiftly and without rest. There is something happening every page, pushing the story – and the characters – deeper into the battle between the Keepers and the Searchers. Each development is rendered masterfully. Whether it is a tragic death or a shocking surprise, nothing feels forced or unfair, thanks to Cremer’s excellent character and plot development in the previous novels. Even the final, shocking twist feels inexplicably right.

As Bloodrose is the final book in the series, and thus the final battle, I knew that there would be many casualties. I feared for Calla and Shay and the rest of the pack, of course. What I did not expect, however, was to be fearful for the Searchers. After all, they are far newer additions to the series and had only one, very fast-paced book to develop. Surprisingly, however, they were the ones for whom I feared the most. The Searchers quickly became my favorite characters with their quirky personalities and outspoken, sarcastic natures. Cremer did a marvelous job of creating a brilliant cast of characters who will not soon be forgotten.

Calla too shines brilliantly in this final installment. Of all of Calla’s traits, complexity is her crowning glory. In Nightshade, she revealed layer after layer of emotional turmoil, loyalty, and instinct. The rapid events of Wolfsbane forced these warring traits to the background. In Bloodrose, they are finally let free. From the very first chapter, Calla’s conflicting desires are out in full force, and remain that way throughout the entirety of the novel. Bloodrose was Calla at her best, the perfect way to say goodbye to her and her journey.

A fitting ending to an epic trilogy, Bloodrose will captivate readers and leave them satisfied,if a bit teary. Cremer would be hard pressed to create a better last hurrah for Calla, Shay, Ren, and the rest of the group. 

5 stars!

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