Genre: YA Fantasy
Pub. Date: January 3, 2012
Source: Personal Copy
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads says, "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."
Bloodrose is book three in Andrea Cremer's Nightshade series and it picks up where Wolfsbane left off. Calla has saved Ren who is also an alpha werewolf that she was "supposed" to be with. This makes things awkward with Shay, the boy that she turned werewolf and love interest. As we learned in Wolfsbane, Shay is the scion and in Bloodrose they are all on a quest to find various swords that will help them defeat the Keepers. However, the bigger question in Bloodrose is who will Calla choose after the war is over? Shay or Ren? Bloodrose is an action packed ending to the Nightshade trilogy that fans will enjoy.
Calla is such a kick-butt heroine and I have really enjoyed her in Nightshade and Wolfsbane. She's no different in Bloodrose, but she did annoy me with regard to the love triangle. I just wanted her to shake her and tell her to pick one of the guys already and stop marinating in her indecision. In Nightshade this was expected, but by book three, it was definitely something that lost its appeal after awhile. The ending of Bloodrose doesn't help either....more on that later.
Cremer sure knows how to throw an action-packed punch. She really kept me on the edge of my seat in Bloodrose. As I said before, Calla's pack went on various quests in order to obtain swords that will help defeat the Keepers and during these quests the pack would encounter one dangerous situation after another. Cremer also hits us up with many plot twists, which also kept me flipping the pages desperately. Just like the other books in the series, I just had to know what was going to happen next.
I know it's quite hard to end a trilogy, but I felt Cremer took the easy way out with the ending of Bloodrose. If you are a fan of the series, you should definitely read the novel for yourself because it does tie up loose ends nicely whether readers agree with the outcome or not. For hardcore fans of the series, there is a Nightshade prequel that just came out entitled Rift. There's also a sequel to Rift called Rise, which comes out this January. Once I get over Bloodrose's ending, which left a bad taste in my mouth, I may check these books out!