Wednesday, April 4, 2012

[Book Review] Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

Summary (from Amazon):
The third and final installment of the international bestselling Nightshade trilogy!
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 this remarkable final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, international bestselling author Andrea Cremer crafts a dynamic novel with twists and turns that will keep you breathless until its final pages.
Wow. Wow. Wow. I’m going to start off this review with saying, wow. Oh wait, I already said that.

First off, I just want to congratulate Andrea Cremer for wrapping up her series. (Even though it isn’t the end of what we’ll see from this world she created since she’s writing a prequel series.) Great job keeping us on the edge of our seats for a whole three books! Secondly, I want to applaud Andrea Cremer for staying true to that vision of the ending (which I will not spoil since she’s asked everyone to please not spoil anyone else) and not caving in to what the fans wanted. I’m sure it’s a tough spot to be in (and I actually had a small discussion with my sister about this), but I’m glad she didn’t fall into the pressure of pleasing everyone else.

With that being said, just because she didn’t give her readers the ending they were hoping for or expecting, doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to end a series. If you ask me, that makes her an even better author. Any writer can give their readers what they want. Girl meets boy. Boy and girl fall in love. Happily ever after. It takes a real writer with guts to twist things around and add some more to the happily ever after.

I’ll admit while reading Bloodrose, there were several moments in which I just couldn’t believe she was doing certain things to her characters. (I’m still not giving spoilers. You’re safe if you haven’t read.) I would look over at my sister (who had read the book before me because she called dibs) and found myself asking “Are you freaking kidding me?” But now that I’ve had time to think about it, she really did manage to surprise me. After all, isn’t that what writers want to be able to do? What writer wants to write a predictable and unsurprising novel? Luckily for Mrs. Cremer she doesn’t have that to worry about that problem. Honestly, I don’t think anyone could have guessed the ending she created

4 out of 5 stars for Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer.

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