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Series Wrap: ‘Nightshade’ Series, Andrea Cremer

February 8, 2016

Series Wrap is a mini-feature where I sum up what I loved and loathed about a particular series upon completion. The rules are simple: I must have read and reviewed ALL books in said series and the series must be completed by the author. These posts are seperate from reviews.

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About The Nightshade Series

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers.

But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything–including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

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Quick Picks

Favourite Character/s: Sabine, Ren Laroche, Brynn
Favourite Pairing/s: Ren/Calla (eh? kinda?)
Favourite Cover: Wolfsbane
Favourite Book: Bloodrose

Summing Up

Why I liked this series

This series had a LOT of characters, so it’s inevitable that you’re going to find at least one you like. For me, that was Sabine and eventually, Ren Laroche. While they may not have been the main characters, for me they made the story enjoyable.

There were some great werewolf aspects in this series, too. As far as plot goes, I particularly enjoyed the adventures to retrieve the parts of the Cross in Bloodrose.

Why I disliked this series

Calla and Shay – the ‘main’ characters. Can we just say, ugh! Calla was a terrible protagonist and one that constantly frustrated me. As for Shay, I ended up absolutely despising him and being quite forlorn that he was the prominent ‘love interest’.

Wolfsbane was also a bit of a snooze – a book serving only as a huge ‘infodump’, basically. I felt it brought the whole series down.

The series as a whole lacked vital descriptions and I couldn’t ever get really attached to anyone or anything within it. The pacing was odd, too. I can’t help but feeling every book in this series could have been A WHOLE LOT BETTER.

In Conclusion

Would I read this series again? I’ve read the first book, Nightshade, twice now – with a huge gap in between reads. The first time, I LOVED it, the second time… not so much. I won’t be reading this series again now that I’ve finally finished it.
Would I recommend this series? I did – back in the day. Maybe to new readers of YA.
This series in one word: Frustrating.

Individual Reviews

NightshadeWolfsbaneBloodrose

Did you read The Nightshade Series?
Have you read any other books by Andrea Cremer?

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