Reading level: Young AdultThe audio
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (July 26, 2011)
Reader: Rebecca Lowman
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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.
In a word, fantastic. I really liked this audio a lot! I loved Rebecca Lowman's voice and thought it was perfect for Calla. She had kind of a low voice that really portrayed the internal struggle that Calla faced in this book, many times almost desperate sounding. It just really brought a lot of feeling to the book. I thought she had great voices for the other characters in Wolfbane as well. Her voices for the guys were great, not at all cheesy sounding. Each of the characters had distinct voices, but the differences were subtle enough not to sound silly. The only tiny complaint I have is that in the beginning, there are flashbacks and dreams, and I got a little confused because I couldn't tell what was happening (no italics to show it was a memory). Overall, I think this is one of the best audiobooks/readers that I've heard.
Ok, it's confession time. I didn't like Nightshade. I never wrote a review because Amy did one and it was really good, and I like Andrea Cremer a lot, so I just didn't see the need to write a negative review. I just didn't care for it, I found it kind of boring. So, why on earth did I pick up Wolfsbane? I guess it was just all the hype and positive reviews. I started to wonder why everyone else seemed to love it and I didn't. I couldn't quite bring myself to read the book, so I did what I always do in that situation, I checked out the audio from the library.
I was seriously blown away by how much I enjoyed it. What was so different between Nightshade and Wolfbane? Was it the audio (I tend to be much more patient a listener, than a reader)? Was it that there was more action? Was it the focus on the Searchers? Was it the world building? I honestly don't know. But something about Wolfsbane clicked with me, and I'm so glad I decided to go against my "better judgement" and listen to it.
There is a lot of background and history in Wolfsbane, even more than Nightshade. I think if I had been reading instead of listening, my eyes may have glazed over often, but listening to it made it much more enjoyable for me, and I found myself captivated by all of it. I loved the backstory, the threads that seem to be coming together, the mystery, the twists, all of it really.
I have to add that I'm not a big fan of Shay. I don't feel the chemistry between him and Calla, and I just don't really care for his personality. In Nightshade I didn't like either of the boys, and that may have been part of my problem with it, but in this book, I'm definitely feeling it for Ren. In Nightshade, he was cocky and arrogant and almost sexually harassed Calla, but at the end of Nightshade, and in this book he seems broken and changed, and truly in love with Calla. I have to say that she drove me a little nuts being so back-and-forth. And there's a point in time where I was so appalled by her actions that I wanted to gag. (*spoiler I don't understand how you can go from kissing one boy to having sex with the other within a couple of hours.) But, I did still love the romantic tension, though I felt it for Calla and Ren, not Calla and Shay. I hope she ends up with Ren in the end, but that's never how these love triangles work, is it?
So, all that to say that I'm completely hooked now. I can't wait to find out what happens in Bloodrose, which I will be getting on audio as well. If you found yourself not caring for Nightshade, maybe you should try the audio of Wolfsbane, you might be pleasantly surprised like I was!
Sexual Content: HeavyProfanity: HeavyViolence: HeavyOther Notables: Dark Magic vs. Good MagicFor more details check out Wolfsbane on Parental Book Reviews.