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Friday, February 17, 2012

Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

This book came out January 3rd, and I was so excited that I downloaded it on my Nook that night and started reading. Have you gotten wrapped up in Miz Cremer's world of Guardians and Keepers? If you haven't, you are missing out on a wonderful place full of fantasy, drama, romance, and action.
Here is the summary of the third and final installment of the Nightshade series from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) I continue to believe that of all the female MCs out there, Calla Tor is one of the best role models to hope for. She's a strong and confident girl who recognizes her own shortcomings and deals with them accordingly. She's a mature leader of her group and is able to solve problems in ways I think some adults would envy. But none of this means that life is easy for her. What I think I mostly want to say about Calla is that she is so very real. There are so many layers and dimensions to her that she's become a real person. And that is awesome. 2) Bloodrose was so different than the first two books. There were different settings, a lot more action, and a lot more emotional turmoil. <-More emotional turmoil than the previous books? I didn't know it was possible. 3) The outcome between Ren, Shay, and Calla. Fans of the series all had their own opinions on which of the boys Calla should end up with. I had a heartwrenching response to the way it turned out. I was pleased but at the same time my heart was breaking. Not many books can bring me to tears, but this one certainly did. 4) The Ending. Let's talk about this. I knew immediately when I read it that people were either going to love it or hate it. I bet Miz Cremer did too. I personally loved it. There is a theme that you can find in a lot of literary works (as I reach down deep and dig out things I learned from a high school English teacher) and I've always thought of it as the theme of no return. I guess the basic idea is that once you've gone on this journey, be it physical, spiritual, emotional, etc. you can never go back to what you were before. You are so forever changed that returning would be impossible. And that's what this ending said to me. The characters were all changed after the huge ordeal they'd just all gone through, and so of course they couldn't go back to living their lives the way they had before. That is what the ending was all about. I absolutely loved every bittersweet word of it.

What I Didn't Like: Are ya kidding me? Ha ha!

Overall thoughts: Wonderful! Fabulous! I had some high expectations for this book, and Andrea blew them out of the water. Bloodrose is a wonderful conclusion to a series that I know I'll read over and over again. I was sad to see it end. If you haven't ventured into this world, you should take some time to check it out!

My rating: 5 shots

For those of you who've read it, I'm curious, what did you think of the ending? If you can say without being spoilery, feel free to let me know in the comments!! Thanks, loves!!

Cheers and Happy Reading!


  1. I think yours is one of the few 5 star reviews I've read for this book. I'm not sure I would say Calla was all out confident. Ever since Shay entered her life, she seemed to me to doubt herself more. And her indecisiveness irked me, though I'm not sure why because I'm like that too. Maybe because it's more like what to have for dinner lol.

    I do definitely agree that there was a lot of emotional turmoil and it was crazy how it all fit in.

    I gave Bloodrose a 3.5, but the ending satisfied me. I might not like who Calla ended up with and it bothered me a little that the universe kind of decided for her, but I thought the ending was fitting. I was shocked, but once I read it, I couldn't really see how else it could have played out without ruining the integrity of the story.

    Thanks for the awesome review and making me think a little more! :)

  2. Amber -
    I wouldn't be surprised if there were few 5 star reviews. I think the ending really was going to make it or break it for a lot of readers, and probably a lot would go the opposite way than I did.

    And you're totally right, Shay's appearance in Calla's life completely throws off her calm confidence. I liked it when she was ruffled, because for me, it makes her more real.

    Thanks for letting me know what you thought!

  3. No problem! Yeah, it definitely makes her more real. And you're right, I think the ending did make or break it for a lot of people. :/

  4. This is a series languishing in my pile. I have read some good and bad reviews on this one. I am glad you liked it! I have been super careful not to read any spoilers..I don't want to ruin it! Have a great weekend Courtney!

  5. Heidi - I started Nightshade as an audiobook, actually, but I got so into it and was so curious about what was going to happen that I couldn't wait for the narrator to finish reading to me, so I had to go buy a physical copy. It was definitely a fun series and one I'm sad to see end. I hope you get to it soon! Thanks for stopping by!


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