Author: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: Jan 2012
Classification: YA Novel
Challenge: Outdo Yourself
Summary from Goodreads:
The Ultimate Sacrifice.
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.
After reading and loving the first two books in this series I could not wait to get my hands on Bloodrose! I started the book with very high hopes and I could not wait to see what was going to happen to my favorite characters. The book starts off where Wolfsbane ends so at least there was no time gap which I was greatful for. While the beginning is exciting it quickly cools off for the next 200 pages of the novel.
The reason that it slows down so much is because all they are doing is looking for the pieces of the swords that Shay needs in order to end the war. So this leads to scenes that are copies of each other as they look for the three pieces. Of course in the end it all comes down to the war, it was a good war, lots of action in the later half of the book.
Of course while all of this is going on Calla has to decide between being with Shay or Ren. I’m not going to tell you which team I’m on but lets just say the guy I loved from the start is the guy she ends up with, so I was happy about that. However, I was generally unhappy with this book. Call it the curse of the final book if you will but I never seen to enjoy the ending of a series. I know that letting go of the characters is part of any story but I felt like I had my favorite characters ripped out of my hands in the end. Plus Cremer ended the novel in such a way that will lead the book back to the prequel series that she is writing now. Cremer basically placed an ad for her newest series at the end of the Bloodrose storyline which is something I do not appreciate. Do NOT cheapen the Nightshade series by pushing your next story at the end. Devoted readers will pick up the next series if they love your writing!! GRRRRRRR.
Overall, this is not exactly what I was expecting, I was left feeling numb from the story instead of happy where my favorite characters ended up. Normally even though final books are never that exciting I can normally sit back and say I agree with the ending of the series, I can not honestly lie and say that I’m happy about Bloodrose’s ending. Here is an unhappy and disappointing ending to a series that was once my favorite. Overall this story gets 3.5 hearts from me, I did love the moments where I got to reconnect and laugh with my favorite characters, the intricate plot elements, and the steamy older teen romance scenes, but I just did not agree in the end even though Calla got with the guy I loved from the start. Goodbye Nightshade.