Werewolfs. Come on, I couldn't resist it when I figured out what Nightshade's about. I always loved the werewolf better, even since my Twilight's days. I loved the pack feeling, the connection they have with each other, their rules and the fact they can still be human and change whatever they feel like (and not being forced).
Nightshade was a fantastic book; I've never written a review for it and now I regret this. But, let's talk about Wolfsbane, its gorgeous companion:
*Contains spoilers to Nightshade, but not to Wolfsbane*
I forgot a lot about the things we found out during the first book but as soon as the second book's plot picks up, I figured it wouldn't be a problem. Calla and Shay are getting a lot of explanations (even too much) about the Keepers, the Searchers and even about the guardians and themselves. We start to get some truth compared to all the lies we've heard in the first book and get to know about the Searcher's lives and history.
Calla, even away from her packmates, still acts as their leader, as a alpha. She is the characters I've been getting to love during the first book- loyal and caring. She is a fighter and she wouldn't let anyone tell her what to do, even not to Shay, whom she fell in love with and risk everything in her life for.
Shay's character is growing. Unlike the first book, where he mostly was controlled by Calla's choices, now he fights for doing his own decisions according to his faith. He want to keep Calla safe, but it's kind of difficult to do when Calla wouldn't let anyone keep her..
As I already said, the first part of the book was full of explanations. I'm going to tell you a secret: I sometimes skipped some sentences. I can't stand a long explanation, I'd rather to have a short, clear one. However, I'm not going to exaggerate: there not a lot "boring" parts and mostly they are filled up with jokes and more, but I felt we could use less information.
The writing was as good as in the first book. I enjoyed meeting some new great characters and trying to figure out what each's motive was. Calla's experiences and feelings were written well, I could have felt her pain and understood her confusion. Cremer's way of writing allowed me to get some of the new character's personalities too, to explore their secrets before them revealing them and to feel symapthy and connection to them.
One thing that bothered me about the book was having characters who quickly changes their mind. Like, one moments he wants to kill and then he's loyal. I would have found it more convincing if it was a progress.
I really enjoyed reading Wolfsbane, meeting the new and the old characters and getting to know another aspect of the story. It was wonderful, touching and exciting story and I can't wait to read the third book in the series, Bloodrose.