Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Atom, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-907410-30-7.
(Age: 14+) 'You're an alpha, a leader. That's what we need. It's what we've always needed.' When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of her sworn enemies: The searchers, she is certain her days are numbered. But then the searchers make her an astonishing offer: the chance to destroy her former masters and save her pack - and the boy - she left behind. But 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 survive.
Wolfsbane is the second novel in the Nightshade series. Nightshade is the first in the series and Bloodrose is soon to follow Wolfsbane.
The main character Calla faces many different problems including being in the hands of her sworn enemies, falling for the wrong boy, losing her pack and everything Calla has worked hard for starts to slip away. Will she be able to get it all back? Or will it all slip away forever?
I love this book because it is told from Calla's perspective and the way that the author has created the novel makes me feel as if I am in the book and part of Calla's life. I also like this book because of the family, romance, humour and adventure themes in the novel. I would love to read the other two novels in this series.
Wolfsbane keeps you guessing but it is a beautifully crafted and compelling novel and I would recommend it to older readers who like the fantasy genre.
Emily Madden (Student, Yr 9)