Series: Nightshade #2.5
Genre: Young Adult, Werewolves, Paranormal
Published by Philomel on December 13, 2011
Date Finished: August 8, 2013
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Ansel’s world is falling apart. The Nightshade pack led by his parents has been violently destroyed. His sister, Calla, abandoned her little brother, leaving him to answer for her crimes. And the Haldis pack that would have been his future is irreparably broken by Calla's betrayal. Suffering at the hands of the Keepers, Ansel is losing everything he's ever loved. The only chance he has to save himself means an alliance with his tormentors, and repaying Calla in full for her treachery.
In this novella, find out why Ansel makes the decisions he does in Andrea Cremer's New York Times bestselling novel, Wolfsbane.
There are spoilers for Nightshade and Wolfsbane in here. And I don't see how you can write this review without spoiling the book. Let's just say that there's nothing too bad that is spoiled in the novella. If you've read Wolfsbane, then you pretty much already know what's happening in this novella. Also, I don't even know why I'm reviewing this novella. It was freaking short, but I felt like since I reviewed Destroy Me, which was also a novella, that I should review this one as well. And lo and behold, I do have a lot to say about it, so I guess it can be a proper review...including spoilers? I don't know. I won't spoil the best part for you though!
This was so short. It took less than ten minutes to read it. Even so, this was pretty enjoyable. I loved reading into Ansel's thoughts. Albeit, I was pretty agitated at all the characters throughout the entire novella. My initial thought was I understand that Calla betrayed you, but why do you have to be so cold with her? But now that I think about it, I completely understand why everybody hates her so much, although that doesn't mean that I like it.
For example, Calla left her entire pack, including her brother just for a guy and a few hunches. I mean, yes her hunches were true, but she had all of five minutes to conclude that Shay was worth betraying her entire life for. The minute Shay explained to Calla that he was the Scion and that he was the sacrifice, Calla was like, "Ah to hell with destiny, my pack, and Ren. I'm gonna run away with this motherfucker. I don't care where we're going, but I'm running with him." And then long story short they get kidnapped by Searchers, and Calla learns that the Keepers lied to her even more while on the sidelines here Ren and her pack including her brother are being told that Calla is misguided.
Yeah, she's misguided alright.
Anyway, I was glad that there was quite a bit of Ren in this veryveryveryveryvery short novella, but he pissed me off the entire time. At first, I was like oh yay hey Ren, but then I was like you fucking douchebag that is Calla's brother. But you know then you learn stuff and you understand that Ren fucking hates the fact that he was betrayed by his love (Calla).
Because of that fact, I'm really mad at Calla. Like, yes, I understand that the Keepers are bad people and that it was crucial for her to run away, but come on. Ren pretty much outright said that he loved you that night, and yet you still run away? I was so sad at the moment. I was pretty much like, "Omg Calla just kill Shay. Just kill Shay and you know...RUN OFF WITH REN BECAUSE HE'S BETTER FOR YOU."
Anyway. This novella only succeeded in pissing me off even more and made me become even more angry with Ren, but I still loved it mostly just because Ren made an appearance.
But come on. Logan was a dick in this novella, you have to admit. He was just a dick. But then he shows up in Wolfsbane, and now I'm questioning everything. Is Logan really who he says he is? Did he really switch sides?
And then the ending of this novella.
If Ren wanted to be sure I couldn't forgive Calla, was it because he was afraid he could?
Guys. I just. This line. I just. I just can't. If that's the real reason that Ren was all like "oh, Ansel, you can't forgive Calla, she's a bitch, remember what she did to us, yada yada yada" then all Andrea Cremer succeeded in doing was making me love Ren even more...