Author: Andrea Cremer
Source: Own Hardcover
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. In this remarkable final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, international bestselling author Andrea Cremer crafts a dynamic novel with twists and turns that will keep you breathless until its final pages.
I REALLY tried with this one... I promise I did. I was late to the whole Nightshade awesomeness.... I really enjoyed book one (read my review here) and book two, was good, not as good as the first, but sequels rarely ever are (click here to read). I had some REAL high hopes for BLOODROSE, and they were just cut short too soon.
Let's begin by talking about Calla. My personal relationship with her has been on a downhill since book one. Loved her in Nightshade, and I liked her in Wolfsbane... And now in BLOODROSE, I actually disliked her. She's became this bossy and a rather arrogant person, that just liked to shout all the time. She also seemed so much weaker in this book, which kinda contradicted her whole, "alpha role" attitude. I don't know... I was just so dissapointed.
Let's move on to the love interests. TEAM REN<33333 ALL THE WAY! I don't care what anyone says, SEAMUS DORAN is probably the worst male lead EVER! I hated him... YES! I know it's a harsh word, but it's the truth. Not only was Shay pushy, and believes in male dominance, but he was always acting like he was the one in charge, and always had such an awful attitude. I'll admit and concede that it is rather sweet that he would give everything for Calla, even up to his life. Ordinarily, I probably would have eaten this up and disliked Shay rather less. But this one good trait didn't balance out the rest of his negativity. Ugh.
....Which leads me to my next point. THE ENDING -_-
SPOILERS: HIGHLIGHT TO READ!: Ren's death. Are you f*ing kidding me? All I could do was ask, "Why Ren?". In all honesty, I feel like Cremer took the cowards way out. A straight clean break form the love triangle. Which felt SO unnecessary!!!! I read in an author interview that Cremer states, "Calla finally makes a choice" (in regards to her boys)... HAAA! My ass! The choice was made for her and I was really pissed! I couldn't even cry because I was so mad.
If you're wondering why I gave this book 2 hearts instead of 1; Connor and the plot! Connor was hilarious and I grew to adore him! He quickly became one of my favorite charcters in this series... Come to think of it, now that Calla is off the list, Conner is probably second to Ren. The plot of the book was also very well done. BLOODROSE gives us more info and the guardians and finally wraps up the mystery that is Shay's family. Overall, it was a bittersweet ending to a rather frustrating series. Only thing, or person, I recommend is Ren. You all must meet the awesomeness that is REN!<3