Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer
synopsis, via 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.
In the final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Andrea Cremer creates a novel with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its final pages. A dynamic end to this breathtaking trilogy.
I've always been bad at gushing, so this review won't be any different.
I only have a couple key points to make about this book, so listen carefully.
1) Richelle Mead, Listen Up
Dear Richelle Mead, THIS is how you end a series, not the major f-ups called Last Sacrifice, Succubus Revealed, and Shadow Heir. Thanks, Love, Hayden
2) The Build-Up
My favorite things in books is the build-up from the very first page. From the minute you read the first word, glance at the first letter, at the serifs on the first letter, at the space between the chapter title and the words, you know the end is going to be freaking epic. Bloodrose is just like that.
Andrea Cremer described the series like this:
"In Nightshade, you find a box. In Wolfsbane, you discovered there was a ticking bomb inside. In Bloodrose, the bomb goes off."
That is EXACTLY how I would describe it as well. It makes perfect sense. No wonder I didn't like Wolfsbane. I don't do well with surprises.
3) The Ending
OMG THE ENDING WAS FABULOUS AND I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT EXCEPT FOR WHO SHE ENDED UP WITH WHICH I'M NOT GOING TO SPOIL IN THE TEXT OF THIS REVIEW BECAUSE I FELT A CERTAIN WAY THAT CALLA AND CREMER DID NOT BUT IT'S OKAY BECAUSE I CAN DEAL WITH WHO SHE ENDED UP WITH--
See 1) for more information.