Waiting on Wednesday: Snakeroot

20th Nov 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Snakeroot

Waiting on Wednesday: SnakerootSnakeroot by Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade Legacy #1
Published by Philomel
Pub Date: December 10th 2013
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover | Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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Fans asked for it, and now they've got it! Andrea Cremer is continuing the story she began in in her internationally bestselling trilogy: Nightshade, Wolfsbane and Bloodrose.

In this new installment, Bosque Mar haunts the dreams of both Adne and Logan, trying to escape for the Nether, where Calla, Shay and the other Guardians trapped him in the final battle in the War of All Against All.

Will he turn Adne to the dark side? Will Logan reclaim his birthright? And will darkness take over our world? In a novel filled with magic, romance and breakneck action, master storytelling Andrea Cremer's newest installment will not disappoint!

 

I won’t lie to you, friends. I’m REALLY hoping to get some Ren in this series. Like, A LOT! :D

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About Andrea Cremer

Andrea Cremer is a New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Manhattan, but at heart she will always be a small-town girl.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but it took a horse and a broken foot to prompt her to finally write the novel she’d always dreamed of writing. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Andrea resided in the academic world where she taught early modern history.

When she’s not writing, Andrea tries to master difficult yoga poses, wanders through Central Park, and hunts for new music to provide the soundtracks to her novels.

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Bitsy Words: Treachery and Aftermath by Andrea Cremer

24th Sep 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Bitsy Words, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Bitsy Words: Treachery and Aftermath by Andrea Cremer

Bitsy Words: Treachery and Aftermath by Andrea CremerTreachery by Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #2.5
Published by Philomel
Pub Date: December 13th 2011
Pages: 34
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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5 Stars

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.

 

This is a great continuation of what happened after the end of Wolfsbane. Ansel AND Ren…my heart breaks for them. :( The emotions are so freaking palpable!! This novella is worth every penny.

 

 

Bitsy Words: Treachery and Aftermath by Andrea CremerAftermath by Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #3.5
Published by Philomel
Pub Date: July 31st 2012
Pages: 18
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Picking up where Bloodrose left off, this short story delves into the aftermath of the final battle between the Searchers, the Keepers and the Guardians.

Adne is haunted by her past actions, Logan is running for his life, and the Searchers still don't feel safe. What they thought was the end of the War of All against All may just be the beginning of something even more sinister...

 

HOLY CRAP!! THE ENDING!! For all of you who, like me, DIED A LITTLE INSIDE because of the outcome of a certain favorite character…YOU MUST READ THIS NOVELLA!! Also, if you’ve read RIFT, you’ll recognize a couple of the names mentioned and will make you even more anxious for RISE.

 

 

About Andrea Cremer

Andrea Cremer is a New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Manhattan, but at heart she will always be a small-town girl.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but it took a horse and a broken foot to prompt her to finally write the novel she’d always dreamed of writing. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Andrea resided in the academic world where she taught early modern history.

When she’s not writing, Andrea tries to master difficult yoga poses, wanders through Central Park, and hunts for new music to provide the soundtracks to her novels.

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Review: Rift by Andrea Cremer

6th Sep 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Rift by Andrea CremerRift by Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade Prequel #1
Published by Philomel
Pub Date: August 7th 2012
Pages: 430
Format: ARC | Source: Borrowed
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

Chronicling the rise of the Keepers, this is the stunning prequel to Andrea Cremer's internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy!

Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother's life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind.

With action, adventure, magic, and tantalizing sensuality, this book is as fast-paced and breathtaking as the Nightshade novels.

Being a huge fan of Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series, it was an automatic “Hell yes!!” when it came to reading this book. The unique and magical world and lore she’s created had so much room for backstory. Rift satisfied my very interested mind.

Set in the 1400s, Rift is the story of why and how the wolves in Nightshade came to be. There are scary monsters The Guard protects the world from, including zombies, goblins, and evil sorcerers. There aren’t many women called to serve in The Guard in this time period, but Ember feels it in the depths of her soul. She’s meant to be a warrior. Her spirit burns to be one.

What I loved about Ember was how she fought with herself all the time. She doesn’t want to be girly. She doesn’t want to pout or throw fits like a child, but no one has ever tested everything in her like Barrow has. She admires him, and she wants the same admiration and respect returned. Barrow, Barrow, Barrow. He was a walking contradiction. Fierce warrior, gentle soul. And even though the romance took a little while to kick in, I didn’t find myself minding too much. But once it did…oh, man. Ms. Cremer sure knows how to write’em. I was swooning at Barrow’s feet.

I was really nervous about the ending because we really don’t know Ember’s role quite yet. We know she’s important, and that something major will come in the next book, Rise, which of course, I’m dying to read NOW!

Even though this book is part of the Nightshade world, being that it’s a prequel, I think people will find it refreshing. I think maybe they’ll like it even more than the Nightshade trilogy. I love the Nightshade trilogy, but I think I loved this one more. I think Ember is more likeable than Calla, and that will appeal to some people who were turned off by her. In other words, if you were on the fence, jump off and join me on the Rift love train!

 

About Andrea Cremer

Andrea Cremer is a New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Manhattan, but at heart she will always be a small-town girl.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but it took a horse and a broken foot to prompt her to finally write the novel she’d always dreamed of writing. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Andrea resided in the academic world where she taught early modern history.

When she’s not writing, Andrea tries to master difficult yoga poses, wanders through Central Park, and hunts for new music to provide the soundtracks to her novels.

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Tune in Tuesday: Book Playlists – The Forest of Hands & Teeth | The Dark & Hollow Places | Forever | Nightshade

13th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Tune In Tuesday, Tunes for Books

Tune in Tuesday: Book Playlists – The Forest of Hands & Teeth | The Dark & Hollow Places | Forever | Nightshade

A weekly feature hosted by GReads! where we showcase some good tunes! :)

I LOVE THIS EDITION!! I can’t wait to show you guys some of my favorite book/songs combos. Some I will have mentioned before and some will be new. I hope you like all of them. :)

This week is all about the zombies and the werewolves.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie RyanThis song is perfect for a certain character in this series who I won’t name so as not to spoil it for you. Just know that I BAWLED my eyes out all through Chapter 32.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan & Hear You Me by Jimmy Eat World

Quote: “Those days back there, in the house…that is my world. That is my truth,” he says. “That is my ocean.”

On sleepless roads the sleepless go
May angels lead you in
So what would you think of me now,
so lucky, so strong, so proud?
I never said thank you for that,
now I’ll never have a chance.
May angels lead you in
Hear you me my friends
On sleepless roads the sleepless go
May angels lead you in
May angels lead you in
May angels lead you in
And if you were with me tonight,
I’d sing to you just one more time
A song for a heart so big,
god wouldn’t let it live

The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie RyanWhen I heard this song, I instantly thought of Annah from The Dark and Hollow Places. Annah is on the verge of giving up when we first meet her. She is done. But something happens that makes her turn around and keep going and all of the words below could be coming from her.

The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan & November by Azure Ray

So I’m waiting for this test to end,
so these lighter days can soon begin;
I’ll be alone, but maybe more carefree,
Like a kite that floats so effortlessly;

I was afraid to be alone,
but now I’m scared that’s how I like to be;
All these faces run the same,
how can there be so many personalities?

So many lifeless, empty hands,
so many hearts in great demand;
and now my sorrow seems so far away,
until I’m taken by these bolts of pain;

But I turn them off, and tuck them away,
until those rainy days that make them stay;
And then I’ll cry so hard to these sad songs,
and the words still ring, once here, now gone;

And they echo through my head everyday,
and I don’t think they’ll ever go away;
Just like thinking of your childhood home,
but we can’t go back, we’re on our own;

Ohh…

But I’m about to give this one more shot,
And find it in myself, I’ll find it in myself;

So we’re speeding towards that time of year,
to the day that marks that you’re not here

Forever by Maggie StiefvaterIs this not the perfect Sam and Grace song?! Especially in Linger and Forever, since their world is “splitting at the seams” but they won’t give up on each other? Yeah…it’s perfect. :)

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater & No One’s Gonna Love You by Band of Horses

It’s looking like a limb torn off
Or altogether just taken apart
We’re reeling through an endless fall
We are the ever-living ghost of what once was
But no one is ever gonna love you more than I do
No one’s gonna love you more than I do

And anything to make you smile
It is my better side of you to admire
But they should never take so long
Just to be over then back to another one

But no one is ever gonna love you more than I do
No one’s gonna love you more than I do

But someone,
They could have warned you
When things start splitting at the seams and now
The whole thing’s tumbling down
Things start splitting at the seams and now
If things start splitting at the seams and now,
It’s tumbling down
Hard

Nightshade by Andrea CremerIf you split the song in two sections, the first one is SO obviously about Shay, and the second is ALL Ren. See for yourselves! :) Also, I’m in love with the singer of Neon Trees, hehe.

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer & Animal by Neon Trees

Here we go again
I kinda wanna be more than friends
So take it easy on me
I’m afraid, you’re never satisfied
Here we go again
We’re sick like animals, we play pretend
You’re just a cannibal
And I’m afraid I won’t get out alive
I won’t sleep tonight

Oh oh
I want some more
Oh oh
What are you waiting for
Take a bite of my heart tonight
Oh oh
I want some more
Oh oh
What are you waiting for
What are you waiting for
Say goodbye to my heart tonight

Here we are again
I feel the chemicals kickin’ in
It’s getting heavy
And I wanna run and hide
I wanna run and hide

I do it every time
You’re killin’ me now
And I won’t be denied by you
The animal inside of you

Oh oh
I want some more
Oh oh
What are you waiting for
Take a bite of my heart tonight
Oh oh
I want some more
Oh oh
What are you waiting for
What are you waiting for
Say goodbye to my heart tonight

Hush, hush, the world is quiet
Hush, hush, we both can’t fight it
It’s us that made this mess
Why can’t you understand?
Whoa, I won’t sleep tonight

 

 

About Andrea Cremer

Andrea Cremer is a New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Manhattan, but at heart she will always be a small-town girl.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but it took a horse and a broken foot to prompt her to finally write the novel she’d always dreamed of writing. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Andrea resided in the academic world where she taught early modern history.

When she’s not writing, Andrea tries to master difficult yoga poses, wanders through Central Park, and hunts for new music to provide the soundtracks to her novels.

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater

Professional novelist by day and artist by night, Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the Books of Faerie (Lament and Ballad); the bestselling Shiver trilogy (Shiver, Linger, Forever), as well as The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys. Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

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Review: Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

9th Jan 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Bloodrose by Andrea CremerBloodrose by Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #3
Published by Philomel
Pub Date: January 3rd 2012
Pages: 406
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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5 Stars

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.

Dear Andrea Cremer,

From the moment I read Nightshade, I knew you had created a completely new take on werewolves that was going to be epic. Because it’s not just about wolves…it’s full of magic and adventure and sacrifice and heartache. It’s the kind of story that takes incredible skill and imagination to bring to life and you delivered that in this series.

Not only that, but you created characters that I came to feel so very strongly for. I felt like I was part of this group of brave people, like they were my friends. Anytime I lost one, I grieved…and I grieved a lot in these three books! I But the fact that I felt anything that strongly just speaks again of your incredible talent.

Bloodrose had me on the edge of my seat quest after quest. It was such an incredible journey each time they went to retrieve part of the cross. It made me want to be there, fighting with them! And I never say that about any story….seriously! Never. I’m perfectly content cheering on my favorite characters on their quests from the comfort of my bed, but I wanted to join this group so badly! Though if I did I’m pretty sure I’d be the first casualty, lol.

When it came time for the final battle, I braced myself. I thought I was prepared for what I suspected would happen, but I was kidding myself. I never imagined how much it would hurt to see THAT fall. I had to put the book down and I cried for about five minutes. After my pity party and some talking myself down from the ledge, I understood why it had to happen…my only gripe is the how. I feel he deserved a better way. *sigh* I’m ok though…no worries. What really surprised me was the rest of it. I did not anticipate the outcome for the pack, but it is so, so fitting, and it left me with such a bittersweet feeling. I may have cried a little more…but this time, they were tears of joy for them.

It is with that feeling upon finishing Bloodrose that I write this letter to you…to say outstanding job. You’ve made a lifelong fan out of me. :)

Sincerely,

gwtw-heading-jess

 

About Andrea Cremer

Andrea Cremer is a New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Manhattan, but at heart she will always be a small-town girl.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but it took a horse and a broken foot to prompt her to finally write the novel she’d always dreamed of writing. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Andrea resided in the academic world where she taught early modern history.

When she’s not writing, Andrea tries to master difficult yoga poses, wanders through Central Park, and hunts for new music to provide the soundtracks to her novels.

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Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

4th Jul 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea CremerWolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #2
Published by Philomel
Pub Date: July 26th 2011
Pages: 390
Format: ARC | Source: Blog Tour
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended.

Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer-one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack-and the man-she left behind. 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 endure and still survive.

Andrea Cremer, I bow down at your amazing story-telling. If you thought Nightshade was full of unique, incredibly interesting characters and original story, Wolfsbane will leave you wondering how it was possible for it to have gotten even better.

Wolfsbane truly felt like a “Part II”. Yes it picks up where Nightshade left off, but it’s also almost like a completely new story. I loved that!! We’re introduced to new characters (who I instantly took a liking to and I know you will, too) and we’re told new, accurate histories about the Guardians, Searchers and Keepers. It turns out some people have been lying for a very long time, and lying very well. Wolfsbane also had a lot more action than Nightshade. More battles, more casualties. It was really sad every time someone died!

In Nightshade, my stance in the battle of the boys was firm: Team Ren, all the way. I think something about Shay always having to be saved by Calla kind of turned me off. Well, lets just say that Wolfsbane Shay has grown into his inner wolf. He is more assertive and manly, deadly even, more sure of himself…and, well, it’s kind of hard not to take notice. I found myself very conflicted, as was Calla. Calla’s conflict in choosing between them stems more from her feelings of guilt for leaving Ren, whom she truly cares about, and her feelings of love towards Shay. I’m still Team Ren though. I’m just so much more sympathetic to Ren’s character and story than Shay’s. Le sigh, I always fall for the tortured boys. One thing I’m almost positive of though, is that Calla will choose Shay in the end. She kind of did already, from the start. I’ve made my peace with it in reading Wolfsbane. They really love each other! It’s so hard to admit that I feel it will turn out that way, but I think it’s inevitable. And can I just mention how much I LOVED that scene toward the end, with Shay and Calla in the garden!? The emotions and feelings between them were so palpable! Loved it. :)

In conclusion, I hated it. HAHA, KIDDING! It was a brilliant follow up to the already amazing Nightshade! I was so engrossed by it. Sure I missed Ren, but he is very present in this book, much to Shay’s dismay. And I’m guessing from the ending that he will be ALL OVER Bloodrose, and I for one cannot wait!

Thanks to Jen from I Read Banned Books for the opportunity to read and review this book as part of her book tours. :)

 

About Andrea Cremer

Andrea Cremer is a New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Manhattan, but at heart she will always be a small-town girl.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but it took a horse and a broken foot to prompt her to finally write the novel she’d always dreamed of writing. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Andrea resided in the academic world where she taught early modern history.

When she’s not writing, Andrea tries to master difficult yoga poses, wanders through Central Park, and hunts for new music to provide the soundtracks to her novels.

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Teaser Tuesday: Wolfsbane

21st Jun 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Wolfsbane

Teaser Tuesday: WolfsbaneWolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #2
Published by Philomel
Pub Date: July 26th 2011
Pages: 390
Format: ARC | Source: Borrowed
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer–one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack–and the man–she left behind. 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 endure and still survive.

 

“Lily. […]

I could hear Ren whispering the nickname in my ear. Couldn’t Shay and I have a reunion for more than five minutes without being reminded of the one person who could drive us apart?”

 

No, Calla, you cannot! :P TEAM REN, FOREVER!!

 

About Andrea Cremer

Andrea Cremer is a New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Manhattan, but at heart she will always be a small-town girl.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but it took a horse and a broken foot to prompt her to finally write the novel she’d always dreamed of writing. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Andrea resided in the academic world where she taught early modern history.

When she’s not writing, Andrea tries to master difficult yoga poses, wanders through Central Park, and hunts for new music to provide the soundtracks to her novels.

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Music Monday: Nightshade + Animal

31st Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Music Monday, Tunes for Books

Music Monday: Nightshade + Animal

Music Monday: Nightshade + AnimalNightshade by Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #1
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Music Monday is a feature where I post a video of a song that reminds me of something or someone I’ve read…anything that relates to it in my mind.

What songs remind you of certain books or character?? Create a post and leave the link or just tell me about them in the comments. I’d love to know!!

 

If you’ve read Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, you know about the Shay-Calla-Ren triangle. Everytime I hear the song Animal by Neon Trees I can think of only that!

The first half of the song is very Shay & Calla and the second half is SO Ren & Calla.

 

 

About Andrea Cremer

Andrea Cremer is a New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Manhattan, but at heart she will always be a small-town girl.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but it took a horse and a broken foot to prompt her to finally write the novel she’d always dreamed of writing. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Andrea resided in the academic world where she taught early modern history.

When she’s not writing, Andrea tries to master difficult yoga poses, wanders through Central Park, and hunts for new music to provide the soundtracks to her novels.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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