The third book in the phenomenal New York Times bestselling Nightshade series Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her. Parents need to know that the final installment in author Andrea Cremer’s best- selling supernatural Nightshade trilogy once again features. The Paperback of the Bloodrose (Nightshade Series #3) by Andrea Cremer at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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Bloodrose could initiate discussions about teen sexuality, relationships, and how Calla handles having two potential love interests.

There are positive messages about all kinds of relationships, as well as a focus on the fact that a family is more than a blood bond — it can include the people who nurture and care for you unconditionally. The story also encourages relationships based on love and respect rather than convenience and obligation.

But those same relationships aren’t ones teens should model. Calla mistreats and misleads bpoodrose of her suitors to the point of rendering her unlikable. She’s physically and emotionally involved with cremfr guys at the same time.

She can be manipulative and self-centered, but everything works out for her, sending the message that the end justifies the means. On the one hand, considering Calla from a feminist perspective, she’s in control and makes forceful decisions as the alpha leader of her wolf pack.

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She also doesn’t sit back and let the two guys in her life take over; she decides when she wants to be kissed nadrea go even further. On the other hand, she’s often manipulative and selfish even when she claims to be operating for the greater good.

She strings along one of her love interests into believing he has a chance with her, even though she knows he doesn’t. Whenever it suits her, Calla lies. That said, Ren, Connor, and Shay are all incredible warriors who protect those they love. As in the two previous novels, there’s a good bit of violence. In conflicts between the werewolves, Seekers, and Keepers, each group ansrea many losses.


A couple of key characters are killed off, one in a particularly anti-climactic way that will upset many readers. Other less important characters also die during the climactic battle, and one main character is presumed dead.

The deaths are blodrose but not for long, as this is a “warrior culture,” where the solider-like characters consider it an honor to die fighting for their beliefs and each other. Calla initiates sex by taking off her top in one sex scene and spends a good bit of time thinking about sex or touching both of her suitors. She has sex with only one, but she does passionately kiss the other.

Other couples finally admit their feelings for each other and share a few intimate kisses; in one case, the girl is 16 and the guy is The two male alpha werewolves are openly jealous of each other.

Occasional bloorrose, including “bitch,” “a–hole,” “s–t,” “cocky bastard,” and “goddamned. Parents need to know that the final installment in author Andrea Cremer’s best-selling supernatural Nightshade trilogy once again features violence and sexuality that may not be appropriate for under readers.


The main character, Calla, continues to agonize over her overwhelming feelings of love, lust, grief, and responsibility for leading her wolf pack in a dangerous war against their oppressors. The body count includes a few key characters, and one death in particular will upset many fans.

Several couples kiss passionately, and Calla initiates sex with one of her two suitors. Despite all of the steamy descriptions and bloody sequences, the trilogy does focus on the themes of loyalty, friendship, sacrifice, and family. Add your rating See all 1 parent review. Add your cre,er See all 1 kid review. To lure Ren back with her, Calla kisses him and allows him to believe that he has a chance at her crejer, even though she’s already been with Shay.

Calla and her wolf pack must help Shay and the Seekers destroy the Keepers’ evil hold on their world. But before their climactic struggle against the Keepers can conclude, Calla has to juggle keeping her now-human brother andrez — and her overwhelming hormones in check. Will her heart choose Ren, her intended who loves her despite their mutual betrayals, or Shay, the one she sacrificed her life to save and vice-versa?

Calla is the rare protagonist who becomes less bloodroee as her series continues. While there’s no doubt she’s a brave heroine, she’s blodrose frustratingly selfish — even when she’s purportedly acting for the greater good. The main problem is that the central love triangle in this book falls flat, and the way author Andrea Cremer resolves it is a cruel ploy that, while common in YA literature, is still a colossal and anti-climactic cop out.

The two-guys-vying-for-one-girl scenario can be either invigorating or infuriating, and in crejer series, it’s the blooodrose, because one guy was misled and mistreated by both the author and her bloodrlse. There’s bloodrosr major plot twist in this novel that’s truly surprising unlike the love triangle resolution, which is predictable and will make some readers want to throw the book down. The final chapter provides a startling but fitting ending for the wolf pack, and, after all of the deaths and sadness, there’s a lovely moment of peace that will offer Calla’s fans a sense of closure, while also setting up the possibility of a spin-off for the Seekers, who were by far the more interesting group in the series.

Those who love Calla may have far fewer issues with the plot and character development, but those who don’t will have a hard time appreciating this final installment — and the trilogy in general.

Families can talk about the ongoing popularity of the paranormal genre in young-adult literature. Why are stories about supernatural creatures so compelling?

Why do most of the books emphasize violence and sexuality? Although she started a started a sexual relationship with someone in WolfsbaneCalla not only kisses someone else in this book but also leads him to believe he has a chance at winning her heart. Do you agree with Calla’s decision? How does the resolution of this love triangle compare to other notable YA love triangles, such nadrea those in Twilight or The Hunger Games? One of the themes of Bloodrose is duty vs. How does Calla navigate the pull on her future — and her heart — creer this last book of the trilogy?


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What parents need to know Parents need to know that the final installment in author Andrea Cremer’s best-selling supernatural Nightshade trilogy once again features violence and sexuality that may not be appropriate for under readers. Continue reading Show less. Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Andreq say. Parent of a 7, 9, and 14 year old Written by panamamama January 23, Werewolf love I personally like these books, but don’t know if I’d want my daughter to read them without discussing them afterwards.

The relationships are not very Teen, 14 years old Written by Baileythekidd June 19, I’m 14 and read this when I was 13 This doesn’t help anyone.

This just goes to show that it’s ok for teenagers to have sex, drink, and cures. There is also really bad violence.

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