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A Reader of Fictions: Two Princes - Spin Doctors

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Two Princes - Spin Doctors

Nightshade, Book 2

Author: Andrea Cremer
Pages: 390
Publisher: Philomel Books

Brief Summary:
Calla wakes up in the middle of enemy territory. The Searchers have captured her and Shay. They say they want to be allies, but can they really be trusted? Can Calla really give herself to Shay or does she want to be with Ren, now that he's the one she can't have? Are the Searchers or the Keepers the bad guys? Will Call be able to save her pack?

I absolutely cannot stand Calla, Ren and Shay. This is unfortunate, given that they are the main characters and that I am probably supposed to like them. Here's the thing: they're supposed to be in this epic love triangle, wherein Calla really is supposed to be with both guys. Yeah, I just don't buy that. You can love both, but you can't love them the same. You either are in love with one of them and will let the other down as easily as possible, or you don't love either one and should start looking for someone better. All of them spend the whole book being completely jealous of any other person who looks at their beloved. Ugh!

Thankfully, the story is action-packed and exciting, which kept me moving through the book, even though I sometimes wanted to hurl it into the wall...or hurl on Calla. The other characters, too, are much more likable. I really loved Connor and Ethan, despite the fact that they're not the most charming folk. Sabine and Bryn both proved awesome. And, of course, Nev and Mason have always been the adorablest.

All in all, a solid follow up to Nightshade that leaves me ready for more, although preferably with less love triangle nonsense (though I doubt it). If you loved the first book, you'll love this one too. Those who think love triangle nonsense is incredibly irritating (even moreso than I do) should probably give the whole series a pass.

"Marry him or marry me,
I'm the one that loves you baby can't you see?
I ain't got no future or a family tree,
But I know what a prince and lover ought to be"

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