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Friday, February 7, 2014

Blog Tour: Snakeroot by Andrea Cremer (Review + Giveaway)

Welcome to the SNAKEROOT blog tour! 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? Follow the SNAKEROOT blog tour, featuring nine posts from author Andrea Cremer, over the next three weeks to get the inside scoop!

Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Publication.Date  December 10th 2013
Published By:  Philomel
AuthorAndrea Cremer

Snakeroot on Goodreads
My review copy:Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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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.

Picking up right where BLOODROSE left off, SNAKEROOT follows two characters readers know well from the original Nightshade trilogy. Adne, one of the Searchers and Ren's half-sister, is plagued by nightmares featuring the evil Bosque Mar, now trapped in the Nether and looking for a way out. Adne's power draws him to her, and he wants, more than anything, for her to come to the side of dark magic and free him. Logan Bane, the Keeper who was once set to rule Calla and Ren's Haldis pack, is one of the few of his kind left, after he helped Shay close the rift between our world and the Nether. But he wants to re-open that rift so he can re-create Guardians and reclaim the Keepers' magic. He raids the Rowan Estate to find what he needs to perform dark, ancient rituals, but Bosque Mar has turned his back on Logan for his treachery, and without his help, Logan is lost. The two teens are both battling Bosque Mar--one who wants to be left alone, and the other who wants help.


Do you have other minions? Because these two are idiots.
Adne had learned to live with nightmares years ago. Since the day her mother suffered and died, tangled in the shadow grip of Bosque Mar's evil wraith, Adne often woke trembling, covered in sweat, with a throat raw from screams. Wanting to show a brave face, she hadn't told anyone - not her father, not even Connor - how frequently the night terrors shook her from sleep, sudden and violent. But life had changed and she couldn't continue to keep that secret, because now she rarely spent a night alone.
Magic proved to be much more work than Logan Bane had ever imagined - at least magic you had to do yourself. It turned out that most spells required an array of ingredients, many of which were very unpleasant to handle and even worse to smell. Other spells required bodily fluids - his bodily fluids. Magic was rank sweat, putrid odors, congealed blood, and gag-inducing dissections with no guarantee that the spell would even come off right.

     Oh. My. Goodness.
     Just when I thought the Nightshade series couldn't possibly get any better, Andrea Cremer came out with two fabulous new additions that completely blew me away. In November 2013, I had the pleasure of reading her adult paranormal romance set in the Nightshade universe, Captive, and guys, it was absolutely amazing! And just recently, I was lucky enough to get invited to take part in the blog tour for Snakeroot (published in December 2013). Needless to say, I didn't think twice. I consider myself a huge fan of Cremer's addictive writing style and brilliant imagination, and so I knew I just had to be part of this. 

     Snakeroot did not disappoint. To be perfectly honest, I think I enjoyed it even more than I did the original Nightshade Trilogy, perhaps because it wasn't weighed down by Calla's convoluted love triangle. This book was just as exciting, captivating and packed with action, tension and mystery as all the previous Nightshade books, but it was also better plotted and more unpredictable than the other novels. With each chapter, comes a mind-blowing surprise or unexpected reveal. With each page turned, you find yourself drawn deeper and deeper into the story. And, most importantly, you're back in the oh-so-very-familiar world of Guardians, Keepers and Searchers, re-visiting places you know and love, even meeting characters you thought you'd never meet again! What a fabulous reading experience that was! For someone already familiar with the Nightshade world and all the characters, it's a real treat! I can honestly say that there wasn't a single thing about Snakeroot that I didn't love. 

     The story takes place few weeks after the events of the Nightshade Trilogy, not long after Shay closed the Rift that separated the human world from the Nether realm. Adne (Ren's sister) and Logan (Bosque Mar's son) are both haunted by visions and nightmares involving Bosque Mar, who - trapped in the Nether by Calla and other Guardians - tries desperately to find a way out. Logan, together with Audrey and Chase, are trying to open the passage to the Nether in order to gain their power back. Adne, haunted by Bosque Mar, is doing everything in her power to stop that from happening. Powerful forces are about to clash yet again. Will Adne be strong enough to resist Bosque Mar's calls? Will Logan find a way to get his power back and become the new leader of the Keepers?

     First of all, Snakeroot is extremely well written, but that shouldn't surprise anyone, given how wonderfully talented a writer Andrea Cremer is. Her stories are completely addictive, unputdownable, gripping and emotionally affecting. They are also simply entertaining and extremely fun to read. She skilfully expands the Nightshade universe, adding new layers of depth, introducing us to new, exciting plot lines and characters, and utilizing the already fabulously fleshed out settings and ideas. It all works like magic. You almost feel like you're reuniting with good, old friends. Now, I don't know about you, but I love that about books that are part of a bigger series. 

     As far as characters are concerned, Snakeroot has some great surprises up its sleeve. Readers will be delighted to find out that some of our favorite characters make their appearance in this book. And not only Adne, Sabine, Connor, or the bad guys we so love to hate, Bosque Mar and Logan. However, as much as I would love to rave about who and in what circumstances appears in the book, I can't. It would be too much of a spoiler! But trust me when I say, you won't be disappointed!!! 

     All in all, Snakeroot is a fabulous new addition to the Nightshade universe. Cremer nailed it yet again. You'll devour this book within one afternoon and will surely be left craving more. To me, Snakeroot was even better - more satisfying and breathtaking - than Bloodrose. Fans of Nightshade series will LOVE this one!

Guest Post:
The first scene featuring Logan is kind of priceless and was a riot to write. Logan is so frustrated by his new circumstance and the way he thinks about the tasks he has to accomplish reflects his sense of entitlement, but also his surrender to this unexpected detour in his life’s path. Just as entertaining are the uber-privileged Keeper friends that Logan recruits in his quest for power.

Any scene featuring the new character, Shiloh, gets a vote. Shiloh is a Striker who’s joined the Haldis team and is finding his place alongside Connor and Ethan. I’m still getting to know Shiloh, but he might be my new crush. He’s gorgeous, dark skin and blue eyes – think Jesse Walter or Michael Ealy – and I can’t wait to see how he plays into the journey that lies ahead.

Scenes I wish I could have included: there isn’t as much romance in Snakeroot compared to my other novels. My favorite scenes to write are kissing scenes and fighting scenes. There are plenty of the latter in Snakeroot, but not as much kissing. However, I’m certain that smoldering scenes lie ahead for both new characters (see above) and the characters we’ve grown to love.
About the author:

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Andrea Cremer is the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series, which includes the critically acclaimed Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose, Rift and Rise. She went to school until there wasn't any more school to go to, ending with a Ph.D. in early modern history--a reflection of her fascination with witchcraft and warfare--and taught for years at Macalester College. She grew up roaming the forests and lakeshores of northern Wisconsin, but now lives in New York City, where she roams the sidewalks and riverbanks of the concrete jungle she calls home.

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