Monday, September 13, 2010

Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Synopsis (from 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?

Book Details:
Publisher: Philomel (Penguin)
Pub. Date: October 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 528


This book is a masterpiece! I'm not even sure if I can write a review that will do this book justice. Well here goes. Calla, the main character, is to become the alpha female of a new planned wolf pack. Calla is the leader of the Nightshade pack. Her mate will be Ren, who is the leader of the Bane pack. It was all set in stone that on Oct. 31st the union of the two packs will happen. The Guardians (wolves) have always served the Keepers demands. Everything changes for Calla when she saves a boy one night while patrolling.

When Calla goes to school she discovers that there is a new kid, and he just so happens to be the boy she saved that night. They both recognize each other. From here on out their relationship deepens and Shay makes Calla question everything she's ever known. With Shay, Calla betrays the keepers and digs into history.

Both Shay and Ren are the most greatest guys. I immediately liked Shay, but for Ren it took some time for me to like him. Once I did though I found it really hard to decide which one Calla should choose to be with. They both want what is best for Calla and care about her a whole lot. The other characters each had their own personality and added something to the novel. The relationship that Calla and her brother, Ansel, have is so sweet. They really get and understand each other. No sibling rivalry between them.

The world that Andrea creates is so amazing. She has beautifully crafted a story about following your heart even when people tell you otherwise. Do what you think is right even if it means trouble. I loved how pieces of the puzzle slowly clicked together as Shay and Calla come closer to the truth. We find out who the real enemy is and it is a shocker. Let me tell ya! For some reason the Keepers want the wolves to protect Shay. How does he have connections with the Keepers? At the beginning of each chapter is a phase of the Moon, I found it to be interesting. The book may be big in size, but once you start reading you will not want to put the book down. Before you know it you are flipping the last page, and left wanting more.

5 Stars!

Here is the beautiful trailer for Nightshade!


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ifmary said...

Hi :) I just found your blog and I really like it !
Great review about Nightshade ! I can't wait to read this book :D !