Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Philomel (Penguin Imprint)
Release Date: October 19, 2010
Rating: 4/5 stars – Really really liked it.
Cover Rating: 4/5 stars – Really really liked it.
Purchase: Amazon or Book Depository
Summary from Good Reads:
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?
My thoughts on Nightshade:
Wow. Nightshade starts with a bang and keeps the surprises coming. To quote the coworker who borrowed this before I read it, “This book was addictive.” Before I go any further, I first need to say that it needs to July 26 right now so I can read Wolfsbane.
When it comes to love triangles, most of the time I pick early on who I’m rooting for, but sometimes as the story develops I change my mind. That did not happen this time. Normally with a book like this I’d be Team Shay, because he is not what is mapped out for Calla, he’s the wild card. But this time I became attatched to Ren early on, and stayed firmly on Team Ren.
In terms of development for Ren and Shay, I was very satisfied with Ren. At first, while he was portrayed as loyal to his pack, he was not necessarily seen to be loyal to the upcoming commitment that was being forced upon him. But digging deeper, you see that that is totally wrong. Even though he is a Guardian, throughout the story you see things that humanize more, make him someone you can connect with. Shay on the other hand was not as well developed. I couldn’t connect with him. He becomes less human the more you read. And while you eventually learn who he is, you’re still left not knowing why. But I assume that will be covered in Wolfsbane.
The writing was fluid, very easy to read. Andrea Cremer did a wonderful job in making this story come alive in my mind. Even when I stopped reading I had the feeling that I was still in the story, and very few books have that effect on me. Fans of werewolves will love this unique take.