Current Reading Mood: Urban Fantasy
Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Monday, October 17, 2011

2nd Ann. Halloween Extravaganza! Creatures week - Review: Nightshade by Andrea Creamer

Nightshade (Nightshade, #1)Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

My rating: 

Frigging Amazing! Why did it have to end?! 

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?

Nightshade is the first installment in the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer. My first impressions of this novel was how beautiful the cover was. When I worked at Coles book store, there were many YA novels that were lovely, but Nightshade seemed to stand out most.
I was happy that Rosey and I decided on reading this for our event, so I'd get a chance to read it now, when otherwise I might have put it off for a while.

The opening scene was exciting. I loved how the author wrote the characters thoughts and actions when in wolf form. It was interesting.
After the first scene, I wasn't sure how I was going to take it. It was still interesting, I just felt undecided. A few chapters in made up my mind. I was hooked. I loved the characters and how they didn't have the usual friendships you'd read in YA novels.
Yes, many scenes were based in a school, (go figure, right?) but it's a YA novel, what do you expect? It's not a special school where everyone is different. The humans are mixed with the Guardians and Keepers and they know that. So, it makes for some interesting scenes.

Calla is a kick a** seventeen year old Guardian. (Which is another word for werewolf) She's the alpha of her pack and is in a arrange mating with the alpha of another pack. Ren, the most popular/handsome boy in school is the alpha. I'm not sure my feelings on Ren. I like him, but I'm confused. He just isn't the type of guy I'd go for, so I find that off putting.

Shay, Shay, Shay. *shakes head and laughs* He's a really great character. If I had to compare this to Twilight,(which it's NOT like) Ren would be Edward and Shay would be Jacob. I'm initially team Edward, but in this novel, I think I'm team Shay, all the way. (I didn't rhyme on purpose, lol)

It's kind of hard to choose a side though. My feelings go for Ren at the start of the novel, then Shay, but the last few chapters have me confused. I like them both! The rest of the pack are great to read also. They have unique bonds with each other and their alphas. It's fun seeing who's going to pick on who.

As for the ending, I can' scream cliffhanger loud enough. It was a fantastic few last chapters, but now I have to go out the get Wolfbanes asap. I mean I'm reading it today and nothings stopping me.
So it's obvious that I like this novel. I recommend you check it out!

Check out Rosey's review of Nightshade, here.

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Rosey said...

I'm Team Shay too!!!! Great review. The cover is AWESOME!

Barbara E. said...

Thanks for the review. I have been wanting to read this series, and now I want to get started on it more than ever.

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