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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

I felt like I was one of the last ones to the party on this particular book. I'd heard a lot about it, but it just took a while for me to get to it. Finally, I decided to download the audiobook and listen to that. Here's the summary of Nightshade 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?

The problem with the audiobook is that I got so sucked into the story, that it just wasn't moving fast enough for me. You know when people say they devoured a book? Or, inhaled it? That's what happened with me with Nightshade. I had to go buy a physical copy of it so that I could sate my curiosity as to what was going to happen!

What I Liked: 1) The excitement. There was never a dull moment in this book, which is why I couldn't read it fast enough. The story unfolds with one event after the next, and keeps you constantly guessing. 2) Shay and Ren. I love both of these guys. Typically when there is some sort of love triangle, I have a clear favorite, but not in this case. Just when I think I am Team Shay, Ren comes a long and does something breathtaking that just makes me swoon. 3) The shape-shifting aspect. Not your average paranormal story, in my opinion. I never think of these wolves as 'werewolves' because of the way their pack works and the way they shift. 4) The relationship between the Guardians and the Keepers. I love the complexities of it, though Calla makes it seem so simple. 5) Finally, Calla. Very rarely, I come across a character that I'd just like to be. Not as in, I want to be a Guardian who becomes a wolf on a whim. But she's confident, she's poised, she's calm, strong, and it really doesn't hurt that she has two hot guys lusting after her. ;) But seriously, if there was ever a character whose personality traits I'd like to possess, it would be Calla. Plus, I love her beautiful name, and Ren's pet name for her, Calla Lily (my favorite flower!).

What I didn't like: 1) There was some confusion regarding what exactly were the rules for Guardians as imposed by the Keepers. Everything was revealed a little bit at a time, and I know at one point I was thinking, do they mean what I think they mean? Just as a hint: Go with your instincts. Its not confusing unless you try to look for hidden meanings.

Overall thoughts: This was a great book. I absolutely loved every bit of it. I am marveling at Miz Cremer's creativity with the depth of this story. There are swoon-worthy guys, an engaging and captivating plot, and a lead girl who should serve as an inspiration to anyone who reads about her. Book 2, Wolfsbane is already on shelves (mine included!) and Book 3, Bloodrose comes out in January of 2012! I can't wait to read it!

My rating: 5 shots

Oh, and I am super excited because in a few weeks, I'll be seeing Miz Andrea Cremer at the Austin Teen Book Festival!


  1. Glad you liked it! I read this one last year and have already devoured the sequel! It definitely takes a new spin on werewolves and I loved it! Awesome review!

  2. Sounds like a nice book. I like books where you can indentify yourself with the main characters.
    Would you say this book is male or female oriented?
    As in: I am Male, should i go out and buy it?

    Greetz from The Netherlands,

  3. hey! i'm a follower here! i'm spreading the word about Teen Shiver, a new group of YA authors that have combined together! stop by the Teen Shiver blog and follow us?? :)


  4. I have heard sooo many gr8 things and have yet to read this book. I have it in my e reader & I think I should read it soon..
    Gr8 review & New follower :)

    Books And Beyond

  5. Jessica - Thanks for stopping by! I've devoured Wolfsbane too, this series is so great, I'm sad that it has to end!

    Michel - Thanks for coming over! I'd say...the book might be more female-oriented because the main character is a girl, and so a lot of times the reader is more familiar with her struggles. But I think that as a guy, you could enjoy this book. It's not all lovey-dovey or mushy. There's lots of great action.

    Lindsay - I already follow Teen Shiver! Everyone else should too! Teen Shiver rocks!

    Books and Beyond - thanks for the follow! I definitely recommend getting into this one. I was sad I'd waited to long to read it!

    Y'all are great!!


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