Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Release Date: Oct. 19, 2010
Publisher: Philomel
Pages: 452 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Library

Goodreads Summary:
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?

Review: I have to start by saying that the cover of this book is so gorgeous I could not stay away and was not disappointed. From the summary, I figured this was another werewolf story, but it is so much more than that. Be aware, there are witches, warlocks and other scary creatures in the book and I know some people are sensitive to those elements.
Calla is getting ready to enter into an arranged marriage with Ren. She does not have a choice here as this, and everything else in her life, is dictated by the keepers (witches and warlocks who control the wolves/guardians). The action in the book starts right away with Calla saving a human boy named Shay, and the love triangle ensures.
This book has a wonderfully complicated plot with lots of layers and things being a lot more than they seem. Calla has her boy dilemma, but she also finds out about her history, that of her fellow guardians and has tough choices to make. It is very original and I am looking forward to the sequel.
Content: A few make out scenes where Calla contemplates doing a bit more but they do not.


Heatheraine Trim said...

Yes! this cover is beautiful and I can't resist either, this is on my "to read" list too.
Thx for the review, I'm more excited to read it now too.

Reading Against All Odds said...

Yep, it´s on my TBR-pile, too ;-)
I already puchased it, but I guess it has to wait a little bit more! Thanks for sharing :)
Lea @ Reading Against All Odds

Awesomesauce Book Club said...

I have this from my library and I should be reading it by next week. I can not wait. I had no idea what this book was about. At all! I just liked the cover. Now I know a little bit, yours is the only review I read about it and I am even more excited to read it. thanks.


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