Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Title: Nightshade
Author: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Philomel
Hardcover, 452 pages
Date Published: October 19, 2010

Description (Taken 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?
Werewolves are quite popular in YA right now, but Andrea Cremer has done something so different from all other werewolf tales. Nightshade presents the complex world that Calla Tor lives in. She’s the alpha wolf of the Nightshade pack and come Samhain, she’ll be joining with her mate-to-be, Renier Laroche, the alpha of the Bane pack.

Calla’s world if one of tradition and following the rules. The dynamics of pack life are shown in carefully constructed detail and the underlying mythology behind the wolves is so intricate. Cremer’s writing showcases the best and worst in Calla’s life, while maintaining an addictively interesting story. Cremer's writing makes the reader feel like they are right there, with Calla during everything. The story is engaging and impossible to put down.

The love story that is weaved into the ever-demanding and increasingly interesting plot, is seductive and entrancing. Shay Doran, the new guy in town, is undeniably attractive and Calla’s chemistry with him is scorching hot. But it was Ren that stole my heart. Nearly every scene between him and Calla is beyond sexy and his alpha wolf nature is enigmatic.

Shay’s arrival in town forces Calla to question everything she has ever known. The wolves are the Guardians, taking orders from their Keepers, but when Shay makes Calla question that, her role begins to change and that’s where Cremer’s storytelling really shines. As Calla delves deeper and deeper into her own history, the mystery of her origins begins to unravel and the unexpected twists and turns abound. Her need to protect those she cares about is unwavering, but her desire for some other kind of life, a free life, pushes her to break the rules.

Nightshade is a seductively thrilling tale that will grab you with its action, but hold you with the mythology and evolving history behind the world of the Guardians and Keepers and the lies that are told. Cremer’s writing is incredibly addicting and phenomenal. This is easily one of my favorite reads of the year and one not to be missed.

Opening line:
I’d always welcomed war, but in battle my passion rose unbidden. ~ pg. 3

Favorite lines: “We are who we are. I have no desire to be something else. But right now I’m afraid of what it means for those who I care about.” ~ pg. 208
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
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Eleni @ La Femme Readers said...

Awesome review! I just started this one and I really like it so far. I <3 that Breathless commercial!

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

Amazing review! So glad you loved this one, it truly is wicked awesome. =)

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

great review, I really really want to read this!

brandileigh2003 said...

I loved this one! Thanks for the review.

Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

~The Book Pixie said...

I'm really excited for this one as I've heard nothing but stellar things about it. Interesting to find you preferred Ren. Can't wait to see what I think when I read it. Thanks for the review! :D


Willa said...

Thanks for reviewing this one, I have heard so many great things about it! Great blog by the way, it is so wonderful.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

This book is not to be missed! It's by far one of my favorites of the year and I hope all of you have the chance to read it.

Willa- Thank you so much. That's so kind of you to say :D

Bere said...

Brilliant review, Nikki! I can't wait to pick it up. Now, after your review, I'm all the more excited to get myself a copy. I absolutely love the sound of Calla. She sounds awesome. And that cover! Its so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your review with us, Nikki! =D

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