Nightshade by Andrea CremerWednesday, March 09, 2011
Author: Andrea Cremer
Publication Date: October 19, 2010
Buy: Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble
via Goodreads:First sentence:
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?
"I'd always welcomed war, but in battle my passion rose unbidden."
-Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, page 1
Everything can go wrong, she finds out. The boy she saved, the one who saw her shift forms, turns out to be none other than Shay Doran, nephew of the top Keeper, a clueless human, and now under Calla's protection. Every since she could remember, Calla has known that one day she will united with Renier Laroche to create a new pack with them as the alphas. Only thing is... she's falling for Shay.
Stuck in the middle of duty of pack and duty of heart, Calla begins to realize that the things worth having are always going to be worth a price.. but just how much is she willing to pay? Will she realize it in time?
I loved how Nightshade was a spin off on the classic werewolf/human love story. Plus each chapter begins with a black page featuring a moon cycle graphics; rune symbols are also depicted in the corners of many pages, creating an underlying background to the story. This book was a great read, but it went by too fast.
- Supernatural shifters in modern setting
- Funny situations
- Great one-liners
- Powerful lesson
- Cliffhanger ending
- Almost too many need-to-know characters
Nightshade is riddled with shape shifting, teenage hesitance, duty versus heart, and the thrill of first love.
Rated PG-13 for evil uncles, scary creatures, and romantic situations.