Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Publisher: Penguin Teen
Publication date: October 19th, 2010
Pages: 452 (Hardcover)
Cover rating: 5/5 stars
Plot rating: 4.5/5 stars

    Calla has her whole life paved out for her. She's a Guardian, an elite group of werewolves pledged to be warriors for the Keepers. On the night of the Blood Moon, she will be mated to the alpha wolf of the Bane pack, Ren, and they'll be in control of the new pack. But when she breaks the rules and saves a human hiker, questions arise that make her doubt everything she knows. As she delves deeper into things kept hidden from her, will she have to risk everything for the person she comes to love?

    Nightshade is totally addicting. It is packed with romance, action, and suspense! I rapidly flipped through each page! The author did a fabulous job in unwrapping the Nightshade world. It takes a different spin on YA werewolves. In my personal experience, I have read lovey-dovey werewolf stuff. But in Nightshade, Andrea Cremer takes things to a whole new level. Relax fan girls, you still have your romance, but the story to me felt so much more then that.

    Let's talk about the love triangle in Nightshade, yeah, a LOVE TRIANGLE. I most certainly am one of those people absolutely sick of them. But like in Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices, the Nightshade love triangle was much, much more complex. It goes beyond me thinking "why is this even happening. This shouldn't be happening. This DOESN'T NEED TO HAPPEN!" So here's the deal: Calla is *promised* to Ren. She doesn't know what to feel about that. Ren is in love with Calla. Calla is in love with Shay, but she can't have him. And Shay, well, the poor guy loves Calla too.

    At first, I was totally team Shay. I thought "why even consider Ren? I don't even see any spark between them!" But coming to the end, the readers start to see how much he really cares for her. Shay is the "I'm a lover not a fighter until you provoke my lover" kind of guy that is sweet and has his head stuck in books. (Which is always ok.) I can obviously see why Calla likes him so much. Ren on the other hand, loves Calla too. A lot. You can see it gradually see it becoming more obvious. What to expect in the sequel? MORE TENSION.

    Calla was a kick-butt character! I loved her personality and the fact that she sticks up for the people she loves. She is a really strong heroine that does what she believes is right. She isn't like one of flat heroines that does everything people tell her to do, and she isn't one that does selfish things for herself without any idea of what consequences could occur.

    If you haven't read Nightshade yet, you might get the same reaction that I did when I finished it. A "WHY DIDN'T I READ THIS SOONER?!" feeling. The book ends in a mother-of-all-cliffhangers cliffhanger, so I am really excited to see where Andrea Cremer picks up the book in the sequel, Wolfsbane!


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