Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Nightshade
By: Andrea Cremer
Source: Bought E-book
Released: October 19, 2010
Purchase the Book: Amazon
"While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth-birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack's world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches' War that surrounds them all." (Summary from andreacremer.com)

Andrea Cremer's Nightshade is the story of Calla, the alpha of a pack of Guardian wolves. Calla is a strong female leader who is loyal to her pack, the Nightshades. Calla and her pack protect a group called the Keepers, who in turn take care of the wolves and their families. As the story progresses, Calla learns that the Guardian wolves are not treated as fairly as she once believed and that they have not been told the whole truth about their history.

On Calla's eighteenth birthday, she is arranged to marry Ren, the tough and strong alpha of the Bane pack. It is clear that Ren cares greatly for Calla, but as a result of his alpha wolf nature, he is overprotective and controlling. Calla also meets Shay, a human boy who she saves from getting killed. Shay is rebellious and teaches Calla to question her loyalty to the Keepers.  

Nightshade is a creative and thrilling story with a fierce and strong female protagonist who develops greatly with each chapter. Calla is forbidden to act on the feelings that she finds herself developing for both Ren and Shay, but this results in her only desiring her freedom and individuality more. Cremer's writing is addictive and captures the readers attention from the first page. The surprises and cliffhanger in the last few chapters left me craving for more.

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