Monday, January 24, 2011
Review of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Author: Andrea Cremer
Published by: Philomel
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?
I feel like this is a very hard book to review without giving too much away. First off I did fall in love with the novel. I stayed up late at night reading/finishing it and I couldn't put it down. It's a fast-paced, thrilling, sexy ride that I did not want to get off of. Plus this cover is beyond gorgeous!
Most of the characters were well developed and very likeable. The main character Calla is a tough and spunky teenage girl/wolf, as she should be being the alpa female of her pack. She's a bit of a Tomboy who has a slight problem with certain rules she's suppose to follow revolving her pack. She's a feminist in a way and wants to stand up for what's right even if it means endangering her life to protect others.
The writing pulls you in from page one and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. This was a lot sexier read than I would have imagined, but it was done in a nice way and not too over-the-top. I loved that the pack life wasn't perfect and the characters faced real issues and problems that normal teenagers have along with their pack duties.
I would have gave this novel five stars if it were not for certain aspects of the ending (which I won't go into so there won't be any spoilers).
Overall I give it ★★★★