Book Review: Nightshade by: Andrea Cremer

Nightshade (Nightshade, #1)

My rating: 4/5 Ravens

Synopsis: 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?

Review: I have to say this a very compelling read but I HATED the ending. I abhore cliffhangers in books and this one has a whopper of a cliffhanger. I am pretty angry about it still.

The book moves at a pretty fast pace and I like that the usual teenage hormones are running amock. I liked both Ren and Shay, when usually I have to pick one of the guys in the triangle and then I just root for him. I found myself leaning slightly toward Ren though, even though I am sure I was supposed to choose Shay.

I like the unique world building and the way the author seperated herself from other werewolf books that are saturating the genre. I think her charachters are well built with strong beliefs, emotions, and attachments; they feel real to me.

I was suprised at how easily Calla was able to defy her enire belief system, everything she was ever taught growing up for a boy she just met. I need something more in order to make that more convincing for me.

The sensuality of the characters is spot on. The book is sexy without being gratuitous for a teen reader. I enjoyed it (even with the effing cliffhanger) and will read the next one.

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