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Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

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Nightshade by Andrea CremerNightshade
Andrea Cremer

Published: Oct. 19, 2010
Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon

Rating (out of 5): 5 stars

I couldn’t put down Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade for more than a few moments at a time. After reading the majority of the 450-page book in a single sitting, I looked at my husband and just mumbled, “Wow.” Following a curious look from my better half, all I could say was Nightshade is by far the best YA novel I’ve read this year. (Yes, better than Spirit Bound. Yes, better than The Iron Daughter.) It is just a phenomenal read.

Calla is the alpha of the young wolves in her pack, the Nightshade pack. They, and other Guardians (both wolf and human, able to shift at will), protect a sacred site in Colorado. But the time is coming for a new pack to be formed. Since her birth Calla has known she will be the mate of the Bane pack alpha Ren. That is tradition and her duty. She had accepted it. But much more is expected of Calla than Ren in terms of their pre-union behavior. She must remain pure — not even kissing Ren until she’s ‘his.’ He can do whatever with whomever without any consequences, and he does.

It all becomes more complicated when a human boy, Shay, enters Calla’s world. She’s drawn to him, but interacting with him is forbidden as are the strong, unfamiliar emotions Calla feels for Shay. He pushes her to find answers about who she is and why she follows orders, particular the one about being Ren’s mate.

The love triangle in Nighshade is gripping and, at times, overwhelming. The fact is Ren isn’t a bad guy. He wants Calla to want him because he cares for her. She has feelings for him, but also doesn’t believe she has a choice not to be with him. Shay offers her freedom and romantic love. He wants her to direct her own destiny. (It’s hard not to love Shay.)

Nightshade isn’t just another werewolf book. It isn’t just another teen love story. Nightshade is about women controlling their own lives, about being free to love, about investigating truth for one’s self… and it is utterly sexy without any sex.

Also, for those who want strong prose that keeps your mind working while devouring page-turners, Cremer’s word choices are beautiful. The writing is lovely alongside the powerful story.

6 Responses to “Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer”

  1. brandileigh2003 says:

    I enjoyed this book a lot– it was hard to choose who to pull for!

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. I really enjoyed this one but I really didn’t care for Shay all that much. I on the other hand loved Ren. Great Review!

  3. Jessica S. says:

    Great review! I totally devoured this one once I finally after a lot of effort scored an ARC copy! Totally loved it! Bring on Wolfsbane!

  4. Angelica Miclat says:

    I want to buy this book, the book cover is amazing

  5. Lainey says:

    Totally loved this book!! It’s kinda fun when the book cover is just as amazing as the story : )

    xoxo LC

  6. fran coleman says:

    IMMORTAL_ANGEL : OMG! I JUST got this book TONIGHT too! About done with a very very awesome Zombie based story..Zombies rule too, I think 2011 is year of the Zombie..Wait and see…lolz..
    I am gonna read a few chappys and post back..

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