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Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Published by Atom (thank for the review copy)

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?

This book deserves the hype it has been getting - I had avoided getting excited about it initially but then got swept in and I am so glad I did.

The best thing about this book is the characterisation. I loved Calla as the lead and looking at how she saw the world. I liked seeing how she held on to her faith in how the world should be and her role in it throughout the majority of the book. The two male leads were both good in different ways. If I had to pick I would say I liked Ren the best. Yes he was arrogant but I loved that about him and I reckon him and Calla together would be totally awesome. Shay was also good (although I didn't like him as much as Ren) in how he challenged Calla to see her world differently. I also loved the other wolves in a variety of different ways like Ansel and his cute brotherly role and Bryn in her cool side kick role. All in all this is a host of characters I need to find out more about.

Another thing I loved about the story is I was never bored. I have read a lot of book recently where the plot drags for 300 pages then the action happens in the last 50. Not the case in this book. I was entertained and enthralled throughout and desperate to find out what happens next. There were so many twists and turns and so many things going on. I literally can't wait for the next book.

All in all a uniquely awesome take on the werewolve genre (probably the best I've read) and definately one of the best books I've read in 2010. Sexy, exciting and action packed - I want more!


Aylee said…
Great! I'm glad to hear the plot doesn't drag in a book this long.
Kulsuma said…
I'm glad for the great review!:)Can't wait to read it.

I tagged you for the honest scrap award:D
Mel said…
This book has been getting so much hype, I've been a little reluctant to pick it up. So glad it's one of those books that's worth reading! :)
Elodie said…
I totally agree with you : Calla is amazing, Ren and Shay are WOW !! I definitely want to read Wolfsbane !! =)
Great review! I'm hoping to get a copy of this book next time I'm out. The cover is gorgeous.
Just reading this now! =)
I only sort of skimmed your review as I have it waiting for me on my TBR pile, but I love that I've seen so many GREAT reviews of this lately :)