Published by Philomel on 10/19/2010
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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?
So I only very recently entered the world of shifters and I don’t know what all the “rules” are yet (you know, besides being awesomesauce, which should be the #1 rule BTW). But Nightshade was nothing short of amazing and extremely engaging and entertaining. Calla is the Alpha of the Nightshade werewolf pack. She’s known all her life where her future lays and it’s not with the human boy, Shay, who captivates her. She’s to mate with the Bane Alpha, Ren, and together, they will lead their new pack of wolves, secret from the human world, although they do live among them. There isn’t really anything negative for me to say about Nightshade, it’s really just that good. One nit-picky detail: [SPOILER ALERT] When Calla changes Shay, his transformation is just too easy and the whole episode is glossed over. I thought more could have gone into that to make it really heart-palpitating. [/SPOILER ALERT] Nightshade has so much going for it that I think readers of paranormal/young-adult will like: it’s fast-paced (there is always something going on), it’s easy to identify with, it’s sexy (grrrr), and it has that special paranormal element, that, while it’s not necessarily unique, the author twists to make it her own. Andrea Cremer hits a home run with Nightshade and I can’t wait to read Wolfsbane!
He started to read for me but thought better of it, shoving his hands in his pockets. “Yeah, well, sometimes I can manager to do the right thing.” One corner of his mouth crinkled. “Are you going to apologize for slapping me?” “No.” “I didn’t think so,” he said.
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This book was purchased via Barnes & Noble. Blurb courtesy of Goodreads.