Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

“Jaw dropping thrills await when you open Nightshade's pages and step into the world of Guardian and Keeper.”

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Title:Nightshade
Author:Cremer, Andrea
Publisher:Penguin
Pages:464

nightshade cover 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?

Oh Andrea Cremer write me a sequel and do it now! I picked up this book at BEA when every YA reviewer I spoke to asked me if I had a copy yet. It was clear that Nightshade was set to be a huge hit for the fall and was included in Penguin’s big five promotion.

I am happy to report that Nightshade lives up to the drama. Cremer sets the reader up perfectly for a book two. I found myself really invested in Calla as a character. It has been quite a while since a YA paranormal has made me want to do anything besides brutally murder the whiny chick.

Calla is strong, and has a great sense of duty. Although it is hard for her to break traditions to do thing things she needs to do Calla is open minded enough to know she should live for herself and at least try to figure out why the Guardians are working for the Keepers.

The Keepers are magical folk that have been around since before humans existed, they help shape the world and use their magic to take care of everything in it. Calla is an alpha Guardian and it is up to her and the other packs to make sure that the Keeper’s holy lands are safe.

Calla has been promised to Ren (oh le sigh at the literary boi hotness) since they were born on Samhain. All of this is fine with Calla until Shay shows up and threatens to rock her very existence to the core. This is a book begging for the reader to pick a side. Do we choose the strong misunderstood alpha male Ren (oh yes please) or the equally strong mystery boy who has a role to play in Calla’s future as well?

Nightshade kept me guessing to the very end where Andrea Cremer leaves the reader waiting with bated breath for more! I do hope there will be a second book at BEA this year and this time I will know what I am gunning for when I make my way over to the Penguin booth.

If you enjoy L.J. Smith, Christopher Pike or, Annette Curtis Klause you will love Andrea Cremer.

FTC Disclosure: I picked up this book at a conference. I paid to ship it home. Boo to the ya.

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14 Responses so far

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    I’m totally going to start this sometime this week.

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    I have been putting Nightshade off, although it is VERY tempting.

    I wonder which side I would take, prolly Ren. Usually I’m a fan of the first guy presented in these books.

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    Travis: Do EEEET

    April: Ren is kind of an ass but I liked it.

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    I have this one waiting for me, but your review definitely bumped it up the pile!

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    I am so envious of all the people who have copies of this. It might be the most anticipated book on my to-read list right now and it’s getting rave reviews!

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    I really loved this book as well, it was just too awesome for words :)

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    If you “enjoy” LJ Smith??? ZOMG I have to read this book now!

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    You know how much I love L.J….so yeah…

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    I finished this last week. The bated breath part is right and I sort of felt left hanging. Don’t get me wrong, I was so involved that I didn’t want to say goodbye and that was why the ending was sort of blah for me.

    Count me in on team Ren, I hope that he has a lot more depth in the sequels!

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    This one has been in my pile for ages. Your review made me decide to bump it up to my next read :)

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    I cannot wait to start reading this book, I have been looking forward to it for weeks! btw your background is amazing.

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    I’m dying to read this book! So many great reviews have been written on it… and April, I’m just like you, I’ll probably end up loving Ren too!

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