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Friday, November 18, 2011

Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Released: October 19, 2010
Publisher: Philomel
Rated: YA
Series: Nightshade, Book 1
Buy: Amazon
While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth-birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack's world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches' War that surrounds them all.

What I thought

This was a slow start for me, but it quickly picked up and had me hooked. This is so completely different from most other werewolf stories that I was able to delve into a new world and learn about these creatures without having too much of other werewolf stories to compare it to. Because it is so unique, it is hard to compare it to any other werewolf series.

Halfway through I wanted to cry. Why do I always pick the guy who seems to be on the losing side? This is probably the reason why I tend to shy away from novels with love triangles. I liked Ren, maybe I have a thing for cocky guys. I liked him more than Shay for Calla. I know, I will have to wait for the next two, but I have a feeling I'm on the losing team.

Most books, I really hate cliffhangers. But this is a trilogy, a planned story, so I'm able to cope with the cliffhanger better. Other series that do it just to try to get you to buy the next can drive me crazy. But with this one, I'm glad to know it has an ending insight and that the cliffhanger leads into the next chapter and not as a ploy to get the next book sold.

My Rating

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Giselle said...

Haha. I really feel bad for the losing guy as well! I really want to read this one, though!

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Melliane said...

I really like this one, but the choices of Calla were frustrating. You're right the end was something... I'm very curious to read the sequel.

Alexia561 said...

Great review! I'm with you, in that I always seem to root for the wrong guy. But you never know, maybe she'll change her mind in the next book! Have heard so much good buzz about this author that I really need to pick this one up.

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