Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Genre: YA Paranormal

Pages: Hardcover, 454 pages

Publisher: Philomel (October 19, 2010)

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?

For those who know me well, you know I am not a big fan of werewolves and the like. With that being said, I was excited about this book. I had heard great things about it and was definitely interested. I can now amend my statement to say, “I only like Andrea’s wolves.” She has done an amazing job creating her own idea and world of wolves. In hearing her speak this week, it was refreshing to hear her say that she didn’t like werewolves so she created her own ideas and worlds. I love that.

The story of Calla Tor is one that will resonate with many. She is searching for herself and trying to understand what she is really meant to do in a world where everything has been spelled out for her. Her life hasn’t been her own since she was born and she had grown to accept that fact; she didn’t necessarily like it, but she accepted it. When Shay Doran came into town though, her whole being was thrown off. She knew that something was pulling them together and being able to see how she tries to work through the history she has been told and the knowledge that she finds proves to be a little more than she can handle.

I loved this story from start to finish and the originality of the world completely sucked me in from the beginning. So many times authors take what someone else has done and try to tweak it to make it their own. I love that Andrea didn’t do that… she just created it the way that she wanted it. The plot and characters were beautifully written and leave you waiting for more as you’re reading and especially when you get to the end of this wonderful debut novel. The second installment of this series, Wolfsbane, will be out in July 2011 and I am so ready for it!

Check out Andrea’s site HERE for more information about her and the series!

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