Thursday, May 6, 2010

Nightshade (Nightshade, #1) by Andrea Cremer

Nightshade (Nightshade, #1)Title: Nightshade
Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: 1st in series
Published: October 19, 2010
Publisher: Philomel
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780399254826
Source: ARC from Around The World Tours

Description: 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.

I Give This Book 4.5 Stars!

This book went on my to read list the moment it came to my attention.  I never dreamed I would get the chance to read it 6 months in advance.  It has me from the opening chapter!  I do have to admit that I was a little confused at first.  The author uses some terms interchangeably and doesn't really offer a full explanation until later.  But, since this was an ARC, it's possible that this might be cleared up before publication.  The author offers up something entirely new into the werewolf legends.  I didn't think this was possible when the young adult paranormal genre has had a huge explosion of werewolf books.  Calla was an interesting addition to this pack.  It's great to see an alpha female when most stories hold true to the belief that werewolf females are lower than any male (unless they are mated).  I enjoyed both love interests as well.  Most stories it's easy to choose which one you prefer.  I'm not sure I could say that in this case.  Ren and Shay both have qualities that draw you to them.  The secondary characters are great.  They are developed enough that they add humor and support to the story.  I loved how the worked in the packs dynamics and how they change throughout the story.  There's also some humor in the story that makes the story extremely well rounded.  My only draw back was I felt the story should have ended a little sooner than it did.  I'm not a big fan of huge cliffhangers, but I think it might have worked better in this story.  You get the dramatic ending, but then the story goes on for a few more pages.  But, like before, this is an ARC and it wouldn't be the first time if the author chose to alter the ending.  Still, I would recommend this to just about anybody who enjoys young adult.  I will probably buy a copy when it's released in October (and I rarely do that)!

*I used the series name of Nightshade, but I've also seen it named The Witches War series.  It might be that the author hasn't fully decided on what the series may be called.



  1. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed Nightshade. It sounds like a good book. There are a number of new werewolf books being published this year and I'm glad this one deals with a female werewolf too like Claire de Lune. I have this on my TBR list and look forward to reading it eventually. Good review!

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