Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #1
Publication Date: 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?
First of all, this book wins my favorite-cover-of-all-time award. The calla lilies, the blood dripping from the title, and the deckled pages (oh how I love deckled pages) make this book just stunning to look at. Or if you’re me, the looking turns into staring for minutes on end. And while it’s not part of the cover, I also love the full-page chapter dividers and the alchemy symbols on the top of the pages. They add a little something extra to the book and make it even more unique and interesting.
Diving into the book…Calla is one of my favorite female characters ever. It was so refreshing to read about a girl who was confident, strong, and just an all-around bad ass. Even though she has known her destiny all her life, she still doesn’t take crap from anyone and let people/wolves walk all over her. She can be a strong woman and command respect from her pack and from Ren’s. All of this makes me Team Calla all the way…
I had a really hard time deciding if I liked Shay and Ren. One moment I loved Shay for being so sweet and nice, and the next he annoyed me because of his jealousy and immaturity. Same with Ren – he would be all loving towards Calla and the next he was treating her like crap. Let me say again – Team Calla I can’t wait to see how this love triangle develops in Wolfsbane and if Calla makes a choice between the two.
I really enjoyed reading about the history and back story of the packs. As I learned when I went to Andrea Cremer’s signing (keep an eye out for my post coming soon), Andrea teaches history and really knows her stuff. She did a fantastic job creating this past world and I am super excited to learn more about it in future books.
And the ending…oohhhh the ending. Could it have been any more of a cliffhanger?!?! I’m pretty sure Wolfsbane CANNOT come out fast enough because I have to know what happens next.
Nightshade is a great book that showcases wolves in a totally different but phenomenal way. You should read this book immediately if you haven’t already!