Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer is the first book in the Nightshade trilogy. The synopsis says:

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of the 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?

They are werewolves, which is part of the current trend in reading. We have the leaders telling their followers lies, which the followers of course believe. The only ones who seem to actually have minds of their own are the alphas and Shay, the Scion. There is also a love triangle between Calla, Ren, and Shay (ugh).

One plus is that the main character isn’t the person who has to save the world or be the ultimate hero (one who would be reminiscent of Harry Potter or Eragon). Another, of course, is that she is a strong young woman. However, that strength is only held because Ren has some respect for her, unlike the Keepers.

Some questions I had after reading, include:

  • Why do the Keepers want Shay dead?
  • What’s this Scion business?
  • What happens to her clothes when she shifts into a wolf?
  • Why do we have to have the typical girls can’t have sex before marriage, but it’s okay for the guy to have sex before marriage?

Good book to read and it really captures the teen interest. It has some faults, but it is interesting. If you are a young adult and love werewolves, this is for you.

Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Romance

Stars (out of 5): ****

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