Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

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?

When I first heard of Nightshade I thought it was going to be an ordinary paranormal romance, just like all the rest, so I put it off my radar. Than the awesome marketing campaign started. The calla lilies that were being sent to bloggers to announce Shay's Shadow Days youtube videos. Seriously how cool is that?! Then Andrea wrote a short story from Shay's point of view for amazon. I had to check this book out considering all the buzz!

I'm so thrilled I did! I love, love, love this book! Calla is definitely my all time favorite lead female. She's easy to relate to with her struggles of who she is and what path to choose. I found it extremely easy to put myself in her shoes. Oh and of course, Calla is a powerhouse! She's totally fierce and kicks major butt!

The guys... Well they are amazing! Andrea has both the dark mysterious boy and the sweet, loyal one. Ren's character is perfect. He has so many layers it's incredible. Shay is the polar opposite of Ren. He's more fun loving and care free. These characters bring so much depth to Nightshade.

There is two wolf packs in the story. Ren's and Calla's, who must unite together as one. Slowly they begin to spend more time together and it's just completely entertaining! Each pack mate brings a unique personality to the table that compliments the others so well! All the characters are hilarious. This definitely made me want a pack of my very own!

I had no trouble whatsoever getting into this book. Andrea Cremer put you smack in the middle of everything so there was never a dull moment. We are shown Calla's world from sentence one and I loved it.

The ending was perfect for a sequel. I really enjoyed how it ended and left questions (lots!) open for the following two books. I'm so bummed we have to wait until July to find out what happens!

Awesome Quote:
The floorboards squeaked as Ansel passed by my door again. I caught his nervous glance in my direction before he hurried down the hall.
"Ansel, I'm not the sun. Stop orbiting and get in here."

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5


I'm having Nightshade withdrawal symptoms. I loved living in Calla's world. Go pick up this book. I promise it's like nothing you ever read.




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18 comments

  1. A cool chick and some perfect guys? Sounds awesome. Great review :D

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  2. i just finished this yesterday! yeah, the marketing campaign was sooo good, so original! glad you liked it :) i thought it was so-so

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  3. wow. awesome review Katie! makes me want to read it - which i wasn't intending too - me and paranormal usually don;t mix - but this one sounds really good :)

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  4. Thanks Juju!
    Hey Audrey! Sorry to hear you didn't like it a lot. My friend read it and thought it was so-so also. She loved the cover though! haha
    Hey Nomes! Thank you! I hope you end up reading it! :)

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  5. Loved this one too, great review! :)

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  6. Great review. I love this book especially Calla and Ren. Can't wait until the sequel lucky we only have to wait until July and not a full year.

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  7. Thanks Nic! You're right we are lucky! I'm definitely looking forward to that release :)

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  8. i'm so glad you liked this one too!! team shay :)

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  9. Thanks Carrie!
    Shay's a cutie! I still don't know which team I'm on! To the Andrea Cremer signing I wore a Team Shay shirt (dork) but I have the Team Ren button because I liked the wolf on it lol
    I think I'll be Team Calla for a while :)

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  10. Nice review Katie! I really enjoyed this one as well, and I completely agree with you on Calla, I found her refreshing. Both Ren and Shay had attractive qualities, and though I lean more toward Ren, it should be fun to watch how things play out with the three of them:)

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  11. Thanks Jenny! I'm glad you liked Calla too! Refreshing is *the* perfect word to describe her. It is going to be definitely fun to watch things play out! :)

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  12. I want to read this one so badly. It sounds great.

    I'm giving you a blog award. It can be picked up here

    http://booknoise411.blogspot.com/2010/11/great-blog-neighbor-award-from-dead.html

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  13. Hi Jennifer! I hope you love Nightshade! I can't wait to hear what you think of it (and whose team you're on!)
    Oh my gosh! Thank you so much for the award! :D

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  14. I can't wait to read this one, I've only heard positive things about it =)

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  15. I can't wait for you to read it either! It's simply amazing! :)

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  16. I can't believe that I STILL haven't read this book! I need to go out and purchase it ASAP. I've read nothing but positive reviews. Thanks for sharing yours!

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