Book Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Title: Nightshade
Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: Book #1
Publisher: Philomel/Penguin
Released: October 19, 2010
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Book Summary:

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?

My 3rd read of 2012 is one that has been on my list for a long time. I added Nightshade to my to read list in June of 2010. I’ve heard great things about this book and I had a copy of it at one point but gave it away in a giveaway before I had the chance to read it. I finally downloaded it from to listen to it.

Books like this one are incredibly hard for me to give a rating to. If I could base my rating solely on the storyline this book would probably be a 5 star book. I loved the story and the new take on mythical creatures. The werewolves or guardians as they are called in this story were unique and I was drawn into the story. I flew through this book in one day. It was well written and I wanted to keep reading despite the content.

Speaking of content… this book had way more than I expected. I realize in hindsight that it was my error thinking this was clean read. Not sure where I got that idea but it was not a clean read. There was language throughout (most of it mild) and plenty of sexual tension, innuendo and desire. There were no actual sex scenes but I wouldn’t give this one to my teenagers. The males in this book were allowed to “play” all they wanted but Calla was expected to be pure at her “union”.  There was nothing really graphic but it seemed like every other page either Ren or Shay was making Calla’s blood boil with desire creating quite the love triangle. Ok I’m exaggerating (a little) but there was obviously some raging nearly out of control hormones at work.

Speaking of love triangles… I’m not sure if I’m voting for Ren or Shay. It was Shay all the way through until the end when Ren redeemed himself in my book. I have a feeling Ren might make a come back in the next book.

I’ve just started on the sequel Wolfsbane which has picked up right where this one left off.  The cliffhanger ending would have been an issue if I had read this when it was released but since the series is now complete I can just jump right to the next book.

So the question is – Is this book for you?  If you enjoy young adult paranormal and don’t mind some content then yes.  If you are looking for a clean read then no.

Rating: 4 Stars – Great story.

Content: Much more than I expected – language througout and plenty of sexual desire, innuendo, tension and talk without any actual sex scenes.

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The Nightshade Series:

Rift: Prequel to Nightshade


Shadow Days: HERE