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.
First of all, the cover of Nightshade is amazing! Most importantly, however, is the fact that the novel itself is just as amazing.
Nightshade is Andrea Cremer’s debut novel and is an extremely well-written one. She has created a fantastical, yet realistic world full of (were)wolves and witches. I can only imagine how much work went into creating it. I love her take on werewolves and I love how her wolves’ origins are rooted in magic. In addition to providing a wonderful world and mythology, Cremer also gives readers a strong and believable female lead/narrator with Calla. Although Calla’s loyalty to her pack and the Guardian’s traditions are fierce, she still is an independent thinker and person. Cremer handles Calla’s duties as an alpha and her conflicting feelings beautifully and readers will undoubtedly sympathize with her.
Calla’s feelings for Shay are honest and passionate, but the ones she feels for Ren also reflect the same qualities. Or at least in my opinion they do. Calla never really states who she wants to be with for the rest of her life. Shay and Ren both offer and represent different things for her, so the reader is just as conflicted as Calla is. 🙂
Nightshade is extremely fast-paced even though Cremer reveals things slowly. She does so in engaging manners that will keep readers from losing interest. It’s nice seeing werewolves facing an enemy other than vampires and I can’t wait to learn more about Nightshade‘s witches in the sequels.
In the end, Andrea Cremer’s debut novel, Nightshade, is an excellent read! The writing, characters, and plot are all amazing and I was left wanting more. Nightshade is more than just a story of werewolves and witches. It’s about loyalty, betrayal, and love. If you’d like to learn more about Andrea Cremer and her writing, check out these sites:
(cover image taken from Barnes and Noble’s website)