Nightshade by Andrea Cremer Early Review

Author: Andrea Cremer

Published: October 19, 2010 by Philomel
Details: ARC, 464 pgs
isbn: 039925482X    (isbn13: 9780399254826)
Reading Level: Young Adult


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. 

My Thoughts: 
When I closed this book after the final page my first thoughts were this:
Wow.  Just. Wow.  Then my thoughts were: Oh crap, now I have a LOOOONNNNGGGG wait for the next one.  I sort of felt like I did after reading Shiver last year, but this book had a much worse cliffhanger.  Now, you’ve been warned of that, but please do not let that keep you from reading this book.

This book is about werewolves, but no werewolves I’ve ever read about!  It was creative, unique and beautiful how Andrea Cremer created something that I felt really was a different kind of story in this YA world saturated with books about werewolves and magical beings.

The characters were great!  I loved Calla and she felt real to me.  She had the normal teenage issues but on top of that she had a pack to look after and a destiny to fulfill.  She was unpredictable as she tried to decide what was the best route to take when making decisions.

The love interests.  Wow!  Now these were two guys (yes, two guys to decide between, once again) were both great and it was hard to know which one to root for.  Ren wasn’t really a bad boy despite his player-like reputation and once his devotion to Calla was evident it was a struggle to know who to root for.
Shay was easy to read and you knew exactly what was going through his head.  Nothing was a secret about his feelings for Calla.  I felt like he was a little too bold perhaps and at times I wanted to slap him for not being more careful with his decisions.

This book was wrote beautifully.  At 452 pages it isn’t short, but it reads very fast.  Perhaps because it’s nearly impossible to put down!

I am now a devoted fan to Andrea Cremer.  I would have bought this book JUST for the gorgeous cover, but now I’ll be buying it because I want everyone to read it!  If it’s not on your preorder list yet, be sure to put it there!  This isn’t one you’ll want to miss! I give 5/5 moons!

This book is released Oct. 19 2010
You can find Andrea Cremer on her website | Blog | Twitter
You can preorder at your favorite bookstore or at amazon.

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  1. OMG you are so lucky! I’ve been dying to read this book! And now you’ve already finished it!! I’m scouring the internet for contests entering to win an ARC–having absolutely ZERO luck–because I am so desperate to read it! Everyone is saying how AWESOME it is!

    Agh. Lucky you! Great review.

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