Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Title: Nightshade
Author: Andrea Cremer
Pages: 452
Release: October 19th, 2010

(from Goodreads) 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 Thoughts:
Nightshade is my first werewolf book! Can you believe it? All these years of reading and I have never actually read a werewolf book before. However, while I am pleased to say the genre was something that caught my interest, this book was a little rough in places and had a few things that I didn’t care for.

I think my favorite part about Nightshade is the concept of these werewolves. They are basically super hardcore teenagers who are so powerful, they can even overrun the school. It’s awesome on the surface, but then there is this terrible other side where the wolves are like property of the “Keepers” and they are mated and treated like animals. No free will. I loved this concept and was fascinated to see how they would handle everything that came their way. It was very unique and I loved that.

I did not care for the male character, Shay. I thought he acted very idiotic at times and unfortunately he never grew on me, which is unfortunate because he’s a major male interest. I also found the ending to be terribly confusing. So much was crammed into that last chapter that it was hard to visualize and became jumbled. So, while this book was an awesome concept, I wasn’t completely thrilled with it’s execution. I can still say though, that it is a good read and worth a shot.

In Short:
Rating: 4/5
Purchase or Check Out?: Check Out
Would I read it again?: No


  1. I agree with you on Shay. He didn't struck me as anything special, but I loooved Ren. ;]
    I hope you enjoy the rest of the series! I know I did.

  2. LOL, Shay doesn't sound like a swoon-worthy hero! I heard that the other guy, Ren, is amazing though. I'm glad that you enjoed it in overall, Darlene! <3 Lovely review! :)

  3. I've been thinking about starting this series since I love werewolf novels. I'm glad to hear that you rated it 4/5. I've heard quite a lot of people say that they didn't care for Shay much.

    Thanks for the review!

  4. Haha thanks for a great review; I'll def look into this series! I just found your blog and will def be following it from now on :)! I recently added some summer reading lists to my new blog if you want to take a look: http://heartisinthewriteplace.blogspot.com/
    Thanks again!