Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
**3.5 out of 5 Stars**
Nightshade is the first book in the Nightshade series. The cover is what first caught my eye. I have to admit, I’m a real sucker for these pretty covers when they’re matched up with a paranormal story on the inside.
Basic Breakdown: Calla Tor is the alpha wolf of her pack and has been promised to be the mate to the alpha of another pack, Ren. Ren is sexy, stubborn, dark, and a surprisingly caring werewolf. Under their arranged union, when they both turn 18 on a powerful night, their packs will become one and they will rule together. Pretty much. The wolfpacks are known as Guardians and they serve the Keepers (magical beings in human form that wield powerful magics). Calla and her fellow wolves protect the sacred lands that are wanted by their enemies, the Searchers. While Calla finds herself becoming more and more physically attracted to Ren, a human boy gets in the way. Humans at Calla’s school already know not to mix with the wolfpacks, but this human boy, Shay, rebels against those rules and basic human instinct after Calla, herself, starts breaking rules for him for reasons she can’t even conceive. These two sexy and worthy males leave her hormones, heart and animal instinct torn. Her romantic life isn’t the only thing in shambles. Calla begins to realize just how many things in her magical life have been a lie. Soon her whole world is upside down, making for a great read.
Afterthoughts: Nightshade shows promise for a fun, paranormal series. Calla is a relatable heroin with lots to learn. Where she lacks in life experience, she makes up for in her spunkiness. Calla and Ren’s packs are entertaining and give the book life with their dynamic interactions. Overall, the premier book to this series has good bones, but feels a little emotionally naked. It does touch on issues that everyone deals with today, like, sexism, burdening family expectations, and deceit. There’s good stuff to build on for the rest of the series, and the mild cliff hanger left me looking forward to the next book, which hits shelves in July.
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