Series: Nightshade #1
Publisher: Philomel on October 19, 2010
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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?
“‘Tell me you’ll come back for the pack. For me.’ His eyes were bright with tears. ‘I don’t want to lose you.'”
“Ren watched us as he leaned casually against the table, holding a pair of scissors. I’d never seen a classroom tool look so dangerous.”
Favorite Character: Ren. His cocky and sarcastic exterior is very endearing, and his love for Calla is super sweet!
“I’d always welcomed war, but in battle my passion rose unbidden.”
My Musings: Wow. What a thrilling novel! I have to say, this was a very enjoyable read. We follow Calla Tor through her changing loyalties and perceptions about the ones that she’s been taught to believe all her life–the Keepers. It was the trinity of good books: amazing plot, strong heroine, and gorgeous (paranormal) guys!
Cremer’s writing was addicting. I had to take a break about 300 pages in to do some long-waited summer work for school. Oh how I wish I had done it earlier so that I did not have to stop! But there wasn’t a moment over the week long hiatus that I didn’t think about what had happened in the novel– and what I would happen! This novel was a hardcore page turner. I zoomed through the descriptive writing that made you feel as if you were experiencing the events yourself. It was so easy to plunge myself into Calla’s place: a must have for great reads!
Calla herself was an admirable heroine. she was strong, forceful, and a slight tyrant. This was a change from novels whose main leading lady started off timid and evolved into a strong character. The opposite was true with Calla– she started off almost emotionless, and grew softer as the book progressed. It was nice to see her open herself up to her feelings about the two boys. Though she may have thought that being sensitive made her a worse alpha her evolution made her a better one in my eyes. Then there was Ren and Shay. I have to say, I’m team Ren all the way! I seem to have a thing for the sarcastic, snarky boy. Shay…he was awesome to read about, but I was more pulled towards Ren’s charismatic character. I hope to see much more Ren in the next novel!
The ending was exciting and surprising. I had had thoughts about what would happen, and though some of them turned out to be true, the way that the events transpired were a surprise. When you think that you know something pertaining to this book, one of two things happens: you are correct, but the way things happen are the complete opposite of the way you thought would happen, or you get a complete surprise. It was a generally unpredictable plot, which made it all the more exciting!
Overall, this book made my favorites list. It was adventurous and there was never a dull moment. I so excited to start the next novel, Wolfsbane, later this week! This is definitely a book you need to check out. You’ll be sure to love it!