Saturday, September 3, 2011

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Calla Tor, the alpha female of a shape-shifting wolf pack, is fated to marry Ren Laroche, his pack's alpha male, thus uniting both packs and ruling together, guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. That is, until Calla saves a beautiful human boy. Calla then begins to question everything she thought she knew. She knows she will have to make a choice. But will she follow her heart even if it means losing everything, including her own life?

I loved this book. Andrea Cremer has created an incredible female lead character in Calla. I love her clever writing style, her ingenious way of introducing characters, and the intriguing secret world of Guardians, Keepers and Searchers. Oh, and these are not cuddly, look into your eyes longingly, nuzzle your neck, snuggle with you wolves:

“Then he slowly stretched out his hand, taking a few steps forward. He bent down. When I realized what he was about to do, I snarled, snapping at his fingers. He jumped back and swore. I shifted into human form. 'You’re like a dead man walking.' I pointed an accusing finger at him. 'Don’t ever, ever try to pet a wolf. It’s just insulting.'”

(You hear that Bella Swan? Ya idgit.)

The author has given us not just one, but two incredibly sexy male love interests. Normally, it is simple to choose sides - to know exactly which guy you would prefer and who you would like to see with the heroine. Not that easy this time. One is beautiful, sweet, tender, and easy to fall for. The other is handsome, tough, arrogant, and the kind of guy you just want to … umm… You get the point.

“Here there was no pack, no master or mistress. Just me and this boy, whose touch made me ache in places promised to someone else."

This book is an action packed page turner and had my stomach in knots while waiting to see what would happen. And thanks to an amazing cliffhanger … it‘s still in knots! Fortunately, I don’t have a long wait. Wolfsbane, the sequel to Nightshade is due out July 26, which for me, can’t come fast enough.

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