Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #1
Date: July 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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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?
Ok. So this is certainly one of the better werewolf books I’ve read. It had a few faults and I didn’t like the ending but overall a well written story.
Calla is an alpha. She has been matched up with Ren, an alpha from another pack. They are supposed to join together their two packs at the upcoming Union. Calla has known this for years and thinks she’s ready for it. That is until she saves a human hiker from being mauled by a bear. That hiker is Shay. The new guy at school. Ordered by the keepers to spend time with Shay, Calla begins to realise that her whole existence is a joke. The way that her and her pack are ruled by the Keepers. The Keepers may provide for the pack but they ultimately take away their freedom too. And use them for their own battles against the Searchers. Together with Shay, Calla discovers that everything they have been told by the Keepers is not exactly true – far from it. And ultimately Shay’s uncle’s sudden desire to move him and Shay (bringing him into the world of the Keepers and the Guardians) is no coincidence!
What I really liked about this book was reading about the pack dynamic. You don’t get much of that in other books and I found it really interesting. I kinda liked the love triangle. It was again certainly different to other love triangles. Mainly because I actually sympathised with both guys. And I couldn’t really choose who I liked best for most of the book. Calla spends a lot of the story torn between Shay and Ren. However, I did feel that she led them both on a bit too much. And I kind of just wanted her to be a bit more decisive. And to just choose one.
There are a lot of great side characters in this story. The pack members were great. I loved the scenes where all the pack members were together because their interactions were funny and really easy to read.
I have to admit. I guessed the ending quite early on. I don’t know whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. But it does mean that I wasn’t shocked when it actually happened. But I still enjoyed reading it.
I wasn’t however happy with Calla’s ultimate choice of ‘guy’ at the end. I don’t want to spoil it so I wont say what team I‘m on but I really wouldn’t have chosen him. Just my opinion but there you go. I’m hoping that she comes to her senses in the next one!