Nightshade : Book 1

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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?
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  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 157 x 231 x 43mm | 703g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 039925482X
  • 9780399254826
  • 99,041

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“Yet another young adult novel filled with supernatural beasties, but this teen wolf tale is actually good and will keep you reading intently.”—ENTERTAINMENTWEEKLY.COM

“An imaginative . . . paranormal-suspense story. The book’s underlying themes of individualism and freedom . . . lift it to a higher level.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS

“There’s enough action to engage any reluctant reader . . .will no doubt have teens debating the relative merits of werewolves versus vampires.” —BOOKLIST

“Clever young adult saga that leaves readers on the edge of their seats.”—ASSOCIATED PRESS

“Nightshade is historical fiction—with a modern pop culture twist . . .a book for well-read hopeless romantics who like their heroines conflicted, their love interests smoldering, and their passions triangulated and torrid, yet unfulfilled.” —LOS ANGELES TIMES


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About Andrea Cremer

Andrea Cremer is the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series, which includes Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose, Snakeroot, Rift and Rise. She is also the author of the Inventor's Secret series, and of Invisibility, which she co-wrote with David Levithan. She lives in Claremont, CA. You can visit her online at or follow her on Twitter @andreacremer.
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Also on my blog: Author: Andrea Cremer Title: Nightshade Series: Nightshade Pages: 452 Source: Bought Publisher: PenguinTeen My Rating: 4 out of 5 golden apples. Goodreads synopsis: 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: Andrea Cremer meshes the elements of forbidden love, paranormal romance, and an oppressed society together in this epic first novel. The world of Nightshade is definitely one of the most exciting novel worlds I've ever read about. The book follows Calla Tor as she prepares to take her place as the alpha female of her wolf pack and marry Ren, the alpha male of the Bane pack. I'm a sucker for a good love triangle and the one in NIGHTSHADE was very swoon worthy, as were the Calla's love interests. At first I wasn't sure whether I was team Ren or team Shay. Halfway through the book I had decided on team Shay, but once I finally got to the ending I was once again unsure of who's side I was on. The ending left me breathless as did every page in this novel. I couldn't read fast enough. Calla: Such a strong protagonist and that is one of the things I love about her. I love the fact that Cremer switched it up and had the girl save the guy for once. Ren: Well, at first I kind of branded him as the controlling me guy who Calla of course wouldn't want. But by the end of the book I was taking it back. Ren is definitely more than he first appears to be and he truly cares for Calla. What he helped her do in the end shocked me! While not completely how I feel about Ren I still seem to have wanted to know more about him. Shay: Dear sweet Shay. J The one I've been crushing on for oh so long. Shay is a very good love interest. So sweet yet so protective, yet so mysterious. I couldn't get enough of Shay. I recommend Nightshade to you Twilight lovers out there. You will love this book!show more
by Golden Apple YA Book Reviews
Also on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm ( After hearing such great things about this book, I bought it last Christmas with a gift card my husband got me, and I finally got to read it. I've been dying to read it for a long time, but there just isn't enough time in the day to get through my tbr list! I know a lot of books don't live up to their hype, but boy this one was one. It lived up to the hype and went way over it. I know some people may be getting tired of werewolves (I love werewolves!), but this is a unique take on it. Werewolves and witches. It's amazing! What makes a great book a lot of time when I'm reading, is the characters. But this one was definitely the plot. I mean, the characters were AWESOME! But the plot? The plot was unique and intriguing and just kept throwing new and exciting things at you. Sometimes I would think, "Oh, this is going to happen next.", but it didn't! I was left with my mouth hanging open and my eyes on overdrive trying to take in everything on the page so I could flip to the next one. I've been looking for another book that has a strong female character. A kick-ass, strong female character. (i.e. Rose from Vampire Academy.) And I haven't really found many lately, but Calla? Calla is DEFINITELY kick ass. She cared about her pack, she put her pack in front of her own happiness. I'm not going to get into that because it would giveaway some of the story, but you'll understand once you pick this book up. Yes, there is a love triangle in this book. But I really can't figure out which guy I want Calla to be with. They both have their qualities and both sound smokin' hot. Sometimes I like Shay more, and sometimes it's Ren. Hopefully the next book (Which I'm currently reading! Yay! That's how great Nightshade is, I read ONE book after this book before I took on Wolfsbane.) will help me figure out which side I'm on. Overall, pick it up. Do it. If you haven't read it already, please get a move on it. It's not your typical werewolf book. And the writing is amazing. It keeps you reading and keeps you interested and wanting more. Andrea Cremer is definitely on my author watch list now. The cover is gorgeous. I can't figure out if I like this versions cover, or the new paperback cover better. I'm really mad, though, because once I buy Wolfsbane for my shelf, my covers aren't going to match. Anyone know where I can get a new book cover to put on my hardback? I've seen them around the more
by Amanda
I utterly enjoyed this book. I could not put it down. I even had sleepless nights saying "This is my last chapter then I'll go to sleep," and 3 chapters later I'm still repeating the same mantra. Nightshade has the right pace, it is curiosity inducing, love triangle instigating, steam romance of a novel. Though it is a young adult book, there are romance scenes exaggerated enough for the strong imaginative reader. Nightshade had me feeling like I was watching the whole story play out right in front of me. I am definitely reading the up and coming follow-up of Nightshade - 'Wolfsbane'. Even though I have dark circles under my eyes, Thank you Andrea for an Awesome book and for those restless more
by SpadesHigh
Andrea Cremer's Nightshade is by far one of my favorite books! It has so many elements that capture my interest. The characters are so real and the story is relatable. Readers will feel like they are a part of this world and are sure to find themselves sharing emotions with the characters. Calla Tor, the Nightshade Alpha, is such a strong character. She has always known that she will mate with Renier Laroche, and she has never questioned her destiny until a chance encounter that leaves her world changed forever. Renier Laroche, the Bane Alpha, is the perfect mate for Calla. He is a natural leader and commands the attention of everyone, including the human girls. Ren is naturally possessive of Calla, knowing that they are to be united soon. Shay is...well, what can I say about Shay? He is everything that readers hope for in a love interest. There are no words to adequately describe him, but I shall try. Shay is the light in Calla's dark. He is not afraid of Calla and does not back down from a challenge. He is funny, passionate, strong, and curious. Throughout the story, one learns a lot about Shay and I started to root for him as the story progressed. It is hard to choose between the two love interests because their personalities are practically opposites and Calla finds herself attracted to each in different ways. The young Banes and Nightshades are equally impressive. Each is unique and strong and brings another element into the story. Andrea Cremer's writing style is amazing. Each word is crucial in creating her world and she does so with such grace. This writing and the story has such a natural flow that I was immediately caught up in it. The plot something very different from other books (at least those that I have read and searched). As the story progresses and one learns more about the reality of the Keepers, the Guardians, and the Searchers, he or she will find that some secrets are more dangerous than others. The cliffhanger definitely left me craving more. It was kind of as if my world just stopped at that moment and couldn't pick up again until I had Wolfsbane. That is how great this story is. If you were debating on purchasing this book, I recommend that you do so. And fast! Wolfsbane will be released in July '11, so there is still sometime to fall in love with this book and Andrea's writing, as I have, before the second book is more
by Raychelle Smith
First of all, I want to warn you. Maybe after you read this review you'll want to kill me. Or send me to therapy. Just saying. Nightshade is one of the most popular books of this year. With this amazing cover and blurb, who wouldn't want it to read?. So, when it was finally released, I bought a copy. Werewolves are one of my favorite paranormals themes, so I was really happy to read this book. Calla is an alpha female. She's destined to mate with Ren, the alpha male. At first, she's very strong, and I loved her character because she was independent. She wasn't that kind of dumb girl who can/won't take care of herself and knows her limits. She was totally sure about her future, until she met Shay. And now she's confused. Her heart and her mind aren't working at the same page. She likes this guy, but she can't be with him. And as the story begins to unfold, Calla turned to be vulnerable. It was interesting, but annoying. She made some decisions that I wasn't totally sure about it. The Ren - Calla - Shay trio didn't fulfill me. I always fall in love with the alpha males, so yes, I like Ren (some people said I needed therapy ;P). He wasn't the good guy. He maybe isn't the right guy for Calla, but he did like her. Even more than like her. And he is sooo intense. Instead, Shay was just kind of dull. I felt as if the author took more time creating Ren than him, so when he appeared, I just didn't understand why Calla was so crazy in love. Their relationship was instant, and between him and Ren, he didn't seem the best choice, specially at the ending. But, it's interesting to see a different relationship, in which the paranormal character is a girl and the human is a boy. I was waiting for an author who was brave enough to change things. The good thing? The plot, wow!. Andrea Cremer did a great job making werewolves interesting again!! She created a world were werewolves may not be the stronger, and where the characters have to open their eyes and understand their reality in which they have been living. Also, the ending definitely was s-h-o-c-k-i-n-g. Why, WHY, did it have to end that way? *huge cliff hanger* Overall, I was expecting more but I enjoyed it very much. I'll read the sequel, Wolfsbane, because really, I want to know what is going to happen to Calla!show more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
Lots of hype and web media surrounded this book's original release. Some reviewers even received actually calla lilies as part of the promo. Although I think that's a little much, the book entirely lived up to it. Well written, well thought out. Characters we're well rounded, and Calla herself went through changes and actually grew throughout the book. I can say that this is one of the best YA werewolf books I have read in a long time. I cannot wait to read the next in the series! more
by Rebs R
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