Saturday, October 1, 2011

Book Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

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Title: Nightshade
Author: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Genre: Young Adult (paranormal)
Why I read it/how I found it: Andrea Cremer was at a book signing I went to with Kiersten White and Stephenie Perkins.

Calla is the alpha female of a shape-shifting wolf pack, destined to marry the pack's alpha male. When she saves a beautiful human boy, Calla begins to question everything—her fate, her existence, her world, and the orders the keepers have asked her to follow.

Obviously there's a TRIANGLE going on here. I'm pretty sure whenever there is one in a book you'll be hearing it from me because I'm pretty exhausted from reading them. I guess two people falling in love isn't complicated enough these days. On the up side, it wasn't the worst triangle I've ever read about. If I wasn't so tired of them I might have actually enjoyed it. But as it is...meh. When first beginning the book, I thought that Calla's character was a little forced. You know, strong, tough girls are popular so let's just make her strong and tough. Eventually, getting to know her world and read more, her tough-girl personality made a lot more sense to me and her character was natural. I suppose here it was a strong this is her character beginning without giving me reason why, and making it in the beginning feel too forced, however eventually she started to feel more real to me. In relation also to Calla's world, I loved it. I loved the mythology and the unique spin on werewolves. I wish that things had been cleared up at first instead of 150 pages in, but I was able to follow the storyline, so I guess that's what's important.

Other information: This is a trilogy. Wolfsbane is out now and the third, Bloodrose, will be out February of 2012. A companion novel is also in the works. You can find Andrea Cremer's website here.


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  2. I'm bored with triangles, too (then again, who isn't?). I think the biggest hang-up for me in this book was the WAITING. Like you said, things didn't really make sense until 150 pages in. I'm not saying I need a fast-paced story to be happy (I've read plenty of "slow" books that I loved), but there was little else to keep me connected. You know?