Series & Genre: Nightshade #1, Paranormal YA
Published on October 19th 2010 by PhilomelHardcover, 452 pages
Where did I get this book: Bought
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?
This is Andrea Cremer's debut novel, the first book in a planned trilogy. Nightshade is a different take on the werewolf mythology, but in the book the werewolves are known as "Guardians". The story main focus are on two groups of guardians, the Nightshades and the Banes. Calla is the female alpha of her pack (the Nightshades) and Ren, the alpha of his pack (the Banes). When they both come of age, they will mate and form a new pack. The story starts out with the reader learning more about the packs and their upcoming union that's suppose to take place on their 18th birthday. Days before Calla's union to Ren she encounter a human, Shay who is attacked by a grizzly bear. Calla saves Shay from the bear, but in doing so breaks the rules by shifting in front of him. From here on out, Calla's world is forever changed and everything she thought she knew turns out to be a lie.
Werewolves are one of my favorite supernatural creatures, so I was really excited when I first heard about this book. The book pulls you in from the first sentence and keeps you turning the pages till the very end. There was never a dull moment! I love the world building and all the characters. The main heroine Calla is likable and both male leads really stick out in their own way. I can't wait to read Wolfsbane, which comes out this month on July 26, 2011!
Highly recommended to all Paranormal, UF, YA fans.
side note: I really love this cover, don't you? I was sad to learn that the publishing company changed the covers for the entire series. :/