Google+ Reading Teen: ARC Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer ~ Reviewed by Amy

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

ARC Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer ~ Reviewed by Amy

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Philomel (October 19, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 039925482X
ISBN-13: 978-0399254826

NIGHTSHADE (October 19, 2010, Philomel)

The Story...

Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth-birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack's world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches' War that surrounds them all.
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 the beautiful human boy, 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.

  Click Here to visit the Nightshade website.

Me ( Amy ~ ReadingTeen 2) Andrea Cremer author of Nightshade and my BFF and partner in crime Andye at the ALA '10 getting our book signed. I can't even tell you how sweet Andrea is.... Andye and I loved her!

I have been looking forward to this ARC review for a long time now. It seems like yesterday when Andye called me very unhappy that I decided to fight for Nightshade on Twitter. So let the battle begin... We went back-n-forth basically begging Andrea Cremer to send ME ( not Andye ) the ARC. Sometimes, believe it or not, Andye and I are in competition against each other, basically in a race to read a book before the other gets a chance. Well, long story short... WE both received the ARC at the ALA '10. I however won the race to the review. I'm sure Andye is fuming and I'm smiling! ha-ha-ha


When I started reading this book I really had no idea what to expect. And then - BOOM - Calla quickly comes into focus and she has met Seamus , friends call him Shay and he is smoking HOTT! Seriously, the first page is a freakin' whopper. It's a really good way to start off the book! As you read along you realize that this can't be... she is supposed to mate with Ren. She is so torn between these two totally fine lookin' male specimens (One is the alpha male of the pack of wolves) and she starts to act a little strange, a little on edge. How would you act if you were torn against two beautiful guys both fighting for your affection?

 Cremer does such a fantastic job writing this first book in the series. Your heart WILL go pitter-patter, up and down with passion for both Ren and Shay. I love the fresh outlook she has for the YA genre and how Cremer takes into account life issues young people struggle with daily. It is brilliant how Andrea writes for the young adult, yet at thirty-five I enjoyed every word written from page after page. 

The action sequences in this book are no joke. Hold on to your seats because not only will your heart go pitter-patter but you'll get sweat beads on your forehead due to the thrill ride of action scenes she has planned for you. One moment I'm batting my eyes due to the fact that someone is about to get kissed and then BAM! someone is being followed and all hell is about to break lose. Look out!

I will have to add that I loved Calla. She was smart, funny and totally kick-booty. She does not wait around for someone ~ a cutie with muscles to rescue her. ( That would totally be my choice BTW ) She takes matters into her own hands. I love that about a main female role. Strong. Independent.

All-n-all I say this book takes the cake. It isn't the best book I've read this year, but it sure slams close to the top. The only negative and positive thing at the same time I would add, is the fact that it ended so abruptly. Sad ~ drying tears now... It so left me wanting more and the same time hurling my precious ARC across the room screaming "You have got to be kidding me!!!" Also there were a lot of characters in this book, so you really need to pay attention when reading about them. Andrea Cremer does a great job writing each and every character out so he or she has a stable/solid role in the book. There is just a lot to take in. Let me just say that the release of Wolfsbane better come quickly, because I'm not a patient person.

WOLFSBANE (Summer 2011, Philomel) Nightshade Book 2
Betrayal, loss, pain, fear. How many trials can love endure and still survive?

BLOODROSE (Spring 2012, Philomel, TBA) Nightshade Book 3
Is true love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

UNTITLED (Fall 2012, Philomel, TBA) Nightshade Companion Novel

~ Amy  ReadingTeen2

5 out of 6

Parents need to know:  There's quite a bit of sensuality in this book, along with some sexual dialog.  There's also a moderate amount of language and some violence, blood, and gore.   For more details, go to Nightshade on Parental Book Reviews.


  1. great review and I borrowed this book and its was good.

  2. OK... I just added this one too to my list to purchase!!! (& made notes about the future ones too)... this list is getting crazy long btw :)

  3. Great Review!

    Gosh I want this book SOOO baddddd! I can't wait till october! lol :)

  4. I am so excited to read this! I got my ARC in the mail and am definitely reading it this weeeeeekend.

    Great review! You've got me all kinds of pumped about it.

  5. I totally agree! This novel was AMAZING and so much more than I was expecting (and I was expecting a lot lol). The ending nearly killed me too though! I was like whaaaaaat!?!?!


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