Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Came out: October 19, 2011
Source: Hardcover from Amazon
Age Group: Young Adult
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?
I was pulled into Calla’s world of loyalty, terror, and love. Her story was a thought-provoking twist on the popular trend of werewolves and I liked her clear voice. Andrea Cremer is a talented writer. Throwing in some twists, adding a love triangle, it was all done impeccably. Shay was the lovable best-friend guy who is dependable and you secretly want to date, while Ren was the sexy out-of-reach brooding hot guy who everybody wants and is passionate. I’ll be interested to read the second book because there was a major cliffhanger at the end of this. I love Calla’s character because I thought that she expressed herself very well and I loved her beginning to explore the line between love and loyalty, and duty and desire. I thought that this book was fascinating and I loved the format. It had those ruffled pages that everybody loves (I know that I do), the cover was gorgeous (it has that pearl finish and reminds me of frost), and it was a good thick read. While I’ve only read it once (the climax didn’t have very much suspense or wow-factor to it) but it was satisfying and refreshing.Recommended for anybody who loves: werewolf books, Lament, Maggie Stiefvater, etc,.Possible book club questions:Why do you think that the humans are treated like pawns? How do you think they feel about the werewolves?How do you think Ren must feel at the end of it? Do you believe that Ren loves Calla?Do you like Shay? Why or why not?Do you feel that the twisted sense of loyalty is well-represented?Etc, etc,.