Nightshade by Andrea Cremer


Genre: Supernatural, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Pages: 452

Published by Philomel




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 really should have known by the summary what I was getting myself into, but this was one of my 25 cent purchases at a local bookstore and I figured… 25 cents? Even if I never read it, it’s just 25 cents! The summary sounded a little promising, though – minus the less than eloquent phrasing of “sexy alpha wolf” in regard to teenagers.

The summary is pretty simple, Calla Tor has been promised to Renier Laroche as his future mate, they both know this and know that their joining will fuse the Nightshade & Bane pack together, although it doesn’t keep Ren from being a scoundrel in the sense that he hops to and fro whatever female he decides. Calla is not allowed to do the same and lives a fairly strict lifestyle. Think of the Regency Era – “a lady must never,” but instead it is “An Alpha Female must never…” which means Calla may never kiss a boy she wants to, or date anyone for that matter.

She stumbles upon a dying boy in the woods one day and decides to save his life by allowing him to drink some of her blood. Plot twist [not so much,] he ends up transferring to her school and complicates her life further because ohhh Ren is a typical alpha male in the sense he gets possessive and jealous.

A love triangle ensues and it’s really annoying because Call isn’t just torn between the two, she is soaking up the attention from both and allowing herself to be swayed by their affections. It’s just a sign of a weak female character – she’s an alpha female, she should be stronger and more resolute. What is wrong with a strong female who is capable of making up her mind, even if she is seventeen years old? I certainly wasn’t that fickle when I was Seventeen!

Characters – forgettable and fairly interchangeable, they lacked depth and emotion as well as individual personalities. Renier and Shay could have easily been the same person if they didn’t have somewhat different histories. Calla was a bore, she wasn’t likable and was very weak.

Plot – Since the characters were forgettable and really lacked personalities it made the entire story unbelievable. Funny to say this about a supernatural story that involves werewolves and witches, but it does affect how believable the story becomes when the characters are weak, unrelatable and unlikable. The overall plot was interesting – werewolves are guardians of the Keepers, witches, who are protecting the mountain they live on from other ‘bad’ witches known as Searchers. However, the story steadily worsened as the book went on. It was easily 150-200 pages far too long.

If I hadn’t been in the car for four hours then I would have DNF this book. If you like weaker supernatural high school books with love triangles, then this is right up your alley.



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