blo Teens Read and Write: NIGHTSHADE by Andrea Cremer + Giveaway

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

NIGHTSHADE by Andrea Cremer + Giveaway

by Andrea Cremer
Pub: October 2010 (Penguin)
528 pages

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, Shay, 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?

Awesome! awesome, that's how awesome it is.  Seriously. 

The plot? Intricate. I could go on forever about all the cool stuff that goes on, but...I won't...because that would be a really looong post. Cremer's innovative take on werewolf lore, captured me from page one. The story starts with a jolt and kept me flipping pages at lightning speed!

I was a thrown for awhile because strange terms were being tossed about like common-knowledge, but, blonde as I am, I eventually figured it out. You've got your Guardians (the sexy werewolves), the Keepers (the werewolves' creepy masters) and the Searchers (the evil beings Guardians and Keepers fight against). Once I got that, I followed the plot without confusion - well, other than unearthing all the secrets that Calla stumbled into.

Calla is the alpha of her own pack, the Nightshades. So basically...she's the bomb!  

Smart, loyal, clever, and a champion fighter she (and her pack) is stuck in a messed up supernatural society which she has to navigate with skill. 

Ren, Calla's betrothed, is as fabulous as our heroine - figures since he's the Alpha of his pack, but he has a soft side. He supposed to take over all the Alpha jobs once he and Calla marry - married at 17-18 eek! - but he's doing everything he can to get himself on equal ground with the strong-willed Calla.

Shay is on the sweeter side. Don't confuse sweet for not-sexy, because he's plenty capable of turning up the heat. He doesn't like the cirumstances Calla is caught in and, instead of accepting them like Ren, Shay works to save Calla, even if she doesn't know she needs it.

Pack members are fun, diverse, interesting characters and I'm just going to leave it at that so you can fully appreciate them when you pick up Nightshade.

As for the romance - oh my goodness was this book's  a pheromone overload! Calla is supposed to be "pure" on her wedding night, but Ren doesn't care if she breaks that rule with him. In fact, Ren spends most of the book trying to get Calla a little - and he's really, really convincing. Calla is a stronger girl than I. And then there's the incredible Shay who doesn't care about rules period and he's really good at getting Calla alone.

My only complaint? The cliffhanger! Can't wait for WOLFSBANE!

BOTTOMLINE: Beg, borrow, buy - do anything and everything possible to get your hands on the sexy, character packed, plot crazed Nightshade! Have I mentioned its...AWESOME! 

COVER: I want it enlarged, framed and hanging on my wall. Who's with me?!

More extras! 
- SHADOW DAYS: A Nightshade Novella is available to read HERE
- Check out Shay's Facebook page (brilliant marketing!)
- The NIGHTSHADE WEBSITE has great videos featuring a real live Shay!

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iffath said...

I can't stop looking at the cover of's beautiful!! ;)

Mari - Escape In A Book said...

Wonderful review! I've seen some mixed opinions about Nightshade but I really, really want to read it. But I might wait until a bit closer to Wolfsbane's release date, I hate waiting LOL

Lola said...

I just bought a copy of Nightshade! I am soooo excited to read it! :D

Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

I so loved this too :)

Fi-chan said...

Thank you! :D It sounds really interesting and the covers are beautiful! I really want to read this D:

Erika said...

This looks like a great werewolf read! The covers are so gorgeous!

Ellz said...

I adore these covers!

Unknown said...

I heard great things about the book can't wait to finally read it.

Giada M. said...

Thank you for this chance! I can't wait to read this book!*_*

andrea b said...

I would love to read this book... thanks for the giveaway!

Adriana said...

Now I'm bummed that I have yet to read this book. :(
I keep reading so many positive reviews on Nightshade. Can't wait until I finally get a chance to read it. Great review!

Thank you for the giveaway.

Sara said...

Amazing review!! I'll put this one on my wishlist right away!

Frosy said...

I definitely want to read this!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Awesome review!

Shannon The Bookstalker said...

Thanks for the review and giveaway, I have heard so many good things about Nightshade. Can't wait to Read it!

Blodeuedd said...

Oh no cliffhanger! I hate hate those, they are pure evil and makes me lust for a book for months :)

Lindsay said...

I can't choose what cover I like the most! They're both soooo gorgeous! :D

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Gorgons cover, simply gorgeous.

Brodie said...

If I hadn't already been lusting for Nightshade, your review would have sent me flying out the door right now and stealing a copy from my local bookstore. As it is, I'm broke and have managed to reign myself in from breaking the law. Despite that, you HAVE made me want this 100 times more and I'm having greater problems with waiting now! Great review and thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Great review! Haven't read this yet, but I agree with you that the cover looks amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said...

Loved this book as well! I didn't enter the giveaway bc I already own it. Thanks for having link to the novella and the fb page, I didn't know about those! Great review!

Dazzling Mage said...

As much as I love the cover, I don't want it enlarged. It's the creepy eyes. XD Awesome review!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Hello Kirk family! It's been a litle while! I have heard SUCH great things about Nightshade. So many co workers at my bookstore are simply MAD for it.

No entry for me. Just stopping by to say hi!

Cass said...

Thanks for the contest and the review. Heard it's truly amazing!

Anonymous said...

Great review! I agree about the cover, so beautiful!

olgitsa said...

great review!!!and thank u for the giveaway!!!

tabbylewis said...

Great review! Thanks for the chance!

Pisinat said...

This cover is just gorgeous, beautiful and amazing, and the book sounds great and amazing =D Thank you SO much for the giveaway !

Holz Smolz said...

Well if i wasn't convinced before, i most certainly am now! Seriosuly awesome review and giveaway...thanks:)

xlacrimax said...

Haven't read this book yet, but it sound pretty awesome:)

Unknown said...

Wonderful review got me wanting to read it.

danellejohns at gmail dot com

Soultified said...

I really want this book!

*Melissa* said...

OMG ive been dying to read this book everyone says how good it is but its so expensive. I cant wait till if goes in paperback or I win a copy. I love all these giveaways!!1

Marathon said...

Alyssa, ROFL, you're pretty funny. And I lurve both those covers in the series! B..E..A..utiful!

Thanks for the contest!


Gilliene said...

Loving the cover! Hope I win so that I can read this =)

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