Friday, October 22, 2010
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Calla and the wolves that she runs with aren't your typical werewolves. They are known as Guardians, creatures who guard important sites for their masters, the Keepers. The Keepers are a branch of magical folk - the Old Ones, witches - who have been in a war against their counterparts, the Seekers. Calla begins questioning everything she was taught growing up when she meets Shay Doran, the young hiker she saved in the mountains. He appears to be your typical human boy, but why is he associating with Keepers and why are they asking Calla and her pack to protect him? A strange tattoo, a locked library and Bellum omnium contra omnes - the war of all against all - may unlock Calla's true destiny.
The cover is stunning, absolutely beautiful.
This book was rather intriguing. The wolves aren't like every other werewolf you read about; clothes ripping off when they change forms, needing the full moon to transform. Their interactions with each other were fun to read. The cast of characters was well rounded. The plot kept thickening. I was curious enough to not want to put it down.
Right from the first chapter, there is tons of lust. When Calla saves Shay, she can't help noticing how beautiful he his. She immediately wants to skim her fingers along his skin and learn the contours of his muscles. His touch is electric, making her blood run hotter. She can't help imagining the types of things he could do to her. Calla, as the alpha female, must be clean and pure when her union to Ren comes around - on her 18th birthday. She has never even kissed anyone. Ren enjoys pushing the limits and trying to get Calla to give in before the union. His touch makes her weak in the knees, makes her animalistic with want and need. Basically, Calla is one horny teenage girl. And Ms. Cremer has no qualms talking about it, all the time. Whatever floats her boat.
In the end, I am looking forward to the next book in the Nightshade series , Wolfsbane.