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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Nightshade

by:  Andrea Cremer
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?


So Calla is a werewolf, Ren is a werewolf and the new boy at school Shay is a question mark.  Calla is on her way to an arranged marriage to Ren when she meets Shay.  You can't have a YA book without the requisite Love Triangle.  Oh and either a vampire, werewolf, fallen angel or zombie.  Since this book is about two packs of werewolves, I think that's well covered.   Nightshade covers all the bases when it comes to a successful YA novel. 

I'm being kind of snarky there, but I just didn't find anything super special about this book.  All these YA books are getting to be so similar.  Female character that can't make up her mind, The Love Triangle, and the Paranomal Entity (vamp, were, angel, or zombie).  I hate to take anything away from the authors because I know they work hard, but let's not all be clones of each other ok?  Publishers you hear me?  Y'all just as at fault here too.

The thing I loved the most about the book was the makeup on the chick on the cover, and then I read the book and Calla refused to wear makeup.  What??   What's up with having a big glam chick on the cover when the character refuses to wear makeup? 

Would I recommend reading it?  Yeah, just so you know what everyone else is talking about. 

5 comments:

yllektra (force-oblique) said...

*g*
Thanks for the review!
This book is totally on my TBR list1 :)

ParaJunkee said...

*sigh* This was on my pile...high up there. And your review totally rings home. I haven't read it yet, but what is up with the love triangles? I guess so everyone can make a team t-shirt.

The cover - did she have blue hair in the book too? LOL. I first saw the cover and loved it and figured it was some Arctic book or something, then I read werewolf and I was like, huh?

Great review. My anticipation level has been doused ;)

Bonnie said...

I had to chuckle when I read your "snarky" comments, it reminded of Sookie Stackhouse because that's how I'm beginning to feel about the series. I love it but there's nothing really new and I'm very tired of her love triangle.

Autumn said...

@Parajunkee-Her hair was platinum colored in the book...it sort of looks that way on the cover.

@Bonnie-I read the first 5 or so Sookie books and that was enough for me. I got bored with them, plus I live in Louisiana so I was constantly picking on the look out for things that didn't work. It was exhausting LOL

publishersearch said...

I so agree about the all-out-of-the-same-mold thing and the covers are all starting to look alike too.

To think that the characters refuses to use makeup and that's the cover is really terrible. The covers beautiful, but after being burned picking up Halo becsaue I liked the cover, I'm not doing it again.

It was good to hear your honest opinion, I've read too many books that have a lot of hype about them at the moment but leave me feeling the same way. you've saved me from another one.

I hopped over from Parajunkie by the way. I hope you can check out ch 1 of my novel, Lethal Inheritance. I can assure you it's not out of that mold.