Title: Nightshade [Goodreads][Amazon]
Release Date: October 19, 2010
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: Great story about werewolves, magic, and romance with a lot of sizzling scenes.
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?
First of all, I love the original cover of this series and I don’t know why they changed it because now it looks bad! Even though my covers won’t match, I just had to get the original because it’s so pretty.
Anyways, I really enjoyed reading this one. Maybe because I don’t read a lot of werewolf stories, but I liked Andrea’s take on it, how it’s more spiritual and magical, rather than painful and obligatory. The characters don’t even consider themselves as “werewolves” but call themselves “Guardians”, sworn protectors of the “Keepers” who are basically witches and warlocks. Their relationship has a very mysterious and questionable history that Calla and Shay, the human boy, slowly uncover.
My favorite parts would have to be anything with Ren in it, as I’m pretty much Team Ren. He’s the typical pretty boy, alpha male kind of guy, but he’s just so sexy and smooth, I can’t help but smile when I think of him. I mean, Andrea wrote some pretty steamy scenes between Ren and Calla that I just devoured. Shay is the typical nice guy who does have his moments, but I’m rooting for Ren. Luckily, Calla isn’t an annoying female lead and she’s very determined and strong-willed, which is important because she’s the leader of her pack. I think Andrea did a great job at taking the werewolf folklore and turning it into her own and I can’t wait to see where she goes with it and she was able to balance the paranormal with the romance just right. Granted, I was more interested in the romance than the paranormal parts and I flipped pages hoping to see more of Ren, but overall, I really liked it.
You’ll definitely want to try this series if you like werewolves and hot, steamy scenes with sexy guys. Can’t wait to read Wolfsbane!