Series: Nightshade #1
Release Date: October 19, 2010
Edition: Paperback (454 pages), audiobook
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?
warning: this review contains spoilers
I had been hearing such good things about Nightshade since it came out way back in 2010. That's why when I saw it at the store for cheap, I immediately picked it up. I had let it sit on my shelf for quite a few months until I remembered that it was there a few days ago while browsing my library's online audiobook collection because they had the audio version of it. I thought it would be kind of cool to listen and read along at the same time, so that's exactly what I did!
what i liked:
-WEREWOLVES. I'm a sucker for paranormal novels, and I honestly don't read enough of them. That's a big part of what pulled me into reading this one.
-REN. I freaking love Ren! There's just something about him. I was constantly hoping that Ren and Calla would fall in love.
-The paranormal world & the school. I found it so interesting that tons of humans went to school with these werewolves and Keepers. They didn't even know that they were going to school with tons of otherworldly creatures. I also thought it was hilarious that Calla said that the humans were are the "bottom of the food chain" in this school, even though they'd probably be the popular kids at another school.
what i disliked:
-Shay. He was always on my nerves. He just showed up out of the middle of nowhere on the very first page because he was going on a stupid hike and was dying. Of course, Calla being the good person that she is, decided to try to save him and ended up succeeding. He was so annoying. Every time that he showed up, I got extremely upset. I just wanted him to go away!
-Calla got on my nerves... I get that she's the main character, but sometimes I just wanted to tell her that she should just be with Shay.
-Shay getting turned into a werewolf. I mean sure, I guess I should've seen that coming, but I'm still bothered by it. IT JUST PUT HIM ON A MORE EVEN PLAYING FIELD WITH REN.
-The voice used for Calla on the audiobook. I kind of wonder if that's what made me not like Calla that much. The woman who spoke for Calla seemed much older than the voice that I'd pinpoint for her, so it threw me off a bit.
will i continue the series? Yes, because I JUST WANT HER AND REN TO BE TOGETHER. I think I'll just go audio though and listen to it on a higher speed.
Have you read this series? What were your thoughts?
The relationship of a girl and her favorite novel can be complex indeed.
"Tell me you'll come back for the pack. For me." His eyes were bright with tears. "I don't want to lose you."