Sunday, November 28, 2010

BOOK REVIEW - NIGHTSHADE by ANDREA CREMER - NIGHTSHADE SERIES # 1

By : Andrea Cremer
Published By : Philomel
Release Date : 19th October 2010
Details: Hardback , 452 Pages

RATING 5 STARS!! TEAM REN OR TEAM SHAY???? 

Book Blurb : Taken From Goodreads

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?


BOOK REVIEW:

I loved this book and am very confuzzed about what Team I am on. The way this book ended makes me think that Team Shay has joined the ranks of Team Ren , for me personally.

I would like to start by pointing out that I read the hardback and upon receiving it from the Book Depository, one would think that the printing company used,  had gone and gotten themselves a blunt blade for trimming the pages, but nope when you receive a book with messily trimmed pages...I think this is a statement for being different. At first I was like hmmm ........hardback, ooo lookie my pages all end like somebody got their ruler and hurridly ripped each page, leaving uneven edges... LOL!!
I also loved the chapters started with a moon cycle, pretty cool and different.

When 2 wolf packs must join and your life and your mate have been mapped out for you and you come across a boy in the woods all torn up from a bear attack..well the reader knows there is going to be some love problems coming up. I can't pick a team. I am just lost as to who gets to be worn across my chest.

Calla is Alpha of the 'Nightshade' pack,  brave, determined and tough,  a born leader.  Ren is the playboy Alpha of the 'Bane' pack who has a deeper side to him but rarely shows it to Calla. From when Calla found Shay , all that she had been told,  started to be questioned and a need to find answers makes Calla challenge all she ever knew to be true. Rules will be broken!!!

I love reading a book where I get POWed!! and I got POWed!! There was something I did work out but another ...POW!!!..I had to laugh very early into the book and it was answered for me later on, I had to go with an assumption until I knew the answer. All I will say is..Twilight when Jacob / Paul etc changed into a wolf and then back into a human..they are in the nuddy.... for a bit I was like ??? but all was revealed ( pardon the pun ) and I got my answer.

There is a great line up of characters in this book. I love Bryn , Ansel, Mason, Neville. Poor Sabine. I know she probably isn't a likeable character but I see through her and her pain. I loved the connections Andrea made with her characters. Neville and Mason make me think of Ranulf and Vic , ( but in a different way) , from 'Evernight' series by Claudia Gray .( a totally brill series of books if you haven't read them. Which reminds me about my reviews....* looks sheepish*)

Ren, sigh..... what am I going to do with him, does he get to be on my t-shirt?? I was up and down like a yo yo with Ren. One minute he had me, then he didn't , then he did. Can I trust him? Shay was quieter and gorgeous and intelligent and trustworthy, I think.... but then...aaaaggghhh!!! who is my Team boy. Ren has the animal smexi but Shay......he's something else. 'Wolfsbane ' book 2 will help me decide...I hope.

An interesting group of characters Andrea has written, Keepers, Wraiths, Witches, Shapeshifters.....
 I can't wait for Wolfsbane as I think this will be a very exciting book in more ways than one. The book does end with you wanting to know more ........* taps foot impatiently waiting* ...tis going to be a looooong wait...sigh:D

FAVE QUOTES:

"I'll help you with whatever's made you upset," he said. "But this morning you blew me off and I'm not going to kiss you today just so you can tell me to go to hell tomorrow."

 "Calla," Shay called from the hall. "Without your nakedness to distract me, I'm remembering that we're in serious trouble. Hurry, please."


"I closed my eyes and leaned back into his body; his fingers kneaded my hips, caressed my stomach. God, it felt good."


Michelle

5 comments:

  1. I just finished this, too, and itt was really, really hard to decide the team for me too. Out of sheer sexiness it would be Ren, but Shay is nerdy-sweet and a lil sexy thrown in, so it's hard!!!

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  2. I love it when the pages are cut like that! This was a really fun review to read!

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  3. I'm Team Shay! Was from the beginning...I loved this book! I think about it all the time, so that tells me it's a good one because my brain likes to go back and revisit, haha

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  4. TEAM REN! WOO! Shay needs to learn more before I'd pick him. But right now Ren in the right circumstances is the one for Calla. ;)

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  5. Hey girls!!

    Melissa I know what you mean. I have a feeling Andrea wrote Shay the way she did because he is now kinda on even ground with being a shifter too and a Scion so he may get a bigger smexier role now. Before he wasn't sure who he was..but now.....I am hanging for Wolfsbane . Andrea herself via twitter stated that most are 50/50 on Ren or Shay. I feel Shay is going to grow in a big way. I was worried Ren may be like his father. He has such animal smexi but then Shay is thoughtful and ...well not sure..time will tell:D
    Thanx Aylee!! Jessi and Jacmom I just adored this book. It wasnt how I thought it would be. There is soo much that can happen in Wolfsbane now they are kinda rogue . I cant help thinking about last pages of book..did Shay actually know those guys that captured them?? ooo too exciting to wait really:D

    Michelle

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