Author: Andrea Cremer
Publication Date: October 19th 2010
Source: Received from Holly's ARC tours.
borrowed from amazon: 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?
Ok. I have no idea where to start. I am still new to the whole reviewing process so I will try my best. This book was by far one of the best books that I have read in a while. I am a total sucker for wolves and forbidden love. Im not much of a romance reader, but just throw in some paranormal elements and I crumble. =D
My favorite characters in the book would be both of the packs, and Shay. Everyone else I totally hated. =D I liked how the story flowed together and kept you on your seat and kept you guessing. I thought I knew what was going to happen but then out of the blue she throws in another twist. I was really glad by the ending. Instead of her stopping abruptly she leaves us with a ton of questions and a new path that their destinys have taken.
Whoever reads this book will be begging for more. This book has taught me how to be loyal to the people I love and to follow my heart and use my knowledge to do what I know is right. Calla is a strong and beautiful person inside and out and I cant decide whether I am team Ren or team Shay. I cant wait to see how these characters develop over time.
Andrea did a marvelous job writing this book especially since it was her first. The book will be out October 2010, Wolfsbane will be out in 2011, and Bloodrose will be out in 2012.
I hope this review was good enough. I have so many feelings toward this book that I cant seem to get them all out in a reasonable manner. Please let me know if you see any mistakes or something that needs to be changed.
Here is a Q&A that I found on Amazon:
Q: Where did you get the idea for Nightshade?
A: Like I said earlier, Calla started it all. The world of Nightshade came as I tried to figure out how someone like Calla, a girl who I knew was incredibly powerful, could be afraid and angry. What was controlling her? Why would she be fighting against her own destiny? I realized that she was facing off with something even more powerful than herself. That’s where my background as a historian came in. I teach early modern history (1500-1800)--a period of immense, violent change in human societies. This is the time of witch hunts, religious warfare, colonization, the Inquistion; all types of cataclysmic social transformation that turned the lives across the globe upside down. The more I thought about Calla I thought about the ways in which wolf warriors and witches could have intertwined lives. The mythology in Nightshade is a blend of history and lore plus new twists I imagined along the way.
Q: Your narrator, Calla Tor, is a very take-charge female character—in fact, she’s the alpha of her wolf pack. What are the unique benefits and challenges of her position? Are you hoping that teenage girls will see Calla as a role model?
A: Calla is a natural leader and fierce warrior. She loves taking charge and she’s intensely loyal to her packmates, but her role as alpha comes with restrictions set by her masters. Calla’s sense of duty comes into conflict with her independent spirit--she wants to make her own choices rather than just follow orders. I hope that girls, and boys, will see the way Calla’s journey is about finding her true self, questioning a society that limits her strengths, and fighting for what she loves even when that goes against the rules of her world.
Q: Why did you decide to set Nightshade in Colorado? What does the setting bring to the story?
A: Calla’s masters, the Keepers, are powerful witches who live in luxury, but also seclusion. I wanted a setting that evoked that type of exclusive, almost unreachable landscape where a world of privilege is bordered by the wildness of forests and mountains. Vail, Colorado offered the best mixture of those qualities.
Q: What do you like best about writing for teens?
A: I love writing YA because it’s full of characters who are testing the limits of their world and figuring out who they really are. Coming of age and self-discovery are incredible moments that reveal so much about human nature and offers the chance to explore pivotal questions and ideas we all struggle with. I also think YA fiction is fearless about expanding the realm of the possible. It’s a boundless, thrilling place to be a writer.
Q: Will there be more books featuring Calla, or set in the Nightshade world?
A: Yes! Nightshade is a trilogy. Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2) will be published in July 2011 and Bloodrose (Nightshade #3) in spring 2012. After that I’m writing a prequel about the origins of the Witches War, which will be on bookstore shelves in fall 2012. Beyond that--who knows! I’m always coming up with new ideas, so this is just the beginning.
Q: What is one thing you would like people to take away from their experience of reading Nightshade?
A: I hope that readers will be as invested in the struggles, hopes, and fears of Calla and her pack as I am. The most important thing to me is that the world of Nightshade and the lives of its characters draw readers in so that we’re all going through the series together--cheering, laughing, crying, fighting--that it becomes more than a good story, that we feel like we’re traveling with Calla and her pack on their journey to unravel the tangled mystery of Nightshade’s world.