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Nightshade
Nightshade Series, Book 1
Series: Nightshade
Creators: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Imprint: Speak
Pub. date: 10/19/2010
Lib. SRP: 29.97 USD
Ret. SRP: 9.99 USD
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
ISBN: 9781101198346
DRM Level: Adobe Content Server 4
Min. Version: Adobe Digital Editions
File size: 1326 KB
Grade Range: Grade 7 - Grade 12
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Literature
Keywords:
   books for 13 year old boys, books for 13 year old girls, books for 14 year old boys, books for 14 year old girls, books for teen boys, books for teen girls, books for teens, fantasy, fantasy books, fantasy books for kids age 12-15, fantasy books for teens, romance books, teen books, teen books for boys, teen books for girls, teen boy books, teen fiction, teen fiction books, teen girl books, teen romance books, urban fantasy, ya books, young adult, young adult books, young adult fantasy books, young adult romance
Awards:
  Teen's Top Ten (Young Adult Library Services Association)
Short Description:
   The first book of the internationally bestselling Nightshade series by New York Times bestselling author Andrea Cremer!
Calla is the alpha female of a shape-shifting wolf pack. She is destined to marry Ren Laroche, the pack's alpha male. Together, they would rule their pack together, guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But then, Calla saves a beautiful human boy, who captures her heart. Calla begins to question everything - her fate, her existence, and her world and the orders the Keepers have asked her to follow. She will have to make a choice. But will she follow her heart if it means losing everything, including her own life?
Calla's story continues in WOLFSBANE.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Full Description:
   The first book of the internationally bestselling Nightshade series by New York Times bestselling author Andrea Cremer!
Calla is the alpha female of a shape-shifting wolf pack. She is destined to marry Ren Laroche, the pack's alpha male. Together, they would rule their pack together, guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But then, Calla saves a beautiful human boy, who captures her heart. Calla begins to question everything - her fate, her existence, and her world and the orders the Keepers have asked her to follow. She will have to make a choice. But will she follow her heart if it means losing everything, including her own life?
Calla's story continues in WOLFSBANE.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Reviews:
  DOGO Books
      wolvenly - If you love fantasy mixed with reality read the Nightshade triligy. It is like one of my dreams to be Calla.
  Publisher's Weekly
     

October 4, 2010
Cremer's debut brings mystery and passion to a journey of self-determination. Calla was raised chaste and pure, destined to unite with high school heartbreaker Ren on their 18th birthday and become the alphas of a shape-shifting wolf pack. She has never questioned the authority the powerful Keepers hold over her kind until she encounters a human hiker and breaks the rules to save his life. Shay was almost convinced the wolf-girl who rescued him was a dream until he meets her at his new school. Pursuing his attraction to Calla, Shay also wants to know what the Keepers are protecting and why he seems to be linked to a prophecy. Drawn to both Ren and Shay, Calla is torn: fulfill the role she was born to and deny herself freedom of choice, or choose her own path and abandon everything and everyone she knows? Good and evil are simply portrayed as Calla sheds her naïveté and learns to see past her expectations. Cremer creates a sense of urgency as the pace accelerates, though the well-constructed plot carries readers along to a cliffhanger. Ages 14–up.

  Kirkus
     

September 1, 2010

Teenage werewolves dominate an exclusive high school in Vail, Colo., in this supernatural thriller. Something else dominates the werewolves. Calla, the alpha female of the Nightshade pack, is scheduled to mate with Ren, the alpha male of the Bane pack. She develops divided loyalties, however, when Shay, a human she's assigned to protect, begins to fascinate her... This may be sounding familiar, and also recognizable is the novel's sexual tension: The mere touch of either Ren or Shay can drive Calla to uncontrollable, ultimate bliss, to the extent that her urges sometimes overpower the plot. The portrayal of the animal instincts and behavior of the wolf-teens rings true, however, and Cremer builds a compelling world, moving her plot forward with well-paced drive that easily holds readers' interest. On the surface, this is not much more than an imaginative B-grade paranormal-suspense story. The book's underlying themes of individualism and freedom, however, lift it to a higher level, and they will probably have a chance to play out in a sequel--one readers won't have to feel too guilty about looking forward to. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)

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  School Library Journal
     

December 1, 2010

Gr 10 Up-Calla Tor is the alpha female of her werewolf pack and is destined to wed the alpha male, Ren Laroche. While in the woods, she spares the life of Shay, the new boy at school whom she just can't resist, and this act violates the laws of the Keepers. This may all seem familiar but what makes Nightshade new and refreshing is that the packs are ruled by the Keepers, who appear to be witches. Cremer has added a bit of superstition and the science of witchcraft that readers will find intriguing. However, they may feel that they have met these characters before even though the author has done a good job of contrasting their strong personalities with their weaknesses for temptation and stepped up the pace of the action. The segregation of the humans versus the werewolves might remind readers of Romeo and Juliet-or is it just a typical love triangle? Readers may find the world that is created here is more interesting than the characters. The end of the book is a cliff-hanger and interested readers will anticipate the second book, Wolfsbane. Mature scenes make this a better choice for older students.-Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI

Copyright 2010 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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