Author: Andrea Cremer
Publication Date: October 19, 2010
Series: Nightshade #1
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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 a forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
Calla is a realistic and admirable female protagonist who embodies the struggle of even the strongest of females in a man's world, which is encouraging to see in literature for young women. Her setting is extremely patriarchal, and the reader witnesses Calla's struggle with acceptance and rebellion with regards to the patriarchy displayed by her own kind, as well as the hierarchy presented by the Keepers mastery over the Guardians.
The supporting characters are multifaceted and it is not always easy to determine their motivations, which helps to keep readers on their toes. Even though the book is from Calla's point of view, one can see that all of the other characters may not be exactly what they appear to be on the surface and require a deeper look than what you originally get from Calla's perspective.
I thought the plot was original and the pacing and action kept me hooked. I finished it in one day and can't wait for more. Nightshade is one of the best paranormal books that I have read.