Written by: Andrea Cremer
Genre: YA/Paranormal Romance
Pages: 452 (ARC)
Disclaimer: free from publisher via LibraryThing
Release Date: October 19, 2010
The premise: ganked from BN.com: 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?
Buy the Paperback: Yeah, I know. This comes out in HARDCOVER in October. But it's worth waiting for the paperback or a cheaper copy. Not because it's a bad book either. It's a fun, fast read with some fascinating world-building and a romance that has you wondering. What hampers the book is the author's inability to reveal much of anything at all for a good portion of the beginning (an author who takes the rule "Show don't tell" a little too literally) and then ends the book with quite the cliffhanger. In truth, I don't mind the cliffhanger ending. I'm actually interested, on the whole, to read the next installment. But despite the VERY gorgeous cover, I'm not inclined to buy the hardcover when it comes out, because this is also one of those books that you read, enjoy, and move on from. Still, I enjoyed this debut from Cremer, and when the sequel's available (next year?) I might see if I can't snag a free copy. This book opens with a bang and keeps you turning the pages, and hosts a cast with many likable people, though at times, it's difficult to keep everyone straight. Still, a fun book, and I'm glad I was able to score a free copy via LibraryThing.
Review style: You know the painkillers are wearing off when you start taking notes on post-its and sticking said notes in the book. Lots of discussion about what this debut author has done right, what I wish she'd done better, and why I'd satisfied regardless. Minor, kind of vague spoilers, but if you want the full review, click the link below to go to my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.
REVIEW: Andrea Cremer's NIGHTSHADE
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