Nightshade (Nightshade Series #1)

Nightshade (Nightshade Series #1)

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by Andrea Cremer

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Cremer's first novel stretches the current vogue in high school teen romance from vampires to werewolves. Granted it is not that much of a stretch, but it feels somehow healthier. It also helps that Cremer has dispensed with any problems of disbelief by simply invoking the "magic" word. Thus the seventeen-year-old-on-the-cusp-of eighteen heroine, Calla Tor, can whisk from attractive, fully clothed female to luxuriously furred, alpha wolf and pack leader in the blink of an eye. Back again, too, with nary a fear of mussed hair. But there is trouble afoot in Calla's home territory—Vail, Colorado, and its surrounding forested mountains. The trouble begins with the arrival of Shay—a human—into Calla's private Mountain School and life. Suddenly the were-world unfolds into its levels: the Guardians (Calla and her wolves-in-disguise family and friends), and the Keepers (the masters of the Guardians—all with highly developed perverse tastes.) And maybe scarier levels waiting in the wings? When Calla learns she must combine her pack with her male alpha rival Ren's, the joyous hunting runs in wolfish form change their tenor. Other issues appear, too: Can Calla love a human and keep her pack safe? What has she actually been guarding all these years? And what really happens on Blood Moon Night when the cusp turns and she becomes eighteen? Suffice it to say that Calla's first-person tale is a page turner and should have adolescent girls flocking for it in droves. And when they have consumed it? Never fear. Andrea Cremer has a sequel waiting in the wings. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
Kirkus Reviews

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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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Nightshade Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 8.18(h) x 1.26(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Nightshade 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 806 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Calla is the leader of the Nighshades, one of the two wolf packs in town. Her destiny has always been to mate with Ren, the leader of the Bane pack, and she has always been preparing for mating. Ren has always been the carefree one. Though an obvious alpha leader, he bends the rules and doesn't take them so seriously. Calla and Ren have never been close, but knowing the date of their wedding is approaching, they both try and make an effort to get to know one another. They start hanging out after school and realize they have more than just a destiny together or an instant attraction. Then on a routine patrol on Nightshade territory, Calla saves Shay, the new boy in town, from a bear attack. Calla doesn't know why she broke the rules for him, but she wants to forget it ever happened. Shay isn't ready to let her go; he soon pushes his way in and becomes a big part of her life. He makes her feel things she's never felt before, like she can become someone other than who she is being forced to be. Now, Calla has her hands full. Does she stay with Ren and learn to love him? Does she risk the loss of her pack and everything she's ever known for Shay? And just who is Shay, and where did he come from? NIGHTSHADE is great from the start and instantly pulls you in. I refused to put it down, each chapter more compelling than the next. This is book one of the series, and I for one am on the edge of my seat waiting for the next!
pagese More than 1 year ago
This book went on my to read list the moment it came to my attention. I never dreamed I would get the chance to read it 6 months in advance. It has me from the opening chapter! I do have to admit that I was a little confused at first. The author uses some terms interchangeably and doesn't really offer a full explanation until later. But, since this was an ARC, it's possible that this might be cleared up before publication. The author offers up something entirely new into the werewolf legends. I didn't think this was possible when the young adult paranormal genre has had a huge explosion of werewolf books. Calla was an interesting addition to this pack. It's great to see an alpha female when most stories hold true to the belief that werewolf females are lower than any male (unless they are mated). I enjoyed both love interests as well. Most stories it's easy to choose which one you prefer. I'm not sure I could say that in this case. Ren and Shay both have qualities that draw you to them. The secondary characters are great. They are developed enough that they add humor and support to the story. I loved how the worked in the packs dynamics and how they change throughout the story. There's also some humor in the story that makes the story extremely well rounded. My only draw back was I felt the story should have ended a little sooner than it did. I'm not a big fan of huge cliffhangers, but I think it might have worked better in this story. You get the dramatic ending, but then the story goes on for a few more pages. But, like before, this is an ARC and it wouldn't be the first time if the author chose to alter the ending. Still, I would recommend this to just about anybody who enjoys young adult. I will probably buy a copy when it's released in October (and I rarely do that)!
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
sjwarner More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I truly did but I am only giving it four stars because of some of the parts within the story are a bit confusing and tend to repeat themselves in other ways. I hate Shay with a passion, she's meant to be with Ren and there is no doubt about that but I will definitely be reading the next one :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! Read it in two days!!!! It had great details and explained each of the characters. Definetly going to read the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Product Description (from inside book): "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 on 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 life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?" -Andrea Cremer What the above synopsis does not go on to explain is the complex relationship between Guardians (the werewolves), their masters (the Keepers), and thier nemesis- the Searchers. The Keepers control life in Vail, Colorado, as they have for all Guardians for many centuries. They arrange matches such as that of Calla and Ren in the joining of the Nightshade and Bane pack and that of their parents before them. The Searchers, on the other hand, are a mysterious group of rebels, who plan attacks on the Keepers and are the sworn enemies of the Guardians. Though the history of humans, werewolves, and warlocks are strictly taboo, Callie Tor, with the help of her human friend Shay, begins to delve into secrets the Keepers have always kept hidden...and reveal truths that will change the future... Nightshade is not for the simple-minded reader. It may be confusing at first if you don't understand a lot about the paranormal (in which case I hope my background summary has helped without giving any spoilers away). I challenge all YA readers to open a book that doesn't start with some seemingly normal girl who just found out she has incredible powers which will destroy the world...or something along those lines. While not entirely original, Cremer's debut novel does have a great premise which she manages to expand upon without disappointing the reader along the way. The characters, setting, and narrative of Nightshade are well-established by chapter three. This book lacks no emotional depth, and the romance is a 10/10. The action and plot twists were unexpected and pleasantly surprising. That said,, I found the climax of the storyline and ending somewhat ill played out. Personally, I knew what would happen beforehand, but maybe that was just me being annoyingly perceptive? I've seen the exact opposite reaction in other reviews and I know I'm a bit too much of a critic since I've probably read every YA book out there. Ending, notwithstanding, Nightshade was a thrilling read and I give it four stars! This novel will be an excellent addition to any bookshelf or library collection. I am eagerly anticipating Wolfbane, the sequel, coming out summer of next year. The 3rd book of the Witches War series is currently named BloodRose. Visit the author's site at
Kooba More than 1 year ago
I was excited when I got it, but was very disapointed when I read it. I didn't like how she always pushed people away and had a bad attitude about everything. I fell in love with Ren and hated Shay. Ren seemed like a pretty decent guy, not the kind you hated right from the start. I also didn't like how she automatically fell in love with Shay without knowing him. I'm forcing myself to finish it because I hate just stopping right before the end. I'm aware it leaves you hanging at the end and continues in the sequel, but I have no desire to read the second. But these are my opinions, you don't have to take my word for it.
cara_ann More than 1 year ago
I don't know if it was only because Nightshade was something new and exciting that had nothing to do with vampires or because the book was actually that good, but I loved it! The characters were well developed and the story was origional and interesting. Although this was just another novel with a girl torn between boys (like most YA novels these days), but this one didn't blend together with all the others thankfully. I really enjoyed reading this book and couldn't put it down. You really get into the story and get to know the characters. Ren just made me mad and Shay just made me annoyed but I couldn't wait to see what they did next. Im counting the days for the sequel!! Some YA romances are hit and miss..this is definately a hit!
Laurab68 More than 1 year ago
I had some issues with this story. I liked it. But I had issues. Calla Tor is an Alpha wolf in charge of the Nightshade pack of teens. She has been promised to the Bane Alpha wolf since they're inception. Which just happens to be on Halloween, which just happens to be their birthday. Problem number one. Using a pagan holiday as a rite of passage. Second problem. Calla helps a seeming less helpless guy who is being torn to pieces by a big bear. In the Colorado mountains. Calla easily morphs into wolf mode and feeds said boy her blood so he doesn't die. Said boy is now hopelessly in love with the wolf-girl. Wolf-girl is feeling the pull of the hapless guy. Shay Doran is a boring character. I didn't get the whole why Calla and Shay seemed to immediately fall for each other. There was no spark, no electricity. There was nothing there. Yet, Ren Laroche, the male Alpha that Calla is promised to is all sorts of electric, he sends sparks shooting down Calla's back and gets her good and hot. Ren is who I want to see Calla with. He's a much more dynamic character compared to Shay. It was almost like Cremer was writing the book and gave up on Shay and became more enthralled with Ren. I certainly know I did. Ren is the saving grace and what saves this review from giving it two parasols. The situations that Shay and Calla find themselves in are contrived to the point that I couldn't wait for Ren to show up and tease Calla some more. Some of the minor characters are decent. Calla's brother Ansel is cute. His puppy love for Calla's beta is predictable. What is unpredictable is the out couple Mason and Neville. I'd like to see more of them in the next book. Two gay wolves. Interesting. There are twists and turns to keep you guessing and keep you interested in the story when Shay is not around. The history of the Guardians (wolves) and the Keepers (masters) is interesting. The subplot including the Searches (humans) is not fully fleshed out so you have a hard time wondering what they are after. It's not fully explained and that can be a bit of a problem. This installment ends so quickly and so bizarrely that I'm still trying to figure out what happened. So thumbs up to Calla and Ren. Thumbs down to Calla and Shay. I don't normally talk about covers, but this has got one of the prettiest covers I've seen in a long time.
CiciBear26 More than 1 year ago
Nightshade. What can I say about a book that was so freaking awesome, I had chills? We all must admit that the 'werewolf' concept is getting old, along with the vampire one. And if you can honestly admit this, then you are probably groaning something like "Oh god, not another Twilight spin off..." And if you are, I have to stop you, right there. Nightshade makes Twilight pale in comparison. I just loved how there was a world in which supernatural things are at stake, but there wasn't any vamps to kill with that stake. (ha-ha). Andrea Cremer has woven a tale of (for lack of a better phrase...) just plain awesomeness! Her character, Calla, is such a strong character that it's impossible not to fall in love with her! She's so...normal, despite her wolfy traits (pun intended). Readers can pretty easily relate to her situation, because of how good the author describes it! There's no room for you to stop, after reading ten pages, and wonder, "What?" that's how perfectly its written! I haven't seen (read) a book in a while that managed to stump even me. Nightshade kept me guessing and enthralled, wondering how Calla's world was going to unfurl. If you love anything relating to werewolves, or you simply want a heroine who isn't completely clueless, please, grab this book. I'm damn sure that I'm anxiously waiting for the sequel, Wolfsbane! And, last but not least, the COVER! The graphic designer in me all but swooned at this beauty. The cover is wonderfully designed, and I give props to its designer! The cover is fitting, especially the beautiful lilly! (I hate to admit it, but I do judge books by their covers sometimes...It's a good thing this one is so eyeopening; or I may've never read this awesome book!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really disappointing. Calla is supposed to be this strong akpha but bends to Shay's whim and does WATEVER he tells her. I absolutely love Ren! She fell for SHay even SO fast she doesnt even know him almost at all. It got so hard to finish this book. I AM NOT going to read the second book. A serious disappoint in my opinion. Dont waste your money on this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally love the first bookit I amazing but I advise do not read the third and last book ever is horribleAfter I read this book I added the writer to my worst writers ever book First because one of my favorite and main characters die (Ren) Second because the whole entire book is about fighting for freedom and the fact they are guardian/werewolf But in the end the human ecence is took from them so they remain wolfes forever Third the second main storyline is that she has to choose between two who both of them she loves dearly and how will she choose and all that Drama and towards the end of the book she is stripped of that when Ren dies the writer tried to add too much of the wrong type of Drama she looses the storyline , integrity and goodness of the book she ruined the ending of a five star book and turned it too a one star book -A
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teenage_dream_13 More than 1 year ago
it's a little more than what i like to call AMAZING!!!!!!!!! i HIGHLY suggest it! i think that it is a very original wolf story, reaching territories untouched by previous authors. one of my favorite reads by far! warning: has a crazy cliffhanger at the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give the book four stars, but there some things I was doubtful of. The first chapter had me rivoted and excited to enter a new world. But as Shay entered, I found myself shaking my head and walking away. In another review, someone said for being an alpha, Calla allowed herself to be pushed around a lot. By Ren and Shay both, but for different reasons. I found Shay quite annoying, a fly that I couldn't swat. He pulled Calla from her normal world, thrusting ideas into her and pressuring her to do work that could have her killed. I couldn't fathom why Calla had instantly fallen in love with him when there was already a decent guy lined up to marry her. I definitely enjoyed scenes with Ren. I found his reactions to follow that of what an alpha wolf would be like. Despite having a history with dating, he proved his ultimate loyalty to Calla, even after she leaves him. Surely he can't be as bad as first believed? This series has potential, if it can show me what's so great about Shay over Ren. It makes we wonder if he will try to win Calla back, or have a decisive battle with Shay that will cease tension between them.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Keepers have already ordained the joining of two Guardians from different werewolf packs Calla Tor leader of the Nightshade clan and Ren Laroche leader of the Bane clan once she graduates from the Mountain School. Everyone wonders who between these two alphas will be top dog. While on patrol looking to insure their enemy the Searchers are not lingering nearby, Callie breaks a key law of the Guardians when she rescues a human boy from a bear attack that meant certain death. Callie and Shay break a second rule when they become friends. However, though forbidden, Callie abetted by her human friend Shay ignores another taboo when she investigates the secrets of the Keepers. Much more complicated than the above, Nightshade is a fabulous young adult romantic mountain fantasy in which the triad of species (in addition to the humans) seems genuine as werewolves and others roam Colorado. In some ways a coming of age tale, but more a rebel with a cause, Calla is terrific as she holds the plot together while suddenly breaking the laws of the Keepers after her whole life dedicated to strict adherence. Attracted to the fully developed key two males in her life, fans will wonder how far she will go between her desire for Shay and Ren. Harriet Klausner
EllzReadz More than 1 year ago
My thoughts...WOW, this was a great book. I am going to start with the writing, because I thought it was brilliant. As you read in the summary, Calla, future alpha pack leader, saves a hiker in the woods. This is where the conflict begins, she shouldn't have interfered. Calla is already promised to someone else. I was so torn between the characters. I still, even after completing the first book, am not sure how I want the story to end, or even if I do want it to end. It is that good. Calla's character is written as you would expect an alpha to be strong, fierce, and full energy. While most the characters in Nightshade are supernatural, they felt very believable, like a normal bunch of high school kids with some unique talents. The plot of Nightshade moved at a rapid pace. Despite the size of the book, it was a quick read. The plot was infused with supernatural creatures, plenty of magic, and that dynamic you often see in werewolf stories. The sense of comradery between the characters make twists interesting and left you with feelings of attachment to the characters. The story was great. I can't wait for the next book! I would definitely recommend this to fans of YA paranormal. If you liked Shiver or the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent, you will enjoy this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry to burst everyone's bubbles but...this book was not that great. The author doesn't explain anyone of the characters. This book was torture to get through. This book was far from good.
MT0 More than 1 year ago
OMG AMAZING!!!!! this book is the best book ever. ive read it soooo many times:D i got so attached to the characters and the love in this book is soo awe<3 i definetly reccomend this book!
ren27582000 More than 1 year ago
Throughly enjoyed the read, will read again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast pace and well developed characters made this book hard to put down...i got dragged in to Calla's world and i didnt want to come back! Fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is quite amazing. Especially people who like adult teens books that involve a lot of kissing and romance but also actually some cool, sick actions too. Personally I felt bad for Ren. I felt like whenever Calla got angry temper, she would start doing stupid things which lead the all the confusing things about her feelings. She never realized that Ren truly loved her and as the story went on...(sorry) I kinda of started to dislike Shay. Really dislike him. To myself I felt like she was cheating on both and 2 timing each one because she"d show affections to Ren then suddenly have a makeout session with Shay and then slap him in the face the next day. Most of what I got during the middle part of the book was just how she had to deal with Ren and then Shay's actions towards her. That I why I felt very sad for Ren. If Shay never showed up then maybe she would have had a better life instead of doing things behind his back. Ever since Shay showed up Calla has been putting herself into seriously MOCHO DANGER. As in she would break the forbidden act in which if she ever got found out about it she could instantly get herself killed. She knows her own consequences would go deeper than just being held back as a prisoner. ITS DEATH! If she thought hard enough she is technically putting her pack in danger as an alpha leader. Shay just kept pushing her do doing acts that could get her terribly killed and yet she did them. When she left Ren to go with Shay to escape, I felt as though I could feel his heart breaking pain. SO SAD.... Well anyways, I hope Calla seriously goes with Ren...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a grate book for a start of a trilogy. Nightshade is about a girl named calla and she is a pack alpha of the Nightshade's she has always been aranged to be married to Ren, the pack alpha of the Blane's. Ren is more a care free and think of what the punishment is after you do. Calla she is more of the one who you would call a gooddy gooddy untell she meets a boy named shay.... is he the one to change her ways???? Read Nightshade for an grate book.
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
Side note, before we start the actual review: The first line in the summary? EPIC. Okay, side note over. I went into this with VERY high expectations. I expected to be wow-ed, swept off my feet, with what I've read about this and my own judgments. The summary is epic, the cover gorgeous, and I've heard nothing but praise for it. I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up. Was it good? Of course. It wouldn't have gotten such high praise had it not been well written, which it is. And I give Andrea Cremer MAD PROPS for how she arranged the wolf packs. I am big on keeping to wolfish instincts, and she got those down pat, right down to how they treated each other, how they fought, their reactions to things - those were perfect. But I never really connected to the story. Is Calla interesting? Sure. But she's got a little bit of Bella Swann syndrome. She thinks she's average; other people thinks she's pretty. The new boy and the hot alpha wolf both think she's the best thing since sliced bread; she doesn't understand why, but hey, she likes them both. Does she kick ass? Yes. Does she also say she's a tough warrior who never cries, and then we see her crying in multiple scenes throughout the book? Yes. (Pardon me; I may be being harsh. I read this right off of reading Crusade, and I figured if I saw another crying scene I was going to start crying.) The only character I really, truly loved was Ren. Yes, Shay is nice and all; I get that. Bryn is interesting. The Keepers are fun to read about and so on. But Ren is ALL alpha male, and he struggles with that, and I love it. [SPOILER ALERT] But mad props for bringing in some gay characters, Andrea! Mason, Neville, and Logan - I LOVE seeing gay characters in paranormal, because it's so rare. More mad props. To quote Brent from his blog post on Lambda Literary: it’s not really a big deal that Mason is gay. Like, oh, there’s a blonde werewolf, a werewolf with blue eyes, and werewolf who’s gay. So, Andrea Cremer definitely hits the fact that sexuality is just like race and gender and eye color. Which I love. [/SPOILER ALERT] The plot? Once you ignore the romantic triangle - which had interesting dynamics, but is the same as practically every other paranormal book - I REALLY liked it. I kind of wish Andrea had focused more on the plot and less on the romance, because I think it would have been fantastic. The dynamics between the Searchers and the Keepers and the Guardians and what Haldis was - THAT I loved. But it tied in so much with the romance...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm reading this book for the fourth time, now! Read it! XD