Nightshade: Book 1 by Andrea CremerNightshade: Book 1 by Andrea Cremer

Nightshade: Book 1

byAndrea Cremer

Hardcover | October 19, 2010

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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 forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Andrea Cremer is the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series, which includes Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose, Snakeroot, Rift and Rise. She is also the author of the Inventor's Secret series, and of Invisibility,which she co-wrote with David Levithan. She lives in Claremont, CA. You can visit her online at www.Andr...
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Title:Nightshade: Book 1Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.5 inPublished:October 19, 2010Publisher:Penguin Young Reader GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:039925482X

ISBN - 13:9780399254826

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Good book if a bit cliched. I do enjoy cliches though so honestly I still recommend as Andrea Cremer still writes a beautiful story.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! I loved this book, read it twice, couldn't put it down, really pulled me in and had to have the next one!
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing!! Such a good book i loved every part of it. I couldnt even put it down. You wont be able to put it down!! Its totaly a must read!!
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing!! Amazing book! Had me at line one!
Date published: 2013-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Recommend this, good trilogy
Date published: 2013-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favourite books!!!!! I loved it, it was such a great book to read!
Date published: 2012-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved! Nightshade is not your typical werewolf story and I loved it!! I loved the world that Andrea created between the Keepers and the Guardians. Andrea’s characters are also very lovable. I love Shay and Ren each have their own faults but they are both perfect and it’s hard to just pick one. I like how Andrea mixed wolf and witch lore together to create a unique series. Andrea has created secondary characters personality that I have no idea who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. I think I may know but everything seems to take way different twists and turns that I’m only like 5% sure I know. I love the tension that surrounds all the little love birds in the series. There is so much love to go around it is crazy! Everyone is falling in love with someone of the pack even though they know they could have their hearts broken and have to mate with another. It makes me sad. I hope Andrea keeps all her love birds together. I can’t wait to read Wolfsbane
Date published: 2012-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! My boyfriend bought me this book for Christmas. It looked amazing. When I opened it I realized that ittruly was such a great book! I couldn't believe how awesome this book was. A wolf woman has to choose between her arranged marriage or a stranger. Great love story. The only bad thing was how it ended on a cliff hanger!! Can't wait for the next book! LOVE IT!
Date published: 2011-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very different and surprising, but in a good way (: it started out interesting; the plot is different and its reasonably written. it allowed me to see a new perspective on wearwolfs and believe me, im now a fan. those who dislike twilight for its cheesy asets on vampires and wearwolfs ( even thoough there arent any vmapires in this series) may change their minds after this novel. my opinion did. this plot is certainly something i've never read before and i enjoyed it because it was not predictable. but this novel did have many unanswered questions ( but some are answered in the second book, wolfsbane) and edned on a cliffhanger. all in all, this book was not the best, but wasn't bad either. i've read worse. p.s this is a light reading novel. the formatting and writting style of this book is simple and easy to understand, so i think those between the ages of 8-14 would appicate this book more than those who are older. (:
Date published: 2011-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I just finished reading this book and I absolutely LOVE it! I wasn't sure about reading it at first since it's about werewolves, but it's nothing like the stereotypical werewolf stuff. It especially gets really good the last half of the book, I couldn't put it down!! I can't wait til 'Wolfbane' comes in the mail!!! :)
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Werewovles Aren't So Bad I had to say I had my doubts on Nightshade, thinking that it'll be like any other wolf novel I read. Surprise, surprise, it was quite different and intriguing. The world where majority of the cast live in is in a two different wolf packs trying to fit in. Although, the characters can turn into wolves, they're not werewolves. There's not real definition for werewolf, but the characters are defensive saying that they're not the stereotypical werewolf. It's true that they can turn into wolves, but there's no moon phases or weaknesses to silver. The only similarity between these wolves and werewolves is that you need to be bitten to change into a wolf if you're human. Other than that you're born into being a wolf, or a "Guardian". There are Guardians, Keepers, and Searchers. The Guardians are the only ones who can change into wolves, but the Keepers are sort of like their masters. They provide the Guardians with everything they need. In return the Keepers get their protection and unwavering loyalty of the Guardians. Which really means, do what we say and no one get hurt. The Searchers on the other hand really do what their name implies. They search for the sacred grounds to the the Keepers to tip the balance between them as there is war going on. So, Cara is an alpha female of one of the two wolf packs in the novel, and a truce is about to begin. The truce states that the younger wolves of the Nightshades and Banes will form a new pack to guard one of these sacred grounds from the Keepers. To ensure that there's no biases there will be two leaders who will lead the new Haldis pack. A.K.A. Calla and super hot Ren of the Banes who are getting "united" for the new pack. Which translates into getting married, very old traditions, wouldn't you say? But it wouldn't be a good novel on the romance part if there was no love triangle. Shay is a human who's apparently very important to their world, so Calla was right to save him when he could have died. Instead though, Calla became his knight in shining armor. Or a teenage girl about to get married. If the mystery of their world won't quench your thirst to continue you reading, this star-crossed lovers romance will. I'm eagerly counting down the days until the sequel, Wolfsbane, comes out July 26.
Date published: 2011-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More Love triangle goodness Nightshade is the first book in the Nightshade series. The cover is what first caught my eye. I have to admit, I’m a real sucker for these pretty covers when they’re matched up with a paranormal story on the inside. Basic Breakdown: Calla Tor is the alpha wolf of her pack and has been promised to be the mate to the alpha of another pack, Ren. Ren is sexy, stubborn, dark, and a surprisingly caring werewolf. Under their arranged union, when they both turn 18 on a powerful night, their packs will become one and they will rule together. Pretty much. The wolfpacks are known as Guardians and they serve the Keepers (magical beings in human form that wield powerful magics). Calla and her fellow wolves protect the sacred lands that are wanted by their enemies, the Searchers. While Calla finds herself becoming more and more physically attracted to Ren, a human boy gets in the way. Humans at Calla’s school already know not to mix with the wolfpacks, but this human boy, Shay, rebels against those rules and basic human instinct after Calla, herself, starts breaking rules for him for reasons she can’t even conceive. These two sexy and worthy males leave her hormones, heart and animal instinct torn. Her romantic life isn’t the only thing in shambles. Calla begins to realize just how many things in her magical life have been a lie. Soon her whole world is upside down, making for a great read. Afterthoughts: Nightshade shows promise for a fun, paranormal series. Calla is a relatable heroin with lots to learn. Where she lacks in life experience, she makes up for in her spunkiness. Calla and Ren’s packs are entertaining and give the book life with their dynamic interactions. Overall, the premier book to this series has good bones, but feels a little emotionally naked. It does touch on issues that everyone deals with today, like, sexism, burdening family expectations, and deceit. There’s good stuff to build on for the rest of the series, and the mild cliff hanger left me looking forward to the next book, which hits shelves in July.
Date published: 2011-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it. Review first posted at http://unautrehistoire.blogspot.com/ This book has already received a ton of reviews and everyone loves it. And they should. It was really good. The synopsis found on the book is a little misleading, but that's ok. Andrea Cremer wrote a really great book. Her writing style is engaging and light. I didn't feel bogged down with big words and mangled sentences. The story and the writing flowed beautifully. The plot was great. I would get stressed out a little when as a reader, I would figure something out, that eh protagonists wouldn't know about for a while. I would often catch myself yelling "Open your eyes". I'm silly like that. I loved the shifters and their lore. The idea of Keepers and Guardians was new to me and it intrigued me. I loved the two wolf packs-The Banes, and The Nightshades- I loved how loyal they were to each other and I loved how they could come together and form a new pack (sort of). I loved how they were not thrilled about the idea, and how the would bicker back and forth. I liked Calla, I thought she was a great protag. I would get annoyed with her when she would submit to Ren when she should have held her ground (she's also an alpha), I liked Ren-even more then Shay- I thought he was cocky but sweet at the same time. He was loyal to his pack and he was fair. I didn't like it when he was get all alpha type and dominate Calla. I liked Shay, but I totally thought he was a wimp. I thought he whined a lot and did not take things like a man. He was such a suck. It's funny now. I am totally sucked into this series and I am really looking forward to Wolfsbane I can't wait to see where the story and these characters are heading.
Date published: 2011-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I loved the book all the characters were likable except one of them which is Shay the only reason i didn't like Shay was because he seems so wimpy seems like every time Calla had to save him so .... yeah. I wish Calla would have ended up with Ren beause he seems much sweeter than Shay.
Date published: 2011-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A treat to read I initially just picked up this book because, well the dust cover is sparkly. I was in for an incredibly delightful surprise. I really enjoyed the interesting back story that even as you end the book still leaves you guessing. I loved the fact that both guys whom Calla is torn between are wonderfully likeable. I didn't find myself leaning towards either which is quite a feat. I can't wait until Wolfsbane is released!
Date published: 2011-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review by The Moody Teenager (.) blogspot (.)com I'm sure that most of you have if not lusted after the book at least heard about it. Before Nightshade was even published, the buzz surrounding it was pretty fierce. So did it live up to the hype? In my eyes it sure did. Nightshade is one of the best books I've read in 2010, because everything about it was so good. Of course, you might be thinking that these wolfy supernatural books are everywhere in the book world but Nightsade was refreshingly different! For one, the protagonist, Calla is just awesome. She is one of those book characters that you wont hate, the decisions she makes not only for herself, but for her pack are decisions you would okay. She is a determined, independant heroine who is her own person. As a character, she is very likeable. And honestly, so is pretty much almost everyone in the book except for...well....the baddies. The secondary characters don't dissapoint either, Bryn, is a great best friend to Calla. She isn't annoying or overexposed in the book either. To be honest, I didn't like Shay as much as I should have. He seemed abit wimpy in my eyes, of course I liked him but I didn't LOVE him. Sometimes I was leaning a bit more towards Ren because Shay didn't appeal to me as much as Ren. But all in all, I was happy with the way it went. Guys, this is the kind of book that you change your sleeping scheduele for. Thank God I didn't have school the next day! The plot is great, I love me a forbidden romance and the book is very fast paced, I didn't even realize I was pretty much done the book until I reached the thank you page. But the supposed shocker near the end of the book was kind of obvious, I was just waiting for it to happen. I'm pretty sure the Nightshade books are just pages away from taking over the YA book world. It was a fun and easy read, and I just can't wait for the sequel, Wolfsbane. It should be appearing in a book store near you sometime in Fall 2011. I loved Nightshade, if you loved books like Hush Hush and Shiver, this one is for you.
Date published: 2011-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! My boyfriend bought me this book for Christmas. It looked amazing. When I opened it I realized that ittruly was such a great book! I couldn't believe how awesome this book was. A wolf woman has to choose between her arranged marriage or a stranger. Great love story. The only bad thing was how it ended on a cliff hanger!! Can't wait for the next book!
Date published: 2011-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So amazing!!! Rarely do I get sucked into a novel so quickly!! Usually I have to force myself to read at least 100 pages before I give up if the story is too lame. Nightshade, however, hooked me from the first couple chapters. I instantly became obsessed, and found it impossible to put down (this was very bad, considering I had a few essays I needed to finish). It is rare these days to find a YA novel with the typical "love triangle" and supernatural plots that is original or at least well-written and engaging, which is why reading Nightshade was such a treat, and why I was so sad when it ended. I absolutely can't wait for Wolfsbane (book 2) now!!! I definitely recommend Nightshade to anyone who likes supernatural stories and romance, but wants a break from the poorly-written crap that lines the shelves today.
Date published: 2011-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an awsome book! it was a rlly good book!! i read it a few months ago and i still remember everything! i cant wait for the next few! its one of my faves!!!!!
Date published: 2011-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! When Calla saved the human boy in the woods, she knew she was breaking the rules, but she had no idea her whole life was about to be turned upside down. But when Shay shows up at her school the next day, trouble seems imminent. As an Alpha Guardian, Calla's destiny has been set for as long as she can remember and her attraction to this new boy will not be acceptable as far as her pack, her future mate and the Keepers are concerned. But when questions start to arise about everything she believes in, Calla isn't so sure this destiny is really for her. Though many are calling Nightshade a werewolf story, I felt Calla and the Guardians fell more into the Shapeshifter category than werewolves. Either way, I found this new take on the human/wolf mythology to be refreshing and very well done! Because Nightshade follows a different set of rules than most werewolf stories, it starts out somewhat confusing as the reader is faced with many questions as to who the Guardians, Keepers and Seekers actually are. Thankfully, this information is eventually revealed to the reader as it is discovered by Shay who is also new to this world. Once the mythology has been established, the story unfolds with plenty of action, romance and intrigue. Calla is a strong and likeable heroine, who despite having always known her destiny, struggles with her place in life. While I very much enjoyed Nightshade, I did have issues with some very small continuity flubs towards the end of the book (I'm like the Continuity Police!), but the one real detracting factor was a major plot point in which the characters were oblivious, and I wanted to scream at them so they'd see what was going on. In counter balance, there were also some other total surprises that I didn't see coming at all, which made up for the aforementioned issue. I really liked this fresh take on the werewolf genre, and look forward to the sequel Wolfsbane which comes out in July.
Date published: 2011-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read, Can't Wait for Wolfsbane 3 I really loved this book. I was instantly drawn into Calla's world. Throughout the book I was going back and forth on who I thought Calla should end up with, Ren or Shay. I am still torn between the two even after the end of the book. I tend to think a little too much about what's going on in the story and wondered throughout the book if the reason why Calla was so physically attracted to Ren whenever they are near eachother was because the Keepers but a spell on her so that she, as the alpha of the young Nightshande pack, would be instinctively drawn to the alpha of the young Bane pack therefore making their union a sure thing. But there was no mention of this so maybe she is just attracted to him on her own. I really am looking forward to Wolfsbane so that I can know what happens with Calla's pack, and if she can convince them to join her and the Searchers....
Date published: 2010-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Done A very good read from start to finish. I liked what Andrea Cremer brought to supernatural fiction; a fresh take on a very overdone concept (paranormal love triangles). I do wish that this book wasn't part of a series, though. It started off so well that I think it can only dissappoint from here.
Date published: 2010-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review Callie‘s the alpha of her pack and has all the qualities one would expect of someone who is in charge. She’s strong, brave and daring. She’s used to being in control of her Nightshade pack so whenever she has to relinquish her authority, it always makes her feel a bit uneasy. Also there were many secondary characters which could have gotten confusing but the good thing was that they were all unique and had different personalities and traits. So encountering them in later chapters, I had no problem remembering who they were. Usually when I think of werewolves, they’re in a pack and the pack gets orders from the Alpha and the Alpha doesn’t take orders from anyone and is the one in control. Not so much in Nightshade. The werewolves are known as Guardians and take orders from their masters known as Keepers. It was both confusing and intriguing at first because the relationship between the Keepers, Guardians and Searchers isn’t all laid out and was one of the things that kept me reading and wondering. The love triangle was another highlight for me. Callie is torn between these two guys and they’re both great in different ways. I can’t pick so I don’t know how she can. I’d say the best werewolf book I’ve read this year. I was completely absorbed in the story, the characters and the love triangle. Needless to say I can't wait for more.
Date published: 2010-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK I coudn't put this book down. You will fall in love with the characters and the setting from the first chapter. If you like books about love triangles, this is the book for you. I personally hope she ends up with Ren!
Date published: 2010-11-14