Nightshade – Andrea Cremer
Wolves, supernatural, fiction, young adults, identity, interpersonal relationships.
While patrolling, Calla and her friend Bryn come across a bear attacking a human. Calla and Bryn fight off the bear and she tells Brynn to go. Calla goes up to the hiker and heals him then takes him to the car. They don’t speak of what happened. Calla is the alpha of her pack, Nightshades, and this year for her would be life changing since she is being paired to one of the Banes, Renier, as her alpha equal. This hasn’t been done before where a new pack is formed. When they go to school, they are introduced to Shay, a new student, and Calla recognizes the human, he was the hiker. As he is mixing with the pack and them having to protect him, Calla spends time with him dissecting texts that allude to her lineage and his lineage. Confused by what she wants and what is a part of her life, she now questions everything that she ever was taught and decides to do what is right.
I read this novel in middle school and I can’t get over how good this was. I had to buy new copies of the entire series to reread because it has been so long. I was never a twilight person because vampires are not cool Werewolves and witches are cooler. This is a really in depth explanation with a lot of world building. It isn’t overwhelming but it helps create the rest of the world and the following novels to come. I love Calla as she is the scariest and more fierce. This book will take the reader, like myself, on a roller coaster of feelings. I felt sad, happy, excited, and angry all the time because there are duties that Calla has to do but she doesn’t want to follow all the rules. She tries to please others and she never is able to enjoy herself and life. I loved this novel as a teenager when I first read it and love it even more as an adult.