While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth-birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack’s world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches’ War that surrounds them all.–From Goodreads
Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade has received amazing advance reviews, so I was excited when I saw that it would be on tour. The synopsis sounded intriguing, and though I am skeptical about all the paranormal books released these days, I have found some that exceeded my expectations lately. Unfortunately, Nightshade was not my cup of tea. I don’t typically review books that I don’t finish, but in this case I have to make an exception because it is a tour book. As far as I can tell, pretty much everyone else seemed to love this book, so I’m not sure what I’m missing and I wouldn’t want to discourage others from trying it. I kept pushing for the first 150 pages or so, which is far more than I would normally read a book that I couldn’t get into, but I really had trouble getting interested in the characters or the story. I found the pack dynamics a little confusing, and the individual character’s voices didn’t appeal to me. I wish I could better explain what exactly turned me off. As far as werewolf books go, I would recommend Shiver over any others I have read thus far.