Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Nightshade (Nightshade, #1; Nightshade World, #4)

I finally read this!! It’s been on my book shelf since 2012!! It’s one of those that I constantly went back and forth on getting rid of or keeping. I have the whole series, so I always just held onto it. Plus, I really like the cover!

This is about Calla, a werewolf, who is about to be married off. She’s an alpha and joining her pack with the only other pack. She ends up saving the life of a human and then her life is changing it’s course. She’s learning all these things about her life and history that have her questioning everything. I did like Calla at first, she was strong and fierce. I felt like that kind of fell away throughout the book. There is an incident that I think made a big impact on her behavior change, so I’ll give her that. She did redeem herself a bit at the end. I’m hoping we will see more of that in the next book.

I definitely would have liked this more if I read it 8 years ago. It wasn’t a bad read but I had some issues with it. I found the pacing really good, I read this one rather quickly. There’s always something going on, so I never really got bored. There is a lot of sexism in this book. The typical alpha male and he can do whatever he pleases to any woman and so on. It was kind of annoying to read about. I think the author was trying to shed light on it but it was cringe-worthy, the way she did it. There are some other things that could be triggering for people too.

I did really like Shay and how he’s telling her that she’s her own person. I also love the fact that she’s the magical one and he’s the human in this story. I always feel like it’s the other way around! Speaking of magic, there was a big lack of it! I think the world building definitely needs some work because there’s a lot of questions and no answers.

Overall, I did like the book but I was disappointed. I did think the ending was done really well. There’s a lot going on and a lot that comes to light. I have a lot of questions and will definitely read the next book! I do hope that it gets better as we go on.


Have you read this series? Does it get better?

2 thoughts on “Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

  1. I haven’t read this series yet, but it’s definitely one I’d like to read. I think it’ll help going into it knowing that the alpha-male aspect is there.

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