Thursday, January 27, 2011

NightShade by Andrea Cremer

I loved this book. i dont typically read YA fiction but i loved this story and cant wait for the next one. Im torn over who i want Calla to end up with though. Ren who seems to love her but I am not sure or Shay who has always shown it but am not sure if things will work out for them in the end. 
Call is the alpha wolf for her pack the nightshades. Their Rival pack is called the Banes and their Alpha is Renier . For as long as they can remember they have been told that the two Alphas, Calla and Renier , will join in union to create a new pack and guard one of the sacred sites from the searchers. The wolves as shape shifters called Guardians and they are the loyal warriors to the keepers who are all powerful. They defend them against the searchers who are their rivals. They have always told the searchers are bad and want to take over the sites so they can control the earth and everyone would be their slaves. It is the guardians duty to guard the sites so this does not happen for if it does the world as they new it would end. They are forbidden to read Hobbes because it is a bunch of lies created by the searchers to influence the minds of the guardians so they will rebel against the keepers and switch sides. But in all the years who is really telling the truth? Are the searchers really evil as the Keepers portray them to be or are they innocent and all this and just fight for what they believe in?
Shay is the boy who Calla saved from a bear attack in area that was forbidden. The keepers don't value the lives of humans and if they knew she had saved him she would have been severely punished. If Calla had not saved him he would of died though and she couldn't live with that . She gave him her blood to drink to heal him after she fought off the bear . She knocked him out once he was beginning to mend and carried him back to his truck in hopes that he would figure it was all a dream and he had never even made it out of the back of his truck .
Unfortunately that wasn't the case when he showed up as a new student in school a week later. He recognized her immediately and tried to talk to her but she avoided him at first hoping that no one besides Bryn, her beta who was also there knew the truth about what had happened on the mountain. She had an instant attraction to him and was having a hard time fighting it . She wasn't allowed to be with anyone , she had to be pure at the union and wasn't allowed to see anyone else . The Bane alphas were though because it was in their nature to hunt but if they are both Alphas why is it ok for him to pursue the hunt and not her?
Her passion for Shay is so much different then the way she feels for Ren. Which Shay its a slow smoldering feeling that enflames her. Then with Ren its hot and fast and takes over her whole being to a point she can not control it .
The keepers want them to protect Shay , his uncle is a keeper and his parents died when he was young. It is odd for them to guard a human but Shay is more than anyone ever thought. He has a tattoo on the back of his neck that he is unaware of but it is protected from his sight so he can not see it. The same image is found in one of the forbidden books kept by the keepers. What is shay really?
Calla protects him as told by the keepers but the more time she spends with home the more struggles within her self for who she can be with.She belongs to Ren , the bane alpha and no one else can tough her. Who will ultimately win. Does Ren truly care for her or does he only care because she was given to him?