Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Title: Nightshade, Book 1 in the Nightshade trilogy
Author: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Links: Book Depository

Blurb:
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: graduation, marriage and then a life leading her pack.

But when she defies her masters’ laws to save a human boy, she must choose. Is one boy worth losing everything for?

What I liked about it:
I loved the world building. It’s so strong. I also love how the mystery of their world is slowly revealed. At first Calla thinks everything is okay and then the cracks slowly begin to manifest and she starts to question everything. I love that she does that. That she notices what isn’t right and stands up for herself. Like she’s on a quiet rebellion, it’s excellent.

I think the thing I loved the most about Nightshade was the theme of choice. The ultimate choice between you family, friends and everything you have ever known versus your gut feeling and what you think is right. It’s a timeless theme and it was executed so well.

What I didn’t like about it:
I first read Nightshade back in 2011 and I loved it then and I loved it now. I really can’t fault it. So, why aren’t I rating it 5 stars? I suppose because while it was great, it didn’t have any moments that made me want to do this:

My Verdict: 4 stars

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22 Responses to Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

  1. zxeper says:

    This is one of the few YA books I enjoyed through and through. Unfortunately the sequels are disappointing.

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  2. zxeper says:

    This is one of the few YA books I enjoyed through and through. Unfortunately the sequels are disappointing.

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  3. Marcus Case says:

    Thanks for the interesting review. I think you make a good point re 5 star ratings.

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    • jodiellewellyn says:

      Yeah, I don’t know. It just didn’t feel like a 5 star book. I really liked it, but I didn’t finish it feeling like, oh my god!
      I don’t know, it’s hard to explain 🙂

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  4. Marcus Case says:

    Thanks for the interesting review. I think you make a good point re 5 star ratings.

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    • jodiellewellyn says:

      Yeah, I don’t know. It just didn’t feel like a 5 star book. I really liked it, but I didn’t finish it feeling like, oh my god!
      I don’t know, it’s hard to explain 🙂

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  5. Heather M. says:

    I did a review on this book as well. I didn’t care for the book really. I have the entire series and haven’t made it past the first book. :/

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    • jodiellewellyn says:

      It’s funny how subjective reading experiences are. What’s a young adult book you really loved?

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      • Heather M. says:

        I have so many that I loved. I mostly read young adult, but my favorite would be Hunger Games or The Mortal Instruments series.

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      • jodiellewellyn says:

        I’ll agree with The Hunger Games. I wasn’t so keen on The Mortal Instruments 🙂
        I remember really liking The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong. I should read that again.

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      • Heather M. says:

        I have been meaning to read that series. I am currently reading Kelley Armstrongs series Women of the Otherworld. Not a young adult book, but I can imagine that if I like them I will enjoy her young adult books as well.

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  6. Heather M. says:

    I did a review on this book as well. I didn’t care for the book really. I have the entire series and haven’t made it past the first book. :/

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    • jodiellewellyn says:

      It’s funny how subjective reading experiences are. What’s a young adult book you really loved?

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      • Heather M. says:

        I have so many that I loved. I mostly read young adult, but my favorite would be Hunger Games or The Mortal Instruments series.

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      • jodiellewellyn says:

        I’ll agree with The Hunger Games. I wasn’t so keen on The Mortal Instruments 🙂
        I remember really liking The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong. I should read that again.

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      • Heather M. says:

        I have been meaning to read that series. I am currently reading Kelley Armstrongs series Women of the Otherworld. Not a young adult book, but I can imagine that if I like them I will enjoy her young adult books as well.

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  7. Nicola says:

    I enjoyed this book, too, and its sequels, though I don’t think the whole “choice” concept was executed as well as it could have been. Basically, what it comes down to is that Calla only stops to think she doesn’t want to marry the guy she’s supposed to (I forget his name :/ ), because she develops feelings for someone else. Shay has an important role to play in helping her see what’s wrong with the world she lives in, but I think it would have been more powerful if their relationship had been platonic.

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  8. Nicola says:

    I enjoyed this book, too, and its sequels, though I don’t think the whole “choice” concept was executed as well as it could have been. Basically, what it comes down to is that Calla only stops to think she doesn’t want to marry the guy she’s supposed to (I forget his name :/ ), because she develops feelings for someone else. Shay has an important role to play in helping her see what’s wrong with the world she lives in, but I think it would have been more powerful if their relationship had been platonic.

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