First Line: I’d always welcomed war, but in battle my passion rose unbidden.
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Prequel – Shadow Days (novella, 19 Oct 2010)
Book 1 – Nightshade
Book 2 – Wolfsbane (26 July 2011)
Book 3 – Bloodrose (Spring 2012)
Then there is Shay. New boy in town. Human. And totally ignorant to the ways of the pack (ie the one used so that we as a read can be told all the ins & outs of Calla’s 14th century lifestyle in 21st century America.) Shay is drawn to Calla and she him because he’s the only boy, outside of Ren, who has dared to touch her. She tries to hold on to the dictates of her society but one touch or kiss from Shay and she’s ready to chuck everything aside just so that he might kiss her again. That is until Ren pops up & kisses or touches her and she melts for him and wants nothing more than follow the rules of her world. This is part of what happens when horny teen werewolves aren’t allowed to play kissing games before being married off. But even though as a reader I was told how much Calla would tingle or melt at Ren/Shay’s touch I didn’t buy a romance between either of them. It was just all so forced like there had to be something written into the book to distract the reader form all the headache inducing plot.
I know that all the suppression of the Nightshade/Bane wolf females is supposed to be this grand stance on how horrible slavery is and how it can still exist in modern times. But I still don’t buy it. From what I saw of the Nightshade/Bane ‘masters’ I don’t get why the werewolf packs are so hell bent on protecting them. Especially when the head of the Bane pack essentially forces teen girls to sleep with him and then teaches his son that this will be good behavior when he has his own pack and do the same. Only this time since Bane Jr is secretly gay its one of the 2 other known secretly gay werewolves in the pack. So secret that everyone but Calla seemed to know and who met at the gay werewolf anonymous meeting. Really???
Now I am not gay but I have many friends and a few family members who are. I do not know what it is like to struggle against knowing who you are and what people in society want you to be. This struggle though is something where I feel that books can help. Then I see a story line like that in Nightshade and I think wow…that just went two steps backwards in helping people’s thinking. In Andrea Creamer’s world to be gay is not just something to hide and be ashamed of. Its punishable by death. And I don’t care what freaking message you are trying to send between the lines on how wrong this dictatorial society is. The words as they are written say something else and that to me is deeply disturbing on so many levels. I know I’ll probably get lots of emails and comments on how wrong my thinking is here but this is what I took away form the book when I read it. Everyone reads a book differently and how you saw something is not how I did. So please know while constructive comments are welcome super snarky ones will be deleted. I will not engage in any arguments on my blog.
Oh how cliched and and filled with convenient story telling. The cave with the spider…can I just say for a moment there I thought I’d stumbled into my copy of the Two Towers…but then there were wolves and its like. Nope, no such luck for me! That whole scene is supposed to be this pivotal climactic moment, a turning point in the story, and yet I think I shouted “seriously?!?!” at my book a good 1/2 dozen times in this very short scene. It was convenient, it was cliched, it was so utterly effing unrealistic (and no not just because there was a big effing spider or werewolves involved.) it was a plot device to get a certain event to conveniently happen in a supposedly natural way that I am sure will have HUGE implications later on in the story. It felt fake. I as a reader felt cheated.
I felt cheated again when Creamer went with the age old baddie pontificating about just how little everyone knows and to quote A Few Good Men ‘they can’t handle the truth.’ blah blah blah lets waste lots of time and them book big climax and end scene. Nothing resolved. Just a WTF cliffhanger ending that forces the reader to get the next book to see what happens next. Will Calla survive? Will she finally have to choose between Ren and Shay? and more importantly will this girl ever get laid?? I could say more about what I didn’t like but I think its pretty clear that this one wasn’t for me. I don’t know if I can stomach another book. But we shall see, dear reader of my blog, we shall see.
Reviews from people who thought differently than me
Book Chic Club – “Cremer has created an amazing, original world that is compelling and hard to put down.”
YA Bibliophile – “I loved the way Cremer worked Guardian/Keeper history in to our history and events that actually took place.”
A Book Worm’s Haven – “I think Andrea has done an amazing job of creating a completely new world that will force you to pay attention and fall in love with it.”
The Story Siren – “Nightshade is the perfect blend of everything I love in a novel. There is engaging plot, well written characters, romance and a BEAUTIFUL cover.”
Galleysmith – “It was the right combination of the supernatural and the realistic that I think even those who aren’t into the paranormal might enjoy this book.”