Nightshade (Nightshade, #1) by Andrea Cremer

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers.

But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything— including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

This book has been nominated for YALSA’s Teens Top Ten list as well as Georgia’s Teen Peach Award, so my expectations were high.  Unfortunately, I was not all that impressed.  I had difficulty keeping the characters straight.  There were two wolf packs (soon to be three), the Keepers, the Guardians (another name for the wolf packs), and the Searchers.  The wolves answer to their alphas, who answer to their Masters, who are Keepers . . . I think.

Actually, the book did begin to work for me after the first hundred pages, but I hate to have to keep flipping back to see who the different characters are.  The storyline is unique and I can see a lot of twists and turns coming.

There is a love triangle (Twilight, anyone?  Vampire Academy?  House of Night?) which I find tiresome.  That just means there is no way everyone is going to have a happy ending.

And speaking of the ending, there’s not one.  The sequel, Wolfsbane, is due out on July 26, 2011.  Will I read it?  I am sure I will one day, but I am in no rush.  I will probably wait for the next two or three in the series to be released and read them all at once.

I am really tired of cliffhangers!

 

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