Coming October 19, 2010!
Nightshade is a tale of freedom and fate, servitude and loyalty, deceit and desire. Calla is a strong heroine who, naturally, comes across as somewhat animalistic - an intriguing and compelling characteristic. The opening chapters are expertly crafted to build the suspense, and the ominous mystique shrouding the secrets of Vail, Colorado pique the reader's interest immediately. The dystopian microcosm Andrea Cremer creates is fresh and fascinating. The dynamic of this world is deeply disturbing, and yet the characters and their plight are so bizarrely entrancing and thought-provoking that it's impossible to look away. Though it's possible to see some of the events coming, this helps build the increasing sense of desperation that pervades the story. Nightshade is a very intelligent novel, full of literary allusions that will keep fans of philosophy and literature on their toes. Cremer weaves an intricate blend of history and legend to create the unique type of magic that rules the Nightshade world.
Nothing is straightforward - each of the characters is full of contradictions and conflicting emotions. Calla is fighter, and yet she is afraid, showing a captivating vulnerability. Shay is quirky, sweet and determined, yet he often seems fragile - a refreshing trait in a hero, and one that makes him all the more endearing. Then there's Ren, who is completely inscrutable, taking Calla and the reader for a roller coaster ride of emotion. Just when he seems like the biggest jerk, he suddenly reveals a surprisingly sensitive side that will leave readers reeling. Even the supporting characters jump off the page, especially those in the Nightshade pack. Ansel is the most adorable little brother in the world, while Bryn's loyalty and Mason's playful smugness stand out in turn. Nightshade is a very insightful story, taking society's problems and magnifying them a hundredfold in order to examine them more closely. This stunning debut novel will capture readers' imaginations, leaving them eager to discover what dark revelations lie around the next bend. It's impossible not to fall headfirst into this uncanny world and be swept away by the churning current of mystery and suspense.
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Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of this novel via We Love YA! Tours. This did not affect my review in any way.
Tomorrow: Don't miss my author interview with Andrea Cremer!