Nightshade (Nightshade, #1)

First Lines: I’d always welcomed war, but in battle my passion rose unbidden.

This book has been on my to-read shelf for a while, thanks to the recommendation from one of my friends.  I eventually got to the point where I wanted to get it off my list.

Life has never held any surprises for Calla.  She’s known her whole life that upon graduation, she was going to marry Ren Laroche and become the alpha female of their pack.  But when Calla finds a human boy in trouble while on security detail, her life starts to change.  She no longer wants the path that is laid out before her, but one that may involve this boy, who is more than he appears.  By following her heart, she could lose everything she’s ever known.  Is it worth it?

When I started this, I was really interested.  I haven’t read a werewolf tale in some time, so I was excited to get started.

But as I quickly came to find out, it was incredibly hard to find a character I liked.  Calla was unpredictable, going from strong and fierce one moment to docile and biddable the next.  It was a contrast that seemed built into her culture, but it was so hard to see in practice.  It made it hard to want to stand up for her.  And the only character I felt I really liked was Ren, and he even made a few missteps from time to time.

The action was pretty good.  I admit that there were some exciting scenes and some scenes rife with tension that were fun to read through.  But it also moved too fast at times.  I never felt like the love story was complex.  It felt rushed and fake.  I never really got into it, unfortunately.

I was expecting more from it, I think.  It wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be and I thought there were definitely some places that could have been vastly improved upon.  I will say that it did have a good mysterious element to it, even though that too felt too easy.


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