Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

3 January, 2012 Reviews 5 comments

Review: Nightshade by Andrea CremerNightshade by Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #1
Published by Philomel Books on October 19th 2010
Pages: 452
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy 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?

Usually, as a reviewer of YA and one who attracts a relative amount of trolls, I get told often that someone as OLD as me shouldn’t be reviewing YA books.  And at the staggeringly long-lived age of 25, I might as well be on Kidney dialysis and walking around with a zimmerframe to these people.

old woman wearing tiara
Coincidentally, how do you like my tiara?

Usually, I ignore these people because I can easily pretend to turn off my hearing aid and go to sleep.  They stop annoying me when I “pretend” to fart in my sleep and snore simultaneously.

For the first time, probably ever, I really feel the distinction.  I didn’t like this book, so I’ll still rate it.  In fact, I didn’t get past page 46 because I was afraid my eyes would roll out of my head if I kept pressing on.

This book is for teenagers.  Like, teenagey teenagers.  Of which, I am not one of them.

This book will relate to people who still think your clothing defines absolutely every aspect of your personality and who you can be friends with.  Who still think that the most important thing is that’s you’re listening to the right bands and doing you’re hair the way it’s cool to do it now.  People who GET Fred.  *Disclaimer here:  By “get Fred” I don’t mean, “Get Fred and choke the life out of him because he shouldn’t be allowed to exist.” But if you did think that’s what I meant then I think we can remain friends.

I am not teenagery.  My teenage cousin spent her Christmas money on hair products because she needed to update her range.  I spent my Christmas money on NOT defaulting on my homeloan by spending the GNP of Brazil on haircare products.  I dress nicely and I will never, ever, get mistaken for a teenager.  I wear PEARLS!  Real pearls.

This book is SO not for me.

Kat Kennedy

Kat Kennedy

Co-blogger at Cuddlebuggery
Kat Kennedy is a book reviewer and aspiring author in the Young Adult genre. She reviews critically but humorously and get super excited about great books. Find her on GoodReads.
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5 Responses to “Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer”

  1. Amelia

    I love this review, Kat! And it's weird, because I've been told I'm too old to 'get' YA and I'm 24, which must be like ancient or something. This seems too 'stereotypical YA' for my taste so I haven't bothered with it, but I loved reading your review because you always have a classy-but-hilarious way of making a point.

  2. Patricia

    Hey, I should just copypaste what Amelia said. – By the way, I'm 18 and I disliked YA when I was younger, too.I don't know if it is like that for you, but from my experience, it's like that:I like books written for Young Adults. That's why I rant so much when I read Hush, Hush or "book" like that. Because I think this age group deserves more. (Same goes for genres like PNR or UF. I love them, I just don't like what authors do with them)I think 18 is as Young Adult as it gets, so there goes the "You are too old" argument. Someone else said "If you know you won't like it, don't read the genre." But then I might miss great books like Divergent. So, what am I to do? *le sigh*And to have said it anyway: I love this review. I now know that I do not need to read this series. *phew*

  3. CuddleBug

    Thanks Amelia!Patricia – I agree, YA deserves better. I just felt the way the over all novel was actually written – well, there's no way a person beyond high school mindset really could empathize.I mean, she has a break down because her mother makes her wear a skirt. Who does that? What sane adult actually thinks like that?

  4. Kate

    bwhahahahahaha!I have you all beat. I'm 33, which in YA years equals crypt-keeper! I guess I probably shouldn't be a YA writer…

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