Monday, November 22, 2010

"Breathless" Teen Read!

So I've mentioned the Breathless Reads promotion here a few times now. Five fabulous teen reads released between August and December, including Brenna Yovanoff's debut, The Replacement, Kirsten Miller's teen reincarnation romance, The Eternal Ones, last week's pre-pub post, Matched by Ally Condie, the sequel to Catherine Fisher's Incarceron (Sapphique), and Andrea Cremer's debut, Nightshade.

I've got Incarceron on my wish list, so Sapphique will have to wait, but I finished both Matched and Nightshade this weekend. Both were fabulous!

In Andrea Cremer's Nightshade, alpha Calla Tor has always followed the laws of the Keepers and the Guardians. She's to be paired with fellow alpha, Ren Laroche, in an official union ceremony on Samhain, uniting their two packs and creating a new, young pack of Guardians with a very special purpose. But when Calla saves a mortal boy from a bear one afternoon, everything changes. Shay is no normal human. His uncle is very important to the Keepers and wants to ensure that his nephew is protected at all cost, especially after he and Calla are attacked one evening. Calla again saves Shay and is assigned as his unofficial bodyguard. But, Calla is to reveal nothing about her world to Shay. As they spend more time together, Calla is unable to keep her promise of secrecy. Shay begins digging on his own as well, and the two make some startling discoveries about the history of the Keepers and the Guardians.

With Nightshade, Cremer has created a unique and vivid world of mythology and alternate history. It's an excellent debut and first in the series. I really can't wait to see what will happen next (and won't give anything away for you!).

I'll admit, the first few chapters are little confusing. The reader is literally thrown into this world and bits of information are revealed along the way. It becomes a more comfortable read after just a few chapters, though, once some of the backstory has begun to unfold.

These are not your typical werewolves! Definitely a highly recommended one. I think you're going to love it!

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