Series in Review – Nightshade

Posted August 2, 2013 by Emily in Series Review / 2 Comments

Series in Review is a new feature I will be doing on the blog.
Basically, on this feature, I will review a series as a whole instead of individual books.
You can read more about it at Series in Review – The Breakdown.

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SERIES: Nightshade
AUTHOR: Andrea Cremer
STATUS: Completed
BOOKS: Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose, along with other novellas and stories
RELATED: Nightshade also has a prequel series dubbed as Nightshade Prequel.

SYNOPSIS: 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?

(That’s the synopsis for Nightshade. To read other others, just like on the link below each cover.)


Book by book: I actually really enjoyed reading Nightshade, the first book, I think. It’s been awhile since I read that book so I don’t quite remember… Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about the rest of the series. Wolfsbane made me want to bang my head on something. It wasn’t that bad, but it was exactly great either. Bloodrose made me want to bang my head on the book, and then watch it burst into flames. It upset me that much. I felt like the author took the easy way out, and that was very, very disappointing.

Storyline: The concept behind the books is unique. Sort of. It’s a new story, one I haven’t read before. Which is nice, but some things seem very familiar…

Romance: This is one of those series, that I feel has a lot riding on the love triangle in it. -_-  I rarely like love triangles (just see this post: Investigated – Love Triangles), and this series is no exception. And the way the triangle sort of ended was painful. Painful for the characters and painful to read (that might be because I rooted for the wrong team).

Characters: I wasn’t a really big fan of Calla, after the first book. Normally, in a series, the characters grow, and as the reader, you can sense that. However, in this series, I thought it was the opposite. I thought Calla showed more maturity in Nightshade than she did in the other books. And my opinion of her only started to decrease with every page. I spent a lot of time wishing I could actually yell out her. I wanted to scream “What are you doing?!? Why are you so stupid?” Let’s just say, Calla needs to work on her decision making skills. Both in terms of boys and what to do because hers suck.

Recommend it?: Probably not. I am a big fan of good endings, and I feel like this series didn’t have that. Sometimes the other books in the series are good enough that the disappointing ending can be overlooked, but that isn’t the case for this one. If only Wolfsbane was a little better, then, maybe, just maybe, I would recommend the Nightshade series to others.


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2 responses to “Series in Review – Nightshade

  1. I haven’t read this series it I’ve always been kind of curious about it! (Mainly because the main character shares my name, which feels so weird…) but also because it sounded like it had some potential. But then I’ve heard more and more about them and the not so good love triangle that I just don’t think I could stand them!
    Great review, I think I’ll definitely end up passing on this series!