Source of my copy: Won from giveaway
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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?
The plot of this book was interesting for me--I've never read a book that was solely focused on werewolves with no other paranormal creatures. It was well-paced and easy to keep up with, but I wish there was more action and excitement because the plot was mainly about the love triangle between Ren, Calla and Shay (aka lots of boy drama). I don't mind a good love triangle but I had some problems with the heroine, Calla, and the two guys fighting over her, Ren and Shay.
At first, Calla seemed like she's always angry and has this tough-girl attitude that I didn't find so likable. But as the story went on and I got to know her character more I started liking her and thought her strong, brave and a worthy heroine. But one thing that annoyed me about her was how she kept overreacting whenever either Ren or Shay tried to put their arm around her or kiss her. It was hard to tell how she felt about either guy.
Shay really annoyed me in the beginning too. He was always being unfair to Calla and arguing with her about her traditions despite how much she tried to explain to him, even putting herself in danger for him--like her life wasn't complicated enough without Shay over-complicating it some more. Only near the end did Shay finally realize how much risk he put her in and began to back off. And when he did, he finally began acting like a decent hero I can root for. I am definitely looking forward to his character in the sequel.
As for Ren, he was a bit of a player in the beginning but as I read more and got to know him, he was very protective and caring towards Calla, which I really liked. The ways he showed his love for her was really sweet. He was basically a very sweet guy and it really annoyed me whenever Calla overreacted when he tried to touch her. I really want her to get with Ren for most of the book. However, since Shay cleaned up his act, I'm not so sure which guy to root for anymore... Nah, I'm still Team Ren.
Overall, Nightshade was a pretty good, easy read. Fans of paranormal young adult fiction who loves a good love triangle and lots of boy drama are going to eat this book up and ask for seconds! Seconds please... I am looking forward to the sequel. 4 out 5 stars