I find it hard to write lately. Its become quit a bit of a chore just sitting down and writing a review. So, I've been doing what I do best - spread the word by word of mouth, hand sell or recommend it to librarians that I know. In the last few months I have read many fantastic books, and I wish I had the time to write a review for every single one of them but unfortunately college, transfer applications, work and just having a life to deal with have gotten in the way. But I'm going to try my best to slowly get into blogging again. Hopefully.
So, today I am going to talk about Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (October 10, Philomel).
There's THREE things you need to know about this book.
1) I loved this book.
2) I LOVED this book.
3) No, I REALLY loved this book.,
I cannot... CANNOT stress how much I loved this book! I enjoyed every single page of it. Nightshade is a mixture of pure 452 ages of history, kick-ass female protagonist with a sharp wit, keen sense of loyalty, two REALLY hot guys, LATIN (hello, I LOVE Latin), and just plain old awesomeness. I guess the history part of it can be accredited to Ms. Cremer's background as a history professor, but the writing was just so beautiful, I can't stop gushing about it.
Things I never do with books:
1) Write in/highlight them.
2) Dog-ear them.
3) Read them atleast 4 times before they come out.
4) Email the the author 40 times in a span of 4 hours (Midnight -4am).
5) Carry it around everywhere. LITERALLY.
Things I did with Nightshade:
1) I highlighted almost every other line.
2) I folded pages to mark the spots that made me cry, or scream or just in general evoked a powerful emotion.
3) I read it 6 times by my last count. (May-October 2010).
4) I did email Andrea about every single chapter starting with Chapter 6.
5) I took the book with me to Washington, Boston and Pennsylvania.
I have literally surpassed my own records with previous books that I loved. Nightshade was just this complete mix of beautiful language and alluring history that made you want to put the book aside and go look up the references mentioned about all the different historical figures/books, etc. (which I also did). There are no words that can aptly describe how much I enjoyed Nightshade. Every page was like a masterpiece. Every line was worth quoting. Every word was worth memorizing.
Nightshade created a world so powerful and beautiful and just so attention-grabbing you did not want to leave it. If I had to pick between Calla, Ren and Shay, I would pick Ansel. :)
So, what CAN I say about this book?
1) It is a definite roller-coaster ride you want to experience.
2) It's a whole new take on werewolves. (I'm not a huge fan of them. Which says A LOT about why I liked this book. It was different than the usual stuff).
3) It's a guarantee that you'll be either Team Ren or Team Shay by then end- its just THAT good. Unless you're me and have developed a REALLY good immune system to resist all the HOT YA boys. ;)
4) You'll end the book wanting more of Andrea's writing and Nightshade world.
5) You'll go insane waiting for Summer '11 for Wolfsbane. (I know, I already am!)
Go see my special video for Andrea on her release day (today) here!
HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!!!!!! <3
You can find Andrea here and more about the Nightshade series here. Visit her and let her know hwat you thought of the book! And leave me a comment too!
Until next time,