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Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
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Aug 23, 10

bookshelves: arcs, chick-lits, fantasy, ya
Read in August, 2010

When presented with a book about vampires/werewolves/super humans/general Twilight spawn, I am skeptical. In many ways, Nightshade proved me wrong. In many ways, it did not exceed my expectations. Calla suffered a classic case of Bella Swan. Her ability to take on a wolf form did not grant her any amount of “girl power” she remained very much at the mercy of her parents, the keepers, the expectations set before her and her wavering emotions. She did not plan dangerous missions or scout out forbidden books; she was brought into these situations. She was as much an alpha as Edward IV was a king.
On the other hand, Cremer’s world is far better developed than those of many of her contemporaries. She draws masterfully from mythology and philosophy alike and creates a world that feels both thoroughly modern and seeped in an ancient tradition.
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