Parents' Guide to

Nightshade, Book 1

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gripping werewolf thriller explores lust more than love.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Very promising!

The first book in the Nightshade series is very thrilling. The suspense excitement in the plot makes you read the entire thing without a break. It's one of my favorite book series and I highly recommend!
age 18+

Keep aware of what your children are bringing home.

This book I was shocked my just turned 12 year old daughter took out at her school library. I wish they would not have these kinds of books there.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Andrea Cremer's first novel is as fast-paced and emotionally driven as you'd expect in a best-selling novel aimed at teen girls. Like many comparable heroines, Calla is a powerful protagonist who is nonetheless insecure when it comes to romance. She's inexperienced and unbelievably drawn to both her sexy alpha-male fiancé, Ren, and the sweet and passionate mystery guy, Shay. But by focusing so much on Calla's stomach-flipping feelings of infatuation, lust and (could it be?) first love, Cremer creates a heroine who somehow lacks the substance and spunk of Hex Hall's Sophie, the Mortal Instruments' Clary or Paranormalcy's Evie.

Calla isn't particularly clever or funny or smart. She is, however, a fierce fighter, doting sister, and protective friend. Sadly, when it comes to her singular interest in Shay, she loses some of her appeal. The two guys each have their merits, and the story is obviously going to divide fans into Team Ren or Team Shay, but it's fairly obvious (at least in this first book) whom the author means Calla to be with ultimately. The cliffhanger ending may frustrate some readers, but luckily the sequel is already available, so you can immediately move on to Wolfsbane.

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