This is a series that I have heard so many amazing things about on Twitter, Goodreads, etc. I've also been wanting to read this book for a very long time, but hadn't managed to get around to it yet.
Let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint. I'm not even willing to call this a book about werewolves, because Calla and her pack were so completely different than any other wolves I've ever read about. Most werewolves are people sometimes, and wolves sometimes. The characters in this book were a mix of wolf and human at all times.
It was different to read about a girl who would growl if she was angry, or bare fangs. Calla definitely keeps her wolf instincts while she's human, which was really different from any other kids of werewolves you ever see mentioned. To be honest, before Nightshade I'd never read a book from the point of view of the wolf before. I've read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, and there are of course werewolves in Twilight, but the main characters weren't the wolves in those books. (At least that I know of. I never did get around to finishing The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series).
Anyway, I really felt for Calla in this book. She has a LOT going on. With the Union between her and Ren rapidly approaching, Calla is more than a little stressed out. Then she saves Shay, a human who then reappears in her life, and everything that she knows gets turned upside down. Everything that she believes begins to be called into question, and Calla starts playing a very dangerous game that could get her and a whole bunch of other people (or wolves depending on how you look at it) killed.
Nightshade was full of unexpected surprises, tons of action scenes, and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire read. I was expecting to like this book enough to read the sequel, but I wasn't expecting to completely fall in love with these characters as much as I did. I'm proud to say I am totally in LOVE with this series! I've already finished Wolfsbane, and my ramble for that should be up sometime soon.
With all of the action, a completely bad ass main character, and two hot boys that I literally couldn't choose between, Nightshade is a book I highly recommend!