Reviewed by: Book Addict

by Andrea Cremer

Published October 19, 2010 by Philomel Books

Calla Tor's life is all planned out for her. After graduation she will be mated to fellow Alpha Ren Laroche. Forming a new pack, they will rule side-by-side, guarding the sacred sites for the Keepers and fighting the Searchers.

Saving a human's life with her powerful Alpha's blood is a huge violation of her people's laws. When Shay shows up at Mountain School, Calla begins to question everything she's ever been told.

A hard choice is coming and no matter what she chooses, someone is bound to get hurt.

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Calla Tor has a destiny that has been pre-determined. For her to mate with Ren Laroche and form a new pack of Guardians. This is something she has never questioned, until now. Coming upon a dying human boy in the woods changes everything. Saving Shay is against pack law and carries with it a death sentence if anyone finds out. So imagine Calla's surprise when Shay shows up as a new student at her school. He seems to know nothing about the world he has entered.

Calla is still resigned to her fate but cannot fight her growing attraction for Shay. As centuries old secrets are revealed, Calla comes to realize two things: All she knows may be a lie and Shay is someone important, to be protected at all costs.

The mythology of this book is complex and so different from traditional werewolf tales. I confess to being somewhat lost in the beginning but as the book progresses things are explained more clearly. I really felt Calla's confusion and pain as it became increasingly clear that her world was not what she thought it was. I was torn between her fulfilling her duty by marrying Ren, who though a playboy, had many redeeming qualities, and making her own destiny with Shay, who was sweet and protective.

The ending was a cliffhanger of epic proportions that left me begging for more! Luckily, I can read Book 2, Nightshade, to find out what happens next.

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