by Andrea Cremer
Published October 19, 2010 by Philomel Books
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 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.