rder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" style="width: 120px; height: 240px;" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=oklahgazet-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=039925482X&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr"> Angst! Sexual tension! Werewolves! Andrea Cremer's "Nightshade" has all the hallmarks of popular paranormal YA. I mean, even the title "? I can't even say it without affecting GOB Bluth-style dramatics.

Yet, I was drawn in.  This is a quickie, as the pace is fast and tension-filled. It also takes a completely done concept "? werewolf mythology "? and gives it a twist, which I really liked.

Cremer's story follows Calla, an alpha with her pack (sounds ridiculous, but it's honestly fun) who is promised to an alpha of another pack by the witch coven that controls them. Enter a normal guy "? nothing wolf-y about him "? who upends everything Calla's been trained for and makes her question the people calling the shots.

"Nightshade" is the first of a planned trilogy, so there's a lot more to come from Calla's world. "?Jenny Coon Peterson

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