Nightshade - Andrea Cremer
*October 19th, 2010 Philomel
While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth-birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack's world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches' War that surrounds them all.
It feels like I've been focusing pretty heavily on YA dystopian/science fiction lately, with a bit of dabbling in the paranormal. Well, it feels like time to foray a little deeper into the paranormal realm. Nightshade definitely has a very interesting-looking cover, don't you think?
What's also piqued my interest about this one is the fact that - from the synopsis - it sounds like Calla is a very strong female lead. A "warrior", an "alpha female" - well, sign me up then! Add a Witches' War to the mix and it's just brimming with allure.
And of course the fact that there's so much great buzz circulating about it already doesn't hurt. So there you have it - my pick for this week. What about you - what're you waiting on this Wednesday?
*WoW is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine