Nocte (The Nocte Trilogy, #1)
by Courtney Cole
My name is Calla Price. I'm eighteen years old, and I'm one half of a whole. My other half-- my twin brother, my Finn-- is crazy.
I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I'm terrified he'll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me. I'm doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I'm drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline.
He's my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I'm afraid, where I belong, where I'm lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me. He has the power to destroy me. Maybe that's ok. Because I can't seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt. Why? Because of a secret. A secret I'm so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming.
You won't either.
This book started out so strong. I was completely immersed in this story, having highlighted the whole prologue, I just knew that this book was unlike anything I had read before. Nocte is very unique, and I loved the relationship between Calla and Finn; The good twin mixed with the crazy, unstable but loveable other made for a truly refreshing read. But... it was all very cloak and dagger at times too. It flitted back and forth between the twins, and as much as we are warned of the crazy, I found the ramblings just... strange. I found my attention to details waning which tells me that this story wasn't for me.
Towards the halfway mark, I have to admit... I got slightly bored because the storyline didn't seem to be going anywhere. I wasn't experiencing any character progression, it just felt a little stalemate.
I cannot deny that the writing and intrigue is very good, but I couldn't seem to connect to the characters in the way I hoped.
Dare Dubray is definitely the highlight, and even through he was harbouring a big secret, his presence was refreshing in a book that holds a dark and sinister edge.
This is one you have to go in blind. I'm pleased I did, even though I have to be honest and say that I wasn't bowed over by the twist, because yes... it has one, albeit a little far fetched.
I can see why some readers would love this story, unfortunately I just found it a little off-kilter and exasperating at times. I really wanted to love it. It's not all doom and gloom, but I have to be honest... something about it just niggled me. I love dark romance with a bucket load of angst, I don't mind violence, or even a a touch of horror, but this whole book felt oppressive; shrouded in a dark cloak of depression that hung heavy in the air. Maybe I should have read it after a light read, I may have felt differently.
Kelly - 3 Crowns