Thursday, February 26, 2015

Nocte Liber Sum

I feel like I haven't been on here in forever!  I've read a half dozen books since my last review and I swear, if I don't get on here and review them right away, everything just flies right outta my head!  Ugh, I hate that.  Really truly I do.  So....I decided immediately upon finishing my latest that I HAD to get on here and do something.

I just finished reading Courtney Cole's Nocte, which is part 1 in the Nocte Trilogy. To start out, the cover on this novel is gorgeous.  I mean, seriously, can you see that?  It's beautiful! Kudos for the cover work.

Reviewing this novel is really hard to do without spoilers, so I am trying very hard to choose my words wisely.  Literally, from the first page I was hooked and needed more.  The author's note at the beginning was enough to read and think, "well, now I HAVE to read this!"  because it was just that intense, that deep, that intriguing.  

There is so much going on throughout this story, so much under the surface that it kept my rapt attention and I couldn't put it down.  I HAD to find out what was going to happen. I'm a fan of Cole's, so I was excited to begin this book, even if I was a bit perplexed by the synopsis of it on Amazon.  It reads:  


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. 

Dare DuBray. 

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. 

So I'm really not sure what I was expecting when I started reading this, but it's not led to anything I even imagined.  At every turn of the page, more mystery surfaced and I had more questions about Calla, the main female character.  More confusion came about in regards to Calla's twin brother, Finn.  The most confusing, yet intriguing, character of all is Dare, who seems to show up at just the right time.

Calla has her life turned upside down, following her mother's death, which she feels very responsible for.  In addition to that responsibility, she also feels that she must watch out for her twin brother because he's crazy.  She worries about him and feels like they can't be separated because he needs her.  Suddenly, a mysterious stranger, Dare DuBray, shows up and rents out the family cottage.  Only, something about him is so familiar and safe.

The deeper her relationship with Dare gets, the more and more Calla fears something terrible is going to happen to Finn, or rather, Finn will do something terrible either to himself or even maybe to her.  And then something happens...

This thriller of a novel weaves you through such a tangled tale of mental instability, mystery, and tons and tons of secrets...because everyone has 'em.  Just when you think you know what's going on or what's going to happen, Cole masterfully  pulls the proverbial rug out from under you and leaves you literally hanging with your mouth open.  She leaves you with the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers too.  Normally I hate that.  I would've hated it here too, except that the second book in the trilogy, Verum, is already out so I was able to start it immediately.  I have a feeling I'll be pretty mad at the end of that one though since the last is yet to be released.

This novel is powerful, intense, and suspenseful.  It's everything I didn't think it would be after reading Cole's other works.  She's quite successfully made an awesome transition from light-hearted sweet romance novels to a gripping, thrilling, page turner and I am really looking forward to finishing the entire trilogy.  I have another feeling that this artful writer is going to leave me begging for more!

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