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Posted April 25, 2012
I loved this book more than the first! You learn more about the noctalis and their other forms. You see Ava love grow for Peter and her struggles to adjusting to the claiming. I grew more attached to Peter the more i read. Im ready to see where book 3 takes Ava and Peter and how they handle the up coming struggles they come across their path!
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Posted May 14, 2014
In Nocturnal, we learn that the supernatural creatures Ava is exposed to are Noctali. They are angels, vampires, werewolves, every kind of supernatural creature there is. Peter is a Noctalis: a vampire angel. And now that he's Claimed Ava, he can only drink her blood. Let's just say, it's a problem.
Nightmare doesn't focus so much on the supernatural aspects. It focuses on Ava's and Peter's relationship, as well as all of the secondary characters (though I was missing more of Jamie and Tex in this book). We get more backstory on Peter, as well as some heartbreaking moments between Ava and her mother. After deciding to tell her mother about Peter being a Noctalis and about the Claiming, it adds another element now that more people know about the supernatural. Her mother is, by far, one of my favorite characters. She's exactly what I've been missing from other parents in young adult novels. Most of them are always in the background, never focused on, never a part of the story (especially in fantasy and dystopian novels). They are only there to make it known that the characters do have them. But her mother is present for everything in Ava's life. And now that she knows her secret, Ava feels better. Although, she still feels like she's burdening her mother who doesn't need any more pain in her life.
However, she only partially tells her best friends the secrets. Jamie knows about her mother, and Tex knows about Peter. It is in that secrecy where those two characters drop off in this story, leaving much of Ava's interactions with only her mother and Peter. It's awesome character development, but I missed the closeness and tight friendship of Ava, Jamie, and Tex.
I loved that the story focused a lot on Peter's and Ava's relationship. It was a slow development for them, from the cemetery to their tentative friendship. From their need for each other to their desire for companionship. The first book set it up nicely, and this one developed it even further. Ava is strong-willed, impatient, stubborn: she is, essentially, just a teenager whose mother is dying and whose boyfriend drinks her blood and has wings. A lot of how she dealt with both of these burdens made sense, even if I wanted smack her a few times for overreacting. Her love for Peter and her need to feel wanted drives her actions. But she also makes sure to keep a level and clear head when it comes to things she can't control. Especially how Peter will never be able to love her like she needs. And especially how she's now smelling people's blood, and it smells divine. Heavenly. She needs Peter's help, and he's her rock. I love Peter! I love the way he talks, and I love the way he takes care of Ava. Although I liked his character development in this, I was so hoping for more background story.
I would have liked more background on the Noctalis and how they came to be. Although, I'll bet the first book already cleared that up. I honestly can't remember much about Nocturnal in the way of its supernatural story-line, so I might just be forgetting all of the important aspects of the Noctali. But I would have liked it if this book had had more development on the supernatural elements. And especially about those promises! They are a Noctalis' only weakness, and it's those promises that give these two lovebirds trouble. Though the supernatural component was really only there for the last few chapters, I thought the ending was rather effective and it has me intrigued for what happens next!
The pace was slow, but I was never bored. There was always something interesting going on, even when the conversations slowed. Chelsea Cameron's books always have a signature feisty and sassy humor, and I love it! The plot mostly consisted of Ava and Peter, Ava and her mother, but there was a little bit more on the supernatural component. These Noctali are certainly intriguing! However, their story is far from over. I can't wait to read Neither!
Posted September 8, 2013
I loved the first book in this series (review here). It had a slower pace than I’d normally appreciate but it introduced so many new things that a higher pace wasn’t necessary. This book on the other hand. It feels like there is nothing happening. They have a whole lot of troubles coming their way and it builds and it builds and then it hit the high point. We get half way through that only high point before we’re left with a cliffhanger for the next book. I’d have liked more and especially bigger hiccups along the way and with that I could probably have lived with that major cliffhanger. As it is, not so much.
I like Peter’s development as a character. He started out as a complete mystery and slowly but surely he’s unraveled and while I loved Ava in Nocturnal because of her stupid fearlessness she falls a bit flat in Nightmare. She’s constantly worrying, though it’s a warranted worry, she does nothing but and it get’s a bit tiring to be honest. Where Ava is a bit too timid, Texas is all over the place instead. She’s a little too exaggerated and she get’s on my nerves with her need-to-know-everything personality and when presses issues and question a good friend shouldn’t be.
The book is a bit wishy-washy and unmemorable but it is a adequate book. Cameron’s writing is exceptional and the minor bumps along the road is intriguing enough to have you keep reading. I’ll definitely be reading the next book, Neither, and find out how that cliffhanger ends!
Posted June 2, 2013
I love Ava and Peter and their immediate bond. The supporting characters were great as well. It took me longer to complete this book than the first because the scenes seemed longer. I still look forward to the third installment. I need to find out the next unplanned plan of Peters :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.