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Peter Hart saves her one night in a graveyard from an attacker just as strange as he is, and now Ava can't stop thinking about him. She wants to see him again - even after he warns her he's dangerous, and she begins to realize what he is. Her best friends don't know anything about death, but ...
Peter Hart saves her one night in a graveyard from an attacker just as strange as he is, and now Ava can't stop thinking about him. She wants to see him again - even after he warns her he's dangerous, and she begins to realize what he is. Her best friends don't know anything about death, but Peter does, intimately. He's waiting for her the next night she comes to the cemetery, and the next...
But their growing bond comes up against a promise Peter made a long time ago, a promise that could destroy them both. Now Ava has to decide just what she's willing to give up to hold onto the one thing that could last forever.
Posted May 9, 2012
First off, I just love the cover. Gorgeous! A great cover always draws me in. And Secondly, I loved the characters right away. You have Ava, a high school student who's starting to face the painful steps of grieving as her mothers cancer becomes terminal. You can't help but love her mother. Ava is far from ready to deal with the emotions of her mothers impending death and she can't bring herself to tell her two best friends that her mother is dying. Her BFF's are Tex, a girl with loads of tude and personality, and Jamie, the school hunk/jock. I did find myself kinda wishing Ava would fall for Jamie. He's pretty awesome but stuggling in his family life as well. Then comes along mister dark and handsome. Unfortunately Ava finds him in the cemetary where she goes as her peaceful place. She doesn't have a death wish but her reckless choices could lead her to an early grave. I can't explain why I fell so quickly for this guy Peter and neither can Ava. He takes his time in explaining exactly what he is and what he's intentions are for Ava. I know what I hope the outcome will be. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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Posted April 25, 2012
I started this book excepting a vampire story... so not what i got! However when i did get to the revealing part, i had to read the sentence a couple time to make sure i read it correctly, lol. I love how different the noctalis' are all different from one another. I love the connection between Ava and Peter as their relationship progress. I really enjoy this book and recommend to anyone that loves different paranormal romance books!
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Posted August 23, 2013
Chelsea M. Cameron is a goddess. No seriously, I worship her. My Favorite Mistake is one of my absolute favorites and Nocturnal is just as fantastic!
It approaches the subject of Ava’s dying mother with care but not careful. Ava goes through the anger, the hopelessness, the sadness and every other emotion that comes with losing someone you love, and Cameron does it perfectly. You really felt everything with Ava and not just reading about it.
Ava’s such a great characters. That girl got good spunk! I love her humor and I love how grounded she is. Okay, so this is a paranormal book. She’s as grounded as someone who’s dabbling with the Noctails can be. Her relationship with her friends are crackling while her mother perishes and she’s trying to be there for everyone while still looking out for her own mental health. Not an easy feat I can tell you, but she does good.
Peter is old, like, really old. Noticeable not only when he speaks, which isn’t a lot, but sometimes in the way he acts. Since he doesn’t really say much it takes a while t get to know him, and that’s in no way a bad thin, on the contrary. I love the bits written in Peters POV, they’re telling and intriguing but still mysterious and very slowly they unfurl him as a character. Beautiful!
The plot is intriguing and mysterious and never gives away what might happen next. It is a wonderful story about friction in friendships, the love and hate relationship to a parent (we’ve all hate our parents at one time or an other in our lives) and dealing with the knowledge of loss with the actual loss yet to come and how to go on living with that knowledge. Oh, and a hot mysterious guy you just can’t stay away from even though you know he’s bad for you!
Posted July 4, 2012
I have been in the mood for a good vampire book lately. A little birdie or two told me how great Chelsea Cameron was. She did not disappoint:) This was a uniquely written tale of the Noctalis.
I will admit that I struggled a little through the beginning of the book. Ava's mom is dying of cancer and it was slow and hard to relate to for me. I found myself wishing she would get over it and come to terms already. I know I have never dealt with this before so I am sure it was a perfect reaction, I just didn't share the sentiment.
That being said, I was glad I stuck to it. This book was great. Ava was a girl who wasn't afraid of the sexy and mysterious Peter. Peter turns out to be one of the undead (immortal vampire) that has a soft spot for Ava.
I liked the unique dynamic with the characters in this story. Everyone had their own demons to fight in different ways. It was very philosophical somehow.
I did feel it needed a little more action towards the end. It was over so fast. None the less, Chelsea has me hooked for yet another book. Book 2 in the Noctalis Chronicles is Nightmare and it is out now.
For any of you young adult or vampire romance lovers out there, this series is for you!
Posted May 16, 2012
Ok then. Talk about hitting the hard stuff right out of the gate. Chapter one has us out to dinner with Ava-Claire and her parents. They are there to tell her that her mother's cancer is terminal. In a public setting. Then they have dessert. I must say, props to this girl for not making a scene right then and there. I would have.
So obviously this sets the scene for Ava doing things most kids wouldn't. Like driving to the cemetery in the middle of the night for some fresh air and peace and quiet. Of course this night it is anything but; she is almost killed, yet somehow wakes up in her car, safe minus some bruises on her neck. She must obviously go back to investigate, and meets Peter. And at that point I must say YAY NO INSTA-LOVE!!!! She is intrigued, and the more she gets to know him, the more she wants to (and the more I want her to!) Of course, things happen that make them have to be around one another, but by that point it is great. They don't really need an excuse.
She also has two great friends, Jaime and Tex, who she can't confide in about her mother's prognosis. My theory is that would make it too real. She has known them both since grade school, and have been BFF's ever since. P.S. Jamie is a guy. At first I wanted there to be a love connection with him, but now I don't think so.
And her parents ... how opposite could they be? Her mother is a SAINT. Her dad ... lets just say I wanted to kick his teeth in every time he spoke with her. Great with his wife, horrible to his daughter. I hope he gets his stuff together; they are going to need each other. Very soon.
When I was first asked to read this book, I was nervous and put it off for weeks because I HATE crying. I must say, I almost didn't read it because I thought I might cry. But I jumped in one night figuring, "What the heck?" Boy am I glad I did! I did not cry, but there are some scenes where those more sob-inclined might. Like when Ava's mom makes a list of things she must teach her before she dies. Yup, that choked me up a bit and made me want to run and give my own mother a hug. I can't because she is several states away, but I wanted to.
Before I get too gushy about this book, I must admit there were just a couple things that distracted me. First, and biggest, there are several editing errors. Not spelling errors, but words in places that didn't make sense. Which is usually a big turn off for me, but the story itself carried me through. Second, and only a personal preference, what is with everyone having 2 different eye colors? (Explained in the first part of Nightmare, book 2). That is just weird. One person, ok, that makes the unique, but all of them? And lastly, though it makes for a neat story, it is still somewhat cheesy how he died. Not gonna spoil that for you, just keep that in mind when you get to that part.
Those (what I consider minor) complaints aside, I thought this book was amazing. Cameron takes a typical girl-meets-vampire type creature, and adds a whole new element to it. And the only way for them to die ... man that is some deep. This story made me feel things, and not just for the character, for myself. It takes an event we all fear and brings it to the forefront. The looming death of her mother colors everything Ava does, and in turn makes you think how you would handle the similar situation.
I could go on, but you will just have to read this for yourself. Nocturnal gets 4 1/2 out of 5 stars, and the only reason it isn't 5 out of 5 are the editing issues I mentioned. I immediately acquired book 2, and am already half through it.
This book took me less than 24 hours to get through. As I was finishing it, I was also tweeting the author about how mad I was because the book was coming to an end. She said it was all part of her evil plan and laughed!
She did send me a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.
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