Monday, November 3, 2014

Blog tour: Christie's review-Nocte by Courtney Cole

Everyone has secrets. Today, you find out mine.


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NOCTE-cover-300pxMy name is Calla Price. Iím eighteen years old, and Iím 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 Iím terrified heíll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me.
Iím doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but Iím drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline.
Dare DuBray.
Heís my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where Iím afraid, where I belong, where Iím lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me.
He has the power to destroy me.
Maybe thatís ok. Because I canít seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt.
Why? Because of a secret.
A secret Iím so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming.
You wonít either.

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Save me, and I'll save you.

If you're still questioning reading this, don't. You don't want to miss out on this one. Dear God. I'm reeling.

We're warned in the Forward of the book by the author:

"I once considered not writing this story. It was too dark, too twisted, too much, too, too, too."

Now that I've read it, I would have to agree with her. Twisted is definitely a word that comes to the forefront of my mind. Because my mind was twisting and bending backwards the whole time trying to solve the secret and the mystery. It was mind boggling.

I'm not a dark book reader normally but I've loved this author's writing in the past so I decided to take a chance and give it a shot. Do I regret this decision?

Kind-of-sort of-yes, because the ending was so tense, my nerves were raw and I felt like I needed some therapy afterwards in order to recover from all that anxiety. Especially since the ending was the absolute worst cliffhanger I have ever read. Can we just talk about that for a second? I've read quite a few of them in my time, but this one is painful. Courtney, why, WHY, WHY, did you do this to me?! It's not fair, I tell you! It's insane how badly I need the next book. Yes, you're given revelations finally at the end, but even more questions are exposed and I was still left feeling disturbed that I didn't have all the pieces put together.

Also, no I didn't regret reading this because as suspenseful as this book was, I was extremely impressed with how well written it was. I've read and enjoyed several other books by this author but they don't hold a candle to this one. It sucked me in like a vortex that it was impossible to escape from. Once I started reading this, my curiosity and the sense of doom only escalated until I was desperate to get to the end. And when I finally did, I was nervous that the answers wouldn't live up to huge anticipation that was constructed meticulously through the entire book. Well, let's just chuck that idea out the window because not only did it shock and surprise me but it was something that made me replay everything I read in my mind in order to make sense of it all. It was phenomenal! The ambiguity of the book was what kept my mind racing literally the whole time theorizing and analyzing and dissecting every word and expression from each character in order to find a clue.

It was absolutely one of the best books I have read all year.

This review has to be pretty vague on details but honestly, you'll thank me for it later if you read this. If I even gave on clue about the characters or the plot I would be doing you wrong. The best part about this book is the mystery surrounding everything. Courtney Cole has given us a book that's ominous, torturous, and chilling. The not knowing is what messes with your head. What is real and what isn't? Who are the antagonists and who are the protagonists? I wasn't even sure about that. Everyone's motives were in question. That's what made reading this so unusual for me. I couldn't get a handle on the characters so I didn't know if I was rooting for them or if I should even like them. And that definitely made the romance a little tricky for me but I was okay with that.

The general sinister feeling of the book only multiplied but you weren't sure why. Only that something big was going to happen.

The plot development was precise and well layered. There was no pre-made formula here, it was all originality against the spooky backdrop of a gothic cliffside funeral home. Would I do it all over again? In a heartbeat. It was frustrating but the biggest rush at the same time. The cloud of uncertainty was exhilarating and relentless. I can't say enough about this book. How it left such an impact on me and turned me inside out. If you're looking for something predictable and easy, I would suggest passing on this one because you're not going to get that here.


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