Posted January 22, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Nocte Book Cover Nocte
The Nocte Trilogy #1
Courtney Cole
Lakehouse Press

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.

“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.”

Calla & Finn were fabulously complex. I loved the twin connection and how it grounded the plot. When Dare enters, he is obviously a great addition; sexy, kind and patient. He is a great guy. I was taken by Calla and her story from the beginning. Her story was so sad and a little scary.

“I would plunge to the bottom of the ocean for you. I’d comb it for shells and make you a necklace and then hang myself with it. Because if you aren’t here, I don’t want to be either.”

I loved that they lived on the cliffs in the North West. The precarious feeling of going over the edge was always in the background of the story and it spoke volumes about Calla and Finn’s lives. It was the perfect imagery for this story.

“I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day.”

It is almost impossible to write a review for this book because of all the twists and turns, so I am just going to tell you how it made me feel.

Confused – The story was well written and easy to follow, but I was lost in all the crazy and didn’t know which way was up. I felt like I was constantly digging only to reveal more information… and I loved it.

Captivated – This book held my attention from beginning to end. I read it in one day. I cursed anything that interrupted me and stayed up way past my bedtime to finish.

Disturbed- This is a dark read. It touches on serious and real subjects that few ever experience. Calla put the weight of the world on her shoulders. She was so young to have so much chaos in her mind. And speaking of chaos; poor Finn. It was difficult spending time in the mind of such a disturbed young person.

Endeared- Dare’s patience and kindness was a beacon of hope in the midst of the disarray. And Calla and Finn’s devotion to one another was admirable and went beyond your average twin bond. Calla’s father must be mentioned under this emotion too. He was stronger than I ever realized. As the story unfolded, I grew more and more connected to him. He was quite a guy.

Relieved- When the pain finally stopped… or so I thought. When you get what you think is the big reveal, there is amazing feeling like you can finally breathe again… ish.

“There is nothing quite so terrifying as the dissension of the human mind into insanity.”

There is definitely a cliffhanger, but this book was written as part of a trilogy. Hang in there and read Verum ASAP.

I give this book 5 Stars and pair it with Bushmills Single Malt. Sláinte!

Purchase Link – NOCTE (The Nocte Trilogy Book 1)

Books by Courtney Cole
NOCTE (The Nocte Trilogy Book 1)
VERUM (The Nocte Trilogy Book 2)
Until We Burn (Beautifully Broken)
If You Stay (The Beautifully Broken Book 1)
If You Leave: The Beautifully Broken Series: Book 2
Before We Fall: The Beautifully Broken Series: Book 3


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