Nocte by Courtney Cole

Rating: 2.5 stars

Series: The Nocte Trilogy #1

The best word to sum up how I felt about this book is boring. Nothing happened for most of the book. It completely lacked suspense. Talk about a dull romance. Calla and Dare spent most of the book getting to know each other. Yet they really didn’t get to know each other because they managed to say a lot without really saying anything significant.

There were very few characters in the book. You’d think this would allow for lots of character development amongst those few characters, but sadly it did not. Most of the time the relationships were explained, but the intimacy of them did not come across on the page. The dad just made some random appearances that contributed nothing to the overall storyline. A key element of the story was the deep twin bond between Calla and Fin. Yet in every interaction they seemed highly detached. Then there was Dare. He had a considerable amount of page time, but literally no development throughout the whole book. I understood so little about him that I didn’t care about him at all. I couldn’t even figure out why Calla was attracted to him. Calla’s feelings for him were explained often enough, but I didn’t feel them.

There was a valid reason for the detachment and secrecy of the characters. Those elements had to be there for the ending to play out. If it could have been done in a way that actually made me give a shit about any character in this book, it would have been a five star book because the big reveal was fantastic. I figured something along those lines would happen since the story heavily focused on mental illness and hallucinations, but I couldn’t figure out what was real and what wasn’t.

Of course the book had to end on a cliffhanger. Frankly I don’t give a shit why Dare was there although the book gave enough hints that it seemed obvious to me. There are obviously plenty of details to be explained Dare’s past, but I just don’t want to know about them. I’m done with this series. I’ve got better things to do with my time.

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The Forgotten Girl by Jessica Sorensen

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Rating: 3 stars

Maddie is a woman who has multiple personalities. She begins to black out, and afterwards, people are either missing or dead. She doesn’t know if her other personality, Lily, is responsible or not. Also, Maddie was in an accident 6 years earlier, and she has no memory of her life before that. On top of trying to figure out who is murdering people, she needs to discover who she is.

This book is meant to be a dark psychological thriller. The subject matter was dark, but it didn’t give off the deeply disturbed vibe that was probably intended. This story wasn’t suspenseful although it did move along at a steady pace. Nonetheless it was not a page turner.

There were some issues with the amnesia storyline. Maddie is 21, so she lived 6 years without some memories. She is constantly reminded by people that she is not the person she used to be. On some level, I get that, but plenty of people change a lot from the time they are 15 to 21. It’s natural. The expectation of her acting like she did then didn’t make sense.

In the end, a lot of things were not explained. There was a conclusion. But most of the characters were avid liars, so was what they said at the end the truth? I guess I’ll never know. A lot of the characters did bad things, but the motives for some people wasn’t clear. It didn’t make sense that some of them did what they did. Knowing why would have made this story way more satisfying.

Since there were murders, there were police. They were barely in the story at all. They weren’t very competent either. None of the characters with bad behavior were smooth about it. The cops could have done a bit more investigating and might have figured things out. The entire story would not have been possible if the police knew what they were doing and arrested people.

Logic was not strong in this story. There were some errors in it too. In one instance, one character’s name was replaced with another character’s name. The premise for this story was good, but it needed more work. At least the ending wasn’t easy to predict. I don’t regret reading it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it to anyone either.

The Horrorscape Trilogy by Nenia Campbell

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This series was highly recommended by a friend. I’m grateful I discovered these. It’s like these were books that I’ve been waiting my whole life to read and didn’t even know I was looking for. They’ve given me a hardcore book hangover. I can’t read anything else and truly enjoy it because I can’t stop obsessing about this series.

It’s hard to even pin down a genre. I’ve never read anything else like this ever. Psychological horror/suspense is probably the best way to describe them. The trilogy focuses on the relationship between Gavin and Val, but it’s not one that could really be classified as romantic. It’s dark and twisted, and I enjoyed every minute of it. By the end of the trilogy, it will fuck with your head.

Gavin is sexy, domineering, and demented. He’s not a hero or an anti-hero. He’s a character that should be despised, but no matter what he does, there is something incredibly alluring about him. He has charm and eloquence that shows through even when he is being despicable.

Val is a naïve young girl in the beginning. Her mind becomes warped from certain things she experiences. She’s not bad by any means, but she is emotionally damaged. Regardless of her emotional issues, she was easy to relate to. Her issues didn’t make the story depressing either. Her internal conflict and struggles were interesting.

It’s an incredibly fucked up story that gets darker with every book. The books evolve from young adult to adult as the characters age. The books did have some flaws but were highly enjoyable nonetheless. I can’t really say more without spoiling it so read these. They are awesome!