Book Review : Nocte by Courtney Cole

January 5, 2015 Book review 5 ★★★½

With a tagline of ‘save me and I’ll save you’, I knew this book was one that wouldn’t linger long on my To-Be-Read wasteland.  It sounded exciting and any reviews I had seen mentioned dark and twisty so in I dived.  I love books with murky, mysterious plots!

Book Review : Nocte by Courtney ColeNocte by Courtney Cole
Series: The Nocte Trilogy, #1
Published by Inc on 3 Nov 2014
Genres: New Adult, Suspense
Pages: 277
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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

First Line of Nocte by Courtney Cole: 

“My name is Calla Price”.

My thoughts on Nocte by Courtney Cole:

Is it dark and twisty, yes and YES!  So you might be wondering why only 3.5 stars.  I really, really enjoyed it but I was expecting something just more twisted, more tangled, more unguessable.  I think the secret revealed itself to me a little too early, probably because I also read another book earlier this year with a similar(ish) secret.

What are the chances?!  And I really wish I hadn’t as if you don’t prematurely anticipate the curveball, then Nocte would have a much bigger impact.  And no, I’m not naming that other book as that would kill two books with one review!  Trust me, I wouldn’t do that!

But putting that aside, this book is messy, very uniquely written and despite guessing the main plot, the author kept me turning pages quickly to get the proof I needed.   There are some creepy scenes in bizarre locations and I loved that I felt a little bit freaked while reading as I felt anything could happen.

I’m not going to talk plot and I’m not going to talk about characters as I’m too terrified of dropping in an accidental spoiler.  Suffice to say I liked Calla, I liked the romance and I adored the setting.  And there are lots of Latin references (which you might guess from the name) and the addition of a dead language to the book added to the eerie atmosphere.

I will most definitely be picking up Verum when it’s released as I anticipate more mind-fuckery ahead and I want to know what that is going to be.

And yes I know this is one of the shortest reviews I’ve ever written but it’s for your benefit really.  Have fun figuring it out for yourself!  And by the way, there is a cliff-hanger but the author has made a Facebook page so that readers can freak-out together on in.  I think that’s a neat way of dealing with the trauma of a cliff-hanger!  Nicely done Ms Cole 🙂


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-half-stars


Who should read Nocte by Courtney Cole?

I’d recommend this to folks who like NA books with twists and secrets and a simmering romance.  If you enjoyed Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, then you should also really enjoy this (and no this ISN’T the book with the similar theme!).



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5 Responses to “Book Review : Nocte by Courtney Cole”

  1. Lola

    The blurb of this book really tells me nothing, which is why I am still not sure if I want to read it as I have no idea were it’s about. For a while I wondered if it was about mermaids because of the cover. I do like the cover though and the dark feel is displayed in both the blurb and the cover, but I am not sure what kind of dark it is.

    Also I think it’s funny how My Supwer Sweet Sixteenth Century shows up as related posts as that’s a very light and fluffy book.

    btw I just wanted to say how I like that you always put the first line of the book atop of your reviews.
    Lola recently posted…Review: Forbidden by Kelley Armstrong

    • trish

      I think this is one of those books where you can’t know anything in advance which I know is probably unhelpful in making you decide if it’s for you or not. It starts off with the main character who is about 17 if I remember right mourning the death of her mother who died recently in a car crash. It feels dark as she lives in a funeral home and is surrounded by death. That’s about as much as I can say!

  2. Christy

    Same here. I figured it out really early, but the fact that it still kept me interested was a big plus. I was expecting something darker and twisted after reading the author’s note, but didn’t think it was that bad. Then again, I’m probably desensitized. lol. Can’t wait for the 2nd book. I have a couple theories …
    Christy recently posted…Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie

    • trish

      Obviously we have read WAY too many dark and twisty books! But I’m really wondering how book 2 is going to go….I can’t wait!

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