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4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!, 17 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Nocturnal (The Noctalis Chronicles, Book One) (Kindle Edition)
(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis, as part of the Noctalis blog tour. Thanks to Chelsea Cameron a supagurlbooks.)
17-year-old Ava-Claire has just got the worst news of her life. Her mother is going to die, and soon. If she's lucky she'll have 6 months, and then she'll be gone.
Reeling from the news, Ava takes a midnight drive to a place of peace and solitude; the graveyard. What she doesn't expect is to find an open mausoleum, and two strange men, one of whom seems to want to kill her! When she wakes in her car she's confused, but knows that the reason she is alive is because the other man saved her.

Ava finds it hard to talk about certain things, she can't even tell her best friend Tex that her mother is dying, but for some reason she feels like she can maybe talk to the boy who saved her (Peter), and she begins visiting the cemetery, just to see if he is there. He is there, he's always there, and they begin to talk, until one day he tells her his secret - he is a `Noctalis'.

What's a Noctalis? What does that mean? Well, he's immortal, he's dead, he lives on human blood, he has wings(!), and he doesn't really have a home. Ava absorbs this, but again it's something that she feels she can't tell her best friend - make that two things that she's hiding now.

Peter's entrance into Ava's life isn't stress-free either. The other man at the graveyard who tried to kill her is his brother, and Peter must try and find a way to keep Ava safe from him. What will this mean for Ava though? And just how long does she think she can keep this a secret?

I have to say that I enjoyed this book, as soon as I started reading it was just one of those books that made me not want to turn the light off and go to sleep!

I really felt for Ava right from the beginning. Having to come to terms with losing your mom when you're only 17? Awful! I also felt really bad for her that she wasn't able to confide in her friends, as a friend was really what she needed.
I hated the way her dad behaved towards her too; `don't upset your mother', `somebody will have to do more work around the house', `no, you can't see her'. He was so horrible to her! He behaved as if she was going out of her way to make her mother's life worse, which was so not the case! I don't know how Ava will cope with her dad once her mother is gone, but I don't see things going smoothly.

Peter was a bit confusing to me; he's has wings - but he's not an angel, he drinks blood - but he's not a vampire, he's an immortal - but there is a way for Ava to kill him. (You can see where I'm getting confused.) I'm also not sure why he isn't a vampire; it seems that he's not a vampire in name only?
Anyway, ignoring the whole `Noctalis' thing, Peter does seem to have genuine feelings for Ava, and more than anything wants to keep her safe - especially from his brother Ivan. It isn't instant attraction when they meet, he just doesn't want his brother to kill her, although their feelings grow as they spend time together. (This has its own problems, but I won't tell you cause I don't want to spoil the story!).

I like Ava's friends, but I really think she needed to spend more time with Jamie (whose sister is a problem), and maybe sit down and have a heart-to-heart with Tex, and explain that she doesn't want her to tell everyone about the things she tells her. I think all three of them could have been better friends to each other.

I liked the storyline in this book, although as I mentioned I did have some questions regarding the whole `Noctalis' business. It will be interesting to see how the story develops in the next book, and how Ava will cope with her mother's death.
7 out of 10.
(Book Length: 3581 kindle locations)
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