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You know how you finish a book and it blows you away so much that you can't really process any thoughts or feelings right away? You kinda have to collect yourself? Your mind might be spinning and you're still scratching your head? But you know in your gut that it was ONE HELL OF A BOOK. Yep. That's Nocte.
After seeing so many positive reviews, I had to take the plunge. I knew I was in for a ride just by the book blurb alone, but it was so much more. This book made me feel - concern, sadness, connection, loss, frustration, excitement. It made me think and wonder.
I felt for Calla. She has so much on her plate to deal with - her family lives in a Funeral Home, her brother and twin struggles with a mental illness, and she feels she has to be strong for everyone as she tries to figure out whether to venture out alone for college or to stick by her brother's side to make sure he's ok. I totally understood that pressure she felt and how conflicted she was about it all.
And then there was Dare DuBray...such a HOTT name. There's just something about him that makes me want to know more, and Calla felt the same pull to him. It starts with 20 questions, and as Calla and Dare get to know each other, we see how sincere, sweet, and extremely sexy he is.
"He kisses me with abandon, like he’s not afraid of the consequences, like it’s only him and me, and there’s nothing else around us."
But the most intense character for me was Finn. Man, did Courtney Cole do such a fantastic job at writing this character so well. So much so, that the reader truly knows what it's like to be in his mind. The journey takes us through Finn's struggle, with such a level of honesty and validity. I was incredibly impressed. And the relationship Calla and Finn have - much more than just siblings, but twins, one half of a whole - sucked me in further.
"I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day."
As I rode the roller coaster with them, I had no idea the ride would come to a stop where it did. The whole book, I was always five steps ahead trying to figure out what secret Calla was missing...that one she was so busy figuring out that she never saw it coming. Yeah, neither did I. Two words: MIND BLOWN.
Both the narrators were incredible with this book. Stephen Dexter really brought Finn's character to life and interpreted the phrasing so well, these chapters really sucked me into the book even more.
Congratulations to Courtney Cole for such an incredible first book in this trilogy. I can't pick up the second book fast enough. I'm addicted. I NEED TO KNOW MORE!!!
"Save me, and I will save you."
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There is a possibility that this is a good book, but the narrator is so aggravating that it takes from the book. The constant pausing between every third word, who speaks like that? I can't tell if she's just trying to add effect or if she's a moron.
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