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Night Life (Nocturne City #1)

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,065 Ratings  ·  247 Reviews
The first book in a thrilling, addictive new series by a talented new voice in dark fantasy. Welcome to Nocturne City, where werewolves, black magicians, and witches prowl the streets at night…

Among them is Luna Wilder, a tough-as-nails police officer whose job is to keep the peace. As an Insoli werewolf, Luna travels without a pack and must rely on instinct alone. And she
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published March 1st 2008)
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Oct 19, 2011 chucklesthescot rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, uf-pnr, abandoned
Luna is a female detective and a werewolf solving crime in Nocturne City while keeping her wolfness secret from those she works with. She is investigating the werewolf attacks on girls in the city.

*sigh* Really did not like this one. Luna is cold and not exactly likeable but I could put that aside. However, the police department is full of woman hating, sexist pig cavemen who look down on her for being a woman. I'm getting so tired of these books where the author can only make the female look st
Not good, not good at all. The characters are not likeable. I didn't care for any one of the cast. Not the main character, not her cousin with the silly name, not the main romantic interest who seemed like a creep (a pimp and drug deeler), not the cops, hell, the grandma was the most interesting of them all and she was in only one scene.

The heroin of the story is another bitchy, tough-as-nails chick who investigats a supernatural murder case. The way she acts and talks at times seems completely
May 14, 2012 Lori rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, series, fiction
Why do so many authors think that "strong female protagonist" equates to "raving bitch"? It seriously detracts from both the plot and any sympathy I'm supposed to feel for said protagonist.

This is decidedly true for Luna Wilder (also, cheesy name for a pack-less werewolf). Her "wild" nature interferes with her personal and professional life, but her habit of getting fired/rehired/suspended/reinstated every other paragraph gives the reader whiplash. She also seems to have an inability to focus o
Oct 07, 2008 Oriana rated it did not like it
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Oct 02, 2010 Kim rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010booksread
This is one of the worst books I've read in a long time. I read the first book in the author's latest series and thought it was ok, so I figured I'd give this a try. I wasn't expecting much, but took it on vacation with me and started it on the eight hour flight home. A lot of things in this book are wince-inducing, like having the main character be a werewolf detective in a town called Nocturne City. Her name is...wait for it...Luna Wilder. And she's a werewolf. Get it? It still could have been ...more
May 21, 2008 steven rated it it was ok
This is a simplistic trashy detective novel with a mild fantasy setting, insofar as the protagonist is a werewolf. On the fantastical side of things, it does not disappoint, and the murder mystery will have you guessing right up to the bloody climax.

The downside is, of course, that it's not terrifically deep, and doesn't do much to make anything but the mystery worthwhile. Our Hero is angsty and emo about being a werewolf without a pack, and likes to remind the reader of this every fifth page or
Run away, run far far away from this book. To me the biggest crime a writer can make is making the main characters toxic. I didn't care what happened to them other than wishing the author would kill them off so I could learn more about the universe. The world-building is decent and interesting but why, oh, why make the main characters so hard to stomach? Flawed characters are interesting but characters without any redeeming qualities are unreadable. It's too bad since the universe had potential.
Dec 27, 2008 Steff rated it liked it
Unleash Your Inner Wolf

There are a couple things about Nocturne City everyone should know.

1. If you aren’t of the blood or don’t have a pack then stay out of Ghosttown.
2. If you are a serial killer then stay out of the way of Detective Luna Wilder.

Being a packless Insoli werewolf in a city full of prejudice doesn’t make Detective Wilder’s job any easier. And when Luna has to go into Ghosttown, to question a suspect, she knows there will be trouble, but she has no idea her entire life is about
Apr 02, 2012 Delia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy lovers, Cop drama readers
Recommended to Delia by: Well Read Books
After scrolling through some reviews on Goodreads it seems like this is one of those books you either love or you hate. I happened to pick up the first three books in this series (Nocturne City) at a used book store for a steal. Now I am very glad I did because for the first 50 pages or so I wasn't so into it. Seeing as I had two more books in the series I decided to stick it out and let me tell you it was so worth it.

Kittredge has developed an intense Dark Fantasy world. You may not always like
Oct 25, 2011 Theresa rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, dnf, 2011
Holy Hexagon, talk about a disappointment!

As a HUGE fan of Kittredge's Black London books, I figured I would try out this series and see if I could find something to fill the time between Black London releases. Being as I quit this book at page 92, this series won't be the filler.

Luna - heroine - is one of the most unlikable characters I've read in awhile. She is supposed to be tough-as-nails, but is more likely to get punched in the face by this reader. She is abrasive, annoying, and I'm sorry,
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.25 Stars

This is the first in the Urban Fantasy series Nocturne City by Caitlin Kittredge. Luna Wilder is a homicide detective in the Nocturne City PD, as well as that she is also a werewolf, an Insoli, which means she is without a pack and must rely on herself. When she finds a dead were prostitute killed in a sadistic and ritualistic way, it leads her to the dangerous and sexy Dmitri Sandovsky, alpha of the Redback pack. But things start getting dangerous fast as another body turns up and bla
Martina the Book Fairy
Oct 22, 2008 Martina the Book Fairy rated it really liked it
Night Life is Book 1 in the Nocturne City series by Caitlin Kittredge. As of this review, book 2, Pure Blood, is also available. According to the author's website there will be at least 5 books total in the series (possibly more).

Night Life takes place in an alternative present day where witches and werewolves (weres) are (somewhat) integrated into everyday society. Luna Wilder is a packless were who also happens to be a tough, smart-talking city detective. In Night Life, she's investigating a s
This book is o k. 2.5 stars

The character development wasn't all that great -esp for the main character- ,and the over-all descriptive nature of this book left me scratching my head at times. The way CK relays the story happening around her confused me at times, and that deflated a lot of the scenes. Like describing a cast circle as a "building" (rather than walls or something) when the characters were battling inside an actual building...I was like what just happened....oh nothing, just another
May 17, 2016 Tez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-swap
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Sharon Malcolm
Apr 05, 2010 Sharon Malcolm rated it did not like it
Well, Hex me. The use of the word Hex in place of regular expletives is possibly one of the least irritating things about this book. I get it that something called the Hex riots happened before the story itself starts and were so bad that they are used to swear by, but really?? The main character, in fact all characters, are totally one-dimensional. The "heroine" if indeed she could be called that, doesn't seem to have a personality, and any interaction with any other character, friend or foe, c ...more
Amy Warren
Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series will definitely enjoy Luna Wilder.

This novel introduces readers to a world where werewolves and blood witches have "come out of the broom closet." Their coming out is known as the Hex Riots. And since then, witches and werewolves have faced prejudices of all kind.
The main character, Luna, is an Insoli werewolf, which means that she does not have a pack she belongs to. She is also a detective with a snarky, sassy sense of humor and that really adds
Oct 03, 2014 Rebecca rated it did not like it
Run away from this book. Seriously, don't walk, run.

I'm still trying to recover from reading it and honestly, the only reason why I finished was because I felt obligated to finish due to the completely idiotic reason why I picked it up in the first place: I read the back blurb, saw the name Dmitri, and due to my fascination with all things Russian, decided this is probably going to be awesome.

I can't even list all the things wrong with this book because I'm pretty sure that if I got started, I'l
Sep 03, 2014 Lokki rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourite-series
Night Life takes place in Nocturne City, a dark and gritty place where magic and the supernatural co-exist with the mundane. Luna Wilder works as a police detective but she’s also a werewolf. Made into one against her will when she was just fifteen, Luna fled the man who changed her and now lives as an Insoli: a werewolf with no pack, no rank, and no respect.

Luna’s latest case involves investigating a string of ritualistic murders where the victims are prostitutes. Two things distinguish this c
Mar 02, 2014 Wyrdness rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book has received some unfairly negative reviews, but as always it's down to personal opinion.

I found this novel to be fairly fast paced and I enjoyed the fact it revolved around solving a crime (serial murder). I'd have liked there to be a bit more police procedural in there, but at least Luna acted like a cop for the most part, even if she was a hot-headed one being ridden by were instincts. She used her training to look at crime scenes and try to figure out how stuff fit together
Mar Tome
Dec 27, 2014 Mar Tome rated it really liked it
Pretty good first novel in the series. After trying to read a different book and wanting to pull my hair out by how bad it was, I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Luna is an officer who keeps a big secret--she's a were. Her job often pushes her to the edge of shifting, especially when encountered with the male prejudice of a female officer on the job. Not all cops are bad though, like her Lieutenant Mac, who keeps crap from hitting the fan faster than it should where she is concerne ...more
Apr 02, 2015 Raven rated it it was ok
I WANT to like this book, but I just can't seem to get into it. First of all, I'm sick and tired of authors thinking that in order for a woman to be strong and independent, she also has to be a raving bitch. Breaking News: Women can be a badass without the attitude problem.

I think if the book was cut down to 3/4 of its size, it might be readable. As it is, the action just goes on and on and on with the main character doing stupid things and making stupid mistakes that would have been avoidable i
Kay Holbrook
Jul 25, 2015 Kay Holbrook rated it it was ok
Rating: 2/5

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Quote: My keys slid to the ground and I groped desperately, knowing that if I looked behind me I would see something that should never have eyes laid on it, something so terrible that it charred the very air, because I could smell it and it was coming–

First Line: I smelled the girl’s blood and saw her body in a pool of neon light.


A part of me wanted to give this book a one-star rating, but I think I’ll save those for books that need a lot of revision, due
May 13, 2010 Archer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
For the first book in a series, I liked the way it was written, it kept me interested, the way the chapters started and ended were smooth and more realistic.

I am looking forward to reading more and getting to know better both Luna and Sunny better, and hopefully getting to know alot more of the dangerous man Dmitri..

Jan 15, 2014 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The following might contain spoilers, but read knowing that I only read the first chapter. I also make reference to two other series/books (Anita Blake series and Dead Witch Walking) but only passing comments that do not spoil the entire series/book). But know that I do mention them, so read this review if you choose.

Also, please no comments chiding me for not finishing the book. I gave the book as much of a chance as I am going to and read one chapter. It annoyed me so much that I don't want to
Dania F
Oct 26, 2015 Dania F rated it did not like it
One of the worst UF books I have read in a long time. It has been sitting in my kindle for 5 years and now I know why.

Female protagonist: apparently strong woman for the writer equals cold, unlikeable person (granted everybody is being bitchy to her, but she is really u likeable to pretty much everybody)

Men: almost everybody is sexist, an asshole to women and the only sort of supposedly likeable character that the female protagonist falls for is a pimp. Yes because that is the best way to go.

Apr 17, 2008 Mary rated it it was ok
I thought it would be better.
Jun 29, 2014 NaomiRuth rated it really liked it
Shelves: fav-authors, af, series
I got the fourth one for free somewhere and loved the wittiness and no-nonsense voice. I had to buy the first one. I enjoyed it. I did feel like the sex scene was just there because there's "supposed" to be sex scenes in these kinds of books. I think the fourth book made a better choice by foregoing the prerequisite sexy-times scene. But, at least it wasn't too bad. Eh. Anyway. But the rest of it: the mystery, the constant action, made it quite fun to read. I will be getting the second and third ...more
i love werewolves and i love demons a lot. like, a whole lot. so this was a good book for me to find. it'd be nice if i could find an urban fantasy series where no one was raped or threatened with rape, but apparently that's too much to ask for. (one day i will write an urban fantasy novel of my own and not a single character will be threatened with any form of sexual violence. also the word 'bitch' will be thrown around at an absolute minimum)

luna was a compelling protagonist, with complex rela
Feb 01, 2016 Wickedshizuku rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal fans, Sci-fi fans, UF fans, Horror fans, High Fantasy fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
There wasn't much I liked about this book, but I was amused by this quote...

"That’s Sunny—sweet, polite, goes for the jugular."

After reading this book and Black London; I recognize Kittredge really has a morbid fascination with taking her main characters through violent relationships. This I do not condone nor do I agree with; that being said this is my rational for rating the book so low.

The magic system though was very well detailed and thought out, but the book's back story of the Hex Riots
Dec 08, 2010 Gardavson rated it it was ok
I wanted to be able to rate this higher, I really did, but could not bring myself to do it. It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't very good. I liked Luna. The hero - I guess that's what he was - did nothing for me and it didn't impress me that she held her standards so low. He's an alcoholic, drug involved recently ex-pimp. He's not tough, admirable, noble, anything. Very lacking. However, the romance aspect was definitely not the main part of the story, so I could have lived with that. The main pa ...more
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