Night Life (Nocturne City, #1)
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Night Life (Nocturne City #1)

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The first book ina 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’...more
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published March 1st 2008)
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chucklesthescot
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...more
Anoolka
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...more
K.B.
With the glut of werewolf books on the market, Caitlin Kittredge manages to create a good, dark story that stands apart from the rest.

I'll tell you right off I'm not a big fan of the werewolf genre, too often it's just a snarling pack of men having a testosterone fest while the so-called "heroine" of the book stands back and lets them do all the work.

Not so in Night Life. Luna is a tough-as-nails cop, who's got a great mouth on her and a talent for landing herself in trouble. She does, however,...more
Lori
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...more
Callista
I'm glad I started reading Kittredge's Black London series before I tried this one. I know this is a first novel, so she's kind of finding a voice; but it didn't quite draw me in. The mix of 21st century American Northwest plus real history plus a layer of urban fantasy elements didn't fully gel for me, but I can't put my finger on why.
Part of it, I'm sure, is because I simply don't adore werewolves.
The main character, Luna, a detective who's also a werewolf, is a mass of contradictions. I real...more
steven
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...more
Oriana
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Kim
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
Calisto
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.
Steff
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...more
Delia
Apr 02, 2012 Delia rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Kay
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the protagonist, Luna, with her impulsive, kick-ass ways; the universe with its out-but-not-accepted!supernaturals; the bloody, complicated magic that actually made sense; and, of course, the love interest Dmitri, who was such a bad catch, it's ridiculous.

And yet, there are a number of reasons why I shouldn't have enjoyed Night Life. For starters, a lot of Luna's erratic, stupidly fearless behaviour was blamed on her being a were. Same went for her love inte...more
Theresa
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,...more
Suzanne the Mighty (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...more
Martina the Book Fairy
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...more
Amanda
I think I read this book because it was basically the only thing I could get my hands on when I needed something to read. I thought it could be fun, though cliche. I was wrong -it didn't take long for my relatively low expectations to be dashed by how cliche (and somewhat convoluted) the plot is, how unlikeable the main character is, and how, with each passing page, Night Life became even more difficult to read.

Luna Wilders, a werewolf without a pack, (yes, a werewolf named Luna...original), is...more
Jessica(Spinecracker)
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...more
Sharon Malcolm
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
Wyrdness
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...more
Archer
May 13, 2010 Archer rated it 4 of 5 stars
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..

Susan
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...more
Mary
I thought it would be better.
NaomiRuth
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
Wickedshizuku (and the Jedi pup)
Jun 08, 2014 Wickedshizuku (and the Jedi pup) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Paranormal fans, Sci-fi fans, UF fans, Horror fans, High Fantasy fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
Shelves: 2014, reviewed, paranormal
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...more
Gardavson
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
Ailsa
I heard a lot about this author before I picked up the book, which led to mixed feelings while I was reading it. I wonder if I set my expectations too high, because it never quite hit the nail on the head for me.
The book opens with Luna looking at a grisly murder scene. It pulled me in, and I read the first chunk in one sitting. Luna was an interesting main character - I liked her, and I liked how she dealt with the issues presented to her over the course of the story. She was fun, and I could r...more
marlene
i liked this book even if i didn't like the main characters. make sense? not me me either, don't worry. the world that was built was a complex one but easy to grasp right off the bat. the mystery who done it was really well done. i had someone else pegged as the main bad guy for awhile. i really fell in love with the Black London book and i saw a lot of that dark grittyness in this one. The characters are so far from the same league though. the heroine Lune is incredibly hostile to pretty much e...more
Joe Informatico
I haven't read a lot of books in the recent paranormal crime/romance urban fantasy genre, partly because I got my fill of that stuff a decade ago and partly because most of them aren't very good at all.

Night Life held my attention, first and foremost, because there aren't any vampires. I'm really sick of vampires, so reading a book where the werewolves and witches were the focus instead of the supporting cast of a vampire book immediately scores points with me. What I found most surprising was t...more
Dija
When I first started reading this, I liked it fairly well but the thing that kept nagging at me was how similar the characters and setting were to the other books I've read recently, like Spider's Bite, Blood Song, etc. The female is a kick-ass cop, while in Spider's Bite the heroine's an assassin, and in Blood Song the heroine's a bodyguard. But all three have the same basic personality, and honestly, it was getting on my nerves. But I stuck with it because it was still interesting.

But as the...more
Brenda
I had never red Caitlin Kittredge before, but had heard good things about her books. After reading a few chapters of Night Life I thought to myself "Hey, this could be Law and Order: Special Victims Unit but with werewolves, demons and witches!" However, I think it's much better than SVU due to the snarky main character Luna and the sexy Dmitri with his tough guy charm. He snuck up on me in the book for some reason. At first I didn't appreciate his sexiness, distracted by the serial killing psyc...more
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