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Second Skin (Nocturne City #3)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,666 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Luna the werewolf detective is back in the third book in the Nocturne City series. When werewolves from Nocturne City's oldest packs start showing up shot through the head execution-style, police officer Luna Wilder must find out what's killing them and why . . . before she becomes the next victim.

Luna traces the killings to a band of shapeshifters made of smoke and shadow
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published by Gollancz (first published March 3rd 2009)
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Heather Clawson
Apr 01, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard kind of mixed reviews about Kittredge so I decided to check her out and committed myself to reading the first three books in her Nocturne City werewolf series.

These books were so bad that, just for a second, let's put aside the poor storytelling and GAPING PLOT HOLES and consider the fact that for the first time ever in my long history of reading books, I wanted to punch the so-called heroine of a book right in the throat. Hard. Repeatedly.

Luna Wilder is such a cast-iron, grade A bit
Sep 20, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This third book really was a disappointment. Luna needs to do something. She needs to progress and actually move forward. She needs to figure out something about herself and then she needs to change her life. It's called character development. She keeps making the same mistakes over and over again. She keeps doing the same stupid things again and again and the same people tell her not to do it and she does it.

We get no details about anyone else. Most of the other people are mere window dressing
Jan 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-urban-fantasy
I gave Caitlin Kittredge a try, a really good try.
I swear I did.
Scout's honor.

Jim Butcher's "Kittredge is a winner" on the jacket kept me reading her books long past the point where I normally would have thrown them in the shredder. I mean someone as good as Butcher can't be THIS wrong, can he?

So I read Night Life and Pure Blood, and though I wasn't all that impressed, forged on to Second Skin with hope in my heart and an eye out for the kind of subtle plot developments which would make the othe
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Oh my gosh, was this good! Second Skin opens with Luna on the job, only now she is an officer with SWAT after the events in Pure Blood got her demoted. She is at the scene of a jumper and the official negotiator fails. The man who jumps to his death is a John Doe. After dropping her SWAT gear and washing up to go home, she is surprised and annoyed to find her arch enemy Detective David Br
Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
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Aug 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've very annoyed with the person who chose the title of this book. It has nothing to do with the story, and worse it uses the word SECOND when it's the THIRD book in the series. VERY ANNOYING! The one time I don't check book order before I start reading, I get burned and accidentally skip a book in a series. Bad editor - bad, bad! Oh, and the cover is stupid - she's wearing a slinky dress and heels when all she wears in the story is ripped up T-shirts and jeans. Bad, I say!

But the story is good
Second Skin is the third book in Nocturne City series by Caitlin Kittredge. I was not impressed by this book. I had hoped to be swept away. The previous book was so intense and so well structured that I became really excited with the series.
However the third book was nothing like that. I was hoping a lot more intensity and a great story. It's just the opposite.
First - the author does not explain why Luna got out of the force and is now with the SWAT team. There were no circumstances that could
3.5 stars
I truly am VERY TIRED with Luna's attitude. She just easily loses her temper, snaps at people, and act pretty selfish. However, at the same time, I think Dmitri annoys me to the very end. His possessive attitude and him constantly reminding that Luna should be part of the pack, actually makes me want to see Luna kicks his ass. Seriously, I am not sad in anyway that he is gone. Good riddance I say.

Apart from that, I actually enjoy reading Luna working with David Bryson (gasp!) of all pe
Dunno, I didn't like this as much as the 1st 2. Frankly, I'm quite tired of the Dimitri issue, and hoping he's gone for good. Who wants to date an ex pimp drug dealer. Never quite saw the appeal there to begin with. Also way over bearing. Luna is exceptionally bitchy in this one, and the story just seems to go from one action scene to another, without any real plot in between. And the earthquakes? WTH? I was disappointed with this one. Not sure if I will read # 4 or not. I have it, debating on w ...more
Martina the Book Fairy
This series is more urban fantasy than PNR. It takes place in relatively present time in the fictional NW city of Nocturne City. Luna Wilder is a city cop and a werewolf. Recently demoted after the events of the last book, she's working in SWAT, but is drawn into an investigation by a previous co-worker when four werewolves are murdered.

In general I liked this book less than the previous two. Sure, the mystery is good and kept me guessing until the very end of the book, but I don't like Luna at
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not sure if I like this third book. Luna has been thrown out of homicide and demoted to SWAT. She is selfish, bitchier and moodier than ever. At first I felt pity for Dmitri dealing with the demon bite, but even then Dmitri began grating on my nerves with his whiney attitude. I was even surprised at myself that I began liking Detective Bryson.

I love the mystery surrounding the killings, leading Luna to a group of shapeshifters that drink the blood of their victims. A great addition to the story
Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far this book was hard for me, I enjoy luna and the trouble she gets into but maybe because I started in the middle her frustration her lover makes little sense to me. I want to like this series but so far it was good writing and I enjoy the adventure and excitement that surrounds her but it like something is missing. I have the next book so I'm hoping that I"ll like Luna and her next man or the men that will enter her life but we shall see. I'm pretty much set on once you meet the man they w ...more
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Second Skin is the third book in Caitlin Kittredge's Nocturne City series and was lying on my shelf for months before I finally opened the book. Why? Well, mostly because the main character Luna is so incredibly contrary, abrasive and stubborn that she gets on my nerves from time to time. I still like her, but I'm not always in the mood to deal with her. It feels as if she is getting worse with every book. There appears to be no character development to speak off. I got really fed up with her co ...more
Amy Nielsen
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May 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does Luna really have to be so unlikable??? Seriously, she grates on the nerves like no other. Frankly I think Dmitri is too good for her and she doesn't deserve a single person who is in her life. Why do they even bother with her? The other characters are far more interesting and likable than Luna is, including the villains. The only reason I gave the book 3 stars is because the storyline and supporting characters are great enough to hold an interest, and I was hoping (fruitlessly) that Luna Wi ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh..after 3 books, I am finally giving up on the series. Luna has to be the worst lead character ever. She's a bitch, that. But why? And must she be a bitch to every.single.person she runs across, good or bad? A good character has layers..this is especially important in a lead! The male interests are icky..Dmitri is just now a whiny annoyance(which oddly reminds me of what Laurell K Hamilton did to Richard's character when she wanted to move on to other male characters..actually this ...more
Mrs. Badass
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May 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-and-own
I thought this was good, but not as good as the first one and second ones. And there are some details and plot points that were discussed in the second book, that were pretty vital, aren't even mentioned in this book, and from the sounds of it, not in the later books either, so it makes me wonder why she would add that point at all. Namely, the were elders told Luna she had to find a way to fix Dmitri and get rid of his demon bite by a certain time otherwise they'd kill her and in this one it wa ...more
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Bobbi Sandmann
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luna's been transferred to SWAT but when a detective comes to her with four dead werewolves, she can't help but get involved up to her pretty neck. Soon she's chasing down leads and finding herself embroiled in what seems like a war between the oldest werewolf families and a band of shapeshifters that are the stuff of legend. When the group's leader starts making moves on Luna that might drive a wedge between her and Dmitri. Luna's getting no closer to solving the murders and she might be next o ...more
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: af, series, own
I probably shouldn't like these books as much as I do, but I do. Probably not one of the stronger books in the series, but I still enjoyed it.


As an aside: this year I've been keeping track of book designers and cover designers. For whatever reasons mass markets tend to not have this information. Fortunately for this cover designer, I don't know their name. If I did I would be tempted to e-mail them and ask them what is going on with her boobs on the cover. Also: who in marketing pissed you off
Apr 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed the third book in this series. While Luna seems to be more stubborn than ever, there is a sense that Kittredge (especially at the close of the book) is setting up some hard-knocks revelations that will be coming Luna's way. I'm very much looking forward to the next "Witch Craft" to see if Luna's character development continues to move forward. Her stubbornness will become a series killer if there isn't some growth, but Kittredge is a skilled writer and she seems to building ...more
Michelle B
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Yesenia Vazquez-Ailey
Not as exciting as I hoped

When I first started the series I thought it would be exciting, action packed and/or full of romance unfortunately I found it lacking in both, and there was something else that was missing, something I couldn't quite explain that something that holds your attention so completely that you could hardly put the book down. I could barely stand to finish this book.
I started Second Skin mid point in the series apparently and really needed to read the previous books to understand what the heck was going on so I spent most of my time lost since I had no idea when I picked it up that it was a part of a series. Although I liked the story the characters didn't impress me but I'm still curious enough to want to start at the beginning to fill in some answers to the many questions I have about the book.
Jul 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luna Wilder is back, so is Dimitri and then he leaves and then he is back. What a nightmare! part of me just wishes for him to sod off, but then again he is good for Luna in so many ways. They are both as stubborn as can be and think they're opinions are justified, but they never really discuss anything, just fight or have wild hot were sex. I liked the way this plot went. The ending made me chuckle, you will see why, don't skip to the end though as it might just not make sense. :)
May 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure what it is about this series that I enjoy so much. These books are addictive brain candy. They are a quick, enjoyable, quirky read with characters that you can laugh with (and at) and situations that keep you engaged and wanting more. The relationship thing in this installment gets a bit annoying but I think that is the point... we all get a little fed up. I am looking forward to the next in the series.
Stephanie Bolen
Not bad, I'm still trying to figure out who Luna is and if she is stupid or suicidal. The world and plots are first rate, where the series falls down is likable characters and mediocre writing. But dispite it not being a modern opus, I still want to go on the journey see where Caitlin is leading me and hoping Luna grows up a little and stops sucking face with suspects.
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the pace of this book. Full of action but not crazy action packed. :) I don't find myself hyperventilating which is good! Sometimes I get so stressed with some books that I have to pause and read a chick-lit or a cozy-mystery.

Dimitri in the other book was annoying... Dimitri in this book is intolerable. Grrr.

I just hate Luna's attitude sometimes.

Good UF read. :)
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Caitlin started writing novels at age 13. Her first was a Star Wars tie-in. Fortunately, she branched out from there and after a few years trying to be a screenwriter, a comic book writer and the author of copious amounts of fanfiction, she tried to write a novel again. Her epic dark fantasy (thankfully) never saw the light of day but while she was struggling with elves and sorcerers she got the i ...more
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Nocturne City (5 books)
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