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Nocturnal

(The Noctalis Chronicles #1)

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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  692 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Ava-Claire Sullivan's mother is dying. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that her greatest solace comes from someone who's already dead.

Peter Hart saves her one night in a graveyard from an attacker just as strange as he is, and now Ava can't stop thinking about him. She wants to see him again – even after he warns her he's dangerous, and she begins to rea
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Paperback, 302 pages
Published February 11th 2012 by Createspace
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Sarah
This was a YA paranormal romance story, featuring creatures called Noctalis.

Ava had a rough time in this book, first with her mother’s terminal cancer diagnosis, and then with being attacked in a graveyard. She didn’t have the best sense of self-preservation though as she continued to return to the cemetery even after everything that had happened there.

The storyline in this was about Ava going to spend some time alone in a graveyard in the middle of the night after learning her mother’s prognosi
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Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

DNF at 15% in chapter 6.

Yet another “paranormal urban fantasy” novel that’s more preoccupied with teenaged dwama than an actual paranormal or urban fantasy story.

Yes, it’s tragic Ava’s mom is about to die. I even sorta understand her reasoning behind not telling her friends. But I’m sitting at 15% through this book and the biggest action has been Ava setting up her new mobile phone (it ended up free with rebate).

Also the writing is laughable. The one that killed me was this gem whe
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Shelly Crane
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To be perfectly honest, I was a little scared about 2 chapters in. Chelsea is a sweetie so I kept going, but the reason for my hesitancy was because my mom has cancer and Ava is not dealing with it very well and I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy the book if she was going to dwell on this. And she did, but Ava is such a likeable character. She's 'reckless' and I liked it that Chelsea made a character that wasn't reckless just b/c some guy said don't do something. She was reckless b/c life just sucked an ...more
Elle
Okay, this is from the first chapter of the next book which pretty much explains why I don't like this book:

"I'd been the one who, after I knew he could kill me, still came and hung out with him. Multiple times. Even after he'd physically threatened me, that wasn't a deal breaker. The only way he could have gotten rid of me was to actually kill me. Which he hadn't done yet."

WTF?

I seem to keep reading books that start off pretty good then take a big nose dive once the heroine gets choked by her p
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Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
Ok then. Talk about hitting the hard stuff right out of the gate. Chapter one has us out to dinner with Ava-Claire and her parents. They are there to tell her that her mother's cancer is terminal. In a public setting. Then they have dessert. I must say, props to this girl for not making a scene right then and there. I would have.

So obviously this sets the scene for Ava doing things most kids wouldn't. Like driving to the cemetery in the middle of the night for some fresh air and peace and quiet.
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Jenn
Well, this book was...boring. Literally nothing happened.

Ava finds out her mother is dying in the first chapter. She doesn't take this information well (I don't blame her) and instead of confiding in her best friends for support, she shuts down. Seeking solace instead in the solitude of a graveyard - where she of course runs into trouble. Trouble in the form of two brothers who threaten to kill her. Ava gets away but her obvious instinct is to return the following night.

Wait, what?

Yup, that's r
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Abbie
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actual rating - 3.5

Nocturnal was a decent read.

I felt really sorry for Ava. Knowing someone you love was going to die soon would be absolutely awful!
Peter confused me a bit. He needed blood to survive, was immortal, didn't have fangs, but had wings... This isn't a combo i've come across before.

The pacing in this was okay, although my interest did waver at times. It wasn't too bad though, thankfully.

Overall, A decent paranormal read, but the love interest was confusing.
Jagged
Dec 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
True Rating: 1.5 stars.

"I want to kill you."

Ava

She is an insufferable character. Cameron did not incorporate any redeeming qualities into Ava's character development. She starts off extremely bitter and self centered. As the story progresses, she gets worse and worse. She is very selfish, inconsiderate, mopey, suicidal, irrational, and ridiculous. She is in love with a creature who strangled her. I mean, how is that for an epic romance? She is a lousy friend, daughter, and a shitty person altoge
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Abbie
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't as good as the first time I read it. It had a really slow pace, so a lot of it dragged for me.
Hannah
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I promise to be brutally honest with my opinion, but it should not be taken as fact. Any reader should read it for themselves, before they decide if this book has any merit or not. Do not judge this book baised solely on my opinion. If you do, you might miss out on a great read. You never know. It could happen.
1. Strong Main Character/ Female Heroine: Ava-Claire is a strong character with an equally strong will. She knows what she wants and she does not want to spill all her horrifying secrets
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BookHookup
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was also reviewed on The Book Hookup

**This book was given to The Book Hookup
but that did not influence the review**

Celeste’s review: 4.5 stars! First: I love the cover. LOVE! I’m a cover snob and this one is just gorgeous. Second: everyone needs to read this book! If you love being vested in characters, if you love having your heart broken and bursting with love at the same time, well this is the book for you. I really had no idea what to expect going into this novel and ended up falli
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Tiffany Holme
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Ava is living with a lot on her plate right now. Dealing with her mothers sickness and the inability to share it with her two closest friends Tex and Jamie. Not because they don't want to hear it but because she isn't ready to talk about everything that is going on at home. Instead she takes to the cemetery. The dead listen but don't ask her anything or anything of her. What happens when she goes one night and it isn't only the dead there does she realize how dangerous the night can be. Terrifi ...more
Marissa
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Awww I really liked reading this story. First, the cover looks amazing! I love tulips, and that purple one looks beautiful! Now, to me, there were different things going about, from family and friend issues to Noctalis-Guy Issues, and I was pretty pleased how this was all entwined together as it made a great, wonderful story, a promising start to the chronicles.

In the beginning of the story we face a real life, realistic situation: Ava’s Mother’s cancer is now life threatening and she has a lim
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C.C. Thomas
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting much when I started this book. It was a cheap read for Kindle and my book experience is, you pretty much get what you pay for. This, however, was a pleasant departure from that mantra.

The basic plot? A girl falls into doomed love with a paranormal creature. Yada, yada, yada. But, this book is so much more than a paranormal romance. What makes is so different is that the romance seems almost to come into second place to....characterization and plot! Gasp! There's a new concept.
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Andrea Heltsley
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have been in the mood for a good vampire book lately. A little birdie or two told me how great Chelsea Cameron was. She did not disappoint:) This was a uniquely written tale of the Noctalis.

I will admit that I struggled a little through the beginning of the book. Ava's mom is dying of cancer and it was slow and hard to relate to for me. I found myself wishing she would get over it and come to terms already. I know I have never dealt with this before so I am sure it was a perfect reaction, I ju
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Jacqueline's Reads
Sep 05, 2013 marked it as considering-2  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jacqueline's Reads by: All Booked Out
I was told this had a slow forming relationship, which I am a fan. So I'm marking it on my TBR list :D

Seventeen-year-old Ava-Claire Sullivan's mother is dying. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that her greatest solace comes from someone who's already dead.

Peter Hart saves her one night in a graveyard from an attacker just as strange as he is, and now Ava can't stop thinking about him. She wants to see him again – even after he warns her he's dangerous, and she begins to realize what he is. Her be
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CeCe
Ava is told at dinner that her mother has 6 months left to live. Ava goes out in the middle of the night to a cemetery where she encounters two men.

Ava has two friends, Tex and Jaime. I did not like how Ava let Jaime down when he needed her the most. There were no redeeming qualities in Ava. Tex was the typical BFF in these romance stories who loves to party, etc.
Peter was an okay hero. Nothing about him will stick out for me to remember him now that I am done with the book. I wanted Jaime to be
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Sa
Jan 26, 2015 marked it as dnf
I love Jamie, the emotional scenes with Ava's parents, and like Tex.But I' just going to abandon this story because I don't like Peter or Ava's love/obsession with him.You just CAN'T be attracted to someone who creeps the ever living life outta you, strangles you and promises to kill you!
Tamis
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5

Ok el libro es realmente bueno mas sin embargo fue un poco cansado el libro, al principio no sabia si seguirlo o dejarlo.

Lo bueno es que se pone interesante mas adelante, me gusto, y todavía lo hace mas bueno Peter ♥
Jessie
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
this book is intriguing.. I couldn't put it down from the moment I started it... there was so many interesting moment in this book that I wanted to read more about .. can't wait to read more in book 2 :-)
Nancy The book junkie
Review coming soon!
Gabriela Galindo
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
G E N I A L
Kyra Dunst
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. The characters are complex, but real. The story is touching and intense. And the stakes are high. If you love paranormal stories, this ones for you.
Annabell
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Vampires are one of the biggest themes within the paranormal genre and over the last few years they have gone from being portrayed as terrifying predators to sparkly controlling stalkers or so human-like they shouldn’t even be called vampires. With Nocturnal I had expected a ghost story (I don’t know why. Quite possibly because I had read the synopsis to Whisper, first book in Cameron’s Whisper Trilogy, and thought the Nocturnal would approach the same concept) but instead I was surprised to fin ...more
P
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Wait, i actually liked Twilight parodies, so i can't even call this one that. It seems to me a weird mixture of Fallen and a Twilight Mockery and though we can see where its inspired from, I think I've found a female protagonist dumber than Bella. There were at least parts of Twilight that was good, redeemable. I had to read this till the end to be comforted by the fact that there are books much worse and sink lower than twilight could in disparity.
Leanne Crabtree
DNF @ 36%.

Four days of reading and not even half way through yet. That shows my lack of enthusiasm for this book. It was taking far too long to get interesting in my opinion. She kept going out and meeting him in the graveyard and having very strange, almost one sided conversations with Peter. I didn't see her fascination with him and found the rest of the storyline rather boring in that bit I did read.

Not for me at all.
M
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read

I cried, laughed, and swooned often with this book. It was a very interesting read. I have no idea what to expect next.
Holly
Actual rating: 3.5 stars!

I was interested in the story after reading the synopsis, because it sounded like another vampire book, and I have to tell you, I'm on a vampire kick right now. But Nocturnal had a slightly unique take on the blood-thirsty paranormal creatures that I've been reading about. It was different, darkly intriguing and drawn out so that the reader was still guessing and still wondering who Peter is. Oops, I meant to say what Peter is. Because he's definitely not human, and Av
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Sarah
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
(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 wh
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Celeste
This book was also reviewed on The Book Hookup

**This book was given to The Book Hookup but that did not influence the review**

4.5 stars! First: I love the cover. LOVE! I’m a cover snob and this one is just gorgeous. Second: everyone needs to read this book! If you love being vested in characters, if you love having your heart broken and bursting with love at the same time, well this is the book for you. I really had no idea what to expect going into this novel and ended up falling in love with t
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Chelsea M. Cameron is a New York Times/USA Today/Internationally Best Selling author from Maine who now lives and works in Boston. She's a red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader, and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, getting brunch with her partner, tweeting, and playing fetch with her cat, Sassenach. She has a ...more

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