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Night Life

(Nocturne City #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  4,499 ratings  ·  266 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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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
Mar 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, series
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
May 21, 2008 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
May 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Oct 02, 2010 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
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 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really was hoping to like this book, but it was not to be.

The book suffered from sloppy mistakes about details (i.e. the tibia is not an arm bone and diazepam [Valium] is not known primarily as an animal tranquilizer) and its heavy-handed and unbelievable portrayal of non-paranormal aspects of the story. I mean, really? Would any police department in a decent-sized city have that level of unchecked misogyny and outright incompetence and inattention to procedure? I could have gotten past wincin
Sharon Malcolm
Mar 28, 2010 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
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May 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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55 points/100 (3 stars)

Luna Wilder is a lone werewolf and a cop. While investigating some ritualistic murders, her main suspect is Dmitri Sandovsky. Leader of one of the local packs, Dmitri sets Luna's instincts off. Yet they'll have to rely on each other to solve murders that seem to lead back to demons.

Night Life was very cliched and very generic urban fantasy. In fact, pretty much every cliche in the genre, Caitlin Ki
Maria Jose
Aug 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
All this jumped at me in the first 10% of the book. Bad enough that I did not finish and returned it.

EVERY MAN in this book are portrayed as misogynist pigs- one even goes as far as grabbing the main character's butt in the workplace and getting away with it. They ALL hate the main character because she is a woman, so they all want her to fail... for no other reason than being a woman. As if that isn't enough she is also (not just a werewolf but) an outcast werewolf, living in a world where eve
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
Jul 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-swap
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Martina the Book Fairy
Oct 20, 2008 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
Book one of the Nocturne City series, this is a dark urban fantasy with just a smidge of romance. It's first person narration form the heroine's perspective (Luna Wilder, a werewolf and a cop.) I think this series has promise, but this book was not great. I liked the creatures/characters the author constructed - weres and witches, mostly - but I disliked how poorly the author conveyed the world to the reader. You learn about the supernatural elements in tiny drips and drabs - a throwaway line he ...more
Dec 27, 2008 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
Sep 12, 2011 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
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
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, fantasy, dnf
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,
Apr 16, 2010 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..

Apr 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
I thought it would be better.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
My first attempt at reading this book ended up in failure. But, because it has been nominated in my UF group, I gave it a second chance.

I pushed all the way to the end, though it was a struggle. It wasn't because it was a deep book at all. It was because the plot was a hot mess. Just go ahead and throw logic and reason out the window.

The primary theme of the book is that a "tough-as-nails" detective throws herself into situations that she can't handle with nary a plan at all. Over and over. It s
Jul 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
The book follows a female detective who also happens to be a werewolf.

Not exactly an original premise by any means, but I was willing to give it a try. It wasn't long, however, before I could tell that this wouldn't be the book for me.

Everyone on the force treated the main character like garbage because she was a woman. The author tried to make her seem like she was a "strong female lead against adversity" but only succeeded in making her seem like a bitch. I couldn't find an ounce of sympathy
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, urban-fantasy
A fellow blogger asked me why I choose the books that I do. Is it the cover? The artwork in particular? The Back blurb? Maybe a title? I think my answer is a little bit of everything. While as readers we would love to be able to say don’t judge a book by its cover, but admittedly I pick up a book based on a title or a cover. These days I am less drawn to covers like the one for Night Life as I assume the book will be heavy on the romance and light on the character development and plots. Its not ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is absolutely bullshit to call this heroine a bitch! I've read dozens and dozens of detective novels, supernatural and not, where the male detective is an arrogant, flawed, moody "asshole" and not once have a read a review that called him out on it. If anything readers swoon at his dark, gloomy, broken, character.
This is exactly the same framework except Luna is a woman. I loved the dark, annoyed way she talked to people and I absolutely adored her "bitchy" demeanour. She's tough, and moody
Emma Ferrier

ummm well... could've been worse but oh my god Luna is a flat af 2D character and I hate her.
Also, she bangs on about how all her fam except cousin Sunny hate that she's a were.. right, fine, they're witches after all... BUT WHY THE FUCK DID THEY NAME YOU LUNA LIKE JESUS HER NAME IS ALMOST AS OBVIOUS AS PROFESSOR R J LUPIN OMG
Kathy Davie
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, urban
First in the Nocturne City urban fantasy series about two cousins: one a blood witch and the other a bitten werewolf/cop set in an alternate Earth.

My Take
I really wanted to like this since I love her Black London series so much. I gave it a "2" instead of a "1" because Kittredge does have an interesting concept. Just wish her editor had worked with her more.

Kittredge was so busy dropping hints that very little actually was clear. Not much tension built up for the demon, the "ancient evil". It wa
Coucher de soleil
Generally I enjoyed this one, although it did have some flaws.

Good points: The main character was admittedly another example in a long line of mouthy female lead characters in urban fantasy novels, yet was still quite likeable despite the use of this familiar trope. The plot was generally gripping and flowed along quite well. The world building was very interesting (I enjoyed the descriptions of the city, along with its problems, as well as the conflict between the supernatural and non supernatu
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was very confusing. I'm not sure I can go on to the next one (it's at the library--I'm not investing more money) simply because I'm not sure what really happened? There was a lot going on and it started really slow, only picked up about halfway through.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, urban-fantasy
The plot was quite interesting, but I couldn't care less for the main characters. Luna was downright reckless most of the time and the romantic interest frankly a criminal. Well, won't read the next book of the series.
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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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