To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.
As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own fac ...more
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Pretending I am on a gorgeous Caribbean beach, drinking coconut water and listening to some distant bachata music while reading this book and not actually reading it in my room far away from any beach within reach.
Well, now I’m glad I didn’t have it with me on any beach (or, truth be said, I didn’t go to any beach whatsoever).
The main reason for my affirmation: I DNF-ed this.
Yep, that’s right. Maybe it’s a surprise, but not a shock. The ones wh ...more
Damn it! Damn it! Damn it!! I was hoping to love this book!! It’s so pretty inside and out, the pages had their own special magic BUT I didn’t like it much!! And I hated that one of the main characters name was shortened to the nickname of Alfie! Felt like I was reading the movie A Christmas Story but with Alfie instead of Ralphie. Don’t ask, I’m weird.
I’m sure this book will be for lots of people just not ...more
from an objective standpoint, theres a bit going for this story. the latinx culture is fun and exciting and something i havent read a lot of (even if the plot is one i have - *cough* a darker shade of magic *cough*). the writing is impressive for a debut and the pacing is good with decent world building.
from a subj ...more
Now I’ve read it and lo and behold, I did not, in fact, love this book.
Some of you may or may not know this about me, but I am Dominican. I was born and partially raised in The Dominican Republic, a small, Spanish speaking island in the Carribean, where the sun always shines and the beaches are always blue. So, to hear that an author w ...more
review to come, but i really enjoyed this one! <3
✨ Content and Trigger Warnings: murder, blood, manipulation, abuse, suicide, slavery, loss of a loved one (thank you so much Johely!)
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This was our September 2020 pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club! 🐉☕ ...more
Several sources, in fact. Because beyond the egregious ripping-off of Schwab's trilogy, even the tiny, different details are often easily traceable back to other sources, from which they have just as blatantly been stolen and cobbled.
I've been annoyed at books before for stealing basic plot from ...more
i always wanted to read a latino-inspired ya fantasy. there are lots of fantasies inspired in europe or the us. even arabic-inspired. but i searched and searched for something latino, something like nocturna, and i never found it.
thankfully, maya motayne exists. and her book is AMAZING!
the world-building is incredible. i’m gonna be honest with you: when i started reading it, i couldn’t stop thinking that nocturna is actually a darker shade of magic, but in south america. but, as the ...more
Fantasy fans will embrace the creative worldbuilding and welcome these flawed and multi-layered characters into their hearts.
The former, Finn Voy, seeks to escape the dark shadow dominating her past but finds herself with a new foe to duel with, when she aligns her plight with the Prince's. Prince Alfehr is not concerned with ruling the kingdom but only in seeking t ...more
I feel like Nocturna had promise in its premise, but the execution left much to be desired. The writing was overly descriptive without saying much, the world-building took a backseat, and the characters felt very superficial. While I liked the Latin American inspir ...more
Finn is a shapeshifter, a thief and a trickster. She steals faces, loosing herself amongst the crowds to keep one step ahead. Until her luck runs out, and she’s forced to steal treasure or loose her powers forever. When her plans align with that of a forlorn prince, who holds the power of moving between worlds, she sets her sights on a prize worth taking, but is the risk worth the consequences?
The world building is both complex and ...more
"Magic could not speak, yet interacting with it felt like a conversation,
a dance, a story shared with a friend with the ending left up to interpretation."
2019 is just full of beautifully diverse fantasy releases, and Nocturna had been on my TBR since the beginning of the year. Imagine my delight when I received this book in one of my April subscription boxes (and this gorgeous special edition no less!) Of course I had to immediately dive into this book ...more
So when they started working together, well.. I was fangirling a bit here and there. The last time I read this wa ...more
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LATINX WORLD! Yeah, so I've lived among Latin people for years and love the food, culture and language. It really excited me to read that we'd get a fantasy world inspired by a rarely seen culture. And come one... how can I not be excited for a character that can change their face!?
When I started Nocturna I had totally forgotten what the premise had said about it. The only thing I remembered what that it was Latinx!! Right aw ...more
Rounded down for the complete lack of originality. This was very (very )standard tropish YA fantasy and I was a little disappointed. Nothing quite wrong with it but nothing special either...
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get exactly what I was expecting going into this book: a very standard, middle of the road YA-fantasy, that is entertaining enough but ultimately adds nothing new to the genre that we haven’t seen a million times before, if not better. That could pretty much be my ...more
I liked this a lot, but nothing really stood out to me. I'm curious about what's going to happen in the next book, though!
It would've been four stars, but it set off my anxiety a WHOLE LOT because of how often dead parents were talked about. It wasn't enough to make me consider DNFing my first book ever, but it did take away some of my enjoyment. Since getting pregnant for the first time, and especially because I'm expecting again, it's just a lot for me to read about it. ...more
As someone who loves fantasy and diverse reads, the premise of Nocturna really interested me: a Latinx inspired world, a faceless thief and a prince with dark magic. I was definitely intrigued and really keen to pick this up for The Name of the Book club.
The beginning of the book starts with a bang, as we first meet Finn, the faceless thief who can mould her face into anyone else's and whose goal is to break ...more
Basically, this book is just a Latinx , poorly written copy of the far superior A Darker Shade of Magic. WARNING: Spoilers ahead for both books, so beware!
Seriously, Finn is basically Lila Bard, Alfehr is a whiny amalgamation of Kell and Rhy, and Alfehr uses 'magic doors' to get t ...more
“This searing, magical Latinx-inspired fantasy pulled me in from the first page and did not let me go. I loved adventuring with brave Alfie and brash Finn, and I held my breath until the end. NOCTURNA is a magnificent debut, powerful and true.”
- Julie C. Dao, author of FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS
started buddy reading it with Laura but I decided to just DNF it
I wasn’t enjoying the first five chapters; there was just something missing or something. And now I wonder would I even notice it’s so much “A Dark Shade of Magic” if I hadn’t been told that and how much that affected how I feel about the book. To be honest I don’t think it did something (I think it was somewhere around half of the book when I compared the characters and was shocked that they are the same, before that ...more
Actual rating: 2,5 stars!
Overall I think this book had potential it was just very unoriginal and predictable. There wasn’t anything that really got me annoyed but there also wasn’t something that made me love it.
Was it just me or was this book VERY similar to V.E. Schwab darker shades of magic series? And then I don’t just mean similar plot with creepy dark magic on the loose, but also the characters, their stations, the magic, traveling through portals, the pov, the worl ...more
Over-the-top similarities to A Darker Shade of Magic with a writing style I could not get into (loads of awkward and poorly placed info-dumping, telling instead of showing, etc.), and a Celaena Sardothien style female MC who swears all the time and that's how you're supposed to know that she's fierce. If I had a dollar for every time Finn's narration included "She'd be damned if..." in the first 35% of the book, it would probably be enough to buy the hardcover edition.
Huge pacing prob ...more
So I was getting a sense of "I've read this kind of book before" along with noting how I wasn't getting the fierce, Latinx-soaked fantasy I was promised. Then I did some review reading and realized that I HAD read this before: A Darker Shade of Magic. And thus the woke realization that this was basically a fanfic version of ADSOM that wasn't even a GOOD fanfic, well, I decided to just stop boring myself and put th ...more
One thing I found very appealing that the “bad guy” was legit evil and sadistic with no redeeming features what so ever. One of my favourite things about a villainous character is how evil they can be, and this character really is everything I could of hoped for!
Then we have Alfie and Finn, the tease is real with this! I am on the edge of my seat ...more
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