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Nocturna

(A Forgery of Magic #1)

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Set in a Latinx-inspired world, a face-changing thief and a risk-taking prince must team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed.

To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses herand a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.

As a talented faceshifter, its been years since Finn has seen her own face,
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Balzer + Bray (first published May 2nd 2019)
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Teodora
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
2/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

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 Im glad I didnt have it with me on any beach (or, truth be said, I didnt go to any beach whatsoever).
The main reason for my affirmation: I DNF-ed this.

Yep, thats right. Maybe its a surprise, but not a shock. The ones who
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
April Fairyloot Box. Click on the link under picture to see all of the goodies!



THE GOODIES

Damn it! Damn it! Damn it!! I was hoping to love this book!! Its so pretty inside and out, the pages had their own special magic BUT I didnt 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. Dont ask, Im weird.

Im sure this book will be for lots of people just not for
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jessica
ugh. this is the third book in a row where i am just feeling so uninvested. is... is this what a reading slump feels like? im not quite sure how i feel about that, or this book, tbh.

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
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Angelica
I had hoped to love this book. And yet, somewhere deep in my little heart I knew, knew almost for certain, that I wouldnt. That it was almost too good to be true.

Now Ive 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 was
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Cindy Pham
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book because I love the ideas behind it: a Latinx-inspired fantasy, the propio magic system, an adventure between two unlikely allies, a match between a soft boi prince and a tough female thief, etc. Unfortunately, I found the writing to be trite and generic, and the characters (especially Alfie) acted stupidly juvenile for the sake of conflict. It was clear that this is Motayne's first novel because I could tell what she was trying to execute; it just couldn't quite ...more
Jessica McKenna
Apr 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Any unabashedly good reviews of this book must be from people who either have never read V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic Trilogy, or who do not care when a book's entire plot is lifted from another source.

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
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Emily May


ARC provided in exchange for honest review 🔮
Lea (drumsofautumn)
BIG OLD YIKES! It's hard for me to write this review because I really wanted to love this book and I was so excited to have a Fantasy book with an all Latinx cast.
Sadly, this book has one big issue that I need to talk about.

This book is about a prince and a thief in a magical world. The prince can travel from one place to another by making basically any wall a door. The thief steals something from the prince and they meet. The prince's cousin (who's like a brother to him) gets poisoned and in
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Cinda
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya, blurbs, diverse
Welcome to San Cristobal, a Latinx kingdom laced with magic and grappling with homegrown treachery and a colonial past. When the true heir to the throne is assassinated, reluctant Prince Alfehr joins forces with a chameleon of a street thief to save the kingdom from an ancient evil. In the process, they may find a way to save each other.

Fantasy fans will embrace the creative worldbuilding and welcome these flawed and multi-layered characters into their hearts.
helena
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
FASCINATING!

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. im gonna be honest with you: when i started reading it, i couldnt stop thinking that nocturna is actually a darker shade of magic, but in south america. but, as the
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Dannii Elle
A face-shifting thief, who steals more than just food and coin to survive but also the faces of those she meets, and a prince, with a magical doorknob to lead him directly to wherever he wants in the world, combine in an unprecedented interweaving of fates.

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
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Sara
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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 shes 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
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julia ♥
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
read the full review on my blog : here!

"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!

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Laura ☾
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Nocturna revolves around Prince Alfehr (Alfie), who has become crown prince after his brothers disappearance, and Finn, a shapeshifting thief. When an ancient evil threatens to destroy the Kingdom, they must band together to fight it.

I feel like Nocturna had promise in its premise, but the execution left much to be desired. The writing was overly descriptive writing without saying much, the world-building took a backseat, and the characters felt very superficial. While I liked the Latin
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Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
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The Buzz

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!?


The Premise

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
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Renee Godding
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, 2019-releases
2.5/5 stars

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...

Id be lying if I said I didnt 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 havent seen a million times before, if not better. That could pretty much be my one
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This review originally appeared on Happy Indulgence Books. Check it out for more reviews!

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
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mina
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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started buddy reading it with Laura but I decided to just DNF it
DNF @57%


I wasnt enjoying the first five chapters; there was just something missing or something. And now I wonder would I even notice its so much A Dark Shade of Magic if I hadnt been told that and how much that affected how I feel about the book. To be honest I dont 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 I was
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Alaina
Ugh another book that I never reviewed or rated.

Nocturna was a book that I got from my Fairyloot box. I was really excited because the synopsis sounded amazing. Heck, I even got a buddy to read this with and yet - I feel like something was missing.

In it, you will meet Alfie and Finn. Alfie is the crown prince who goes into detective mode because he doesn't believe his brother is dead. Nope, so he goes out on an adventure to find magic and stuff. Then there's Finn, who is a thief and kind of a
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Julie
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
DO. NOT. MISS. THIS.

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
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Vivianne
Spoiler free mini review

Actual rating: 2,5 stars!


Overall I think this book had potential it was just very unoriginal and predictable. There wasnt anything that really got me annoyed but there also wasnt 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 dont 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 world,
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Danielle
Mar 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Nocturna is by far, BY FAR, the worst book I have read this year. Granted, it's only March, but even if another book displaces this as my most despised of 2019, it will remain amongst the top three at the very least.

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
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♠ TABI ♠
DNF @ p.183 because I'm learning when to accept that a book just isn't good enough.

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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
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Sea Reads
DNF at 35%.

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
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Beth
This took me an age to read but Ive done it! Im not really sure why it took me so long because I can hands down say that I really really enjoyed this!

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
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Hollis
Man I'm really getting hit with a lot of these YA fantasy three star series starters right now. Not that three stars are bad, as we forever have to remind ourselves..

"Alfie says your trade is thieving goods, but you seem just as adept at thieving hearts."
"Was that as embarrassing to say as it was to hear?"

So much of this was so good! It's an #ownvoices fantasy set in a Latinx-inspired world, with a very interesting magic system, a face-changing thief, a prince in mourning and not dealing well
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Yoda
I absolutely adored this book. Well written, interesting, easy to follow, everything was perfect. The only thing I wouldve changed was the ending. Obviously its meant to keep readers wanting more but it was still a tiny bit disappoint. Especially since I have to wait a YEAR for second one.
Okay I might have changed two things, this book is 480 pages long but everything happens within few days, it was a bit too much action constantly. Only reason for 4 stars instead of 5.
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Giselle
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
A fun read! A world very well developed, full of magic, darkness, and mystery. It's also unique and well thought-out. Action from start to finish with flawed characters who are an unlikely pair that end up being the perfect match. Full review to come.
ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!).

DNF at 50% (and hence I will not rate it).

In a world ruled by different kinds of magic, Alfie is a Prince, Finn is a Thief and due to a dangerous card game, they end up meeting. Alfie knows privilege and abundance, Finn knows poverty and hunger, but although they're from different worlds, they both know pain, struggle, and loss.
Nocturna is a Latinx inspired Fantasy. I was so excited to be able to read
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Maya Motayne decided to be a writer when she was four years old and hasnt stopped writing since. She lives in New York City where she pursues her passions of petting as many dogs as possible and buying purses based on whether or not they can fit a big book in them. Nocturna is her first novel.

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