Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Blog Tour ~ Nocturnal by Chelsea M. Cameron Review

I am thrilled to be hosting today's stop on the Noctalis Blog Tour! This is a double book tour and I am reviewing the first book in the series Nocturnal. Don't forget to enter the giveaway and click on the tour banner to see the other stops along the tour!

by Chelsea M. Cameron
Published: February 11, 2012
Available: Amazon

Seventeen-year-old Ava-Claire Sullivan isn't one for doing the expected. Especially when she finds out her mother's cancer is terminal. After a crying session in the local cemetery where she's attacked by one strange guy and saved by another, she doesn't call the cops. Because those guys definitely weren't your average hooligans.

And the one who sort-of saved her? Well, he's odd. He doesn't seem to breathe or smile or have anything better to do than wait in the cemetery for Ava to come back. Which she does. Call it morbid curiosity. Even after he warns her that he's dangerous, she can't stop wanting to see him, talk to him, be with him.

There's something about Peter that provides a much-needed escape from her mother's diagnosis and her tenuous relationship with her father. Even her best friends Jamie and Texas don't know what it's like to face death. But Peter does. He already has. He also made a promise a long time ago that could destroy both of them.

When everything in your life is falling apart, what are you willing to give up to hold onto the one thing that could last forever?


I've always been a little hesitant about vampire stories. They just never really worked for me. And with the Twilight era still in full force, I've been even more cautious. Nocturnal was a wonderful departure to all of the Twilight knockoffs.

This is so much more than just a vampire story, and I really think that it is in the other issues that Ava is dealing with that the strength of this novel is built. Ava has departmentalized her problems into Thing One and things Two. Thing Two is Peter, the noctalis she meets in the cemetery, who we learn is a vampire. She's drawn to him, even before she knows what he is, but what's great is that she questions her own sanity in meeting him again. She isn't living in a fantasy Bella world where she stupidly trusts Peter to never hurt her. Ava is completely aware of what Peter is capable of, and yet she still finds herself pulled in.

Thing One is the part of the story that really makes this an amazing story, and also helps explain part of Ava's fascination with Peter. Thing One is that Ava's mother is dying of cancer. Cameron does an amazing job of showing how scared Ava is, and how she is struggling to cope with what she knows is the eventual knowledge that her mother will die. I really felt that if Ava weren't in this constant presence of looming death that she never would have been so attracted to Peter. He represented the exact opposite of the reality she faced with her mom.

Cameron definitely starts this series off with a bang! I can't wait to read Nightmare!

So two extras to add:

First, Nocturnal and Nightmare will be free from Aug. 10th through Aug 14th on Amazon!!

Second, join us for Nocturnal Night on August 30th 8pm EST / 7pm CST for a LIVE Video chat with Author of Nocturnal and Nightmare Chelsea Cameron.

We will be chatting about everything from her books, the writing process, to Edward v/s Jacob *grins* There will be some giveaways going on too. Don't have a webcam? No worries you can still totally join in with text chatting. You will be able to see everyone else. Shy? Don't be we are all eager to meet you!! Join us for a night of Awesome.


You can preregister at the above link. Which would be amazing or you can just show up...

On that night be sure to enter the chat with this link *Will also be up on SupaGurl Books www.supagurlbooks.blogspot.com

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