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Nocturna kindle ì eBook 9781473675919 ☆ moneyexpresscard ☆ The first in a sweeping and epic own voices debut fantasy trilogy—set in a stunning Latinx inspired world—about a face changing thief and a risk taking prince who must team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed Perfect for fans oHis brother’s legacy Riddled with grief Alfie is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back even if it means dabbling in forbidden magicBut when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide they accidentally unlock a terrible ancient power which if not contained will devour the world And with Castallan’s fate in their hands Alfie and Finn must race to vanuish what they have unleashed even if it means facing the deepest darkness in their pas 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 castSadly this book has one big issue that I need to talk aboutThis 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 order to save him the prince uses the help of black magic that's been locked away for years The black magic gets unleashed and roams through the city leaving destruction in its wake It uses people as vessels making their veins black and raised but some are too weak and simply turn to dustThere's a piece of the black magic that the prince and the thief keep and it helps the prince bring the thief through one of his doorways even though he usually can only go alone That piece also wears the prince out because it tempts him to use itDoes this sound familiar? If it doesn't you probably haven't read the Shades of Magic trilogy by VE SchwabI hate to be that person but as someone who loves VE Schwab and the trilogy and is also know for that it would feel wrong for me to not point these similarities out It is UNCANNYI know that there's rarely any truly uniue books out there any A lot of the elements in the plot of both NOCTURNA and SHADES OF MAGIC can be found in plenty of other books But the fact that there's so many matching things in both does seem weirdAnd it's not only the plot but also the characters the way they behave and the dynamics between themAlfie the prince has the ability to see magic which comes VERY close to Alucard's ability While Alfie's brother who was supposed to be King has died prior to this story his cousin who as I said above is like a brother to Alfie reads a lot like Rhy And while Alfie did remind me off Kell often times the thing that really rubbed me the wrong way is the fact that Finn the thief IS Lila Bard Like let's just take a look at some of these uotes “Nothing makes me feel small without paying the price That creepy thing owes me a debt for that and I always get what I'm owed”“But if Finn was known for anything it was jumping headfirst into things that were very bad ideas”“'I don't have much fear in me Prince I'm not going to waste it on him' she said her mouth curling into a snarl around that word She tossed him a smirk that almost covered the turmoil churning beneath it”“She'd always imagined the weight of someone's hand in her own to feel like an anchor tugging her into a forced stasis when she only wanted to run to be free Yet now she wanted nothing than to stay She felt freedom in this moment than all her years combined Freedom she was coming to understand could be found in a person instead of a place” I'm a hardcore Shades of Magic fan but you probably could've sold these to me as something that Lila has said and I would've believe you that's how much this sounds like herShe is in general scared of staying too long in one place she is scared of commitment and getting attached to other people This also shows in her dynamic with Alfie where both clearly like each other a lot but don't wanna admit itAnd the book ends with Finn leaving on a shipIt's just all a tad too close And again I hate doing this I don't want to call this book out like this but there is absolutely no way to unsee the similarities So here I am just putting out what I personally observedIn the beginning I still enjoyed this book regardless but when there were and similarities I started disliking this book and as well On top of that I thought the second half was incredibly boring funnily exactly when it started going into a different direction plot wiseSo I'm sure this book will work for some people I didn't dislike it because it is bad but because I think it is absolutely too close to my favourite trilogy of all time It feels uncomfortable to read this book with all its similarities but also in comparison it just cannot hold up at all♦ Booktube Channel ♦ Twitter ♦ Instagram ♦ I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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Alented faceshifter it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face and that’s exactly how she likes it But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster she’s forced into an impossible mission steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic foreverAfter the murder of his older brother Prince Alfehr is first in line for the Castallan throne But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to I had hoped to love this book And yet somewhere deep in my little heart I knew knew almost for certain that I wouldn’t That it was almost too good to be trueNow I’ve read it and lo and behold I did not in fact love this bookSome 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 going to write a fantasy novel based on her Dominican heritage I was nothing if not completely on boardSo you can only imagine how disappointed I was when this book was only superficially Latinx and could have otherwise been set in any generic European esue kingdomThe book talked about some Hispanic foods sweet plantains which I love the adobo seasoned chicken and some other things It used Spanish words for magic which I gotta say doesn’t sound as magical when you actually speak the language Alfie would say magic words like “Alargar” and “Parar” and magic would happen except that these are the Spanish verbs ‘to elongate’ and ‘to stop’ and those don’t sound all that magical when you think about it But it can’t be helped I suppose It’s not the book’s fault that I’m not impressed by Spanish words Overall culturally there wasn’t much to distinguish it from every other fantasy out thereThe bible says that there is “no new thing under the sun” So I don’t so much look for originality in plot lines but rather for the execution of said plots because let’s be real most books fall under the same plotlines and the same tropes and character outlines and still we read themThat said there has been an overwhelming amount of people comparing this book to A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab to the point that they claim that Nocturna is nothing than a blatant rip offI read ADSOM a few years ago and didn’t love it It was an ok book for me and I really didn’t like Laila Bard I had barely remembered that book while reading this one if I’m honest It wasn’t until I started reading some people’s reviews that I began to think back on the other story and point out some similarities And trust me there are many similarities in plot characterization magic and even the endingBut as I mentioned there is no new thing under the sun Had this book executed that plot in a enjoyable way I wouldn’t have minded as much But alas it did notThe writing in this book is pretty decent It’s not amazing but it was easy to read There were some moments that felt a little info dumpish but that’s the way it is with fantasy sometimes The characters are alright I found that their motivations shifted rather uickly though They also made a lot of uestionable choices but what YA character doesn’tThere is a shift in the plot that I didn’t expect It started out as being about one thing mostly Alfie finding his brother but then that takes a back seat and the plot became about something else This is also a thing that happens a lot in books and doesn’t really bother me so long as the change in the plot is engaging and it all connects in the end I’m not sure how well this book pulled that offOverall I liked that this was a Latinx fantasy or that it tried to be Latin American culture is extremely diverse The Carribean Islands have a culture unlike Central America which is different in culture from South America and all the individual countries are so rich with history and culture and traditions and it’s beautiful We’ve seen a lot of Asian fantasy lately and African fantasy is on the rise and I’m so happy about it Now I want to see some Latin American fantasy take the stage I want a book that fully throws you into the culture it’s depicting not just brushes the surface as I feel this book didSo yeah there you have it I don’t think this book lived up to what it could have been But maybe I’m just a hater? Oh wellAlso y’all gotta check out this book trailer No offense but it’s actually kind of ridiculous how cringy it is It’s like a bad video game upload but with overly dramatic yet anticlimactic narrationTo see the trailer click HERE I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my ownFollow Me Here Too My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr || Pinterest

Maya Motayne Ì Nocturna pdf

NocturnaThe first in a sweeping and epic own voices debut fantasy trilogy set in a stunning Latinx inspired world about a face changing thief and a risk taking prince who must team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed Perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi Leigh Bardugo and V E SchwabTo 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 cloaksAs a t 25 ⭐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 I’m glad I didn’t have it with me on any beach or truth be said I didn’t go to any beach whatsoeverThe main reason for my affirmation I DNF ed this Yep that’s right Maybe it’s a surprise but not a shock The ones who have already read that know what I mean Nocturna is my first DNF of the year I am truly sorry to say that At first I thought it had so much potential I really wanted it to be good I was making myself think that it will be good and I am going to like it Unfortunately I’ve encountered stuff that couldn’t let me enjoy itTo imagine how exactly I felt picture me as a cute little girl with long braids and an airy skirt jumping up and down with a basket in my hand ready to pick some flowers and berries I am even whistling After a while I stop I think I see the flowers in the meadow Oh happiness But when I am so close to them suddenly from nowhere a huge fence erects standing between me and the beautiful flowers I want to pick up I want to climb up the fence but I see it is electrified And also a storm is coming up so I might very well go home It is not worth itThis is exactly how I felt after reading not even half of it Disappointed I thought the action was very slow I felt like that amazing page turner effect wasn’t there It felt a bit in the tree as we like to say in Romanian Somehow it felt unfinishedAnd also I found the chapters agonisingly long The world construction wasn’t that bad but it wasn’t good either Maybe at this part I felt the feeling of the whole plot trying Trying to go somewhere to do something Fighting to go better But it felt too much as a struggle and it made the reading a bit uncomfortable for me I don’t generaliseEven the characters seemed to struggle too much to find their own personalities And this is not uite okay even though I know this is a YA Fantasy book and the characters tend to have changes of personalities every 10 pages It is okay to change the personality throughout the book but at least set the right basis for itIt breaks my heart to say this so but it is true The best thing about this though? It actually helped me gain a bit of vocabulary in Spanish so for that I will totally give out an extra star It was a really well thought thing to blend the Spanish words in or at least this is coming from the trashy language learner inside of me It is a very good way to make people aware of one’s culture and also educate the population a bit Ignorance kills children My only problem now is if Spanish speakers wanted to read this book in Spanish without knowing the words for magic are said originally in Spanish would anyone notice the aspect of Spanish words used in the book as I did me a non native Spanish speaker?Book styled