Monday, August 27, 2012

Noctalis Blog Tour: Review of Nocturnal by Chelsea Cameron

Welcome to my stop on the Noctalis Series Blog Tour hosted by SupaGurl Tours.  Today's feature is a review on Chelsea Cameron's book, Nocturnal.  There is also a really fun scavenger hunt going on that is associated with this tour.  You can find more information about that below.  Thanks for stopping by!

Nocturnal by Chelsea Cameron
Published February 11, 2012
Book Description
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?
My Thoughts:  The book begins with Ava receiving some terrible news.  Her mom, who has had cancer, informs her that she only as a short time to live.  Needless to say, Ava is devastated, but tries to put on a strong front for her mother.  Later that night she has to get out of the house, and ends up at one her favorite spots, the cemetery. Usually she finds this to be a quiet place where she can just chill and think, but on this night, she hears voices.  Before she knows it she is being grabbed by the throat by Ivan, who threatens to kill her if his brother Peter doesn't want her.  Peter, however, ends up being drawn to Ava, and takes her for himself, planning to kill her, but he just can't do it.  Somehow, he is drawn to her.  She brings hope to what he feels is a meaningless existence.  Ava feels drawn to Peter and wants to get to know him better.  She finds herself returning to the cemetery, and their relationship begins to grow, with each finding their need for the other growing stronger, despite what Peter has revealed to her that he is, a Noctalis. 
I really liked Ava, she is a strong female lead character.  Ava wants to tell her two best friends, Jamie and Tex, who are also fun to get to know, what is going on, but she just can't bring herself to do it.  She tries to remain strong for her mother and be there for her as much as she can, and her mom was really great.  Her dad was rather difficult to deal with and tended to give Ava a hard time, but he was also going through a difficult time himself.  The story is written from Ava's point of view, with occasional sections from Peter's point of view, which I enjoyed.  I enjoyed Chelsea Cameron's take on vampires, as well as the romance, and even the intense emotion, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.    

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA writer from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

She has two books out now, Nocturnal and Nightmare, the first and second books in the Noctalis Chronicles about a girl with a dying mother who meets an immortal boy. The third book, Numb will be out this August, and the fourth in the winter. Her other book, Whisper, about a girl who is alive, a boy who isn't and the complications that go along with their relationship, released June 16 and is the first in a trilogy. Follow her on Twitter: @chel_c_cam, her blog, or on Facebook.

Twitter: @chel_c_cam

Are you participating in the Noctalis Scavenger Hunt?  If you are the word you are looking for is HAPPENING. 
 On Aug. 30th SupaGurl Tours will be having Nocturnal Night with Chelsea Cameron!! A huge Video Chat that everyone is invited to :) We will be chatting about EVERYthing. There will also be some giveaways going on... here are the deets you need to include please ...
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*


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