Kristen Painter’s Nocturne Falls Universe books released yesterday. These were books written by authors she invited to write in Nocturne Falls. I was given a copy of each of these 6 books by the publisher. My reviews were not influenced by this.
The Witch Rescues Her Werewolf by Cate Dean
Lidia Reston’s magic is fading.
She hopes that a move to Nocturne Falls will help her find out why – and maybe get some of it back. But when a sexy werewolf crashes into her life – literally – she realizes that the quiet life she had planned just flew out the window. And she learns that there’s more than one kind of magic.
Harrison Grey has always been clumsy, and has been the star of many jokes since he tripped over his first branch. Now, as the owner of a shop selling interesting keepsakes to the tourists, he can at least go about his day without embarrassing himself. Until he tumbles at the feet of a beautiful new resident.
Her humor, and her acceptance, restore his belief in himself. When he learns of her recent loss, he helps her find the person she can be, with or without magic.
Cate did a wonderful job integrating into Kristen’s universe and I really enjoyed her characters.
There was one character I wished she had given more background to. (Jared).
I look forward to more NFU books from Cate. Hopefully she gives more background into Jared.
Due to the lack of background on Jared I give this book 4.5 stars.
Magic’s Song by Sela Carsen
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, where there’s a supernatural on every corner, if you have the magic to see them.
Trick Scanlon is introduced to town when a playful horse nearly drowns him. Saved by a mermaid’s song, he’s just looking for a place to catch his breath. He never expects to be so drawn to his beautiful savior.
Daria Don’t-Call-Me-A-Mermaid Czernovitch has changed so much her stalker won’t ever find her. She has great friends – witches, gargoyles, and fairies – and she feels safe… until a former Army Ranger turned country music star pulls her into his spotlight.
Can he find his own magic? And will his fame threaten the anonymity she values so much? They make sweet harmony together, but one sour note could ruin it all.
This NFU book is a perfect addition to Kristen’s Nocturne Falls. The use of existing characters, as well as introduction of new characters was seamless. I wish Nick had played a bigger role in the book, but I really enjoyed how Sela incorporated both Nick and Hank into the book.
Her characters were very well rounded and a bit broken. Very easy to relate to her characters. I hope to see more of her characters in Nocturne Falls in the future.
This book gets 5 stars easily. This turned out to be my favorite of the 6 new NFU books released.
Close Encounters Of The Alien Kind by Fiona Roarke
Pilot. Guard. Prisoner.
All three are crashed in the Georgia woods, lost on a world where extraterrestrials are the stuff of science fiction. Blending into the human world is doable, if dangerous. But what if the locals are far from human themselves, with secrets of their own?
Former bounty hunter Stella Grey grew up an orphan on family-centric Alpha-Prime, so she knows the value of belonging. Leaving everything—and everyone—behind to join distant kin a galaxy away in Alienn, Arkansas, is a small price to pay. Heading up a retrieval operation following a spacecraft crash in rural Georgia is her chance to prove herself to them. Her mission? Locate the ship’s occupants. Secure the prisoner. And, above all, keep the earthlings from discovering that aliens live and walk among them.
Draeken Phoenix is the bad boy from one of Alpha-Prime’s best families, known for getting in and out of scrapes with wit, charm and sheer bravado. He never expected to become an actual prisoner bound for a galactic gulag. Until now, the worst thing that had ever happened to him was losing the woman he loved.
But he has a plan.
He’s bet his life on it.
As an NFU book I think the author did a wonderful job of incorporating aliens into the Nocturne Falls landscape. I enjoyed meeting the aliens and hope to see more of them in the future. Fully enjoyed the book and am definitely going to look at more from this author.
The Vampire Bounty Hunter’s Unexpected Catch by Larissa Emerald
Can a vampire dance and shoot at the same time?
Vampire bounty hunter Nathaniel Newburg follows his mark into Nocturne Falls, a place where it’s easy for anyone to hide and blend in. At first it seems as though he has his prey cornered, only to confront a beautiful feline-shifter Camille Nahuel instead. She dances around the floor with sultry steps, instructing a ballroom class, and dances around his heart even faster. Oh, Tango, the game is on. Can Nathaniel control his annoyance long enough to finish his job and save his love?
The Vampire Bounty Hunter’s Unexpected Catch is the first book by Larissa Emerald set in the Nocturne Falls Universe. Take a twirl around the dance floor with a flirty feline shifter and a sexy vampire.
As one of the books in the Nocturne Falls Universe this book really didn’t feel like the writer was trying to enter Kristen’s universe. I felt more that she was trying to force Kristen’s world into hers.
As a story in the writer’s universe it would probably have gotten a 5 star rating from me, but in Nocturne Falls Universe I’m giving a 4 star rating as it just didn’t feel that the story fully fit into Nocturne Falls.
Her main characters were well rounded but her involvement of the NFU characters really seemed flat and somewhat out of the character that we know for some of the characters she brought in (especially ones they Kristen had used as main characters). Knowing where in the timeline she intended this book may help with some of this (Alex) but I felt like Julian was trying too hard for Julian.
If you follow this author’s other stories I have no doubt that you will love this book but if you haven’t read her other works (I haven’t) and only read Kristen’s Nocturne Falls books you may feel a little put off by this book.
Reaping The Immortal by Pamela Labud
Holly Dent is one overworked Reaper. After receiving orders from the Reaper’s Guild, she’s arrived in the beautiful Nocturne Falls for her next assignment—to assist the passing of one Max Hyland. She quickly realizes he’s devilishly handsome, wickedly charming and, Immortal. Immune to her magic, he has only one real power—not dying!
Careful with his heart Max is resigned to remaining alone for all eternity—until the beautiful Reaper appears on his doorstep. Even though she’s bent on helping him pass from this life to the next, he can’t help wanting to learn more about her.
Torn between her growing affection for Max and completing her assignment, Holly calls upon her old mentor for help. However, as she and Max become closer, she learns that her former teacher has plans of his own, for taking the soul of an Immortal gives a Reaper great power—enough to destroy the Guild once and for all. Holly and Max must find a way to defeat him, for, if they fail, Max’s life is forfeit. Magic, intrigue and romance ensue—when it comes to Reaping the Immortal…
This is one of the Nocturne Falls Universe books set in Kristen Painter’s Nocturne Falls.
Pamela did a wonderful job bringing in new characters to Nocturne Falls and respecting the magic and town that Kristen set up. We learn more about the town through her writings, and I really enjoyed reading her book.
Her characters are well rounded and easily related to.
I truly enjoyed her addition to Nocturne Falls and hope to see more of her work soon.
The Truth About Cats And Wolves by Alethea Kontis
Young Adult Romance
Like many paranormals of Greek descent, Kai Xanthopoulos will not know her true nature until her young powers fully manifest. Unlike her parents—and much to the dismay of her stray cat best friend—Kai has chosen not to spend the rest of her life at the diner in Nocturne Falls. She takes a job at Delaney’s Delectables instead, a decision that puts her directly in the path of a fugitive werewolf that could change her destiny…
Finn Kincaid is cursed. Literally. Accused of murdering his pack-brother, beaten and left for dead in the woods, he runs to Nocturne Falls to seek sanctuary with the one cousin who successfully got out of Tennessee: Ivy Merrow, the sheriff’s wife. On his way there, he’s drawn off course by a girl with no idea how much power she possesses, both within herself, and over him.
Together, Kai and Finn must find a way to break the curse and fight their fate, without destroying each other—and their future—in the process.
I really enjoyed this book and felt it fit in well in Kristen’s world. Aletha is a talented author and brought in new magic seamlessly into Nocturne Falls. I enjoyed meeting some of the youth of the town, and seeing the town from their view point. I hope to see more of Kai, Finn and Owen in Nocturne Falls. I’m so pleased that Kristen opened Nocturne Falls to other authors, and that the authors she’s picked have enriched the town and it’s people.
5 stars easily.