Wednesday, August 22, 2012

**REVIEWS + Scavenger Hunt Stop** Nocturnal & Nightmare by Chelsea Cameron

Thanks for stopping by today for my stop on the Noctalis Blog Tour! Today 
I have reviews of both of the wonderful Chelsea Cameron's books!

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?
Ava is living with a lot on her plate right now.  Dealing with her mothers sickness and the inability to share it with her two closest friends Tex and Jamie.  Not because they don't want to hear it but because she isn't ready to talk about everything that is going on at home.  Instead she takes to the cemetery.  The dead listen but don't ask her anything or anything of her.  What happens when she goes one night and it isn't only the dead there does she realize how dangerous the night can be.  Terrified or not she wants to see the guy that saved her from the one that was going to destroy her.

  I'm not telling you the twist here but lets just say that i was totally did not expect it.  I walked into this book expecting another vampire book(not that it is a bad thing).   However when it got to reveal time I had to read over the sentence a couple times just to make sure I caught it right.  I loved that it wasn't all a tortured secret and he just showed her.  It's just the couple little things that really set this book apart and I loved it.  I want to say so many of the little things that made this special to me but I don't want to ruin it for all of you.  

  Peter (our man in question) is kind of the typical mysterious guy.  There is differences but mysterious all the way.  He never talks too much, actually he doesn't really talk.  The questions that Ava showers him with are answered in the most simple way possible.  He doesn't over do it or try and make excuses for everything and anything.  His lack of answers does cause some irritation every here and there but I chalk it up to he is a guy!

  Tex (Texas Sarsaparilla Anne Hamilton <3 the name) is a very out going and loving.  Like all good friends though when something is being hidden she can sense it.  For the most part Tex just tries to support and be patient but that can only last so long...  The question is what do you tell your best friend when you aren't even sure what's going on yourself? 

  My biggest problem in the book is that she really lets Jamie down when he needs her the most and then he just seems to disappear for a good chunk of the book.  I really thought that he was going to be more and really felt that Ava let him down.  I totally get that there is a lot of stuff going with her but I hate that he just seems to drop off the face of the book.  I will admit though that I am super looking forward to the next book.  I am not saying that this book is slow but it picks up some major momentum at the end and then ends.  I feel the need for more and can't wait to see what Chelsea does with the next book!!

Now fast forward to when I have #2

Ava-Claire Sullivan still doesn't follow the rules. She shouldn't have let Peter Claim her, turning her into his own personal blood bank. She shouldn't have told Tex Peter was immortal because now her best friend won't shut up about hooking up with Peter's equally immortal brother, Viktor. And she shouldn't have fallen in love with Peter. 
Too late.
Sometimes, love kills. One promise Peter made nearly a hundred years ago could do it. A kiss, a touch could be the end of him. So all she has to do is not let him fall in love with her. Easier said than done. 
But Ava's going to find a way for him to be free, even if it kills her. Or makes her immortal. There's no way she's losing Peter in addition to her mother. No freaking way.
What would you do when the one you love would die if they loved you back?
  Sometimes life just wont give you a break and I am seriously feeling that Ava is not going to get one any time soon either.  The story continues to get better and Chelsea stayed consistent with the wonderful characters that she created in the prior book.  However she does do a little more POV swapping with Peter and Ava this time round but it works.  I personally love seeing things from Peter's POV and enjoyed seeing more of him.  He might not be the most outgoing character out there but he has many quirks that I have really grown to love.  

  Ava is just as stubborn and determined in this book as she was in the prior book.   She has fallen for Peter but struggles with the fact that he can never love her even though she does understand why he can't.  In fact she knows she can't let him love her because that would ultimately mean loosing him forever in the most final kind of way.  Scary as it is this really doesn't detour her just makes her determined to fins a way to "fix" it.  On top of it the claiming is bringing on some seriously different feelings.  Things that she shouldn't be feeling she is and she feels what Peter feels as well.  

  The connection that her and Peter have is actually quite enduring.  I would like to call it a romance but certain circumstances really prevent it from being so.  Although it started kind of quickly in book one there is a lot of progress between the two of them in this one.  My favourite being that Ava can determine what his blinks mean.  I know this sounds odd but it was the cause of frequent giggles and smiles.  They work well in a strange and almost awkward way.  With Ava loving Peter and Peter adoring Ava the connection is unique and I really love it.

  There was a little less focus on the fact that Ava's mother had cancer in this book as well.  That being said it wasn't ignored but she was brought out more as a person.  Ava finally had to tell her what was going on.  Not because she has to but because her relationship with her mom has always been strong and lying to her is just about tearing her apart.  I think this released a lot of tension and actually allowed Ava and Peter to become closer.  

  I just can't get over how far everyone has come in this series in just two books!!  The growth of the characters and their relationships in this novel is huge.  Chelsea Cameron is a talented and wonderful author!   I had expected something to leave me wanting, waiting but what she threw left me in much more than that.  I was left trying to turn the page on my kindle and it just wouldn't go any further.   I highly suggest that you pick up these books but prepare yourself for for one heck of a cliffhanger!  


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