Nocturnal: The Noctalis Chronicles, Book One by Chelsea CameronParanormal Romance
I wasn't expecting much when I started this book. It was a cheap read for Kindle and my book experience is, you pretty much get what you pay for. This, however, was a pleasant departure from that mantra.
The basic plot? A girl falls into doomed love with a paranormal creature. Yada, yada, yada. But, this book is so much more than a paranormal romance. What makes is so different is that the romance seems almost to come into second place to....characterization and plot! Gasp! There's a new concept. Ava Claire's life is enough drama to carry the whole story without a vampire thrown in here or there. Her mother is dying from cancer; she doesn't really get along with her father; and, for some reason, she's keeping all this a secret from her best friend and the only person she can trust.
The voice of Ava Claire is so beautiful and real--fraught with real-life feelings and angst. This is a strong female lead character you an really sink your teeth into (no pun intended). Ava escapes to a graveyard to meditate (hey, it is quiet!) and is saved from a savage attack by a strange young man named Peter.
She can't get Peter out of her mind and returns to the graveyard....where Peter is waiting for her.
Thus starts a strange and doomed relationship. These two work very hard at not falling for each other.
I love most everything about this book. I love what makes this a doomed love. Peter must promise never to love anyone more than his master and not love Ava at all. How in the world is this going to work out? I can't wait to see!
And, the cover is beautiful. I know you shouldn't judge a book by it but I do sometimes and this one was breathtaking.