Book Review - Nocte by Courtney Cole | Blushing Geek

Book Review – Nocte by Courtney Cole

Nocte is the first book of the Nocte Trilogy by Courtney Cole. It’s a really dark, emotional read that I am sure it will leave you crying your heart out. I really love that aside from the family aspect, this one also added a romantic part to it which balances the whole story. This book is highly recommended! 

Nocte by Courtney Cole | Blushing Geek

Nocte by Courtney Cole
Nocte Trilogy, #1
November 3rd 2014 by Lakehouse Press, Inc.
Genre: New AdultDarkRomanceContemporaryMystery
322 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole. My other half—my twin brother, my Finn—is crazy. I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me. I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline. Dare DuBray. He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me. He has the power to destroy me. Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt. Why? Because of a secret. A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming. You won’t either.


When I started this story, I wasn’t really expecting that I will love it instantly and let alone stayed so late (not minding that it’s a workday the next day) so I could finish it. Aside from the writing style, another thing that made me glued to this story as early as the first chapter was the mention of twins. And you know me, I love twins! It’s not everyday that I’ve got to read a book where the main characters were twins plus the book cover really intrigued me.

I had this book in my TBR for a long time now so I can’t really remember what this story is all about. And looking at the cover, I thought its going to be a paranormal romance. To tell you honestly, I’ve been expecting a vampire or any supernatural creatures to appear during the first half of the story, hihi. But when I started to understand what this story is all about, I can’t help but give myself a little knock in the head, lol.

I can’t talk more about this story other than telling you how emotional and personal this story is to me. I have an uncle who has some sort of a bipolar illness and there comes a time in a year (or sometimes once every 2 years) where he gets really unstable (I really hate it when they refer to it as craziness even if scientifically it is). I remember the time when he was first diagnosed, it was really chaotic at home and then my grandpa got those nasty shiner in his left eye (I think you already got an idea where he got it from). It was a really super hard time for the family and I was still so young back then, I think I was in 5th or 6th grade? Thinking about it now, I’m not so sure how I was able to handle those trying times without having a breakdown. Btw, in case you guys are wondering, my uncle is doing fine now and as long as he’s taking his medication, he’s really harmless and is normal.

So yep, this story is really dark and it talks about the struggle of having someone you really love and this case her twin brother dealing with insanity. And I can totally relate to Calla. About her struggle to save her brother and her reluctance to get separated from him because he might do something to himself. There’s a lot to tell about her character and what she is dealing with but I’m afraid I might drop some major spoiler so I’ll just stop it there. Also, the whole story we’re taken both from Finn and Calla’s POV and just by reading Finn’s name, I already had a hard time controlling my tears.

I was already teary-eyed reading about Finn and his struggles so when I came to the part where the mysteries were starting to make sense, I wasn’t able to hold it in anymore and I just bawled my heart out. I think I cried reading the last 3 chapters. I don’t think I ever cried this hard because of a book before.

This book really surprised me and I really like that. I have to say that Nocte isn’t just your typical emotional read but it’s more than that because of the mystery that that will really keep you going. I’ve read some complaints about the cliff hanger ending but for me, it wasn’t really one of those super annoying cliff hanger types. It didn’t annoy me at all, actually, it made me feel really excited to read the next book.

This was my first time reading from the author and I am really impressed. It’s still the first book of the trilogy so for now, I am giving this one a 4 star rating, hopefully I will like the second book so much I’ll finally give it a 5-star rating, *wink.

Favorite Lines

  • My other half– my twin brother, my Finn– is crazy. I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me.
  • “Words can harm people every bit as much as a weapon.”


About the Author

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Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. Courtney was born and raised in rural Kansas, but has since migrated south. She now lives in Florida and writes beneath palm trees.

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