Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Review: Nocturne Falls Universe Novellas Part 1

Kristen Painter has extended the Nocturne Falls Universe and got a bunch of authors to write novellas. I think they are a must read for fans of the Universe. And also a great way to discover new author- or at least to me they were all new authors.
Here are the reviews of the first few novellas:

Reaping The Immortal: A Nocturne Falls Universe story

Author: Pamela Labud
Pages: Kindle Edition, 171 pages
Genre: PNR
Release Date: January 24th 2017


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…


It actually pains me to say this, but I didn't much care for Holly and Max.
I found their back and forths rather annoying. By the end of it, I didn't care if they got together or not. But let's just point out, this was sooo insta.
It's an interesting take on the world building. But not for me.


The Vampire Bounty Hunter's Unexpected Catch: A Nocturne Falls Universe story

Author: Larissa Emerald
Pages: Kindle Edition, 67 pages
Genre: PNR
Release Date: January 24th 2017


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.


I've never read anything by Emerald before this.
I was quite surprised by the end. Let me warn you, you are left with questions. But I actually quite liked that.
Emerald cleverly wove two worlds together. It's rather clever. Though I did like the way this was done, it does leave the reader with questions and I found myself rather unsatisfied by that.
It's cute and had me captivated
I am planning to give Emerald's books a try.


Close Encounters Of The Alien Kind: A Nocturne Falls Universe story

Author: Fiona Roarke
Pages: Kindle Edition, 108 pages
Genre: PNR
Release Date: January 24th 2017


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.


I am feeling kinda divided about this one. I really love that Roarke invaded Nocturne Falls with Aliens. The world building is fun and quirky.
Alas though the idea appeals to me, I didn't enjoy reading this as much as I wished I did.
I am not quite sure why, but somewhere between the fab world building and the insta-love I found myself a bit weary. I wasn't too fond of the dialogues and I am not sure how I feel about the writing style. Or Maybe aliens are just not for me?


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