I’m so excited to be a part of the Nocturna blog tour! This book is Maya’s debut novel, and boy you’re gonna be in for a total treat!
Rating – ❤️❤️❤️❤️
I’ve seen a lot of comparisons to A Darker Shade of Magic, and I can’t actually confirm or deny these claims because it was ages ago when I read ADSOM (and then I didn’t finish the series…).
What I can confirm is the fact that this is a fantastic debut novel, and that ending has me wanting so much more.
Nocturna follows Finn, a face-changing thief, and Alfie, a prince who never expected to become king. After getting off to a rocky start during a deadly card game, the pair reluctantly team up to defeat a dark magic that has been accidentally released.
There are hints of romance towards the very end of the book, but one of the main focuses in this story is the magic system, which was fascinating. I’m not gonna lie though, it took a while for me to grasp and even then I didn’t fully understand all the terms, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.
I absolutely loved seeing Alfie and Finn’s relationship develop – they go from grudging allies to genuine friends, and it’s totally heartwarming.
The only reason that I haven’t rated this book as five stars is the fact that I found the pacing of the story to be a bit off. It started off excellent, I was totally gripped, but then I think it sort of lagged a little bit, before picking up at the end.
But this is a fantastic book full stop, so when you consider the fact that this is Maya’s debut, I think that she’s definitely gonna be one to watch!
*Thank you to the publisher for providing a free review copy in exchange for an honest review*
About the Author
Maya Motayne decided to be a writer when she was four years old and hasn’t stopped writing since. She lives in New York City where she peruses her passions of petting as many dogs as possible and buying purses based on whether or not they can fit a big book in them.
Maya previously worked as an editorial assistant at Penguin Random House US and is passionate about bringing diverse stories to the forefront of young adult literature. She helped found the Random House Children’s Books Diversity Committee.
Nocturna is her first novel.