Book Review: Nocte – Courtney Cole

This book broke me

I haven’t felt like this reading since such a long time

Such divine rapture that makes me forget everything around me except the words before my eyes and the music in my ears

Ok maybe I should write a poem now


Name: Nocte
Author: Courtney Cole
Publisher: Lakehouse Press
Release Date: Nov 3, 2014 (1st published Oct 13, 2014)


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.

Book Cover Comments

Nothing more than a book with a metaphorical meaning of what Calla is going through right now.

The Actual Review

I really did not see the secret coming.

It became biggest reason why this book broke me unlike anything else I’ve ever read

Definitely my favourite read of 2018. No doubts about that.

Calla and Finn, the inseparable twins rely on each other since birth. They are a piece of each other. So when Finn goes down into mental problems, Calla follows in his footsteps, because she seeks to protect him. The two have such a complicated and toxic relationship: they shouldn’t be with each other because they will just drown each other more, and yet they have to be with each other because they are also the ones that save each other over and over and over again, giving each other comfort and warmth when they most needed.

And yet secrets begin to come in between the twins, and Calla starts to fall apart even more. Everyone is curious, therefore Pandora came to existence: to explain evil and where curiosity stemmed from (its actually Zeus but dont matter) Calla’s curiosity and desire for trust in such a miserable world made her fall even more and more, and amidst the darkness, she found a beacon.


One that was there from the beginning of the book: a mysterious character that will get you thinking his origins, why he’s here. You know something went on between Calla and Dare. It’s written all over his face, as well as with the signs of deja vu that Calla keeps having. Another reason why this book killed me: the intoxicating romance between Calla and Dare will surely take your breath away. Dare always looked out for Calla while Calla always looked for him to be her anchor.

And when he became a key to the Finn’s secret Calla was searching for,

oh dear reader you’re really in for a ride.


But as the synopsis says, really.

No one saw it coming.

All I can tell you is that I truly broke after I learned about this secret. Something more. And unfortunately I can’t say more whoopies ;)

And when you think it will resolve after this, this is not all that is there. There was one more piece to the puzzle that Calla had to fit into everything: and there you have it ladies and gentlemen a non-suspense curiosity-driven cliffhanger that kills you over and over again.

Nocte is a truly compelling book when Calla tries to find ground among her world of pain as she tries to save her most treasured twin, Finn and her newfound love, Dare as they all fall into the night.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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