Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Review: Nocturne by Syrie James

Review: Nocturne by Syrie James

When Nicole Whitcomb’s car runs off a Colorado mountain road during a blinding snowstorm, she is saved from death by a handsome, fascinating, and enigmatic stranger.Snowbound with him for days in his beautiful home high in the Rockies, she finds herself powerfully attracted to him and soon comes to realize that the feeling is mutual. But there are things about him that mystify her, filling her with apprehension—and Nicole can’t shake the feeling that he doesn’t want her there.Who is Michael Tyler? Why does he live alone in such a secluded spot and guard his private life so carefully? What secret—or secrets—is he hiding?Nicole has secrets of her own and a past she is running from—but Michael understands her better than anyone she has ever known. Soon, she is falling as deeply in love with him as he is with her.But as the sexual tension between them builds, the clues mount up. When Nicole learns the terrifying truth—that her host is an ages-old vampire who is torn between his love for her and his desire for her blood—there’s nowhere for her to run but into the blizzard raging outside, and he’s the only one who can save her life.Filled with unexpected twists and surprises, Nocturne is a page-turning, haunting, and deeply romantic story of forbidden love that will grab your heart and not let go.

Published in US: Jan 4th 2011
Source: Star Book Tours

My Review:

     Nocture was a dark but still sweet book. It's plot was unique in that there are only two characters and it spans over four days. This is a unique challenge and James does it well. I still cared for the characters, and in fact, I was able to learn so much more about them. 

     I really enjoyed the little details that made Michael's character believable and likable. He is a complex character with a history and hobbies and interests. 

     Even though Nicole is not a teen, I was still able to connect with her. She had a great voice, and believable reactions. I like that she acts in fear and questioning like I probably would if I happened to be in that situation. 

     The ending is bittersweet. I appreciate what they did and why they did it. It is unique and has stayed with me. 

      I would recommend this to anyone looking for a paranormal romance with vampires, with a bit of a new twist.


  1. The plot reminds me a little about Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde (with all this a human and a vampire alone in a house, attracted to each other, getting to know each other yada yada) and that's why I haven't picked it up by now. But thanks for the review, I can see that there are some interesting and unique thinks to look for in this novel, so I guess I'll check it out ASAP.:)

  2. This sounds like a good book - I love books with twists on the paranormal!

    As it happens, I'm ordering it later! I can't wait!

    (Oh, and I so agree: definately Team Stefan and Edward! Have you read Vampire Academy - it's one of my favourite series ever! That's pretty random, but I think everyone should read it: it's that good!)

    Thanks for commenting, and brilliant review!

  3. Hi Brandi! Thanks so much for your review of my novel. I loved the video. I hope you'll check out my other books!
    Syrie James

  4. Interesting :9 I have heard a lot about thsi book and yes I intrigued by it

  5. Thanks for the review, I have seen this book, I think I will add it to my list.
    Truly Bookish

  6. I've been interested in this book for a while now, but was always wary of reading it. I'm happy you mentioned that Nicole is not a teen because I was trying to figure that out before I went out to get it. Other reviews have said it reads more like an adult book because of a more sexual nature, but I'm still willing it give it a shot. Thanks for the review.

  7. I've seen this one around but haven't read any reviews for it. Thanks for letting me know more about the story, Brandi.


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