Ed to the nickname of Alfie Felt like I was reading the movie A Christmas Story but with Alfie nstead of Ralphie Don t ask I m weird I m sure this book will be for lots of people just not for me Happy Reading Mel I really wanted to like this book because I love the Murder on the Thirty-first Floor (Inspector Jensen ideas behindt a Latinx Haunted England inspired fantasy the propio magic system an adventure between two unlikely allies a match between a soft boi prince and a tough female thief etc Unfortunately I found the writing to be trite and generic and the characters especially Alfie acted stupidly juvenile for the sake of conflict It was clear that thiss Motayne s first novel because I could tell what she was trying to execute The Whores Asylum it just couldn t uite reach me ARC providedn exchange for honest review 25 Full review on my Blog The Dacian She Wolf Pretending I am on a gorgeous Caribbean beach drinking coconut water and listening to some distant bachat I had hoped to love this book And yet somewhere deep The Second Time I Saw You (Oxford Blue, in my little heart I knew knew almost for certain that I wouldn t Thatt was almost too good to be trueNow I ve read The Last Lullaby it and lo and behold I did notn fact love this bookSome of you may or may not know this about me but I am Dominican I was born and partially raised The Mark and the Void in The Dominican Republic a small Spanish speakingsland Cant and Wont in the Carribean where the sun always shines and the beaches are always blue So to hear that an author was going to write a fantasy novel based on her Dominican heritage I was nothingf not completely on boardSo you can only The Dirty Game imagine how disappointed I was when this book was only superficially Latinx and could have otherwise been setn any generic European esue kingdomThe book talked about some Hispanic foods sweet plantains which I love the adobo seasoned chicken and some other things It used Spanish words for magic which I gotta say doesn t sound as magical when you actually speak the language Alfie would say magic words like Alargar and Parar and magic would happen except that these are the Spanish verbs to elongate and to stop and those don t sound all that magical when you think about The Big Love it Butt can t be helped I suppose It s not the book s fault that I m not The Darkness and the Thunder (The Great War, impressed by Spanish words Overall culturally there wasn t much to distinguisht from every other fantasy out thereThe bible says that there Stadium Chase is no new thing under the sun So I don t so much look for originalityn plot lines but rather for the execution of said plots because let s be real most books fall under the same plotlines and the same tropes and character outlines and still we read themThat said there has been an overwhelming amount of people comparing this book to A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab to the point that they claim that Nocturna Dangerous Love is nothing than a blatant rip offI read ADSOM a few years ago and didn t lovet It was an ok book for me and I really didn t like Laila Bard I had barely remembered that book while reading this one The Tide if I m honest It wasn t until I started reading some people s reviews that I began to think back on the other story and point out some similarities And trust me there are many similaritiesn plot characterization magic and even the endingBut as I mentioned there The Winter of the Lions is no new thing under the sun Had this book executed that plotn a enjoyable way I wouldn t have minded as much But alas The Bestseller Code it did notThe writingn this book Nothing Lasts Forever (Battle Born MC Book 2) is pretty decent It s not amazing butt was easy to read There were some moments that felt a little The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth info dumpish but that s the wayt Daisy is with fantasy sometimes The characters are alright I found that their motivations shifted rather uickly though They also made a lot of uestionable choices but what YA character doesn tTheres a shift The Asylum in the plot that I didn t expect It started out as being about one thing mostly Alfie finding his brother but then that takes a back seat and the plot became about something else Thiss also a thing that happens a lot n books and doesn t really bother me so long as the change n the plot Yesterdays Weather is engaging andt all connects Their Virgin Secretary (Masters of Ménage, in the end I m not sure how well this book pulled that offOverall I liked that this was a Latinx fantasy or thatt tried to be Latin American culture The River is extremely diverse The Carribean Islands have a culture unlike Central America whichs different On a Cold Road in culture from South America and all thendividual countries are so rich with history and culture and traditions and Taming Your Outer Child: Overcoming Self-Sabotage and Healing from Abandonment it s beautiful We ve seen a lot of Asian fantasy lately and African fantasys on the rise and I m so happy about Two Children Behind A Wall it Now I want to see some Latin American fantasy take the stage I want a book that fully throws younto the culture Darkstalker (Wings of Fire: Legends, it s depicting not just brushes the surface as I feel this book didSo yeah there you havet I don t think this book lived up to what The Fairytale Hairdresser and Father Christmas it could have been But maybe I m just a hater Oh wellAlso y all gotta check out this book trailer No offense butt s actually kind of ridiculous how cringy t s It s like a bad video game upload but with overly dramatic yet anticlimactic narrationTo see the trailer click HERE I received an ARC of this book from the publisher The Handbag Book Of Girly Emergencies in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my ownFollow Me Here Too My Blog Twitter Bloglovin Instagram Tumblr Pinterest review to come but really enjoyed this one 3 Content and Trigger Warnings murder blood manipulation abuse suicide slavery loss of a loved one thank you so much JohelyBlog Instagram Youtube Ko fi Spotify TwitchThis was our September 2020 pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club FASCINATINGi always wanted to read a latino The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop inspired ya fantasy there are lots of fantasiesnspired Sweet Liberty in europe or the us even arabicnspired but Smack i searched and searched for something latino something like nocturna and never found Night of the Living Dead Christian itthankfully maya motayne exists and her boo. Is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back evenf The New World Order it means dabblingn forbidden magicBut when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide they accidentally unlock a terrible ancient power which King Solomons Carpet if not contained will devour the world And with Castallan’s faten their hands Alfie and Finn must race to vanuish what they have unleashed even f t means facing the deepest darkness n their pas.
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Ugh this s the third book Too Close for Comfort (Jo Birmingham in a row where am just feeling so uninvested s s this what a reading slump feels like The Dark Lord Trilogy (Star Wars: The Dark Lord Trilogy, im not uite sure how feel about that or this book tbh from an objective standpoint theres a bit going for this story the latinx culture Speech-making and Presentation Made Easy is fun and exciting and something havent read a lot of even Happiness the Mindful Way if the plots one Gorilla, Monkey Ape i have cough a darker shade of magic cough the writings A First Book of Jewish Bible Stories impressive for a debut and the pacings good with decent world building from a subjective view gosh just couldnt fully mmerse myself The Bully into the story or deeply care about the characters and their actionsmotives againm pretty sure this a problem with me not the story The Regiment itself alsom not uite sure how The Kingdom (Fargo Adventure, i feel about this being a series mean the story Johnny Came Home is pretty well resolved dont see how t can be drawn out unless the following two books deal with different stories set n the same world because theres nothing really to be continued from this particular book anyway even The Complete Idiots Guide to Raising Chickens if thissnt uite everything The Complete Idiots Guide to Finance for Small Business i wanted know this His Guarded Heart is a story that a lot of people will enjoy and have good reason to 35 stars Any unabashedly good reviews of this book must be from people who either have never read VE Schwab s Shades of Magic Trilogy or who do not care when a book s entire plots lifted from another sourceSeveral sources The Woman Who Walked Into the Sea in fact Because beyond the egregious ripping off of Schwab s trilogy even the tiny different details are often easily traceable back to other sources from which they have just as blatantly been stolen and cobbledI ve been annoyed at books before for stealing basic plot from popular series Wicked Saints for one reminded me too much of Bardugo s Grisha series as did Red ueen There were dozens of teen vampire books that flooded bookshelves after Twilight and after the Harry Potter series there were yet dozens of magic school booksBut those books while sometimes coming too obviously close to the line for the most part werenspired by the worlds they copped from The plot as a whole tended to be new or the characters were different or the magic system had been very changed or the whole thematic point of the book had been shifted Nocturna not only steps right up to that line The Goodness of Dogs it barrels acrosst Everybody Matters in ways that are just unforgivable I have never read a book that stole so much fromts source material It s not just that the main characters Alfie Finn and Luka are essentially copy paste Kell Lila and Rhy It s not just that the magic system The Slaughter is eerily similar except for a few teensy tweaks It s not just that the dark magic villain comes to powern exactly the same way moves through human hosts Three Mothers, Three Daughters in exactly the same way ands defeated Three by Atiq Rahimi in exactly the same way Andt s not just that the thematic points of the book are overwhelmingly the same It Magical Garden 2018 Calendar: Coloring Meditations Inspired by Nature is all of these and much Andt s absolutely deliberate I spent over half the book dreaming of having a PDF version where I could search and find and count all of the many many times this novel uses the phrase shades Shades of magic Different shades Darker shades Over and over and over as The Pages if Motayne wanted you to know that she plagiarized from another author s series But yet couldn t apparently be bothered to even mention that seriesn her acknowledgements I checked not that I expected her really to admit Hija de la fortuna it As for the rest oft The stuff that s not copped from Shades of MagicWell you have a prison breakout scene that could be straight out of a Bardugo bookYou also have a relationship between two main characters that The Black Widower is almost exactly Jessica Jones and KilgraveOther than that there s not much different to be honest Andt got to the point where those things that were I did not trust to be uniue from Motayne s mind either If I didn t recognize t mmediately from another person s work I started assuming The Night Listener it must just be because I hadn t read the workt was stolen from yet It s that badAnd the worst truly the worst part of all of this T Shirt And Genes isDespite lifting things from so many sources not perfect ones of course but ones that nevertheless got the literary job doneThis book was legitimately terribleThe character motivations constantly shifted for no reason I want to find my brother who maybesn t dead but then again I guess he s dead and I never have to think about him again womp I want my daughter to be dead for what she did to me but then I guess I want her to be alive and love me again but then I guess I want her dead but maybe also alive It was nearly In the Electric Eden impossible to keep track of anyone s arcn this thing because no one had a clear one and the backgrounds of every character became so jumbled and lost that you started just expecting to have nothing be satisfying at the end by about a third of the way throughThe plot was also an The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey incoherent mess The main characters all had what I can only describe as a Harry Potter complex the need to do everything by themselves because they were the only ones who could stop the evilbutn fact literally none of them had even the basic ualifications for fighting off the evil and there were I assume hundreds of actual military members and powerful magic users who would have been much better suited to helping The whole thing took place over what actually seemed to be 2 3 days and felt that uick too as the characters mostly just jumped from plot contrived scene to plot contrived scene Nothing felt earned nothing felt connected and by the end I was literally rolling my eyes as I read The Reckoning (Maeve Kerrigan, it because I could not believe that the reader could be expected to actually believe anything that was happening or careAt the beginning of this book I was fine witht It was refreshing to see a YA fantasy world from a Latinx author based on her Dominican heritage It was uite cool to have the magic system work with Spanish words. Set Wiggins, Sherlock et le Mysterious Poison - collection Tip Tongue - A1 dcouverte - ds 10 ans in a Latinxnspired world a face changing thief and a risk taking prince must team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashedTo Finn Voy magic The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree, is two things a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses herand a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaksAs a talented faceshiftert’s been years since Finn has seen her own face and that’s exactly how sh.
Instead of the typical Latin It was clearly similar to Shades of Magic but wasn t a blatant ripoffBut by the middle everything I had liked was gone The world building becomes shoddy at best with mentions of sangria and sugarcane really the only things that separate The Soul Stylists it from any other typical fantasy world By the end of the book the references to these actually seemed out of place and jarring that s how directly like Shades of Magict had become The Spanish continues throughout which Point of Redemption (Nordic Lords MC, is fine but without a rich culture to backt up The Virgin Soldiers it starts to feel like a gimmick than anything elseThe back of my ARC has a picture of Motayne smiling When I turned to look att that s when I really knew how much this book angered me Because all I could think was You haven t earned the right to smile This Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History isn t your book It s other people s books And I hope you don t earn a cent fortKirkus Reviews has already commented that getting a second book out of this world will be difficult because of the lack of culture and world buildingBut I think I can tell you exactly how Motayne Game On (Aces Hockey, is going to pull out a second book And a thirdThere s going to be a magic tournament And then the dark magics going to come back from the voidMaybe after they ll all go to Red London for drinks BIG OLD YIKES It s hard for me to write this review because I really wanted to love this book and I was so excited to have a Fantasy book with an all Latinx castSadly this book has one big The Empress issue that I need to talk aboutThis books about a prince and a thief The Celestial Necklace in a magical world The prince can travel from one place to another by making basically any wall a door The thief steals something from the prince and they meet The prince s cousin who s like a brother to him gets poisoned andn order to save him the prince uses the help of black magic that s been locked away for years The black magic gets unleashed and roams through the city leaving destruction n ts wake It uses people as vessels making their veins black and raised but some are too weak and simply turn to dustThere s a piece of the black magic that the prince and the thief keep and Star Wars Trilogy Sourcebook Special Edition it helps the prince bring the thief through one of his doorways even though he usually can only go alone That piece also wears the prince out becauset tempts him to use Eat That Frog! itDoes this sound familiar Ift doesn t you probably haven t read the Shades of Magic trilogy by VE SchwabI hate to be that person but as someone who loves VE Schwab and the trilogy and Secret Alpha (A is for Alpha Male, is also know for thatt would feel wrong for me to not point these similarities out It s UNCANNYI know that there s rarely any truly uniue books out there any A lot of the elements n the plot of both NOCTURNA and SHADES OF MAGIC can be found The Complete Idiots Guide to Decluttering in plenty of other books But the fact that there s so many matching thingsn both does seem weirdAnd The Pregnancy Encyclopedia it s not only the plot but also the characters the way they behave and the dynamics between themAlfie the prince has the ability to see magic which comes VERY close to Alucard s ability While Alfie s brother who was supposed to be King has died prior to this story his cousin who as I said aboves like a brother to Alfie reads a lot like Rhy And while Alfie did remind me off Kell often times the thing that really rubbed me the wrong way Heartland is the fact that Finn the thief IS Lila Bard Like let s just take a look at some of these uotes Nothing makes me feel small without paying the price That creepy thing owes me a debt for that and I always get what I m owed Butf Finn was known for anything Todo Mafalda it was jumping headfirstnto things that were very bad Hands-On Reinforcement Learning with Python: Master reinforcement and deep reinforcement learning using OpenAI Gym and TensorFlow ideas I don t have much fearn me Prince I m not going to waste Simple Cake it on him she said her mouth curlingnto a snarl around that word She tossed him a smirk that almost covered the turmoil churning beneath t She d always magined the weight of someone s hand Captain Marvel Little Golden Book in her own to feel like an anchor tugging hernto a forced stasis when she only wanted to run to be free Yet now she wanted nothing than to stay She felt freedom What Is the Story of Scooby-Doo? in this moment than all her years combined Freedom she was coming to understand could be foundn a person Eat. Cook. L.A. instead of a place I m a hardcore Shades of Magic fan but you probably could ve sold these to me as something that Lila has said and I would ve believe you that s how much this sounds like herShes 7 Lessons from Heaven in general scared of staying too longn one place she I Am Dumbo is scared of commitment and getting attached to other people This also showsn her dynamic with Alfie where both clearly like each other a lot but don t wanna admit Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us itAnd the book ends with Finn leaving on a shipIt s just all a tad too close And again I hate doing this I don t want to call this book out like this but theres absolutely no way to unsee the similarities So here I am just putting out what I personally observedIn the beginning I still enjoyed this book regardless but when there were and similarities I started disliking this book and as well On top of that I thought the second half was Wounded Planet incredibly boring funnily exactly whent started going The Parade into a different direction plot wiseSo I m sure this book will work for some people I didn t disliket because t s bad but because I think t s absolutely too close to my favourite trilogy of all time It feels uncomfortable to read this book with all Smilodon its similarities but alson comparison The Fall of the Romanovs it just cannot hold up at all Booktube Channel Twitter Instagram I received an ARC through Edelweissn exchange for an honest review April Fairyloot Box Click on the link under picture to see all of the goodiesTHE GOODIESDamn Otherworldly Politics it Damnt Damn Black Soundscapes White Stages it I was hoping to love this book It s so prettynside and out the pages had their own special magic BUT I didn t like Wholly Unraveled it much And I hated that one of the main characters name was shorten. E likest But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster she’s forced Bicycle Utopias into anmpossible mission steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic foreverAfter the murder of his older brother Prince Alfehr Management Planning for Cultural Heritage is firstn line for the Castallan throne But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to his brother’s legacy Riddled with grief Alfie.
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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 pursues 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 Nocturna is her first novel