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Monday, July 19, 2010

Review: Nocturne by L.D Harkrader

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mirrorstone (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786955023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786955022

 by L.D Harkrader

Flannery Lane is tired of being protected by her Uncle Anatole. After years of studying magic in the back of his bookshop, she's ready for an adventure of her own. Then one day, strange things start happening. A burglar breaks into the butcher's shop, stealing nothing, but leaving the floors sparkling clean. 

Soon the seamstress's apprentice vanishes on her way home, leaving behind only a shoe still laced at the top. And then worst of all, Uncle Anatole disappears. That night, a young vampire hunter named Pascoe knocks urgently on the bookshop door. Pascoe insists there is a vampire lurking in nearby Blakely Hall. Flannery looks deep into Pascoe's gorgeous eyes and finds herself agreeing to help him. 

As Flannery tracks the vampire, her feelings for Pascoe grow until she stumbles upon a secret that turns everything she thought she knew about Pascoe--and herself--upside down.

Well, I don't have a whole lot to say about this book.  I wasn't crazy about it, and I didn't hate it, it was just kind of weird and forgettable.  It's certainly written for a younger crowd, but I feel like it will be too boring to hold the interest of a middle grader.

Flannery was a a sweet girl, who I rooted for, but she seemed kind of slow on the uptake.  The storyline was pretty obvious from the beginning, but she couldn't seem to figure anything out without it being spelled out for her in black and white.  And she seemed completely unconcerned with the fact that her uncle spent days on end passed out from sickness while she flirted with Pascoe.

Pascoe was dark and mysterious and interesting, and the one character that I really liked.  Unfortunately, he was hardly in the story.  I definitely would have liked to have read more interaction between Pascoe and Flannery and enjoyed the scenes they shared together.  The "person" that was in the story a lot was the townsfolk.  I clump them together as one person because that's how they were presented in this book.  They moved as one, spoke as one, decided as reminded me of a Disney movie.  All I could think of were the townsfolk storming the castle in Beauty and the Beast singing and finishing each other's sentences.  It seemed kind of comical.

Nocturne is a companion novel to A Practical Guide to Vampires but it is more about magic than vampires.  It may appeal more to middle graders who want a fantasy book that is clean and simple without all the gore and sexual content of a lot of YA books.  It was a sweet story and an interesting concept and it has an old-worldy fairy tale feel to it, but overall was forgettable for me.  I suggest that if you read read it with a British accent!   ; )

~ Andye

I received this book from the  ARC tours  on the Dark Faerie Tales blog. Go check out this blog...


3 out of 6

* Oh, yeah!  I forgot to mention the cover....UGH!  I think it might be the most awful cover I've ever seen, and why on earth is there a guy on the cover of a book that is almost entirely about a girl???

Parents should know:  Other than a slightly scary scene at the end of this book, and the presence of vampires, this is a perfectly clean book.  For more information go to Nocturne on Parental Book Reviews.

1 comment:

  1. Whoa! I was thinking about how terrible that cover is, too! It reminds me of hippies and old scary 80's movies (although I actually like those). :D

    I think you did a great job of telling us that, honestly, you didn't like the book. You kept a positive tone even while giving us a pretty negative review. Also, you touched on the few things you did like. Bravo. :D

    But... I'm probably not going to be reading this one. ;D


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