Monday, August 24, 2020

Review: Nocturna (#1) by Maya Motayne

Title: Nocturna (#1)
Author: Maya Motayne
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Released: 2019
Source: Library

Synopsis: Set in a Latinx-inspired world, a face-changing thief and a risk-taking prince must team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed.
To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.
As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever.
After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfehr is first in 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 is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic.
But when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they accidentally unlock a terrible, ancient power—which, if not contained, will devour the world. And with Castallan’s fate in their hands, Alfie and Finn must race to vanquish what they have unleashed, even if it means facing the deepest darkness in their pasts. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: This was a lot of fun. Granted, it started off with some really stupid decision making, but without that stupid decision, we wouldn't have had a plot.
It was so easy to get sucked into this story. I enjoyed the writing style. I liked Finley and Alfie.
I'm interested to see what happens in the next book, because this could have easily been a standalone.


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