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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Noctalis Blog Tour: Nocturnal & Nightmare By: Chelsea M. Cameron *Reviews/Deleted Scene/Scavenger Hunt*

Hello everyone! I'm so excited to be a part of the Noctalis Tour! Thank you SupaGurl Tours for letting me participate! What you will see below is a whole lot of cool stuff. You will see both book blurbs of Books 1 & 2. You will see my Reviews. You will also see a Deleted Scene from Nocturnal! Also, if you are following the Scavenger Hunt, and I hope you are, you will find the word you need for the Hunt below; it is highlighted! If you have not followed the hunt CLICK HERE to get to the tour schedule and find the other words from the other Posts! Also, here you will see other cool info including an upcoming video chat with the Author, Chelsea Cameron, so look for those details down below too!! And of course you will see the Author's Bio and Links. I hope you enjoy this Post! Thank you for visiting, and have a great day! :) 


Book Blurb (Via Goodreads): Nocturnal
Seventeen-year-old Ava-Claire Sullivan's mother is dying. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that her greatest solace comes from someone who's already dead.

Peter Hart saves her one night in a graveyard from an attacker just as strange as he is, and now Ava can't stop thinking about him. She wants to see him again – even after he warns her he's dangerous, and she begins to realize what he is. Her best friends don't know anything about death, but Peter does, intimately. He's waiting for her the next night she comes to the cemetery, and the next...

But their growing bond comes up against a promise Peter made a long time ago, a promise that could destroy them both. Now Ava has to decide just what she's willing to give up to hold onto the one thing that could last forever. 

*Deleted Scene*
(This one was in the very first draft of Nocturnal. I wanted to play this scene off the one Ava had with Jamie at Miler's Diner. I change the story up, and sadly this didn't fit, but I still love the part about her trying to find him shoes so he can go into the diner.) 

“Have you ever ridden in a car?”
“My brother Ivan owns one. I have never gotten in it. I prefer to run. Or fly.”
“Yeah, I'd take flying over this any day.” I got in to show him that it was okay. I leaned over and opened his door for him. “You can get in.” I had to lean back because he got in so fast.

“Just, um, put on your seat belt. I know you're immortal, but I don't want to get pulled over.” I showed him where it was and clicked it in place for him.
“Oh crap. You don't have any shoes. We'll have to get you some. Do you mind if we stop at my house? I can grab something of my dad's you can use.”
“I do not like shoes.”
“I know, but they won't let you in the restaurant if you don't have them on. No shoes, no shirt, no service.” Doubt started to creep into my brain as I drove. Maybe this was a bad idea. I mean, there were going to be a lot of people there. Was it like bringing an alcoholic to a bar?
“You're going to be okay, with all the people and all?”
“I have already fed.”
“Oh, good.” I didn't want to think about that so I pushed it aside. It gave me the heebie jeebies.
Dad was in his office upstairs, so I had to be super stealthy to get into his room. I found some old boat shoes in the back of his closet. If they weren't the right size, they'd be less uncomfortable than sneakers.
“Here, try these on,” I said handing him the shoes. He slipped them onto his feet. They looked ridiculous, but they fit.
“Are they okay?”
“They will do.” He studied his feet, disgusted.
“You don't have to come.”'
“I will deal with the shoes.”
“Okay.”
It was early afternoon, so there weren't a lot of people eating, for which I was glad. The waitress smiled at us and got us a booth. I didn't get a chance to look at the specials because I was too focused on Peter. This was such a bad idea.
The waitress asked us what we wanted to drink.
“Um, water.” She looked at Peter, who looked back at her. “Water as well.” Good, a normal response.
The waitress wobbled away to get our water. I wondered what Peter was going to do with his.
“How are you doing?”
“You are tense. Relax.”
“How can I? This was a stupid idea.”
“I have interacted with humans before. I used to be one.”
“But doesn't all that stuff get overpowered by the vampire stuff?”
“Yes. But spending time with you has helped. You held me be more human.”
“Oh.” For some reason it felt like a compliment.
The waitress came back and I noticed that she was indeed as round as she'd looked out of the corner of my eye.
“You ready to order?”
“Oh, um.”
“Need a few minutes?”
“Yes, please.” It was a wonder she was able to get between the aisles.
“Are you going to get anything?” I hissed over my menu.
“No.”
“You should get something. If you get something, I'll eat it for you so it doesn't look suspicious.”
I made him order my grilled cheese and some onion rings. I pretended to be weight-conscious and ordered a salad. The food came quick, and I had to keep watching for her as I ate from Peter's plate. I knew I looked like a slob, but I was starving.
“I'm sorry I'm gross.”
“You are not gross.” I had to laugh, hearing slang from his mouth.
“Yeah, sure.”
We finished and the waitress asked us if we wanted dessert. She directed her inquiry at Peter, assuming I wouldn't. He just looked at me.
“We'll split a piece of cake.” She raised her eyebrow at me, but wrote it down anyway. Oh, if only she knew what I'd already eaten.
The piece of cake was enough for two people, but I demolished it by myself.
“Could you eat it, if you wanted?”
“There is nowhere for it to go.”
“Oh, right.” Idiot. 


Review
Awww I really liked reading this story. First, the cover looks amazing! I love tulips, and that purple one looks beautiful! Now, to me, there were different things going about, from family and friend issues to Noctalis-Guy Issues, and I was pretty pleased how this was all entwined together as it made a great, wonderful story, a promising start to the chronicles. 

In the beginning of the story we face a real life, realistic situation: Ava’s Mother’s cancer is now life threatening and she has a limited amount of time to live. Right there, I instantly felt for Ava. The situation with her Mom, to me it made it more personal, and I do like connecting with characters, and I felt like I connected with Ava here. In some of the scenes that Ava has with her Mom, they are sweet and sensitive, and let’s just say my computer screen got a little blurry...

Besides Ava going through that, it was not planned that she would meet this ultra hot looking guy, but wait, he’s a Noctalis? What’s that? And whoa he wants to kill her? What? Well, first I thought that concept (Noctalis) was really cool and to me, it just seemed different and unfamiliar as he’s not just like a vampire, but also like an angel with wings? Interesting, very interesting. Again, this is a different paranormal character, and I really enjoyed reading about ...Peter. Now about the part killing Ava? Well that was  an interesting shock, but really just wait to you read about the why and all that, because then I understood more about Peter and I got to like him a lot more than I did in the beginning. So just continue on reading, trust me, you’ll like where the story leads. 

Anyways, Ava deals with a lot in these couple of months; dealing with her Mom, Peter, and her friends, Jamie and Tex; both seem like cool friends, some that seemed familiar to a dew of my friends, so I enjoyed reading about them. They too have their own issues to deal with, and a lot of it seemed realistic, especially Jamie's situation. I just wanted to hug him, and I look forward to perhaps read more of him in the second book. 

All in all, I think this was a great story with realistic elements with a paranormal twist. It was refreshing and I also liked Cameron’s writing; there was a good flow, and writing in Ava’s POV (and sometime’s Peter’s) it just seemed believable, so that was pretty good. All I can write now, is that I look forward to reading the second book! :)

My Rating: 4.2/5
I say a PG-13 Rating (Mild Language)


Book Blurb (Via Goodreads): Nightmare
*If you have not read the first book, then you might not want to read this Blurb/Review just yet*
Ava-Claire Sullivan's first mistake was becoming vampire Peter Mackintire's personal blood bank. Her second mistake was falling in love with him. 

Now it's Ava's job to make sure he never loves her in return. A pact Peter made nearly a hundred years ago means loving someone will kill him. If she can figure out how to free him from his promise, it might kill her, make her immortal, or lead to the love she wants so badly. 

But if she doesn't, at best, her heart will break…and at worst, Peter will die.



Review
I think the ending of book 1 was pretty sweet. Book 2 starts out a week later. I think the plot was pretty consistent. There is no doubt that Ava has fallen in love with Peter, but even though they steal kisses here and there, they cannot fully be in a romantic relationship because of the promise that Peter made to his 'Mother' Di. If he breaks that promise, well something bad happens, as you know from Book 1, but you get a deeper understanding in Nightmare. Ever since Peter and Ava did that Claim, she has been feeling very weird, getting some sort of sense that in ways freaks her out, but what can that mean and why is she having bad dreams? Ava is also dealing with the failing health of her Mother, as read from Nocturnal; we know that she is facing terminal cancer, and still there are heart warming and sensitive scenes, and some light scares. 

With the business with Peter, Ava wants to find some way so that he can somehow break that unfair promise to Di, so he can really be free from her, and can hopefully say and feel the love he...might have for Ava? To get that freedom, it is a tough journey, but will Peter and Ava make it through? Well, you just have to read this one and find all the answers, and I think the story was pretty good! The characters were again well developed; the writing was again just wonderful! I do love how Ava's best friends, Jamie and Tex are also woven in this story; they are so needed! I enjoyed learning more about Peter's past and some of the backstory that includes his other 'Brothers'. I have to admit, at the end, I was not ready for the story to end like it did; there is a little or some might say huge cliffhanger but all I can say is that I'm ready for the next Book in this Chronicles, as I feel there's more good writing, good story, to come! 

My Rating: 4/5
A PG-13 Rating 


*Scavenger Hunt Word*

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(Please go to the site right below here as you will be directed to a page with all the info you need to enter this awesome GIVEAWAY!!!)
http://supagurlbooks.blogspot.com/p/noctalis-tour-scavenger-hunt.html

*Quick Important News*

On Aug. 30th we will be having Nocturnal Night with Chelsea Cameron!! A huge Video Chat that everyone is invited to :) We will be chatting about EVERYthing. There will also be some giveaways going on... here are the deets you need to include please ...

Join us for Nocturnal Night on August 30th 8pm EST / 7pm CST for a LIVE Video chat with Author of Nocturnal and Nightmare Chelsea Cameron.

We will be chatting about everything from her books, the writing process, to Edward v/s Jacob *grins* There will be some giveaways going on too. Don't have a webcam? No worries you can still totally join in with text chatting. You will be able to see everyone else. Shy? Don't be we are all eager to meet you!! Join us for a night of Awesome.


You can preregister at the above link. Which would be amazing or you can just show up... 

On that night be sure to enter the chat with this link *Will also be up on SupaGurl Books www.supagurlbooks.blogspot.com*



Author Bio & Links
Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA writer from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

She has two books out now, Nocturnal and Nightmare, the first and second books in the Noctalis Chronicles about a girl with a dying mother who meets an immortal boy. The third book, Numb will be out this August, and the fourth in the winter. Her other book, Whisper, about a girl who is alive, a boy who isn't and the complications that go along with their relationship, released June 16 and is the first in a trilogy. Follow her on Twitter: @chel_c_cam, her blog, or on Facebook.



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