Book Review: Nocturna by Maya Motayne

Updated: Apr 6


Title: Nocturna


Author: Maya Motayne


I gave this book a 4 1/2 stars on Instagram but a 5 star on Goodreads because it won't let me give it a 4 1/2 star review and I definitely think this book is better than a 4.


This book is about a Prince and a thief who cross paths during their own personal quests. The Prince, Alfehr, is looking for answers about his brother Dezmian's death. While the thief, Finn, searches for her next meal ticket. This book has romance, action, violence, and the desire to keep reading more.


I deeply connected with Finn as a character. She was smart, witty, and charismatic in her own way. I think that her instinct for survival makes her relatable, the desire to want to be a good person but also knowing it isn't easy when you weren't born with a silver spoon. She was my favorite character development in the story but I did enjoy Alfie's growth as well. He went from being a lonely boy caring for the weight of the world to sharing that burden with the people he cares about. Sound kinda cliche but I enjoy a little of that in my books.


I enjoyed this book so much because as a Latina reader I saw some of my culture in this book, Spanish words, the sana sana colita de rana song. I experienced an emotional attachment to the book, cried during some parts and undeniably laughed in others. I disliked that at some point, the most used word in this book seemed to be 'maldito' from most of the characters. Not a turn off, just an observation.


I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys magical worlds. A simple romance story that isn't overwhelming to the plot but still built up quite nicely. I'm honestly really excited to read the second book when I can. I hop you all enjoy the book!



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