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Nocturne Hardcover – June 8, 2010
Top Customer Reviews
Smothered by her uncle's love and extremely protective nature, Flannery is overly restless and you can feel her frustration. Although not always well behaved, she is loyal and kind to her uncle and his cute familiar... (a hedgehog!) I absolutely loved the fact that he had a hedgehog, I've been aching for one myself. It was enjoyable watching Flannery and her feelings evolve for Pascoe, our charming yet strange mystery man. Yet there wasn't enough of the two together. I really felt as if something was missing from the story and maybe that was what it was- albeit it was a fun story.
This book is easy to fly through because it is written for those that are 9 - 12 years of age. I would highly recommend it for this age group and no others. Nocturne is notably predictable, but the writing is fresh. I'm thinking that I just missed some of the violence and inappropriate behavior that the books for this age group lack... I don't think that audience should read books with violence... I'm just sayin' ;) Don't get me wrong, this is a fast paced, mysteriously eerie book- just not quite my cup of tea. Give it a go if you are a big fan of magic or have a younger child that may want to read it!
Flan is a talented but restless girl, feeling stifled by her uncle, unable to perform or practice all of the magic that she'd like. But she remains loyal and loving towards Anatole, if not always obedient. Puppy love begins to blossom between Flan and her new visitor Pascoe, the mysterious vampire hunter. And though, his true identity and persona become obvious, Flan is still shocked. Geared towards middle readers, the story never gets truly violent and is appropriate for all ages. The story is dark, mysterious and eerie. With plenty of fast-paced excitement and fun, this companion novel to A Practical Guide to Vampires is a fantastic addition to the series.
Flannery Lane is our heroine in Nocturne and she was adorable. As a little baby she was left in the care of the town wizard and has lived with her "uncle" ever since. Her uncle may be talented in the magic department but he has warned Flannery that she is not to use her magic, for the danger is too great. Being the rebellious teenager (we've all been there) she thinks that's ridiculous and that her uncle is just being overprotective. She decides to strike out on her own and begins to learn when her uncle isn't looking. But when danger begins to darken the streets of her small town and her uncle is cursed and becomes ill, Flannery has only herself to depend on. After many long debates with herself, Flannery decides it's her duty to use her magic to help her uncle and fellow townspeople.
Now of course we can't have Flannery going at it all alone right? In walks Pascoe, a mysterious newcomer who Flannery is certain hunts vampires for a living. Now that would be great, but it also doesn't hurt that he's tall, dark and handsome right? Will he be able to help Flannery with the evil that's come to her town? Will Flannery make it in time to help her friends who have started to disappear from Wicker Street? Go out and grab Nocturne when it hits the shelves and see for yourselves. It's a quick and fun read and I'm looking forward to reading what Harkrader has in store for us next.
It's hard to find children's books nowadays that embody those wonderful worlds of fantasy that I used to inhabit, the ones where the author so skillfully layers detail upon detail, until you are using all five senses to experience the world he/she has built. Nocturne by L.D. Harkrader is such a book.
Imagine my delight when I came upon this book and started reading: "Flan was tending her uncle's shop--Monsieur Anatole's Books, Wonders, and Charms. Although, in truth, she wasn't tending the shop half as diligently as she was tending her own curiosity."
By the time I'd turned the last page, I was completely and utterly lost in this magical world--a world of spells and enchantments, vampires and butchers, magicians and giggly teenaged village girls. Harkrader is so successful at building this little village and creates characters that are so fleshed-out and believable that you will find yourself blinking a few times when you come up for air.
I heartily recommend this book to all lovers of fantasy, both children and adults who were once children.
And I am hoping that Harkrader will come up with a sequel or perhaps, even better, a series! I love these characters--especially Flan--so much, and just hate to say "good-bye."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Flannery Lane wants to cast spells and enchantments, but her Uncle Anatole warns her it is too dangerous. "Magic is a beacon. If it is allowed to shine, evil will find it. Read morePublished on October 23, 2010 by Suzanne L.
With a plucky heroine, a wise cat and villagers whose opinions shift like the wind, this novel offers something for all levels of readers. I am adult who enjoys YA literature. Read morePublished on August 28, 2010 by R. BULL
Nocturne is a companion novel to A Practical Guide to Vampires and is a nice read for those interested in a story about realizing who you are and growing stronger mixed with magic,... Read morePublished on August 4, 2010 by Lisa Barker