en-Nocturna - Maya Montayne English review


 To Finnian Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the throat 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 she 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. 

To Prince Alfehr magic is an escape, but one that comes with a price. First in line for the throne after the disappearance of his older brother, Alfie is desperate to find him and bring him home, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic. 

And when Finn and Alfie's fates collide, they realise magic can be other things too, and the type they accidentally release into the world is something neither expects, or understands. It's hungry.

I saw this beauty appear on Intagram a few times, and I couldn't wait to dive into this beauty. What an amazing cover! The red/orange mosiac structure on the cover paints the perfect picture for this post. It reminds me of old Mythical folklore which goes so well with the story of this particular book.

I must say that I really loved the story of this book! It wasn't hard to get into the story and it's fun to read. It has a lot of interesting characters with their own qualities and background story. The author uses characters who aren't perfect. They each carry a history with them, which made them become who they are today. The main characters of the book are sworn enemies from the beginning. This all changes when they go on a quest together. They need to protect Castallan from an ancient evil that lurks from around the corner. On their journey they learn a lot about eachother and learn their deepest secrets and powers. They grow more to each other as the story goes on. The thief who thought could not be loved, learns that there's always someone who's got your back. The book is full of mysteries and riddles that makes you want to read on and on. 

The using of old mythical folklore was beyond amazing. I love mythology in books! The book has its own mythology which makes it so much more interesting! 

The ending of the book was kind of sober I think. I was left with the feeling that the end of the book could have been better. The grand finale of the book was amazing and so exciting, but the total end of the book was just 'okay' if you ask me.

Long story short: I loved the book and it makes you forget everything around you. It's very intriguing and relaxing at the same time! I think it is a must read for every Young Adult fan and a must have for every bookcase! 

  • Author: Maya Motayne
  • Genre: Young Adult
  • Themes: Gods, good and evil, kingdom
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division (Uitgeverij Moon - Belgium)
  • Published:May 7, 2019
  • Pages: 480
  • Stars: ****