Nocturna by Maya Motayne
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: A whole bottle of champagne and then probably another 2/3 a bottle. My friends are amazing.
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.
Drunk Overview: So this is a story where the crown prince who wasn’t supposed to be the crown prince can see magic as color and he’s tryna figure out who killed his brother. THere’s also a thief chick who OBVIOUSLY is the love interest. She didn’t want to get involved but she did.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: This story was great in that it played directly in to my latina roots. I listened on audio so I’m not sure how the text showed it but the spanish words mattered so much to this story. The spanish words were so well integrated that non-latinas figured it out. It was super comforting to hear.
Characters: THe crown prince was actually pretty great. I thought he’d be more than obnoxious. He was at first but undetrtsand ing that he grew and the author giving us the promise of growth kept me gowing. Like… idk how they did it but I was certain tha we’d get character growth and I’m sure it was because of the author. The Thief… she… she was a lot. She actually reminded me a lot of myself. I know what I’m about, I know what I want, and I’m gonna be stubborn as hell to get it. But I also want to make sure that no one is hurt on the way. I also wan tto know that we’re helping others… Idk. THat may be a humblebrag but like… That’s all i want. I just want everyone to be happy. If there’s even a CHANCE that i don’t I don’t sleep. (ask Ginny, this is thr truth)
Plot: LOOK this story was not super different, but the style was which is why I loved it. I wanted so badly for the plot to go a certain way and it didn’t and I think that that’s actually a good thing. Like… I shouldn’t know how it goes. I had my guesses which were partially true but not entirely and that’s why I loved it.
Writing Style: I LOVED MY SPANISH WORDS. Listen. I’m white. I am so white. But I’m also Latina. And the fact that the Spanish words were just in there with NO issue, with NO problem, with NO heartburn, like it was always there, was the best thing I’ve ever seen. I CANT WAIT FOR BOOK 2!
World Building: I have so many questions and I should after book 1.
What to pair it with: I should say margarita but that’s stupid. It’s so generic. This book is a pisco sour. Pisco is amazing, and it’s not wellknown in the american world. God love the Hispanic culture
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,