Book Reviews: Initium/Lux by Courtney Cole

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Title: Initium (Nocte #2.5)
Author: Courtney Cole @Court_Writes
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 68 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis

I never knew what the consequences would be.
I say that like it’s a defense, an excuse.
It’s not. It’s simply the truth.
I never knew what he would become to me.
Through everything, he’s become everything.
My rock, my air, my love.
My everything.
And then….
Things changed.
Because it was wrong.
Because sometimes, our sons must pay for the sins of their fathers.
Or their mothers.
I’m afraid that I’m lost,
that I’m damned.
After you read this, you’ll probably agree.
Really, it doesn’t matter.
All that matters is that I save him.
Because he shouldn’t pay for my sin.
Judge me if you like.
But keep reading.
This is our beginning.
This is where the darkness truly starts.

Grace Review

This novella is a quick read with a big bite.

Because sometimes, our sons must pay for the sins of their fathers.

Unlike the previous books in the series, this book is told from Olivia’s POV.  That would be Dare’s Mom.  And we learn about his Dad, who is not a Savage.

Phillip DuBray, is French and like his offspring, is a bit of a mystery.  While it is clear that Olivia loves this man and distraught that she can’t be with him due to her family obligations, but I wasn’t sure if he loved her back.

This story also introduces the story of Salome.  A story of betrayal, guilt, and power.  We aren’t told how it ties to the Savages, but the implications are there.

She called herself the daughter of death, and she wore her ring proudly.
That ring is mine now,
And my son,
And his son,
And so on.

The most intriguing part about this story happens near the end with her sister, Laura.  I won’t spoil if for you, but it what happened is real and not some figment of Olivia’s imagination, then I am thoroughly grossed out.

Following this book, I know 2 things:
1) I officially hate the Savages.
2) Richard, Dare’s step-father, is a vile despicable man.

On to the last book and hopefully some answers . . .

– Grace

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Title: Lux (Nocte #3)
Author: Courtney Cole @Court_Writes
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 274 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis

LET THERE BE LIGHT.

My name is Calla Price and I’m broken.

My pieces are all around me, floating on the wind, even as I desperately try to grasp them.

Who is dead? Alive? Insane?

What is the truth?

I don’t know.

I do know this: The darkness is strangling me. With every breath, I choke on another lie.

My mind has protected me, but that shield will soon be lowered.

All will be revealed.
Every answer to every question.

It’s all been leading to this.

Don’t be afraid.
Be terrified.

Grace Review

Mars solum initium est.  Death is the beginning.

The final book, with ALL the answers.  Sort of.  What I’ve come to realize with this story, and is confirmed with the author’s note at the end, is that there is not one explanation to the story.  A lot of it comes down to interpretation.  What do you believe?  So you need to let your mind interpret things, not overthink everything.

Since this book is the final book, I don’t want to spoil things, so I’ll keep my thoughts short.

First, I feel sorry for Calla.  Is she crazy or does she have a gift?  That is up for debate. However, it is clear that there are people around her who seem to be playing her.  She was often dismissed as crazy but I felt like there was more to what she was seeing than illusions.  And I really began to distrust Sabine.

“I’m crazy, aren’t I?” I whisper, and I’m surprised when he shakes his headed head.
“No, they just want you to think so.”

Second, I was worried about Dare’s secret.  Like I suspected after reading book 2, the secret itself didn’t seem as big as the lead up.  BUT, to the author’s defense and his own, the secret wouldn’t have made sense if revealed sooner.  It would have seemed completely made up.

Third, there is a lot of repetition in this book.  I’ve read some other reviews and I know this bothered some, but when I came to the end, I realized the reason for it.  It was intentional by the author, and I’m not sure how she could of avoided it.  It all leads up to the big reveal.

I’ve binged on this series for a week, and am grateful that I waited to start until the series was complete.  It has made my brain hurt at times, and left me confused and frustrated at other times.  But, it’s very different and unexpected, which I love.  Readers with an open mind, who like to have their brain toyed with by the author, will enjoy this crazy ride.

-Grace

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