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June 5, 2014

Loved It: Night Fury by Belle Aurora

Series: Night Fury First Act
Format: Mobi
Release Date: June 2, 2014
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Recommended By: Love Between The Sheets 
Genre: Dark | New Adult
My name is Catarina.
Or, that’s who I was christened to be, anyways.
I live in a convent. I am a nun in training. A postulant.
I am eighteen years old.

I am a predator.
No one is safe from me.

I am protected.
No one can get to me.

By day one way, by night another. They call on me.

My name is Catarina.
Codename: Night Fury.

No one is safe from me.

I will come for you. 

At 30k words, NIGHT FURY by Belle Aurora made quite the impression on me. Vigilante superheroes hiding behind religious habits was quite a unique. And a new adult novel without angst and the standard curative sex is very refreshing to say the least. The gist is Catarina's trained to be an assassin since she's 13. She's living in a rectory with a pair of nuns, Sisters Fraces and Ari, and Father Bob is her trainer. How she ended up with them is still unknown at this point. Catarina's just been inducted to Mirage, very select and covert, and has killed two bad guys since, she's also just recently lost her virginity to a team member. 

Catarina is a well-fleshed heroine at this point. BAurora did a good job in presenting Catarina's transition from a soldier in training to a cold hearted assassin. The contrasting qualities of her character were well displayed; vulnerable, daring, naive, bold, trusting but careful. In less than 100 pages, Catarina won me over and the best part is, she's not a slutty virgin. Of course I'd rather that it happened under more romantic circumstances but given the premise of NIGHT FURY, it fit that Catarina's first time is purely instinctual and lusty. 

The secondary characters are very interesting and colorful. They're all superheroes by night, tracking down the scum of the earth after which they carefully orchestrated execution for the unfortunate soul. It's not a long list so it was easy to keep track of Catarina's friends and mentors and as each has their own quirk, they complete a very rowdy bunch. 

NIGHT FURY Act 1 is character driven and BAurora concentrated on character introductions than backstories and what minimal world building is required to make the setting convincing. Aside from mentions of past relationships and flashbacks, the origin of Mirage and it's members are still unknown at this point. The lack of history wasn't detrimental to the story, in fact it's motivating me to read the next one. Oh and I use the term superheroes loosely, they don't have special powers like flying or anything like that. They're just skilled in combat, use codenames and a costume/disguise of some sort. 
"I trail her down the dark, dimly-lit hall. The sounds of our footsteps echo through the narrow space.
I’m walking towards my destiny.
How poetic.
We reach the end of the hall. Frankie clicks in her keypad code. More humming and buzzing, the steel door clicks opens and finally – finally – I’m home.
I take the first step towards the rest of my life. And I do it wearing a shit-eating grin.
This is exciting.
I’m excited.
My life will be thrown one-hundred-and-eighty degrees. From boring to extraordinary.
I can’t wait.
“Welcome back to Mirage.” Frankie utters as she starts her descent down the stairs to the ground floor." - Catarina, Night Fury

Belle Aurora is was born in the land down under.
At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her scouring the bookshelves at home.
She stumbled across Sandra Brown’s Breath of Scandal and fell in love with romance.
Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she developed a natural love for dramatics and humor. Only some years ago had she discovered a new love.
Humorous romance novels.
Kristen Ashley and R.L. Mathewson had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet feel safe and at home in their stories.
Belle has been known to become a screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles.
Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until recently. Her first novel, Friend-Zoned began to form and in February 2013 Belle typed the words Chapter One.
And she fell in love.
With words.
With writing.
With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored.


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24 comments:

  1. This sounds exactly like a YA book about an assassins from a convent

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    1. I'm thinking of Grave Mercy as the YA book.

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  2. That sounds awesome Braine! I've not tried hers yet but you have me thinking this is gonna be a must read. I've been slowly nibbling at NA and yeah it does sound like a nice fresh take :)

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    1. I'm loving this superhero theme in urban fantasy

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  3. I liked this one too :D Great review, matey!

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    1. I saw your review, we are mateys indeed!

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  4. Awesome review, SW. I see that this is a book that I will definitely be putting on my list. It seems like this is what I need, a NA book w/o the angst.

    Grace

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  5. Hey, I loved this premise in Robin LaFevers YA with her young girls, but its YA-HR. This sounds good. I like the points you make about this one. Hadn't heard of it, but I'll definitely check it out.

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    1. So it's Grave Mercy! Sorry, someone mentioned that this is reminiscent of some YA series.

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  6. I see "Night Fury" and I think of Toothless from How to Train a Dragon! Sorry!

    Anyway, this seems really cool and totally up your alley. Thanks for the review, Braine!

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    1. Oh yeah! You are a mom with small kids that's for sure!

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  7. You know I am all about some character driven stories.

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    1. Most of us are, it's the best kind IMO

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  8. Whoa, sounds like a kick-ass read!! I'm curious about it for sure, plus I love the cover :D

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  9. Oh yes, sign me up for a great kick ass NA read without the angst and curative sex. I am so sick of the same old same old and I love that this is different.

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    1. We all need something different once in a while

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  10. This sounds really good. But I'm such a chicken, I'm not sure if I'll like it or be scared. lol! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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    1. Hahaha! It's ok, I on the other hand love blood and gore ;)

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  11. An interesting concept, Braine! Just reminded me of Robin LaFevers' series about nun assassins :) Great review!

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  12. Ooh this sounds kinda fun. Gonna have to add it to goodreads. Great review :)

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  13. Fab review, girlie! I've been curious about Belle Aurora so I'm glad to see she hooked you in so few pages. I like the sound of this. I'll have to check it out. :)

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