Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2017
Close Encounters Of The Alien Kind: A Nocturne Falls Universe story
I had mixed feelings about this book and I had to reassess my feelings about it after I read the Alienn. The truth is, I made a mistake by not reading Alienn first. This book is very well written and consistent with what we know about Nocturne Falls and some of the characters were very successfully used, but I could get over the idea of Aliens in Nocturne Falls. Or the fact that they never heard of Nocturne Falls or supernaturals living on Earth. After reading Alienn, I find it much easier to get over my issues with aliens and supernaturals. I guess they were both so good in hiding, they did not know about each other.
Nevertheless, Fiona Roarke incorporated her alien characters and several other places seamlessly. She also solved the issue of the first contact. Story is pretty solid, maybe a bit rushed towards the end but it is still very interesting. Two main characters are Draeken from Alpha-Prime and Stella, also from Alpha-Prime, but permanently relocated to Earth, now in Alienn, Arkansas.
As announced in Alienn, this is the first of the three books about rescue mission in the vicinity of Nocturne Falls and it is a story about the prisoner from the crashed space ship, passing by Earth on its way to Gulag prison. Draeken is unusually lovable and charming character. Stella, not so much. She was definitely not one of my favourite characters, mostly concerned with herself and her well being, not caring who gets hurt in the process, for example Draeken in this story.
Invasion of the Alien Snatchers: A Nocturne Falls Universe story
This is the second novel and it covers the story of the guard. The events occur at the same time as the first one, Close Encounters of the Alien Kind and I it is even better. I read this one after I read You’ve Got Aliens (Alienn, Arkansas Book 1), as this is where the characters come from, and it is so much better. There are no mixed feelings, the story is great, and I must admit that at this point, I am only marginally interested about the Nocturne Falls aspect of it, but more into the Alienn aspect of the big picture.
It seems that the author has created her own world which she is interlacing with the Nocturne Falls Universe, and so far it has worked well, although, it works much better after reading the Alienn. Strangely enough, the idea of aliens in Nocturne Falls does not seem that strange any more.
This is the story of the Guard on the space craft that crashed in the vicinity of Nocturne Falls, Riker, and Elise, trained soldier and bodyguard, permanently stationed in Alienn, and sent on a rescue mission after the crash. Elise and Riker have a brief but significant history in a form of a brief meeting that has left a great impact on both of them. And after years have passed, they meet again, under very stressful circumstances.
This book is very well written, it is a roller coaster of action, events and emotions, and it takes you through so many places in Nocturne Falls and there a brief interactions with an array of well known characters. There are brief references to Alienn and the Alpha-Prime culture and traditions, as well as some back flashes to past events on the planet. The villain is superb and this is an altogether fabulous book, and series.
I am very curious about the last novel in the Nocturne Falls Universe, about the pilot, and I am hoping that the author will continue with the Alienn series then.
The Alien Who Fell to Earth: A Nocturne Falls Universe Story
The final rescue story focuses on the pilot of the space ship that crashed in Nocturne Falls and his rescuer. This was the best story of the three, because it is longer, more detailed, the romantic aspect is more wonderful, and it contains a secondary story.
The main characters Holden and Victoria are delightful. Holden is suffering a memory loss and Victoria is helping him get through it. Their interactions are funny and serious and sizzling. Victoria is strong, independent and inventive character. She can do anything. Holden, however incapacitated, is still there holding his own. Great characters indeed.
The secondary characters, Astrid, the accidental passenger and Bubba aka. Bartholomew Angus Thorne, the tracker from the Royal Guard sent to find her, are equally interesting and have equally sizzling encounters, regardless of their story being slightly shorter. The author managed to incorporate all the important details for character development.
The world of Alienn and Alpha-Prime is also being explored and we learn more about it. The interactions of all four characters with the Nocturne Falls inhabitants are really well written and incorporated into both worlds. This book features more Nocturne Falls characters than the previous ones and although the rescue is complete, I hope the author is planning more of the cross-over stories.
Alienn, Arkansas series contains five books at the moment: You’ve Got Aliens (Alienn, Arkansas Book 1), Close Encounters Of The Alien Kind: A Nocturne Falls Universe story (prisoner), Invasion of the Alien Snatchers: A Nocturne Falls Universe story (guard), The Alien Who Fell to Earth: A Nocturne Falls Universe Story (pilot) - the rescue trilogy is also published as one book Aliens Actually (A Nocturne Falls Universe Collection), How to Lose an Alien in 10 Days, (Alienn Arkansas Book 2), and two more books are announced My Big Fat Alien Wedding (Alienn, Arkansas Book 3) and 10 Things Aliens Hate About You (Alienn, Arkansas Book 4). Nocturne Falls universe contains 25 books at the moment. Original Nocturne Falls series contains eight books and four short stories, as well as four books of the Jayne Frost spin off series. All of the series are great entertaining light read and I highly recommend them.