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Review: Verum by Courtney Cole

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Verum (The Nocte trilogy #2)
    by: Courtney Cole

Publication Date: Feb. 2, 2015
Publisher: Lakehouse Press, Inc.
Genre: Dark Psychological Romantic Suspense
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by InkSlingerPR in exchange for a  fair and honest review.
Page Count: 221 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars

The truth shall set you free.

My name is Calla Price and I’m drowning.

My new world is a dark, dark ocean and I’m being pulled under by secrets.

Can I trust anyone? I don’t know anymore.

The lies are spirals. They twist and turn, binding me with their thorns and serpentine tongues. And just when I think I have it figured out, everything is pulled out from under me.

I’m entangled in the darkness.

But the truth will set me free.

It’s just ahead of me, so close I can touch it. But even though it shines and glimmers, it has glistening fangs and I know it will shred me.

Are you scared?

I am.
This will probably be a super short review, because there is so much I cannot tell you to avoid spoilers. Like its predecessor, there isn't a ton of action in this book. However, Cole is planting all of these easter eggs for you to find and just when you think you might have something figured out- BAM. She sweeps the rug out from under you. I am still twisting and turning that ending over in my brain and I'm completely at a loss.
Dare plays an even bigger role in this book, as he is keeping a pretty big secret from Calla. She needs to discover this secret on her own as everything has its own order of things. Naturally, she is incredibly frustrated over this because she desperately needs stability in her life. Her life has been thrown into chaos where the line between reality and insanity is extremely hard to distinguish between. She craves Dare and his closeness, but she needs to distance herself from him as well if she wants answers.
The push and pull between them is so overwhelming and frustrating. I just wanted him to tell her the secret and be done with it! Their relationship can best be described as unsettled in this book. Calla needs answers, Dare can't give them and is contradictory with his words. He is at war with himself because he knows something she doesn't and yet he wants to be able to protect her because he loves her.
We are introduced to new some characters as well and I found myself unable to trust any of them. I think being in Calla's mind has made me paranoid of EVERYTHING and EVERYONE. I kept wondering what their ulterior motives were and if they were out to harm her already fragile state.
I love the mystery in this one, as well as trying to figure out what was real and what wasn't. My heart aches for Calla because she's endured so much and is struggling to keep hold of her sanity in a place where there are so many secrets and things being kept from her.
After that ending, I am dying for the final book Lux. I am desperate to know what happens and I am utterly terrified as well. Regardless, I know Courtney Cole is going to bring her A-game and I am excited to see how she will mess with our minds next!

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  1. Gahh everyone is loving this series! And it sounds soooo good, I really love books that mess with your mind so I know I'm going to enjoy these! Cannot wait to make time for them. Great review!

  2. I really really really need to start this series! You're review just makes me really excited to meet the characters and get immersed into the plot! This one just sounds like a series I must pick up!

    Lovely review !

  3. So do you get ANY answers at all? Because I don't want to read if it nothing is "solved" and just a filler for book 3. I will end up breaking my Kindle for sure.

    Still, Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat!? *giggles*

  4. I can't wait to see what happens in this one! It sounds so mysterious and I can't even guess what Dare's secret might be.

  5. I just got Nocte this week when I saw it in your blog. I'm glad you also liked this one :)

  6. I'm with Tonya -- do we get any answers?? because I will die a little if i'm just left hanging like nocte again. But I have it and will definitely read soon!!


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