Sunday, March 25, 2012

Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, #1) by Karen Chance

Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, #1)Touch the Dark by Karen Chance

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

This is an adult urban fantasy series. (NC-17 for the sexiness of it all.)

Book Summary

Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking Mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with revenge in mind, she's forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection.The undead senators won't help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire- and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay.

My Review

First, let me say that Karen Chance writing is good along with her imagination and world building. My major problem is with writing style.

I just don’t get why in the middle of an action scene with get paragraphs that turn into pages of introspection and history. It seems out of place. If someone is throwing a punch, I should haven’t to wait several paragraphs to find out if the punch landed. Finish the action then have her reflect. Is that too much to ask. Action starts, then a history lesson and when the action begins again, I’ve already forgotten what was happening.

Okay, this book reads like fanfic of Laurell Hamilton’s Anita Blake series and not in a good way. I thought if one more guy in this story’s hair was referred to as “curls”, I would scream. Could no man have straight or wavy hair or even shorter hair? Not every good looking man has auburn or dark long curly hair. This was presented in present time. Her obsession with hair rivaled that of the Anita Blake series.

You all know, I don’t have to like the main character to enjoy a story. But that mean that everything else should be flawless or there should be compelling reasons why the character is the way they are. This is not the case. I do not like Cassie Palmer at all. Let me count the ways.

1. She’s full of herself with nothing to back it up.
2. She expects everyone to do her bidding and not do anything for themselves. Good example Billy Joe.
3. She thinks no one should make mistakes and is unforgiving of anything anyone does to her like she’s perfect. Good example Tomas.
4. She forgave one person who purposefully did something to her for his own gain yet she condemns another who was under orders with penalty of death to do what he did.
5. She’s selfish and not selfless with a few exceptions.

There are plot holes a many in this story as well. SPOILERS coming so don’t read on unless you’ve already read.

If you have the power to go back and change time and they did, why wouldn’t she go back and save her parents? You can argue that she didn’t want to change time. But she did and didn’t go back to fix it. So why wouldn’t selfish Cassie go back and protect her parents and not allow Tony to have her????

The men.

Tomas, I liked him a lot. I think he got the raw end of the deal in this story. All he did was trying to protect her and she condemned him for doing his job. Okay towards the end he made bad choices, but up to that point she didn’t know that. And frankly, I didn’t blame him for anything he did.

Mircea, was okay to me. I had my reservations. And it was kind of creepy that she saw him like an uncle when she was younger. Ignoring that, it was nice that he seemed to have genuine feelings for her. But of course, she was too good for him too in the end.

It also was infuriating with the whole reluctant virgin, Urgh! Be one or not, there is no in between.

I should mention that the sexy scenes were hot especially the out of body ones. The first and the last, YES! There was something good.


Overall, I’m planning to read the next audio book because I already purchased it. Goes to who never to buy the second in a series without reading the first one. But there was an audible sale…..

Audio Review
Cynthia Holloway is a good narrator. But I don’t like her in this series. I found myself losing focus and where most of that is the writing, I also have that problem with Morganville with Cynthia also reads. It could be she got the bad in the stick with two series that aren’t that great, but I’m not totally sold on that theory.

My book boyfriend is Tomas. The scowl is for Cassie, lol.


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