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Subject: Advice on Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance
Date Posted: 1/11/2010 10:06 AM ET
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OK, so I have 4 of these books in my TBR and I finally slogged my way through the first one, Touch the Dark.  I'm not really sure why I had such a hard time getting through this book, maybe because there is just so much background information in it?  And I kind of felt like the point of the book, her future (not to give too much away here) was a little bit bogus.  But potentially, I just wasn't in the right frame of mind for it.  Has anyone here read and liked the rest of this series?  Does it get better, in your opinion?

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 6:48 PM ET
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I've read the series and I loved it. But I liked it from the first book so I'm not sure why it was a hard read for you. The whole book series really is Cassadra vs. the world so if that was a turn off for you then you probably won't enjoy the rest of the series. Since you already have the books I would recommend reading 50 pages of book 2. If you really don't like it then don't waste your time. We all have different tastes and preferences so it's hard to tell you what you should do. But since you have the books it wouldn't hurt to try out book two.

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 8:53 AM ET
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Christine, I had the same problem with that series.  Not 100% why, maybe too much information.  But after the 2nd book I gave up :0(

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 9:34 AM ET
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Thanks for the advice.  I'm glad to know that the theme sort of continues through the series, Cheryl - I will definitely give book 2 a try and see what I think from there.  I always hate to give up on a series after the first book because I feel like sometimes the author needs a chance to set up a complicated world and introduce all the characters, and I've only ever done it in one other case because I just didn't like the writing style.  I love Karen Chance, though, so I'll see if book 2 is better (or if I am in a better mood when I try it).

Date Posted: 1/13/2010 2:38 PM ET
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I think they got MUCH better after book 1.

Date Posted: 1/13/2010 3:15 PM ET
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I enjoy the series, but they are rather awash in details...which is probably why the latest is languishing on Mt. TBR waiting for me to be in the mood 

Date Posted: 1/14/2010 1:50 AM ET
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 It took me a bit to get into the first book and the fourth I read slower than the others, but I loved the series. Basically a keeper:) I do have her second in the Dorina Basarab, Dhampir series... Waiting a bit for the price to go down on the first.

That happens sometimes with me though. I wont be able to get into a book, so I put it down, then try later and love it.



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Date Posted: 1/14/2010 4:11 PM ET
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I loved the first Dorina Basarb book so I was sure I would like these.  I will give the second book a try and see what happens....

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 2:22 AM ET
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I like Dorina more than Cassandra. Like you, I have only read the first book in Cassandra's series and may not have been in the right frame of mind for it. I have the first three Cassandra books and will plan on re-reading the first book before making my final decision on whether or not I continue on with the series. I will try to read the first 50 pages of the second book, and if it's still not capturing me, I might just swap the whole lot of them. I still had a tough time getting into the Dorina book, but it was easier for me than Cassandra. I'm not in any hurry to read this series like I am with some others.

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 2:28 AM ET
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I think the Cassandra books are tough because the protagonist goes through so much internal strife. And Chance's worldbuilding is a bit complicated. But that's what draws me into novels which is why I loved her Cassandra Palmer series. I greatly prefer UF over paranormal romance because I can't stand the "I'm a vampire, you're a mortal, our love will break every code but I'll do it for you!" type books that don't have much world building or sociological strife.

I agree though, the books get a bit better. But the Cassandra vs. the World theme is fairly consistent.

Hey, at least she's not pulling powers out of her butt like Anita Blake!



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Date Posted: 1/29/2010 12:00 PM ET
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Not that anyone cares, but I was all set to give up on this series while reading the second book, until I got to about page 300, and now I think I'm hooked.  I do love Karen Chance, but I just felt like so much of this series is so complicated it was hard to keep straight - Cassie is confused, but I'm confused about things that even make sense to her.  But I'm liking the ending of book 2, so I think I will probably keep going.  Thanks to all of you who encouraged me to keep going!