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Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, Bk 1)
Touch the Dark - Cassandra Palmer, Bk 1
Author: Karen Chance
Cassandry Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits - talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren't usually dangerous; they just like to talk...a lot. — The undead are another matter. — Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking Mafioso she escaped thr...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780451460936
ISBN-10: 0451460936
Publication Date: 6/6/2006
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 551 ratings
Publisher: Roc
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Audio CD
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reviewed Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, Bk 1) on + 134 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 14
I agree with the other reviews in that Chance could have done less telling in this entry and revealed more backstory and mythos over what is obviously going to be a series. I also found the constant use of famous historical figures as vampires a bit irritating and felt she used that to "cheat" on some character development. That said, by the end I was enjoying the book enough to keep the second on my WL and I disagree with those reviews that felt the ending was a "to be continued" - there was a complete story set above an obvious series arc. There are sex scenes, they are actually in context and, unlike LKH, Chance at least understands what is interesting and anatomically possible.
reviewed Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, Bk 1) on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
I'm a huge vampire fan, but this one didn't quite meet my expectations. It had all the ingredients, but just fell short. The plot doesn't never really gets going, because the author keeps interrupting the flow with another fight scene, and never quite explains what's going on until near the end. And the end was too abrupt, even though I know it's because this is the beginning of a series, the ending just sort of...hit, and then you were left standing there. I like a bit more of a conclusion, even with my series novels. However, the urban setting is in right now, and this is very urban, and the book has some good characters to redeem it. It certainly is worth a try--you might find you like it more than I did.
reviewed Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, Bk 1) on + 54 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
This book is a fairly solid opening in what is obviously a series. The main characters are well drawn and the plot is intriguing. Unfortunately the author swamps those factors with an overload of useless (at this point in the series) information. There are too many extraneous characters and sub-plots splitting the reader's focus and drawing away from the main story.

The world and the characters have potential, but Chance needs to learn how to pare down her work so readers are pulled in, not drowned.
reviewed Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, Bk 1) on + 164 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Strong beginning to what looks like a new series by Karen Chance! This is a very fast-paced book with interesting characters and almost nonstop action. The world is solidly thought out, which is a nice change from some of the other new paranormals I've been reading lately, and it packs a good amount of plot into its 307 pages. There's a sequel, Claimed by Shadow, and I'm very interested in seeing how Cassie deals with the next phase of her life!

I've seen several comparisons of this book to Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series. While there are a few surface similiarities, overall they're quite separate. I'm pleased to report that Cassie has a much firmer grip on herself -- and is thankfully much more decisive! -- than Anita ever was, even in her earlier books.
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Helpful Score: 4
Too much rabbit chasing at first. If you can stick with it, the story picks up and becomes much easier to follow about halfway through the book.
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reviewed Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, Bk 1) on + 25 more book reviews
For me the story seemed to start out slow compared to what I'm used to but after a few pages it picked up. I did get confused a bit here and there in the book some parts just didn't seem to be clarified enough/or not at all but it didn't interfer with the main story itself. I would have liked more in the ending but I always do so no change there. =) I guess my main issue with this book was the lack of feeling I felt after reading it to go read the next one in it's series. Normally I jump up and want to grab the next part of the series to read and with this book I didn't have that feeling.
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Very disappointed in this book. There are far too many characters with complicated names. I couldn't keep them all straight! The constant flashbacks was confusing, too. I wanted to give up on the book multiple times. I don't think I'll be continuing the series. I recommend trying other vampire/paranormal series before this one.
reviewed Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, Bk 1) on + 34 more book reviews
Read another one.

I'm into the whole vampire thing but this one went over the edge... I mean, it kinda started out *eh* and her writing doesn't flow all that smoothly. I keep thinking she is going to say something else, but then I have to go back to reread what she wrote. Maybe this isn't my lingo... but this book just got more and more boring and uninteresting as the chapters wore on. I couldn't finish it and wouldn't finish it even if someone was twisting my ear.

I quit in the middle of chapter five cuz they started talking about Rasputin from Czar Nicholas time and a bunch of other guys from way-back-when being vampires. It didn't make sense that they would even be brought up in this book. It was just too weird.

And the 'interesting information' that the ghost [that inhabits her necklace] tells us, isn't that interesting. I kept rolling my eyes.... is this ever going to end??

I had to put a stop to this one; but like I said before, it started out good enough... to get me to chapter five... but you're better off going for something else.

I enjoyed Jennifer Armintrout's 'Blood Ties: The Turning'. That one is so much more easy-going.

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