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Touch the Dark

Touch the Dark

Written by Karen Chance

Narrated by Cynthia Holloway


Touch the Dark

Written by Karen Chance

Narrated by Cynthia Holloway

ratings:
4/5 (72 ratings)
Length:
12 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Sep 29, 2008
ISBN:
9781400178179
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits-talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead alike. 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 three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his 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.
Publisher:
Released:
Sep 29, 2008
ISBN:
9781400178179
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Karen Chance has lived in France, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong, but always comes back to America. She currently lives in central Florida, the home of make-believe, which may explain a lot. She’s the author of the New York Times bestselling Cassie Palmer series, including Reap the Wind, Tempt the Stars, and Hunt the Moon.


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  • (2/5)
    I think I read this before as it seemed really familiar, but I couldn't find it in my read list.
    This story was interesting
  • (4/5)
    Okay to begin I have been a huge slacker on getting these reviews done. I have been so busy with school I just haven't had the time. It should get easier around mid August and I will have more time to write these and enjoy the books themselves. I have read this book before, but I am rereading my books as a way of inventory for myself. I picked this book because she has a new book out that I have no read from this series so I figured I would catch up on the series before I bought and read the new one.So I thought I would start with the things I did not like about the novel. One of my biggest problems with this novel is she flows so often from one thing to the next that it is disjointing for the reader. While action is a great thing in a book, especially one from this genre, it only works if the reader is able to keep up with it. I found myself having to reread a page or two a couple of time to figure out what I had missed. I understand the need for jumping from one scene to another when Cassie is having a vision because it's disjointing for her to experience, but this occurrence was not limited to when Cassie was having a vision.I also believe that the first book in a series is one of the hardest to write because you have to build the world, and that world has to be enough to sustain a series as well as keep the reader interested. With some books it often feels like you are thrown into a world and then have to spend most of the book just figuring out what is going on in addition to getting to know the characters. Being able to introduce a world in a manner that doesn't feel like work for the reader is a gift. I think Chance did an okay job at world building but there were a lot of times I wished I knew more about something and having to wait until 3/4 of the way through the book to get the answer that would have not hurt the progression of the book if I had known it earlier.So those are my two main issues with the book, and now for the things I liked. I like Cassie. She's confused, ballsy, and doesn't understand her own potential. I think one of the most relatable things about Cassie is that she is nervous and unwilling to suddenly except her position of huge responsibility. She knows that this position gives her power but it is also going to make her vulnerable to people always wanting her under their control, something she is not willing to go back to because of her past. That being said Cassie always stands up for people she feels are innocent and tries to help whenever she can.Tomas is one of the most annoying characters in the book, but after the way it ends it is understandable why he is so clingy. I HATE when men in a book feel like they own a woman. It drove me bonkers with Bill and Sookie Charlaine Harris books, and even though I loved her books I often wanted to strangle Sookie and hit Bill over the head with a frying pan and tell him to stop calling her "his". I was really worried it was going to be another situation similar to that, except with Tomas it came off as creepy and weird, and the more he acted "protectively" the more he was creepy. I can't say this enough, thank god Cassie did not go for him.I like the characters as a whole, they have a lot of fleshing out to do over the next couple of books, but I like them, and I love Mircea. He gets so wonderfully more complicated as the series goes on as well as within the spin off. Rafe is sweet and fatherly. Louis Cesar is appropriately full of himself. Pritkin amuses me with his insanity and naive "i know everything" attitude and questions. Tony is a fitting bad guy, mostly because you don't see a lot of him, you just hear about him which makes him more menacing I think. Same is true for Rasputin. Myra was an interesting twist. And can I just say I love Agnes' personality and wise but amusing declarations.The series does enough to make me want to read more, and its negative points don't make me not like the book, in fact the good outweighs the bad enough for me to really like this series once it really takes off in the subsequent books. I do like this book and Chance as an author a lot.
  • (2/5)
    I really wanted to like this book. Karen Chance is always in anthologies I read for other authors, and constantly shows as a recommended author based on all my other favorite authors.I just could not get in to this book so I did not finish it. I might try again, so I have it by my bed in case I feel like giving it another try, but because I didn't finish it and couldn't get in to it, I'm giving it 2 stars for now.
  • (3/5)
    I have to agree with some of the others that the book was rather choppy and piled on too much info all at once and only in a few chapters. It has its interesting points and like all books, has their pro's and con's, but I have to admit I only kept reading because the minor characters interested me more than the major, who quickly got on my nerves.
  • (4/5)
    A fun foray into the paranormal. Thoroughly enjoyable. A definite fun read.
  • (3/5)
    meh...I will reserve judgement and possibly read the next one. I liked the idea, but about halfway through the book it became drudgery for me.
  • (5/5)
    First of all, if you're into Anita Blake or Sookie Stackhouse... or any other novels that are similar to these- you'll love this series. I can imagine people that don't like those series digging this one. I was totally taken back by how much I loved this book! (Maybe I went into it not expecting much, and that helped its cause a little, but it was still an awesome read!) Then again, I am into books that are almost nonstop action- you know, when the heroine is constantly fighting for her life chapter after chapter? Karen Chance really throws some hot action in your face, but it isn't overwhelming at all. Let me give ya the basic plot summary...Cassandra is a young clairvoyant who can also speak to ghosts. She was raised in a household owned by a powerful, cold-blooded, mobster-type vampire and all of his servants/affiliates. (He took her into his care at the age of 4.) When she was a teenager, she realizes that Tony (the mobster vamp) mauled her parents so that he could have total control of her life. She assists the federal government in taking Tony down- but all doesn't go according to plan. On the bright side, Cassandra runs away from Tony and escapes when all this craziness is going on. About three years later (this is where the story really begins) Cassandra is in hiding in Atlanta. Her powers (especially speaking to ghosts) has helped her stay hidden and just out of Tony's reach. However, he finally catches on to where she has been hiding... As she is getting out of town Tony's goons catch up to her and her roommate and they escape by the skin of their teeth.Cassandra then finds herself sucked into the grotesque world of vampire politics after finding out her roommate has been deceiving her. After being drug into the vampire senate- she begins to realize she is much more powerful than she ever imagined and the vamps require her help. She has no idea who to trust or which turn to take...I absolutely love Cassandra's personality. She is so likeable... Not whiny- practical! Compassionate - but not overtly sentimental! She is a strong woman who is looking to take control over her own life. She also never seems hopeless- does that make sense? I love that Cassie was raised in a supernatural household so she knows a lot about vamps and their politics. However, a lot of what she encounters day to day with her powers and the powers of others is new to her. Our miss Cassandra also has some interesting male lovurrrs... and we all know what this means- extreme sexual tension throughout. Haha... Choices choices. I have to say I'd find myself really into one of the male characters and then the other...and then back to the first. I guess that is just like real life though, men making stupid decisions so you're like 'ugh, what was I thinking?'My only complaint is that the details on the vampire politics were a little long winded. Other than that, this is an awesome book and you should read it. Can't wait to post a review on the other books in this series! (Yes, I read them, so it was REALLY hard not to give you guys spoilers ;] )
  • (3/5)
    Not the best written book ever, and I must admit the first 100 pages or so were slow going. However the pace picked up after that and my impression of the book with it. Though clumsy at times ( I particularly disliked the use of well known historical figures in the storyline) it was a decent enough read. Enough to make me want to read the next book in the series at least. Hopefully it will improve as the characters do have a lot of potential. One thing I really liked - the main characters comical ghostly sidekick. He's very well utilised to add some humour to the book. Also, unlike many other novels in this genre, sex wasn't overused, which is one thing that makes me want to read more. Not that I'm opposed to sex scenes, but many in this genre seem to be little more than a bit of soft porn with some supernatural elements thrown in as an afterthought.
  • (2/5)
    This book has been in my TBR pile for a very long time. That is because I thought it sounded fabulous and I was saving it until I wanted to treat myself. I don't know why but I just thought this was going to be something special. I did the same thing with the Ilona Andrew's "Magic" series and wasn't disappointed. Unfortunately I can't say the same thing here. The first chapter or so was fine. I didn't really understand everything going on but I figured in due time it would all be explained and make sense. Not so much. There were so many seperate plots and so many different groups with different motives, and so many different supernatural species that I was hopelessly lost. To add to that confusion, Cassie, our heroine, has special powers. She is clairvoant, she can talk to ghosts, she can enter other people's bodies, she can go into the past, and oh yeah, she has a magical tatoo on her back. All of these powers probably should have been slowly revealed over the course of the book (or better yet, over the series of books). So many times, I lost track of what was going on or who was who. This just shouldn't happen in a fiction story. Now, I did give this book two stars so there are some positives. I kinda like Cassie, and I definitely like her ghostly sidekick. There are some characters I can't decide if I like or hate, so there is at least a little intrigue there. If this book would have been one of the plots to kill Cassie, by one of the organizations in the book it would have been a decent book I think. It was just so overwhelming. I feel like the trips back stopped the momentum when things started to get interesting in the present. I really like the scens where there was a lot of dialouge. I think that dialogue is a stregnth of the author's. Above all, I gave this story two stars because despite all my frustrations with it, I immediately started the second in the series. I am about 100 pages into it, and so far its about a thousand times better than this messy story.
  • (3/5)
    The book (and series) started promisingly, with an attention-getting first sentence, and action from the get-go. I liked being thrust straight into the action, and having the story filled in both backwards and forwards. There were elements of the series that I did really enjoy. But pretty soon I was feeling that too much was happening, and I just didn't care enough about the characters to track the details of the dilemmas they were facing.
  • (4/5)
    While running from a Mob Vampire. Cassandra must find a way to survive. Even if that means siding with others that she may no trust. I found this book to be very intriguing. This is one of the first books that include characters in regards to the fae. This is a very good storyline. I will be reading on in this series.
  • (5/5)
    I love Karen Chance's Cassandra Palmer series!!! It has amazing characters who will make you laugh at, scream at, and kiss the book many times throughout the series. The storyline is original and inventive while still holding true to many long held myths and legends. I LOVED how she brought forth the brother of Dracula!! Mercia is to die for and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
  • (4/5)
    This was pretty good. Interesting character, interesting plot twists. Not a lot of character development on anyone other than the main character, but interesting none-the-less. Only suffered from an ending that came out of nowhere and left you wondering what the fuck happened. It's like they reached page three hundred and suddenly discovered that they had to end it by 307 so every plot got one or two sentences to wrap things up in. Still not sure what happened there at the end. Guess I'll have to read the next book. Since most of the major plots were NOT wrapped up, I'm assuming a trilogy (or never-ending series) is in order.
  • (4/5)
    If you're a fan of dark fantasy, you should add Chance to your reading stacks. Excellent plotting and pace and skillful creation of characters.
  • (4/5)
    Cassie is a clairvoyant who was raised by vampires, but wait it gets better. She also talks to ghosts. She is on the lam from the vampire mafia she grew up with, and is doing pretty well until she is warned that they have found her. She is rescued by the vampire senate but that is sort of a pot/fire situation. It is a fairly complicated story that includes witches, were-rats, satyrs(that is new),and time travel. And that is only part of it. It also seems that every evil or mysterious person in history has ended up as a vampire. I actually like the mythology of the book and the characters are interesting. Like another reviewer, I thought the sex scenes were over the top and there are some some pretty graphic torture scenes I could have done without. Overall, I enjoyed the book. I plan to read the second in the series.
  • (4/5)
    For some reason this book took me a little while to get into. The writing style was still unsure of itself in the beginning and that might have caused me some distraction. Yet, after the third chapter, I was hooked. It was lots of fun. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
  • (3/5)
    Good world building but still it didn't work for me. All that exposition during the sex scenes sort of took the heat out of the book, and while I liked Cassandra and her toughness I didn't really care for anyone, they were all the usual motley crew. I read 3 other books while I was reading this one. I guess it just didn't keep my attention. Just as a memory jolt - it was the one with the wererats, lots of vampire politics, a bit of time travel (still not sure or care how the other guys did it) and the sybil becoming the oracle. That was a nice, new/old touch.
  • (5/5)
    Touch the Dark is one of those vampire novels that uses "vampire politics" to weave a plot, and it succeeds admirably. Our heroine Cassie finds herself in the center of a war between mages, vampires and fey. Chance's master vampires, Luis-Cesar and Mercea, can easily rival Jean-Claude and Lestat for their allure, ruthlessness and sheer sexiness. Additionally, her take on vampire existence/powers has nice new twists. Her world is well developed and sucks you in. Some found the backstory interrupted the pacing of the novel, but I disagree. Action is great, action without plot is less so. I can hardly wait for the sequel and strongly recommend this title to fans of Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong, Jim Butcher, Laurell K Hamilton etc.
  • (4/5)
    This grabs you and I read it quite quickly but it leaves a certain amount of dissatisfaction behind. There just isn't enough in the story to be great, and the sex seems almost pasted in.It's almost a toned down version of Anita Blake. Fans of that series would probably like this one.
  • (3/5)
    A fun read, though the focus on sex at the end was a little dull and predictable. At least it was plot-related. The story was compelling (at least up until the soft-core porn), and the world was interesting. A good beach read.
  • (4/5)
    Gypsy is a racial slur against the Rromani. Really wish she had used the correct phrasing for us. Françoise is Romani and should have been called that instead. She's French, she's probably manouche. And the family that curses Mircea into vampirism could be kalderaş, ruska, any number of natsyas (tribes) of our people.

    That said, one of my favorite books and series. Hate the pronunciation of Mircea's name, but overall a really good read.
  • (5/5)
    the story was chaotic, but a refreshing change from the pace of other books. My only criticism would be about the character development of a few characters. the change in the dynamic closeness to the main character felt disconnected at times. But I love the story overall.
  • (4/5)

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    surpisingly good

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  • (2/5)

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    I tried. I'm giving up on this book about a third of the way in. The characters haven't grabbed me and explanation/descriptions of things are long winded. I find myself skipping over things and trying to find other things to do besides read. Might as well move on to another book that can hold my interest.

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  • (2/5)
    Quirky mythology and lots of sexual tension. The characters and plot were interesting.
  • (4/5)
    Fast paced, interesting worldbuilding and a protagonist to root for -- one with a good sense of when to be kickass and when to use your brains. Not the same trope paranormal stuff. Almost too quick a read and who betrays who a bit convenient. Not a cliffhanger ending; although, heroine just coming into some interesting powers that foreshadow a sequel.
  • (3/5)
    Touch the Dark
    3.5 Stars

    On the run from her former employer, Cassandra Palmer is not your usual fugitive. First, she is clairvoyant and second, her boss is a vampire. When her past finally catches up with her, Cassie realizes that not only is she the focus of several factions within the supernatural world including the vampire Senate, the Mage circles and the Fae, but that she cannot escape her ultimate destiny…

    An interesting story with an engaging heroine. Unfortunately, it suffers from first book syndrome with excessive amounts of information on the world building including the natures and skills of a variety of magical beings as well specific details on the main and secondary characters. Interwoven with all of these details is a convoluted story involving time travel, assassination attempts and a complex love triangle.

    Despite these issues, Cassie is a charming heroine with a very practical approach to living her life amongst things that go bump in the night. Nothings seems to phase her - not hairy satyrs, blood sucking vampires or aggressive war mages determined to end her at all costs.

    The basic story revolving around a conspiracy to undermine the vampire Senate is compelling although it is overshadowed by the above mentioned information dumping. The same is true of the romantic aspects with Cassie attracting the attention of two very different men, both of whom with apparent ulterior motives. By the end of the book, Mircea does seem to have the edge on Tomas and for good reasons - his unfailing honesty and pure sex appeal.

    Cynthia Holloway’s narration is never going to be a favorite. Her pacing is too slow, her male voices are indistinguishable from her female and her accents need a lot of work. Nevertheless, she is not completely unbearable so its possible to muddle through, especially as there is no alternative for those, like myself, who cannot read 1st person POV.

    All in all, not a bad beginning to a series and I will continue with it.
  • (3/5)
    Meh is how I will describe this. The book is solidly written, but the plot has a lot of problems. At times, it rushes. Others, its too slow. The world is strange - lots of magic, lots of supernatural creatures - but it seems like the normal world doesn't know about it - even with the headquarters acronymed "Magic".As for the character, Cassandra - she is rather annoying. Her Vampires are scary, but I trust them thing was damned annoying. She is too chipper about her situation when she gets caught. She is also stupid. You don't go into a vampire headquarters to question a person without a plan. On top of it, I found her virginity to be annoying. Other things - I found that the transition between change of location hard to follow.Overall, its mediocre urban fantasy book. Not that good, but not that bad either.
  • (4/5)
    Clairvoyant Cassie Palmer is on the run from the vampire mob boss she double-crossed. However, he's not the only one who's after her. Everyone, from vampires to witches to fairies, wants her power for themselves. Cassie has to stay alive long enough to figure out who she can trust, and, even more importantly, how to control her own power.
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    One of the times I disagree with poor reviews.

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