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Adult, Review / December 11, 2011
Touch the Dark by Karen ChanceTouch the Dark
Author: Karen Chance
Series: Cassandra Palmer #1
Publisher: Roc
Date: September 2010
307 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Cassandra 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 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....

Touch the Dark was what I was expecting of Magic Bites. If you saw my review of Magic Bites then you will know that it fell well short of my expectations. But thank goodness for Touch the Dark!

Despite the fact that (like Magic Bites) this story has many characters, complicated storylines and jumps straight into a complexly-written world, it all works really well and didn’t leave me feeling confused and uninterested. Far from it—I can’t wait to read the rest of the series now.

In a nutshell, this story combines vampires, magic, clairvoyance, time travel and LOTS of awesome action. Our protagonist Cassie was orphaned at 4 after a powerful vampire named Tony had her parents killed so that he could use Cassie’s psychic gifts for his own gain. After being brought up by Tony and discovering the truth about how her parents died Cassie manages to cleverly escape Tony and eludes capture for 3 years. That is until she is found… And that’s where the story begins.

There were many things that I loved about this book. The characters were one of the main things. Cassie was really well written and her inner monologue was witty and funny whilst also very informative. She did a great job of explaining things that had happened previously and just generally making it easier to take in all the information that is ‘dumped’ on us in this book. I was really grateful for this. I also loved all the vampire friends she had, especially Mircea. He was really great, especially in the second half of the book when we got to learn more about him.

The action was non-stop. We were thrown from one action filled scene to the next and before I knew it, it was all over and I wanted more! Thank heavens there are 4 more books in this series. I know I’m a late starter to it but I’m so glad I picked this one up! Recommend to all who love a good adult urban fantasy with a kick!

4 Stars

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