Touch the Dark by Karen Chance Review: Too much, too soon

February 17, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 2 stars, Books, Reviews

Touch the Dark by Karen Chance Review: Too much, too soonTouch the Dark by Karen Walker
Series: Cassie Palmer #1
Published by Penguin Australia on June 28, 2010
Source: Purchased
Genres: 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...

Wow, finishing that book was a chore. Time travel, a seer who possesses bodies in different times, vampires with dark curls, vamp politics, mages, ghosts, mafia – what just happened?!

Most of the book is seriously just Cassandra surrounded by vamps in a room talking about politics and stuff. There is nothing more frustrating than finally getting around to some action (bedroom and fight scenes) to realise that the author is just going to cut a huge info dumping session or major chatter in the middle of it.

So much was crammed into this book that I couldn’t even tell you now what most of it was about. I feel like I should get a medal for finishing this.

To summarise, if you love long scenes that never seem to go anywhere, terribly complex subplots layered upon subplots and a bunch of irrelevant information, you’ll probably love Touch the Dark. I feel the need to give this series a shot, so we’ll see how the sequel goes, I guess, even if it isn’t terribly high up the list.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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3 responses to “Touch the Dark by Karen Chance Review: Too much, too soon

  1. Jean S.

    Agreed. I really disliked this one too. I keep hearing that this series is awesome, but it's difficult to move on after that first book.