Wednesday, September 12, 2007

ANOTHER vampire novel?

I didn't plan it that way. I just got to talking with a library patron about what we'd been reading lately, and she recommended this one. It sounded good, so I put it on hold. And I was glad I did!

I don't want to say too much about this novel, because one of the things I most enjoyed about it was the way it unfolded, with lots of very fun surprises along the way. There is a lot of back story that comes out, little by little, as the book progresses. But I will tell you how it starts out, since you'll learn that in the first few pages anyway.

Cassie Palmer returns from a lunch break at work to find an obituary - her obituary, displayed on her computer screen. She realizes that she has to flee immediately - her past has caught up with her. She has been in hiding from Tony - a mobster who also happens to be a very powerful vampire. Cassie has the Sight, and someone with her abilities is a useful tool in Tony's organization. But then, Cassie has no interest in being a useful tool. She flees, and from there on out her life becomes progressively more complicated and dangerous.

Vampires, werewolves, gypsy curses, fey, time travel, dungeons, assassins, witches - sit back and enjoy the ride, because you'll never be able to tell where the book will take you next. I was delighted to learn that there is a sequel, Claimed by Shadow - and that the third book, Embrace the Night, will be published in April, 2008.

Touch the Dark by Karen Chance (Roc, 2006)

13 comments:

  1. not usually my bag, but i like the way you say it begins. maybe i'll check it out!

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  2. It is a lot of fun - definitely a gripping, entertaining story with interesting characters and plot twists. Let me know what you think if you try it (I can put a hold on it for you, if you like!) :-)

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  3. I have the first two in this series to read. It's just my kind of book (hopefully anyway!). I am about to start reading Twilight by Stephenie Meyer which is in a similar vein (no pun intended!).

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  4. Ha! Cute pun. I have the second one on my book pile right now. I just wish I had more time to read! It's been a busy week, sigh.

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  5. Another one for the wishlist. This sounds just like my kind of book.

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  6. It's alarming how quickly those wishlists grow, isn't it?! I think I add one on every time you make a new post on your blog. And then, all the other great book blogs - argh! (But what a great problem to have.)

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  7. I keep seeing her books on the New Paperback shelf at the bookstore and have been considering trying one. Your review definitely makes me want to give the author a try! Thanks for the review.

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  8. You are welcome - I'll be interested to hear what you think about the book if you do end up reading it!

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  9. Hi, Darla!
    I did read this book, and I really enjoyed it after having to slog through Keri Arthur's "Full Moon Rising"--which you'd read on my blog and said you'd had the same reaction, or problem with it as I.
    I don't have a lot of time on my hands, as my novel "Spell of The Black Unicorn" has just come out, and I have my first book signing at a Borders nearby, and I've got things to take care of, that's why I took the day off from my regular job. I've had trouble trying to keep up in here, mainly because of having so little time--I have another blog as well as my writing to keep up on.
    But, I'd love to have you visit my blog again, if you'd like to see a sneak peek at my new novel, and leave comment.
    Okay, I gave myself until 8am to finish this and get on with buisness side of things.
    I'll stop by next week during TG break.

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  10. Thanks, Lorelei - and congratulations on the publication of your book! That's very exciting. I'll stop by soon to check it out!

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  12. I like this book and enjoyed it very much. The only annoying part was that sometimes she just couldn't get on with it - allways stalling.
    I'm reading the third now, and I'm still hoping on her and Pritkin - I've liked him from the start.

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  13. Hi, Denise - I'm glad you're enjoying the series. You like Pritkin, eh? I'll be curious to hear what you think when you finish the third one! :-)

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