Book review: Touch the Dark by Karen Chance

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Who Are You, Really? by Mikky Ekko

3.5 stars

I remember reading this book a few years ago and really liking it, rereading now I kind of have bigger expectations. Not sure it’s fair but that’s just how it is.

Our main titular character, Cassie is on the run from the vampire mobster Tony, who got to raise her by killing off her parents. Not a good dude, using her for her gifts as a clairevoyant. She got away from him and got him in trouble with feds, getting a witsec relocation out of a deal. Of course Tony catches up with her eventually and that’s where the book starts. After getting rid of Tony’s goons, with a help from a friend, she ends up at the Senate. Senate is a vampire government, local branch of wich is presided by none other than Cleopatra.

Then Cassie discovers she has powers for wich she is hunted not only by Tony, but also Silver and Black Circles of mage’s government as well as a master vampire hungry for power and a Pythia’s court of seers. Everybody wants a piece of our girl. All she wants is find out what really happened to her parents, also Tony’s head on a platter would be nice. Hopefully she could have at least one of those things before one of those guys gets to her.

What worked for me:
1. I liked different approach to the metaphisical side;
2. Cassie is a fun heroine, not totally clueless but still there’s a lot of room to grow;
3. there are pixies (always a fan);
4. decent ammount of sex for a first book;
5. the fact that Cassie wasn’t down with letting anyone be in charge of her fate, not even Mircea;
6. Mircea definittely worked for me, yep.

What didn’t work for me:
1. the world building is basically nonexistant, hopefully it gets better later;
2. the fact that growing up with vamps Cassie still was somewhat gunshy when it came to her enemies;
3. the pace was too quick for my liking, not enough time to catch a breath;
4. all the name dropping. Seriously? One or two would be enough, no need to go overboard. We have Cleopatra, Jack the Ripper, Dracula, Rasputin, Christopher Marlow, and Man in the iron mask.

I also would’ve liked a little more girl interaction because so far it’s mainly a boys club and Cassie. I wouldn’t want it getting all about who wants to fucks who. Thank God for Pritkin, he at least is out of that potential harem for sure.

“Let me get this straight. First you decide I’m a demon because of a power I didn’t ask for and don’t even understand. Then, when that falls through, you label me a fallen sybil and a ho. Am I missing something, or do you just not like me?”

Overall I liked the story enough to read the next book and see if it gets better.

Over and out

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