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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...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 307 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Roc
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Kat Kennedy
What can I say about Touch The Dark by Karen Chance?

First of all there are vampires. Yes!

Second of all, there is a heroine and a few sexy vamps around. Yes!

Then there is Cleopatra, Dracula’s brother, Eustache Dauger, Rasputin, The Oracle, Raphael (I’m pretty sure they’re referring to Raphael Sanzio da Urbino), Kit Marlowe, Jack the Ripper and whatever other historic celebrities that Chance can possibly dream up.

It’s almost like she’s jumping up and down, waving her arms screaming, “I know histo...more
The Holy Terror
*2.5 Stars*
I'm conflicted over this one, as most readers have been. My main problem is that I've already read the Anita Blake series, and Touch the Dark is so similar that you almost have to wonder why she wasn't called out on plagiarism. I could be being unfair, but it's not like I can unread or block out the books and series I've already read. I apologize if you're reading this and haven't read the Anita Blake series at all, and it's very possible you'll enjoy Touch the Dark more if you haven'...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
This is a really hard book to rate. It's very good, but at the same time, I had some serious issues reading it. Let's talk about some of my issues first (get the bad news out of the way first):

1. It seemed very cramped. What I mean by this is, action scene would flow into action scene. It was hard to keep up and catch my breath. I needed a departure between these to get my bearings.
2. I really think that there needed to be more dialogue. It would have flowed better. The narrative style was too e...more
Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)
And another one jumps on the bus...

Le sigh.

Mariya
I have finally found a new Urban Fantasy vampire series to rave about and it's about time. The Cassandra Palmer Series is one you don't want to miss.

I held off this book for so long because of all of the mixed reviews out there. I had also started it like 6 times, but finally the next time I told myself I was going to read this and finish it, damn it. And I did and I am so mad I held off, but bright side of that story is the fifth book has just came out.

I am not going to go into much detail of t...more
Lady Jaye
I read this book. And stuff happens in it, but I truly couldn't tell you what because I haven't the foggiest idea what it was about. This book is like that horror movie that has all the elements of a good, frightful time, but goes so over-the-top that it ruins the show.

It started out auspiciously enough, with Cassandra Palmer in hiding from some sleazy vampires. They had given chase, finally found her, and now she had to be on the run again. Intriguing. Then the dumping begins. So much informati...more
Exina
“I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the obituary. The fact that it had my name on it was sort of a clue.”

In the beginning, you may find the writing style dry and dense, as it doesn’t abound in dialogues, and it seems just Cassie rambles on for endless pages. But don’t let it warn you off. Because what she rambles on about is very important, containing essential facts about that really complex and believable fantasy world Ms. Chance has created. Cassie’s narration is like she is telling...more
Regina
Jan 25, 2011 Regina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Regina by: Sandra
3.75 stars. I had very low expectations for this book. The reviews for this book were all over the place, many people thought it had too much world building and info dumping in the beginning and others thought the beginning was choppy.

This is obviously the first book in a series, it seems to suffer the first book urban fantasy syndrome – but I still really enjoyed it. There is some info dumps and world building in the first 50 pages or so that is done outside of telling the story. It didn’t bot...more
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
I'd rather not be told how to read a book -.-
Lorena
I would actually give this one 2.5 or 2.75 stars if possible...it was generally good, but definitely gave the sense that you had inadvertently picked up a book in the middle of series, instead of at the beginning. Which is good in many ways...you hit the ground running, and it's not immediately obvious what is going on and who is on who's side, which can be thought-provoking and interesting. On the other hand, it left me with the feeling sometimes that I was missing something, and checking back...more
Olivia R. Burton
All this book has brought me are headdesks and shouts of, "Why!? WHY!?"

The main character is ridiculously dense and unlikeable. Through the whole book, Cassie is either freaking out unnecessarily, or getting angry over benign situations. I'm honestly surprised this character can even figure out how to put on her hooker-wear in the morning; she's brainless and I spent most of the book slapping my forehead at the stupid decisions she made.

The writing is terrible, mainly because the author can't...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
WARNING! This book may leave you out of breath and dizzy due to non stop action and far too sexy vampires

Cassie Palmer has a problem. In fact Cassie has quite a few, a psycho mobster vampire who also happens to be her former guardian has found her after 3 years of being on the run; her clarvoiyant abilities seems to be getting more vivid and disturbing; her Billy Joe, her ghostly sidekick keeps disappearing at most inconvenient times and her former roommate isn't quite what he seems. But this is...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Cassie Palmer isn't your average kick-ass Urban Fantasy heroine. Maybe because she doesn't kick ass. She's not especially tough. She's not even snarky. But I think it's the fact that the series feels so unique that I enjoyed it so much.

Cassie is a clairvoyant. She also sees and communicates with ghosts. In fact, one serves as something like a guardian angel... or as close to a guardian angel as the ghost of a gambling, alcohol and lady-loving cowboy can be.

She grew up surrounded by vampires, an...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This review has been cross-posted on my Happy Indulgence Blog. Check it out for more reviews!

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...more
Anita
I am surprised by how much I liked this book. Usually, I'm turned off by non-stop action books. I don't like it when the heroine is fighting for her life in every single chapter - give the poor girl a break already! But even though this book fits that profile, I still enjoyed it - a lot!

Basic plot: A clairvoyant young woman named Cassandra was raised in a powerful mafia-type vampire's household from the age of 4. In her teens, she figures out that the vampire (Tony) killed her parents to have co...more
Kelly
Touch the Dark is the first in Karen Chance’s Cassandra Palmer urban fantasy series. Cassie is a seer; she can foretell the future and speak with ghosts. Later, she learns she has another power too: the ability to travel back in time and change events in the past. The time-travel element is unusual in urban fantasy and lends some freshness to what would otherwise be a pretty standard plot about a young woman embroiled in the politics of gorgeous, Machiavellian vampires. It’s a promising blend of...more
Quinn
2.5 stars

Sometimes when you're chatting away on GR or lurking on someone's feed, you see character pairings mentioned all over the place. You know what I mean - Cat and Bones, Kate and Curran, Eve and Roarke etc. etc. In fact, that's what got me started on the Kate Daniels series, and that worked out really well for me. Cassie and Pritkin? Not so much.

Touch the Dark is one big info-dump with a plot on the side. It was drowning in narrative with precious little dialogue to break things up. Every...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review

Cover: It’s okay.
Rating NC-17 for sexiness of it all.
Thumbs Up 2.5
Overall: Not sure about this series.
Characters: Good.
Plot: Storyline was solid.
Page Turner: I guess
Series Cont.? At least through book 2.
Recommend Maybe
Book Boyfriend: Tomas

SUMMARY (50 word or less)

I, personally, didn’t really enjoy most of this book. There were moments but that is about it. The storyline was interesting, but she seems to be parodying Laurell Hamilton’s Anita Blake series without good results. I...more
FlibBityFLooB
So... you're reading my review and curious what I took out of reading Touch the Dark? Well, here's some of the highlights:

- Mages are really more like mad scientists in their fascination with vials. I figure if they wore outfits to signify they were mages, the outfits they would be wearing would be white lab coats while they cackled maniacally.

- 20 Questions can be a good introduction to bedding a virgin. And, speaking of virgins, females apparently can become quite gifted in fellatio by simply...more
Nichole (Dirty H)
3.5 stars.
This could be a 4 star book if my main reaction weren't "Huh?"

Basically, Karen Chance tried to cram waaaay too much information into one book. She has created a very complex and very interesting world that would be fun to read about it if she gave it out in doses instead of cramming it down the reader's throat right away.

My other complaints:
1. The main character, Cassie, is really bland. She has no real personality; I couldn't get a real feel for her at all.
2. A lot of the vampires ar...more
Kathryn
This was a spastic book. The writing was similar to how I speak when I have consumed more than two pots of coffee in one morning. I become (further) annoying and loud. The story was all over the place and rarely where I wanted it to be. Such as focused on one path, with minimal tangents and explanations. The world building was intense, in a drown-the-reader-in-a-constant-barage-of-info-dump kind of way. Yet I persevered and decided to take the entire book with more than a grain of salt, only to...more
Megan
This read like a lot of extensive author's notes strung together. I wonder if a few steps were skipped in the editing process? A little bit of action interrupted by a lot of background info. Followed by a little more action and a lot more background info. Spare me.

In addition to the numerous info dumps, Cassandra is dangerously close to being TSTL. Shortly after stating that she is always aware of vamps (due to her paranormal abilities) Cassandra discovers that a close and personal friend of he...more
Wicked Incognito Now
I found this book SO FRUSTRATING, because I actually really liked the story. So after reading the first 40-50 pages of info dump, I thought--okay, NOW we'll get to a good story. But right when I thought I was getting into a story I could enjoy, the author would embark on another marathon of info dump!! Periodically, throughout this book, she would stop all forward action to explain backstory for 30-40 more pages.

This is telling not showing and it KILLS a story. Karen Chance also introduced WAY t...more
Barks & Bites
Listening to this on the Ipod so I may spell character names and places incorrectly.

Cassie Palmer was raised by the vampire mafia but as she grew she realized they had murdered her parents in order to keep her all to themselves because she is a powerful clairvoyant. When the book begins she has escaped them and has been successfully hiding for 3 years or so. Because she is clairvoyant and also has two helpful ghosts hanging around she has managed to stay out of danger but her luck has run out. A...more
Tara
So if not for reassurances from trusted people, I would probably not pick up the next book. I mean after over 100 pages of world building there's finally some action and it ends very abruptly. That's not to say I didn't like it, it just means that at this point I could take it or leave it. In the end, I'm not sure about which characters will return, and I am again trapped in the head of only one character (first person narration), which as I've said before I find really frustrating.

And very muc...more
Peejay Who Once Was Minsma
I wish I could give 2-1/2 stars to this one. I sort of liked it, but meh, not enough to stand up and say, "I like it." The worldbuilding was quite intriguing--a modern day sybil trying to stay out of the clutches of the vampires, fey, werewolves, and war mages engaged in an otherworldly power struggle. I swore I'd never read another vampire book, but this premise drew me in. Ms. Chance's story "Buying Trouble" in the On the Prowl anthology was also charming, convincing me that she knew how to te...more
Miriam Mathew
Let's get straight to the core of this review: Touch The Dark= Pointless, dragged out and completely capable of sending someone to sleep every second paragraph.

I think everybody who have read my reviews before know that I am not the sort of person to unleash flames on a book, both literally and metaphorically. I generally like to think that I'm a nice person. You know, the type of person to give a particularly horrendous book an extra star for "effort". But I won't be giving this book an extra s...more
Kelly  Maybedog
Jun 07, 2012 Kelly Maybedog marked it as not-interested
I liked the idea of time travel and ghosts added to a standard UF world and Cassandra sounded like a strong heroine. But...

I'm on page 6 and already she's telling telling telling during what should be an action sequence where she's running for her life. Apparently she testified against the mafia and was in witness protection but she left it because she was attacked and she felt she could handle it on her own. She carries a gun in a specially made purse just in case although she's getting carele...more
Cynfully Sweet
freaking forget it....

what I didn't like-

-the wording of the weird visions/body take overs wasn't clear, and I found myself getting ridiculously confused trying to figure what was going on and to whom

-Too many characters (and none were particularly entertaining) were introduced out of nowhere, as seamingly main characters

-I hate when books have an over abundance of "name dropping". Sookie Stackhouse had the un-named Elvis which, great. Cat & Bones have Vlad the Impaler- also likeable. There'...more
Sandra
I had been warned about the info dump at the beginning of the book, so was initially surprised when I found myself amused and entertained by the beginning of the book. Then... it went on and on and I found my mind glazing over as I listened to fighting (bloody and gory) and running (frantic) interspersed with long and tedious explanations of all manner of arcane people and history and magical practices and rules. The first half of the book under my belt, I proceeded to part two and as the fighti...more
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