Dark Oracle (Oracle #1)
As a criminal profiler, Tara used science and her intuitive skill at Tarot card divination to track down the dangerous and depraved, including the serial killer who left her scarred from head to toe. Since that savage attack, Tara has been a recluse. But now an ancient secret society known as Delphi’s Daughters has a...more
Did not care for the romance at all - dull and occurred without development. Any drama that occurred or inner turmoil in the chara...more
This book suffers in compar...more
Using the Tarot Cards as a means for which Tara found clues was more engrossing then I first believed. I'm not quite a skeptic when it comes to such matters (tarot reading that is), but I thought it would subsume more of the story...more
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
Dr. Tara Sheridan was once a brilliant criminal profiler with the Special Projects Division of the FBI. That is until the day she was brutally attacked and buried alive by a sadistic killer known as the Gardener. It also appears as though she was left to die by her own partner who wanted her out of the way. Having escaped her entombment, she retired to the seclusion of her own piece of misery while wearing the Gardeners scars on her body and shutting ever...more
And it is! I love this book.
The mix of tarot and profiling is very well written and Williams sure knows her tarot too I can tell you. The story is suspenseful and compelling with rich and vivid descriptions and even though Williams uses various viewpoints this didn't distract me from the story as sometimes happens, but instead it felt right as it gave me extra insight in the story that made it co...more
Tarot, quantum physics, mines, botany, geology, divination, serial killers...if any of these interest you, purchasing Dark Oracle would be wise. A mix of The X-Files a...more
I don't think this author Laura Bickle/Alayna Williams' w...more
*Loved the premise both with the whole concept of Dark Matter, and with the Daughters of Delphi and oracles
*I loved the rocky relationship between Tara and Harry
What I didn't like:
*While interesting, the descriptions and interpretations of both the tarot and other methods of divination definitely bogged down the story
*For some reason I had thought this was more of a paranormal romance than an urban fantasy when I strted reading it, and thus was a bit disappointed with the resolution...more
DARK ORACLE is fast paced, filled with great characters, action, mystery, and science with a touch of romance on the side. The main character and storyteller is Tara who is a Oracle who gets her intuitions and predictions from her tarot cards. She uses her tarot cards throughout the story and everything is explained expertly to help bring you better understanding of the tarot so you aren't completely lost. Tara is also a retired Criminal profil...more
Broken and isolated in self-imposed exile, Tara Sheridan haunts her remote cabin in the back woods of Tennessee burdened by nightmares and loneliness. Once a renowned criminal profiler, an unfortunate stint under the thumb of a twisted serial killer left her with white striated scars that traverse both her body and her mind leaving her glowing career in shreds. Gifted with an affinity for Tarot card divination, Tara's cards once predicted the mind and path of the killers she s...more
I liked that Tara is a fighter; she's not brash or abrasive, but determined, focused and loyal. She's spent a few years hiding, licking her wounds from a previous trauma, but she's on her way to recovering and when she's called back into service, she comes--reluctantly, maybe, but she shows up...more
Tara is an oracle, as was her mother before her. But ever since her since losing her mom to cancer and watching her give into the disease without a fight and suffering some scars of her own, Tara has shut herself out from the world and the Delphi’s Daughters, of which he...more
Tara is the only woman to leave Delphi’s Daughters. Skilled in the art of cartomancy (using tarot cards to read the...more
What I liked about Tara is that she is very smart and intuitive. When she meets Harry Li, that's when the book picks up some steam. I also like that there is a mystery in this book. (Hey I like mystery in my books). Cassie's father has gone missing.
The chemistry between Harry Li and Tara is great as they learn to respect each other. It develops slowly and wond...more
First of all even though I was expecting dark and gritty the heroine of Dark Oracle still astonished me: she is a deeply scarred and tortured young woman for whom my heart went out for. She survived such unimaginable hor...more
Urban Fantasy-May 25th, 2010
Dark Oracle is an Urban Fantasy that reads like a hard broiled criminal novel with strong paranormal elements. I immediately was drawn to the vivid imagery created by the author and the gritty and intriguing main character.
Tara has retired from being a criminal profiler after her last case nearly killed her. Now living on the fringes in an isolated ice land she only wants to be left alone to lick her wounds. But her peace is soon d...more
Tara is kind of a wuss. She has strong moments, but most of the time she's a runner, not a fighter.
Harry is a very one-dimensional character. You don't really know anything about him aside from the fact that his parents died when he...more
Tara finds herself working closely...more
Dark Oracle is a mystery novel, interwoven with paranormal elements. In particular, foretelling the future. The heroine is an oracle, and in the past she used her skill with the tarot cards to solve cases. At the beginning of the story, Tara has retired from a life of fighting crime for very personal reasons. She's scarred physically and emotionally. Worse, she's lost her mother, and severed her connection with the Daughters of Delphi, t...more
Tara was a great character, she wasn't the total kick-butt heroine we usually see, but she still kicks some butt in the end of course. There was an event in the past that left her scarred, literally and it damaged her, physically and mentally and she has had to cope with it on her own for a long time. She disengaged h...more
Beware of spoilers
I love urban fantasies, but after some time, there are certain elements that become familiar and routine. Alayna Williams has for me, done something different – created a world, and a character that is as fiercely based in the human world as she is in the supernatural parts of it – Tara, the main character is a criminal profiler, an every day job in comparison to the vampires, witches, warlocks and assorted supernatural beings t...more
A great start to what promises to be a wonderful series! I enjoyed this book immensely. =^-^=
There’s no question that I love Tara. She’s a perfect heroine in that she’s strong, independent, and has real fears and character flaws that you get to see her overcome as the story unfolds. I couldn’t help but sympathize with her regarding her feelings towards Delphi’s Daughters and her history with The Gardner. It amazed me to learn what she had gone thro...more
If you fancy reading a cross between Silence of The Lambs and Dean Koontz, this book is for you.
I was pleasantly surprised by Alayna WIlliams when instead of typical urban fantasy I've stumbled onto a gripping psychological thriller. I will have to hunt down the author's other books written under the pen name Laura Bickle and read them as well.
Tara is a psychic whose powers work through Taro, she belongs to a secret society Delphi's Daughters - prophets and sorceresses, and she is an ex-F...more