4.5/5 stars. *singing* Attttaccccccckkkk of the killer tomatoes! How can I resist starting this review without that lovely song? I can’t say I’ve ever...more4.5/5 stars. *singing* Attttaccccccckkkk of the killer tomatoes! How can I resist starting this review without that lovely song? I can’t say I’ve ever read a book with so much tomato-hate. Genetically mutated tomatoes have caused much havoc to the human world in the Rachel Morgan universe, and that sets up an interesting world where humans live with pixies, witches, vampires, and other creatures of the night.
After I finished the book, I read a lot of reviews on amazon where people strongly disliked the book. I, happily, am not going to be one of those people. I believe that I am going to grow to really enjoy this series. It features some of my favorite urban fantasy elements – strong female, snarky humor, characters that are enigmas where you can’t tell if they’re really good or bad, and good sexual tension. I also felt like it was an original storyline with the various things that happened to Rachel throughout the story. I certainly couldn’t have seen the mink/rat scenes coming! There was a fair amount of world-building that took place in the novel, but I didn’t feel overly intimated with learning character names and places the way I feel in some series. I do admit, however, that I re-read the first couple chapters after making it about 40 pages into the book to reacquaint myself with everything that had happened.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Ivy and Rachel in the book. It was interesting to try to determine whether Ivy had ulterior motives for quitting her job and moving in with Rachel. I wonder if I will learn more about that as I read future books in the series. I also really enjoyed the character of Trent. He was intriguing because he was a bit of a puzzle and Rachel had a love/hate thing going on with him during the novel. I like complicated characters in my books.
I listened to parts of this book in audiobook form and read sections of it on my free kindle download as well. The narrator on the audiobook had some strange voices for some of the characters, but I grew to really like them after a while. As an example: Jenks, the pixie, sounds a bit like a stereotypical 1920s gangster with a pixie edge. A little weird, but fun to listen to :) Ivy, Rachel’s vampire seducing roommate, had a very breathy/husky voice in the audiobook. At first I was a bit annoyed by that, but I grew to think that the voice fit her character’s personality fairly well.
So, you may wonder why I’m giving this book 4.5 stars instead of an outright 5? The answer for me lies in the action and sexual tension. I felt there could have been more of both in the story, but I definitely see hints of good action and sexual tension to come in the series. So, I am excited about that. (less)
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...moreSo... 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 becoming male in an alternate time period and learning tricks of the trade from French prostitutes.
- Vampires apparently don't need to break skin to suck your blood. Umm. I'm still weirded out by that one ;)
- Cassie Palmer was claimed at 11 years old. A little icky that. Good thing that wasn't acted on. SQUICKY!
Finally, I learned that I must be getting old. Hehehehe. Okay, I'm only 34 at the time of reading this, but I felt like the author had ADHD at times with her jumping between action scenes with little or no segue. It left me feeling disjointed and confused. My poor brain trying to keep up... EEK! However, I see after reading some other reviews -- I am not alone in my assessment. I guess maybe I'm not that old afterall. ;)(less)
This was a very fun read. I didn't know the plot going in - I just took a recommendation from someone. It was a unique story and was really refreshing...moreThis was a very fun read. I didn't know the plot going in - I just took a recommendation from someone. It was a unique story and was really refreshing.
The heroine in this chick-lit is immune to magic. Everyone in her company does magic and her non-magic advances her up the corporate ladder.
Definitely unique. I look forward to the rest of the series!(less)
There were lots of great things about this book: - a flirtatious swirling creature named after cereal that keeps you regular - a sexy lion who will feed...moreThere were lots of great things about this book: - a flirtatious swirling creature named after cereal that keeps you regular - a sexy lion who will feed you soup - a very snarky heroine - sex education lectures on how sperm carries magical powers
So, why am I only giving it 4 stars? I felt it needed more. More soup feeding! More snark! More Kate vs. Curran ;) I want her to lift more than weights with him. I need battles! MORE MORE MORE! Feed my need for sexual tension.
I knew it was going to be a different sort of book when the first couple pages talked about a haunted shoe. I can’t say that I have ever read a book w...moreI knew it was going to be a different sort of book when the first couple pages talked about a haunted shoe. I can’t say that I have ever read a book with haunted clothing before. One of the things I appreciate in the over-crowded world of urban fantasy is when an author makes an attempt to build a world with interesting and unique creatures. If the only thing you read about is vampires, that can be very boring. I liked Richelle Mead’s world building in this book with elementals, water spirits, gentry, creatures that cause immense depression, “pet” foxes, etc. Good stuff.
The charming character of Dorian was definitely an enigma. I loved how he both preyed on the heroine, Eugenie, and yet also tenderly cared for her. I appreciated that he had wisdom that some of the other characters, including Kiyo, didn’t seem to show. I think he was a very calculating character, thinking through things carefully with his brain instead of merely with his pants. I found it a little puzzling that Dorian was described to have both infinite patience and be subject to extreme bouts of boredom within a few pages of each other.
I suppose a lot of Dorian’s appeal to me also rested in the fish-out-of-water plotlines he provided. I loved him chewing on a milky way while drinking wine, poking at the plastic slinky because he didn’t know what it was, and being obsessed with credit cards. I loved him wanting Eugenie to take him to bars: “Take me to one of those places where human women wear revealing clothing and quickly lose their virtue through alcohol.”
Dorian really did have some of the best lines in the book. When asked about whether her magic had progressed enough, I loved his sarcastic reply to Eugenie: “You found the water. Now, you have to do something with it. Your enemies won’t be impressed when you inform them there’s a lake just over the hill.” While reading, I thought that Eugenie’s ability to sense water would certainly come in handy in the desert if she lost her camel, but I wasn’t sure what else it would be good for. Does Eugenie even have a camel? Hmmm… Another favorite line of mine, when Dorian was painting one of his armored warriors and was questioned why he painted a bow on the warrior: “It matches the chaise. I had to add it, otherwise you would have clashed.”
I became disenchanted with the character of Kiyo as the book progressed. Originally, when his character was introduced, I was very attracted to the idea of him. However, as the author revealed more about his character and his past, he lost a lot of his glamour. I don’t dislike Kiyo, though, and I do think that having him around will keep intrigue with the love triangle in future books.
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I particularly enjoyed the submission banter and game between Dorian and Eugenie. Power was an underlying theme throughout their relationship and I thrived on it. Eugenie summed it up well by saying he was an enemy she had come to crave. Very interesting indeed. I loved how Dorian wouldn’t let Eugenie have her way in the end and made her tell him exactly what she wanted. The fact that Eugenie had to say PLEASE was very exhausting as a reader, yet very satisfying in the end. :) :) :) I am dying to know when Eugenie will bother to share her Dorian-sexcapades with Kiyo.
The most frustrating part of the entire novel for me was waiting for Eugenie to call the water to put out the fire surrounding Dorian. I wanted to grind my teeth waiting for her to actually use her noggin to realize she could use her magic to fix the situation. There was a lot of relief in her pulling the water out of her foe fairy king. *whew*
True, I will concede that the overall plot to this particular entry wasn’t *that* unique to other urban fantasy I’ve read (outcast female heir who doesn’t quite fit the fae world and everybody wants to bed or impregnate… Meredith Gentry… Mona Lisa… Fever series… etc.), but I really did like the book none-the-less because it was still able to remain its own entity apart from the others.(less)
I absolutely *LOVED* this book. It reminded me in tone and character development of a hybrid of two of my favorite book series -- The Fever Series by...moreI absolutely *LOVED* this book. It reminded me in tone and character development of a hybrid of two of my favorite book series -- The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
It was so good to have an exciting dystopian fantasy style setting again. I love that type of backdrop, and the heroine had quite a crazy setup from the opening chapter to the end of the book. Happily, there were lots of enigmatic characters throughout the story. I love complex characters in my book, difficult to see who is really good and who is really bad. Valek was akin to Barrons of the Fever series in a lot of personality characteristics. I also appreciated how Yelena was such a strong heroine in the book.
On the downside, it is a young adult book, so there was some obvious foreshadowing. Even with it being young adult, the book still held plenty of intrigue and mystery for me as an adult. So, don't let the fact that it is from the young-adult genre stop you from reading it.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes an exciting story with a dystopian backdrop. I will be continuing on with the series immediately. I'm glad I picked up the set of books on my kindle :)
"And knowing now about my power only added yet another way I could die. If Valek discovered my magic, I was dead. If I didn't find a way to go to Sitia, I was dead. If someone poisoned the Commander's food, I was dead. If Brazell built his factory and sought revenge, I was dead. Dead, dead, dead and dead. Death by Butterfly's Dust was beginning to look attractive. If was the only scenario where I would get to choose when, where and how I died."
"I shouldn't admire and respect him; I should vilify him. Shouldn't, should, shouldn't should. So easy to say but so hard to believe."(less)
Ask and you shall receive. It's like the authors read my wishlist from my MAGIC BURNS goodreads review and fed everything I wanted into book 3 in this...moreAsk and you shall receive. It's like the authors read my wishlist from my MAGIC BURNS goodreads review and fed everything I wanted into book 3 in this series. :)
Gotta love Curran. Yummy. I will likely read the anthology MUST LOVE HELLHOUNDS and I look forward to book 4 out in 2010.(less)
I wasn't completely shocked at how it all ended. I won't write any spoilers, but I think that the movie 6 kind of spoiled book 7. If I hadn't seen it,...moreI wasn't completely shocked at how it all ended. I won't write any spoilers, but I think that the movie 6 kind of spoiled book 7. If I hadn't seen it, I think I would have been more surprised at some of the twists in this book.(less)