Cassandra Palmer was raised by vampires and can see ghosts. She also happens to be clairvoyant. Cassandra knows little about who her real parents are,Cassandra Palmer was raised by vampires and can see ghosts. She also happens to be clairvoyant. Cassandra knows little about who her real parents are, but when she was fourteen she had a vision about how her parents died. It turns out the powerful master vampire who raised her had them killed when she was little. When Cassie learned the truth she ran away and went into hiding.
At the beginning of Touch the Dark, we learn Cassie has been on the run for ten years.
Just when twenty-four-year-old Cassie is starting to feel settled she discovers Tony's henchmen are close by, forcing her to skip town. Before leaving she decides to warn her roommate Tomas to not go back to their apartment for a couple of days.
After finding Tomas, Cassie and Tomas are attacked by four very scary master vampires. During the attack Cassie learns there is much she didn't know about Tomas. Anyway, this all goes down in the first few chapters.
I like Cassie. She's one of few urban fantasy protagonists that doesn't tick me off. She's no Kate Daniels but she's still awesome. And I appreciate her sense of humor.
This is a total chick novel (btw, there are a few sexual scenes but it's not harlequin romance novel bad, just regular adult fiction type bad and can easily be skipped) but with a fun fantasy/adventure twist. ...more
This book is about a 14 year-old girl named Susie Salmon who is raped and murdered during the first chapter of this book. She spends the rest of the bThis book is about a 14 year-old girl named Susie Salmon who is raped and murdered during the first chapter of this book. She spends the rest of the book in her version of heaven, watching the family and friends she left behind. She even checks in on the man who raped and murdered her.
As with most novels that deal with a tragedy, the family struggles to stick together. Of course there is the whole cliche of a mother who freaks out and has an affair and eventually runs away. The other kids in the family seem to resent their dead sister because they feel they will always be overshadowed and defined by her tragic death.
I've noticed that people either really love or really hate this book. I don't hate or love this book (that's why I gave it 2 stars). It's an interesting story that could have been REALLY good but it seems to me that Alice Sebold didn't seem to know where she was going with the storyline so she took it in several different directions (most of which didn't seem to pan out or were just plain weird), until she got bored and gave up.
Anyway, I didn't hate this book because I can see that Alice Sebold was trying to convey an important and beautiful message. It is a shame that she wasn't able to do so. Or rather, she did but she had so much going on that it was quite easy to overlook the purpose of the whole story. This book could have been 200 pages shorter, at least.