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Embrace the Night by Karen Chance
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Jul 28, 2013

really liked it
bookshelves: cassie-palmer, urban-fantasy
Read from May 29 to 30, 2011 , read count: 1

Wow. I think I have whiplash after this one. This time-travel thing has officially tipped the scales onto the side of too-much-for-my-brain. In fact, a few things moved into the realm of too-much for me in this book. But I have to say, I liked it anyway.

When the story begins, Cassie is training with Pritkin, trying to learn how to better protect herself from her growing pool of enemies. But her number one priority is finding the Codex of Merlin, which may have a counterspell to the geis affecting her and Mircea.

The most interesting thing in this book, for me, was the development of the relationship between Cassie and Pritkin. They grow closer; they move apart; she trusts him; she loses that trust; and it all comes full circle again. I think this is the guy that is becoming my front-runner for Cassie's HEA. But I have to say that his backstory is completely over the top. I can't decide which is worse: what he is supposed to be or who he is supposed to be. Both seem utterly out of left-field.

The only thing more distressing, is the issue of paradoxes brought on by Cassie's constant trips to the past. For instance, WHY does the Mircea of "two weeks ago" not recognize Cassie of the present day from her visits to him back in the 1700s? And beyond that, I found that keeping straight the events surrounding the time period of book one, was just too confusing. And I only read that book two days ago. I can only imagine what a din of confusion it would create for someone who read it months or years before.

And nothing was as over-the-top as Cassie's last idea on how to break the geis. I swear, if that threesome would have happened, I might have had to give up on the series.

But... Even with all this, I still liked it in a guilty pleasure sort of way. The love scenes were very, very hot. And I love Pritkin, even if he has some questionable parentage. God only knows what will happen next in the series. I guess the only way to find out is to keep reading. 4 stars.
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Reading Progress

05/30/2011 page 185
46.0% "Pritkin. Pritkin. Pritkin!!!"
05/30/2011 page 200
50.0% "Pritkin's a half-WHAT? Bullshit." 4 comments
05/30/2011 page 260
65.0% "Annnd, we're back to time travel paradoxes." 1 comment
05/30/2011 page 380
95.0% "A Mircea sandwich? Seriously?"

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