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To Touch The Sun

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  21 reviews
To Touch The Sun is the debut novel by author Laura Enright.

1916: France, The Great War.

Narain Khan was 25 when he left his native India to fight in the trenches of the Western Front during WWI. It was his hope that he could stay on after the war to pursue his dream of studying the culinary arts and becoming a world class chef.

Instead, he fell to shrapnel amidst the carna
Paperback, 1, 207 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Dagda Publishing (first published February 24th 2014)
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Jd Atkin
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Anyone who likes to get their fangs into a good vampire story will fall in love with this book.

To Touch The Sun puts a fresh spin on the old ‘immortal living in a mortal’s world’ tale and weaves a well constructed collection of characters together in a truly enjoyable way. Narain, our protagonist, is instantly likeable and his sense of good natured humour contrasts nicely with dark reality of ‘living’ with vampirism.

If you enjoy an extra pinch of science, a dash of dastardly deeds and a good do
Kimi Small
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
"It is appropriate to concede that there is indeed a category of fiction that dedicates itself to the myth and romance of vampires."

"The novel’s characters were perfectly likeable, with the exception of one darling, who Enright constructed in a frame of appropriate understanding–a lovely surprise at the simplest character being the most redemptive for the book."

"With characters that made me smile... Enright has ventured into interesting territory, offering readers a bit of science to complement
Lorraine Sears
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review on behalf of Bex'n'Books

To Touch the Sun is a gripping tale that steps away from the romanticism of being a vampire, and makes you think twice about what it is to have an immortal existence thrust upon you, whether you want it not. In a refreshing new approach to the vampire genre we meet three vampires, all turned during the bloody battles of the World War, and how, having each followed a very different path, they’re suddenly
J.S. Collyer
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Enright has put her own intriguing spin on the origin of vampires, which I won’t spell out as it’s more fun to read in the book, but suffice to say it was a great plot-driver as well as motivation-driver for the characters.

Story-wise, it did not disappoint. It’s pulse-quickening action v. thoughtful characterisation v. angst & introspection. It has a charismatic nemesis, powerful threat elements and tension. It was very vivid and excitingly paced. If you’re after something fun and original
Melanie Adkins
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Narain Khan was a simple man with a dream. He wanted to be a chef. He knew in order to reach that goal, he'd have to leave India. Narain signed up to join the war. His family didn't want him to go, but it would be a step toward his goal. Narain didn't know how drastically his life would change.
Now at 90 years of age, he still looked 30. Of course being a vampire had it's advantages. A world renown chef, Narain owned his own restaurant and could create new recipes whenever he chose. If only li
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review LoP (Lovers of Paranormal).

This story was a different take on vampires and their origin. Narain was a complex and interesting character in the sense that he has so much guilt about what he is and has done it makes him seem more human than any of the other vampires. The other characters have a lot of personality, which was interesting as well.

This is a well written, emotional, feel-good vampire story. If that is even possible! It makes a pers
Lori Horbas
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Laura Enright has written a a well crafted story with a whole new approach to
vampires in the book To Touch the Sun. It is engaging and very well written.
The story has the perfect balance of romance and intrigue.
I highly recommend it to anyone who loves vampire novels
or to anyone who would just like to read a great story!
Barbara Mccreary
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked the personalities that the author gave each character. The way the book is written, I could easily imagine what each character and their surroundings looked like. This was a very good book.
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it

I love a good vampire story as much as the next guy. In fact, they are one of my favorite sub genres-spanning the gauntlet from horror, to dark fantasy, to romance even. Whether it be films such as Blade, Underworld, Interview With The Vampire, or even Bram Stoker's Dracula-I find them all fascinating and wildly entertaining.
In literature, I have read many short stories featuring vampires. Recently, I have even started to dabble in the Stephen King graphic novels American Vampire. As far as full
Scott McGillick
Jul 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
I'm not sure where all these positive reviews are coming from, but they are certainly not doing this author any favors. To Touch the Sun is an extremely overwritten piece of genre fiction-- dense storytelling where most things are told rather than shown. Though the book is under 200 pages, it feels like 400. It leaves the reader with the impression of something that was never professionally edited. It doesn't help that the typeface is so small that reading it becomes a merciless chore.

The idea o
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I admit it. I read a lot of vampire books. Some are bleh and some are great. To Touch the Sun is one of the great ones. I was privileged to read an advanced reading copy and now am dreading having to wait for the next book in the series to come out because it will take much too long!

Nahrain is a wonderfully complex character. You immediately fall a little in love with him and the life he leads. This is not a sappy love story nor is it a horror filled angst ridden tomb, but rather a perfect blen
Kelly Smith Reviews
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Laura Enright's novel To Touch The Sun (published by Dagda Publishing), she revisits some old vampire lore: how they were made in WWII (some people have said that before) and how some vamps just want to be human.

Narain left India to become a chef, getting to America by becoming a soldier. But when he's left to die in No Man's Land, he's turned into a vampire but had some differences: he's not feral and can move about in society. He can also drink blood without turning the host.
When his belove
Bex 'n' Books
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A review by Lorry for Bex 'n' Books
Disclosure: This ebook was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review.

A gripping tale that steps away from the romanticism of being a vampire, and makes you think twice about what it is to have an immortal existence thrust upon you, whether you like it not. In a refreshing new approach to the vampire genre we meet three vampires, all turned during the bloody battles of the World War, and how for each of them, having fo
Tony Riches
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’m not usually a fan of vampire novels, so they have to be a bit different to hold my attention. To Touch The Sun, by Laura Enright was different. I liked the linking back to the horrors of the First World War – and the pseudo-science I was almost starting to believe.

Adding a clever twist to all the popular vampire legends, Laura shows how even a well-worn genre can still carry a good story. I did find myself wondering how a vampire could become a successful chef without ever seeing the sun – o
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review: Lovers of paranormal.

If you are interested in a vampire story that does not contain the run-of-the-mill, all powerful, indestructible, hopelessly immortal creature that vampires are normally cast as, then To Touch The Sun is for you. The unique way in which the author used science to approach vampirism as a condition adding in possibly logical explanations was one of the major selling points of this story.

The author took her tim
S.K. Gregory
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A tale of vampires and the price of immortality. Narain works as a chef in Chicago. His partner Sophie has died and he is dealing with the loss. He was made into a vampire during WWI along with his captain Jameson. They have different viewpoints on being a vampire and Narain finds himself dragged back in as he faces against monsters and his own inner demons. I thought this was a different look at vampires, so glad they're not boring love interests. There is quite a bit of backstory but I thought ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book with the military history integral to the story. History has never been my favorite subject. I was pleasantly surprised that the characters won me over. Without giving too much away, I had to stop reading the last part of the book on the train to work when tears threatened to spill. That's how attached I became to the characters. I've read many supernatural books over the years. Not to mention all the movies and tv shows I've seen. Laura has found a fresh ...more
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I admit I haven't read very many vampire-themed books. Really not much else except Bram Stoker and Anne Rice. So I'm not really an expert in the field, but I have to say, I loved this book. I do love books with a lot of characters and character development. For me, the "vampirism" explanation was original. Maybe if I read more, it may not seem so, but I liked the twist. And these characters...someone's review mentioned that she felt it set up for a sequel. Well, I HOPE so, because I'm caught up ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
`To Touch the Sun' written by Laura Enright is start a new series of novels about vampires. Therefore all `Twilight' fans beware; this novel was created in inventive and skillful way that additionally offers lot of exciting adventures. Or as one of fellow colleagues said, it's all about vampires wrapped in story full of suspense.

Because of that, and given that book delivers good story and few twists and turns, I can recommend it to all the readers interested in vampires.
Bob Milne
May 05, 2014 added it
Shelves: vampires, dnf
This one had definite potential with its more rational, scientific approach to vampires, but the execution was somewhat lacking for me. I just found the writing to be very heavy, very dense, as if she were trying too hard to force the narrative. The characters were interesting, and seemed to have some real depth, but the physical action often felt awkward.
Andy Martello
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cool book. Great work!
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I am the author of To Touch the Sun, and Ujaali books 1 and 2 in my Chicago Vampire Series published by Dagda Publishing and available through Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. I'm also the author of "Chicago's Most Wanted™ The Top 10 Book of Murderous Mobsters, Midway Monsters, and Windy City Oddities" and "Vampires' Most Wanted The Top 10 Book of Bloodthirsty Biters, Stake-wielding Slayers ...more