After reading Magic Bites, I really found myself puzzled on what rating to give this book. After muchOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
After reading Magic Bites, I really found myself puzzled on what rating to give this book. After much deliberation, I decided on a rating of 4/5 stars.
Though the book is very fast paced, the beginning was quite a bore-fest. That being said, there is light at the end of the tunnel so don't you dare give up hope! As soon as you get to around page 40, the action begins and pretty much never ends. You are thrown into one action packed scene to the next with very little break in between.
The presumed love interest, Curran, shows up on page 53 with quite an introduction that leaves you begging for more. I'm not ashamed to say, I searched his name on my ebook to see how many more pages until we would once again be graced us with his presence. That is not to say that I wasn't interested in the scenes without him, the guy is too sexy for his own good (I have been enchanted under his spell).
When I got to the last page, I was truly sad to find the book had ended, and then I realized book two (Magic Burns) was in my grasp and the world was all good again.
It kills me to give this book 3.5/5 stars but I have to be honest with myself.
The three stars don’t mean I didn’t enjoy the book. Cassie is the type of heroine I really like: sassy, brave and goodhearted. I really found myself connecting with Cassie and wanting to see her connect all the dots in her life and figure out who she really is.
So why did I give it 3.5/5 stars? Easy, I have three main pet-peeves when it comes to books and “Touch the Dark” hit them all unfortunately.
1. Too many details!:
My biggest issue with the book was the excessive descriptive paragraphs. I have never been a huge fan of authors being too detailed. It seemed that every time Cassie walked into a room she had to comment on what everyone was wearing. I found myself thinking, ‘Did they change their clothes in such a short period of time?’ This was even more apparent when it came to poor Louis-César. This poor guy couldn’t get a break. Cassie made sure to let the reader knew that his buttercup yellow satin and tight pants assemble were a crime against fashion.
I hate history. I always approach history the same way, ‘This is placed in the book to help me understand the world better not to torture me.’ Though I am glad Ms. Chance told the history through dialogue and not ‘thinking time’ for the heroine, the dialogue became to excessive (forming lengthy paragraphs). The one-way ticket to zone-fest, for me, happens when authors put too much history all clumped together. I see huge paragraphs full of history and I freak out. Hence, why I connect history with torture.
I can mention one scene in particular that really made me think, ‘How is this happening right now? How did we get here?’ That particular scene happens at the end of this book when a certain guy randomly starts taking his clothes off to get down a dirty with our dear Cassie. Not that I’m complaining, it was very hot.
I also felt that conversations would go off in crazy directions I never foresaw until it was too late. For instance, (view spoiler)[ Cassie and her crew would start by talking about her visions but end up discussing how Prikin thought she was a ‘freak of nature.’ This resulted in Louis-César having to step in and redirect the conversation more than a few times. Honestly, what would we do without Louis-César? The poor guy may have terrible fashion sense, but he keeps everyone on track. (hide spoiler)]
Though I had trouble with book, I would still recommend it to anyone looking for a very action packed novel. Oh, and the guys in the books aren't so bad either. They have no problem bring the heat what-so-ever. ...more
I give Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston 4/5 stars for having some of the best dialogue I have reaOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
I give Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston 4/5 stars for having some of the best dialogue I have read so far.
Pack Challenge is definitely an alpha book for sure; male alphas, female alphas...it was definitely alpha galore!
Pack Challenge review:
Sara Morrighan doesn’t live an easy life. Orphaned by her parents at an early age, Sarah was sentenced to live with her insane, paranoid, gun-wielding grandmother. If only that was the worst of Sara’s problems. Having barely survived the animal attack that took her father’s life, Sara must wear the scars across one-side of her face and leg, which bring her enormous pain and a none to flattering limp. Though, there is a bright-light or two in Sara’s life; her two crazy best friends, Miki and Angelina, who would do just about anything to protect her. However, when the Pride comes to Texas looking for retribution for the crimes Sara’s parents committed against them, Sara will need more than her friends to help her. The help Sara needs, unbenounced to her, is in the shape of Zacharias Sheridan, or just Zach for short.
Zach Sheridan is ready to be pack leader. He has the strength, motivation, capabilities, and the permission of the pack alpha when he steps down. The only problem is that the current alpha female is bent on keeping her position and power no matter what. For that reason, Zach finds himself in the small nowhere town located in Texas. His explanation for being there is the beautiful, insane girl he just can’t keep out of his thoughts. Of course this is a terrible thing since Zach had ridden off the idea of family.
I think I’ll leave to Zach to further explain his exact feelings on the topic:
“He decided he wanted to be Alpha Male . . . He didn’t want kids. He’d be more than happy to let the other Pack mates breed and then raise their little whelps to take over when he was too old or tired to hold the leash. But every wolf female he’d met wanted to breed their mate’s kid. So, Zach had decided, any mate he chose would be fixed.”
Yes. I would recommend Pack Challenge for any reader looking for a good shape-shifter book.
I seem to be in a great debate with the rating I give for novels I read lately. I blame it on becoming such an analytical reader now. Having said that, the only reason Pack Challenge received a 4 star rating from is is solely on the crude language used multiple times throughout the entire novel. I am in no way an innocent reader. Profanity and crude sexual terms don’t faze me at all. On the other hand, in Pack Challenge, I think it just became too much and started to rub me the wrong way after a while. I understand that these are how the characters speak, which is perfectly okay, but for some scenes I felt it was overwhelming; mainly the sex scenes....more
Barrons is so mysterious. I know absolutely nothing about him and it makes me want to keep reading. Good beginning of a series. I'm glad I can now staBarrons is so mysterious. I know absolutely nothing about him and it makes me want to keep reading. Good beginning of a series. I'm glad I can now start the next book. ...more
This book was utterly amazing. A total 360 degrees from the last novel. I give "Claimed By Shadow" byOriginal review posted on: heathersworldofbooks
This book was utterly amazing. A total 360 degrees from the last novel. I give "Claimed By Shadow" by Karen Chance a 5/5 stars.
Reservations on "Touch the Dark":
I need to start out by explaining that I truly struggled with the first book, "Touch the Dark." I found the novel to be heavily descriptive and very confusing at times. I also felt that, though there was action, the majority of the book took place in a living room setting (where the characters proceeded to shove history down our throats). If you read my first review of "Touch the Dark," you will know that there is nothing more annoying then having to read through lenghtly paragraphs of pure history. It was torture.
Glad I read "Claimed By Shadow":
Having said that, I feel no such way about "Claimed By Shadow." Since the second I picked up this book, I haven’t been unable to put it down. I was completely shocked by how different this novel turned out. "Claimed By Shadow" surely doesn’t suffer from the short comings of its processor (mostly the drawn out descriptions and nonexistent dialogue).
In "Touch the Dark," I balk of the story was told through Cassie (only giving her feelings on the majority of revelations). Furthermore, this left me feeling a great connection with Cassie but unable to really bond with the other marvelous cast of characters. Since there was more dialogue featured in "Claimed By Shadow," I found myself not only strengthening my connection with Cassie her whole group as well. (view spoiler)[ This connection was not always appealing since there was a death in this novel, which made me extremely sad. (hide spoiler)]
When I was first looking into this book, I came across a few other reviews that basically labeled Cassie as a sex-manic. From this description, I must have missed something. When exactly did the whole sex-manic come?
Early on in the novel, you do find out that Cassie has had a geis cast on her. What the geis , in this case, binds Cassie together with a certain man. I won’t say who the man is or if the geis is resolved or not but I can add that Cassie isn't too happy about it. So what does a woman do when she finds herself bound to a man without her consent? She rebels. Not a sex-manic rebellion though.
I’m still now seeing it.
As I said throughout the review, "Claimed By Shadow" more than compensates for the first novel. If you are on the fence as to if you should continue on with Cassie’s story, I can honestly say, DO IT. There will be no disappointments in this book. ...more
I just couldn't get into this series so I had to stop. I didn't care for the main character or her love interest. I actually found myself more curiousI just couldn't get into this series so I had to stop. I didn't care for the main character or her love interest. I actually found myself more curious about their ancestors. Maybe one day I will come back to this series. ...more