- Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 106mm x 168mm x 24mm | 159g
- Publication date: 3 February 2007
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0451460936
- ISBN 13: 9780451460936
- Sales rank: 8,412
Can you ever really trust a vampire? Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits - talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren't usually dangerous; they just like to talk...a lot. The undead are another matter. Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But, when the bloodsucking mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she's forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection. The undead senators won't help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire - and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay...
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Karen Chance is from Orlando Florida, Touch the Dark is her first novel.
By Maryam H 05 Jan 2014
I'm just going to dive straight in and say this book was pretty much average for me, if that.
The biggest problem I had that prevented me from really loving this book, was that it was incredibly long winded at times. It was the kind of read where, whenever something had to be explained in detail, it was a chore to read. It happened quite a few times too, so it was definitely something that really put me off. I was mostly frustrated because most of it, in my opinion, was completely unnecessary - I could have figured it out on my own.
The only other thing that bothered me was the romance aspect to the book. It was creepy. I was fine with it until Mircea started bringing up his memories of Cassandra when she was twelve. I can't even tell you how much it put me off.
Aside from that, I liked the book. It just wasn't something I would pick up again - everything else was pretty much average. The characters were okay, apart from Tomas, I don't know what happened there. The plot wasn't original but still mediocre and the writing was alright aside from the aforementioned long windedness.
Overall, it was nothing to add to my favourites list and I don't really recommend it, but it was okay.
By Amanda-Lee (StoryWings) 28 Apr 2010
I'm still unsure about this book.
Touch the Dark was interesting; it had some intriguing twists and turns. But it's not a pull-you-in-and-not-let-go-until-you-finish type of book. If I had something better to do, I would do it.
Cassie is a good character, just good. She can communicate with ghosts and see people's pasts. Which would usually make me squirm in anticipation and possibly drool, but Cassie as a person is a little boring, a whinger and slightly stupid. Not in a learn your lesson the first time type stupid. Cassie as a character without her powers over-shadows the entire book.
The storyline is a pretty good one, one in which I would like to see unfold. It follows Cassie's journey from her secretive life in hiding from Tony, the mob boss master vampire who has been after her ever since she ran away from his house.
In running she gets caught up with Thomas, her supposedly homeless roommate, who also turns out to be a master vampire. He takes her to the senate of the paranormal world.
One thing that I absolutely love about Touch the Dark is the fact that it's not just vampires in this, we get weres of every kind, mages, witches, fairies, ghosts and more. Although Touch the Dark is centred around vampires, there is obvious potential to explore the other species as we continue on in the series.
The scenes in which Cassie was pulled back in time were interesting, but a little repetitive; I liked how Chance used the figures from history to help portray her characters. Jean-Paul was an over-bearing but interesting character; he was supposedly the infamous man in the silk mask. Then there was also Dracula's brother Mircea who must've survived his fate brought to him in the Dracula books.
Mircea started out as an interesting and likeable character, but then he also became over-bearing and quite annoying with his constant demands.
Touch the Dark has a very interesting concept, and I will continue the series, but it's not anything special. Hopefully, now that we have laid the ground work for the world the series will pick up.
find this review at storywings.blogspot.com
"A wonderfully entertaining romp with an engaging heroine. Here's hoping there's a sequel in the works!"--Kelley Armstrong, "USA Today" Bestselling Author of "Haunted""A grab-you-by-the-throat-and-suck-you-in sort of book. A tough, smart heroine and sexy-scary vampires....I loved it."--Patricia Briggs, National Bestselling Author of "Moon Called""Karen Chance will enthrall you with her world of vampires, mages, and a fair maiden tough enough to kick their butts."--"USA Today" Bestselling Author Rebecca York