Thursday, May 3, 2007

Touch the Dark by Karen Chance

Cassandra Parker can see the future and communicate with spirits - talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. When the bloodsucking fiend 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 that he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay...

This book was really good. I mean, it surprised me with it's ability to hold my attention and keep me engaged. Karen Chance has created a likable character in Cassie, and her exploits definitely left me yearning for more. I appreciate a female character that can kick butt without being annoying, and Cassie will be one that I'll remember for awhile. But beyond the well thought out and organized world Chance has created, the characters around Cassie are also great ones. Tomas and an old friend (a male one that is oh, so fine) named Mircea are enough to keep all the girls interested. Yet beyond nice bodies, the male characters in this book are intelligent and just strong enough to give our heroine a run for her money. Wonderful! I was also really impressed with the way that Chance wrote erotic scenes that were just that - erotic. She wasn't overly explicit and didn't use stereotypical language about bulges and panting. Instead she wrote believable and arousing passages that deginitely left me excited about what would happen between her characters next. As a big Laurell K Hamilton and Charlaine Harris fan, I have come to expect a lot from newcomers to the paranormal romance field, and Chance pulls it off nicely and has me looking forward to the next book in this great series.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

It Begins....

I'll tell you right now, I don't know how updated this will be, but I have a goal. I'm going to try to use this blog to review the books I've read, and talk about the ones that I'm looking forward to coming out. I don't promise to be witty or unbiased. The only thing I'll say is that I'll try to be honest and open about why I love something or why I hate it. Eventually I hope to have a link to a list of all the books I own (that's a project that I started the summer after Senior year of high school), with the help of Unfortunately the format I had been cataloging all my books in does not translate over, and I'm going to have enter each book in again. Sucks to be me. So, in conclusion:
1) Don't count on the regularity of this. You'll just be disappointed.
2) I mostly read romance/paranormal/fantasy/horror or some kind of combination there of - if you don't like the books described by these genres don't bother reading what I write.
3) Even if this isn't updated as much as I would like it to be, I promise to try really hard. Really. I know something like this would help me when I'm looking for something new to read, and I want to help others (If you believe that my motives are just that altruistic you're too naive for what I'm going to be writing - leave now).