Touch the Dark

Cassandra Palmer, Book #1

By Karen Chance

ISBN# 9780451460936

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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

touch-the-dark-cassandra-palmer-karen-chanceCassandra Palmer has been living on the run.  She’s a clairvoyant that can see the future (and sometimes the past) and can communicate with spirits.  She grew up in mafia style vampire, Tony’s, home after he had her parents killed.  She’s escaped a couple of times and is hiding out from him now.  That is until she gets a warning of sorts on her work computer, her obituary shows up as her computer’s wallpaper.  And it lists that evening as her time of death.

“I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the obituary. The fact that it had my name on it was sort of a clue.”

So, she does what any sane person would do –runs!  But first she stops off at her roommate’s work to tell him.  However, they get ambushed there by a bunch of vampires.  Cassie is taken to the Vampire Senate who puts her under their protection.  There is a war brewing among the magical users of the area and they all want Cassie for their own!  Cassie just wants her freedom and she doesn’t know who to trust.  But thankfully there are a few familiar faces at the Senate, Rafe and the always sexy master vampire, Mircea, both of which she grew up around in Tony’s home.  She relies on them for her protection, but soon finds out that it could come at a great cost to her.

I’ve actually read some of the books at the end of this series and decided to actually try the first book in the series.  I found a lot of this novel to be hard to follow.  There was just so much going on and so many players that it really was quite confusing.  I’m never much for vampire politics in my paranormal reads and unfortunately that’s mostly what this book was.

The book did start getting much more interesting toward the end, when I finally started understanding what was going on.  It was also when things started getting steamy with a certain male as well.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed with this book, but hopefully the next installment will be better.  I’m sure this will not be my last foray into the Cassandra Palmer series.