Touch the Dark by Karen Chance
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I liked this book enough to finish it, but it took me a while to read because I put it down a lot without feeling compelled to pick it back up. The main character Cassie goes on the run from a slew of vampires on the first page, and the action never stops after that which got very tiring after a while. Cassie has a long history with vampires having been raised by them, and it was nice how she accepted them and didn't question their ways. They were ruthless killers, and she knew that, and she knew she couldn't change them. While Cassie had this long history with the vampires, which was believable half the time, there were some characters she supposedly knew well, but I had trouble believing. One was Thomas, her roomie. On the one hand, the narrative indicated that they didn't get to know each other well, but on the other hand, Cassie seemed really hurt by him and very vested in him. I never really believed in the relationship. This is another story where there were far too many characters for me to keep up with and the ones I was interested in didn't have much time if any in the story. Tony, the vampire after Cassie, was only seen during a conference call. He's very important to the story but was never really in the story.
One thing that surprised me was Chance's use of historical figures as vampires. This could be an incredibly clever idea, but I never got a real sense of these historic figures. For the most part, they never featured heavily in the story, and I didn't get a true sense that this would be for example what Raphael would be like if he were a vampire. The character could've been anyone because his actions and personality didn't seem modelled after the artist.
This is a minor quibble, but Chance's vampires can go out during the day, feed without biting, and wipe memories--Why aren't they ruling the planet? Anyway, the story is basically a set up for Cassie inheriting a whole slew of powers on the last page. There's a bit of a deus ex machina at the end, which was as annoying as the character that delivered it. I liked many parts of the book, but it seemed like Chance was trying to do too much with this one story. By the end, I wasn't sure what all had gone on and what all still needed to be done and not really caring. There's time travel, vampires, wererats, witches, ghosts, faeries, and mention of demons. I won't be actively looking for the second in this series unless I'm given serious guarantees that it gets better.
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