Series: Dark Series

Review: Dark Carousel by Christine Feehan

Posted August 1, 2016 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Dark Carousel by Christine FeehanReviewer: Casee
Dark Carousel by Christine Feehan
Series: Dark Series #30
Also in this series: Dark Wolf, Dark Promises
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: August 2nd 2016
Pages: 400
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The moment Charlotte Vintage walks into his club, Tariq Asenguard's blood is set on fire. The ancient Carpathian had given up hope of finding his lifemate, but now he will do anything to make Charlotte his own. What Tariq doesn't know is that Charlotte is using herself and her best friend as bait-to try to draw out the bloodthirsty killers who have already murdered Charlotte's brother and mentor.
Charlotte is familiar with Tariq. Not only is he one of the richest and most eligible bachelors in the city, but he's also a renowned collector of old carousel horses, which Charlotte restores. Their shared passion opens Charlotte up to trusting him with her life and with the desire she can no longer control. But it also makes her vulnerable to a centuries-old curse that will unite her and Tariq in a war against the enemies of humans and Carpathians alike..

I haven’t enjoyed a book in this series as much as I enjoyed this one in quite some time. It was a combination of things. Tariq, while a throwback to ancient Carpathians, wanted Charlotte as a partner, not just a woman to put on a shelf that he takes down to have sex with. He respected and listened to her opinions. He was just generally a good guy that cared deeply for Charlotte and didn’t discount anything she said. It was amazing when I thought about the last book, Dark Promises.

Tariq owns various nightclubs throughout the United States. His sole purpose for owning them is to find his lifemate. I didn’t really understand that because what are the odds that one woman would 1) live in the United States and 2) go to nightclubs? I guess in this case, they were quite good because Charlotte shows up in his San Diego nightclub and he happens to find her while he’s actually there instead of in one of his other clubs. Very convenient that.

Charlotte and her friend Genevieve left their home in France when their friends and relatives started getting murdered. First it was Genevieve’s grandmother and boyfriend. Then it was Charlotte’s mentor. Finally Charlotte’s brother in the United States. It was her brother’s daughter, Charlotte’s niece that forced her to leave France and come back to San Diego. Charlotte and Genevieve knew they were followed all the way from France. They both know it has something to do with a psychic testing center that they went into as a lark. They thought it would be fun to test abilities that they knew they both have. Charlotte is able to touch an object and see into the past. It’s one of the reasons she loves working with old carousels.

When they find the men that have been following them, it is in Tariq’s club. They come up with a plan to follow them, but Tariq knows that they’re in more danger than they even realize. Somehow they’ve attracted the noticed of some very powerful vampires. Tariq brings them to his estate where they’ll be safe and shows Charlotte what being part of his world will be like.

The one thing I did find odd was that Charlotte was so accepting of becoming Carpathian. Most of the women that are converted are disgusted by the thought of taking blood, but Charlotte accepted it from the very beginning. I don’t know if that is normal or not. Other than that, this is the best Dark book in a long, long time.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5.


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Review: Dark Promises by Christine Feehan

Posted April 26, 2016 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Dark Promises by Christine FeehanReviewer: Casee's
Dark Promises by Christine Feehan
Series: Dark Series #29
Also in this series: Dark Wolf, Dark Carousel
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: March 15, 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 384
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two-half-stars

Gabrielle has had enough of battles, of wars, of seeing the man she's engaged to nearly lose his life when it isn't even his fight. Once Gary was a gentle and very human researcher. Now he's a fearless and lethal Carpathian warrior with the blood of an ancient lineage coursing through his veins—a man Gabrielle still needs and dreams of with every breath she takes. All she wants is a life far away from the Carpathian mountains, far from vampires and the shadows cast by the crumbling monastery that hides so many terrible secrets. But Gabrielle soon learns that promises made in the dark can pierce the heart like a dagger.

And she isn't the only one in search of answers in the corners of the unknown...

Trixie Joanes has come to the Carpathian mountains in search of her wayward granddaughter, fearing that she has been lured there by something unspeakable. Instead, Trixie has stumbled onto the path of a desperate woman on the run. And they're all fated for the lair of a mysterious ancient with revenge in his soul and the undying power to make bad dreams come true.

Spoiler Warning: This review is littered with spoilers. Read at your own risk.

This book was a travesty of unimaginable proportions.

Before I really get into that statement, let me tell you that Dark Prince was the first paranormal I ever read. I have been a reader of the Dark Series almost from the start. I’ve read all the books in the series (with the exception of novellas). There have been some hits (a lot) and there have been some misses (a lot). The misses have been spectacular and they’ve come quite frequently in the last few years. The earlier books were much, much better than the recent stuff that has been put out.

This book was about Gabrielle and Gary Jansen, the humans-turned-Carpathians that are ready to start their lives together. Or was it about them? No, it wasn’t. When Gary tried to bond to Gabrielle, the hell if it worked. Not only that, but with each word that he uttered, his emotions and the colors around him faded away. Gary has only been a Carpathian for all of a month and he lost his ability to feel and see colors when he lost Gabrielle. Gabrielle still believes they can live a human life for 50-60 years before they find their respective lifemates. She loves Gary and she’s not giving him up.

For Gary’s own safety, Mikhail sent him away to a monastery deep within the mountains. Along with the Ancients, Mikhail and Gregori feel that this is the only place that Gary will find peace…after a couple centuries of sleeping. Unfortunately for them, they didn’t realize that Gabrielle wouldn’t give up so easily and she follows. What happens next is probably the best part of the book. One of the Ancients wakes and recognizes Gabrielle as his lifemate. He can feel, see in color. Everything that comes along with finding your other half. Of course, it doesn’t go as he always thought.

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In the meantime, Trixie Joanes has come to the Carpathian mountains to find her granddaughter, Teagan. What she doesn’t expect is that some hot guy that looks thirty years younger than her claims that she’s his lifemate. What I did not like and would not tolerate is that Trixie is sixty years old. My mother is sixty years old. I skipped over every single part with Trixie and Fane. My mother is sixty years old, did I mention that? I was texting Holly the whole time reminding her that there was a secondary story going on with a sixty year old woman. Oh, I liked her. She was a million times better than Gabrielle, but I couldn’t get over her age.

In the end, I am thrilled that I got this at the library. I was so impatient I almost bought the darn thing. I would have hated myself for all of eternity. How’s that for dramatic?

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

two-half-stars


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Review: Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan

Posted January 27, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Dark Wolf by Christine FeehanReviewer: Holly
Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan
Series: Dark Series #25
Also in this series: Dark Promises, Dark Carousel
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: January 7th 2014
Pages: 496
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two-half-stars

WHERE DARK LYCAN ENDED, DARK WOLF BEGINS...
BOOK NUMBER 25 IN CHRISTINE FEEHAN'S ACCLAIMED CARPATHIAN SERIES
#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan now delivers her most eagerly awaited novel of all—ten years in the making—in the “the erotic, gripping series that has defined an entire genre” (J. R. Ward).
In Dark Lycan, Christine Feehan journeyed into the heart of the Carpathians, and into the souls of two lifemates stirred by the flush of passion and the threat of annihilation. In Dark Wolf, the breathtaking story continues as the bonds of family are imperiled, and the fate of two lovers lies hidden in the seductive shadows between life and death.
Skyler Daratrazanoff always recognized the miracle that was Dimitri Tirunul, a man beyond any dream that had ever engaged her nights. But she was human. Vulnerable. He was Carpathian. Nearly immortal. She was nineteen. He was an ancient. Yet she held half his soul, the light to his darkness. Without her, he would not survive. Caught between the two warring species, Dimitri has spent centuries hunting the undead to keep his people free, and humans safe. He had survived honorably when others had chosen to give up their souls. But now, marked for extermination by the Lycans, Dimitri found himself alone, and fearing for his life. But salvation was coming…
No Lycan would ever suspect someone like Skyler to dare mount a secret rescue operation. A teenage girl. A human of untested abilities. But she had something no one else had. She was predestined for Dimitri—as he was for her. And there was nothing stronger for Skyler than her desire to see her life-dream come true. Whatever the risk.
 INCLUDES A PREVIEW OF CHRISTINE FEEHAN’S NEXT CARPATHIAN NOVEL, DARK BLOOD

 

This is the long awaited story of Skylar, adopted daughter of Francesca and Gabriel (Dark Legend), and Dmitri, her lifemate. I’ve been wanting this story since I first read Dark Legend in 2006. I loved Skylar in that book and couldn’t wait for her to have her own book. Unfortunately for me, I stopped reading the series back at book 15. I missed a lot in 10 books. It read less like a romance between those two and more like an extension of storylines from previous books. If, like me, you were lured back to the series by these 2, I suggest you either skip it or read ALL the previous books before going into it.

For years Skylar and  Dimitri have been connected to one another, speaking through their minds even though they’ve been separated. When Dimitri goes silent, Skylar knows there’s something seriously wrong. Praying he isn’t dead, she enlists her two best friends to help her rescue Dimitri from his captors. Though none of the adults in her life will share anything about his situation with her, they have a strong bond that allows her to track him. Their plan isn’t foolproof, but they have the element of surprise on their side – who would think a 19-year-old girl would be out to rescue a Carpathian thousands of years old? – and Skylar won’t quit until she sees for herself Dimitri is dead or she saves him.

Dimitri is being held captive by Lycans who want to use him to start a war with the Carpathians. He’s half Carpathian, half Lycan and considered an abomination by the pureblood Lycans. He knows his brother is coming for him and he has to hold on. For Skylar, his lifemate, he has to stay alive. It’s getting harder by the day…until he opens his mind to hers again and realizes she’s there and prepared to rescue him.

Casee said she read Dark Lycan, the book released before this one, and this book made perfect sense for her.. I’m sure much of my frustration stemmed from having read up to Dark Demon and none of the subsequent books. 

Having said that, I was still frustrated by how little focus was actually on Skylar and Dimitri. I went back and read Dark Legend. That story was so much richer. There were bits about the lives of the Carpathians away from their hunt for vampires (Like Dmitri running a foundation for wolves and creating stuffed animals, something not mentioned in this book at all), snippets of the lives of the hero and heroine together but away from the fight with the vampires (or Lycans, as in this book), etc. Reading DL really highlighted how little time Feehan spent on Skylar and Dimitri. There were threads from different storylines, but hardly anything substantial.

The only good thing I can say about Dark Wolf is it reinforced my decision to leave the series. Now I don’t feel like I need to go back.

2 out of 5 (for the fight scenes and nostalgia)

This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

two-half-stars


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