woensdag 29 augustus 2012

Alyana Williams – Dark Oracle

The first book in the Dark Oracle series, published May 25, 2010.
Genre: paranormal romantic suspense

Dark Oracle

Tara Sheridan has a gift … and it almost killed her.
As a criminal profiler, Tara used science and her intuitive skill at Tarot card divination to track down the dangerous and depraved, including the serial killer who left her scarred from head to toe. Since that savage attack, Tara has been a recluse. But now an ancient secret society known as Delphi's Daughters has asked for her help in locating missing scientist Lowell Magnusson. And Tara, armed with her Tarot deck, her .38, and a stack of misgivings, agrees to try.
Tara immediately senses there is far more at stake than one man's life. At his government lab in the New Mexico desert, Magnusson had developed groundbreaking technology with terrifying potential. Working alongside the brusque but charismatic agent Harry Li, Tara discovers that Magnusson's daughter, Cassie, has knowledge that makes her a target too. The more Tara sees into the future, the more there is to fear. She knows she has to protect Cassie. But there may be no way to protect herself - from the enemies circling around her, or from the long-buried powers stirring to life within. . . .


Well, I guess the blurb tells most of the story this time, as it is fairly accurate. I read a review about this book on one of the blogs I follow, and new I had to read it. I have always had some interest in tarot cards, so to have them used in a book piqued my curiosity.
Unfortunately, I have had a hard time getting past the half way mark in this book. I just could not get connected to the main characters, and why Harry and Tara fell in love, I still have no idea. Tara is scarred, inside and out, after being almost buried alive and sliced to ribbons by a serial killer she was profiling. She is not a people’s person anymore and there is little to no info on Harry’s background at all, except old Martin who raised him after his mother died.

A missing scientist, a destroyed laboratory, dangerous research done for the militairy. Too much things I did not understand about Dark matter, black holes and such, though it was kind of explained. But if I do not understand such things, I really cannot enjoy it. The tarot cards did play an important role in the book, and I enjoyed the explanations given to each card that Tara drew. But in the end, it is all interpretation of the person who reads them, there are no clear answers or signs.

The secondary characters did little to endear me to them either. And the bad guys, well, they are really bad.

I do have the second book in this series, but I don’t think I’ll be reading it any time soon. To be honest, I am disappointed in this book. Too little to like, too strange a story.

6 stars



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© 2012 Reviews by Aurian

15 opmerkingen:

  1. Sorry this one didn't quite excite you. But the tarot card thing does sound cool.

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    1. Hi Missie, I really was hoping for more here. Perhaps the next book.

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  2. I don't think this one would work for me since I am super picky about my UF! That cover is horrid *sigh*

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    1. Lol, I don't mind the cover that much, the cards are on them. But I love most UF Felicia.

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  3. I'm sorry to hear you didn't like it. It's one of my favorite UF series and I'm sad that Laura didn't manage to sell more books than the two that are published.

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    1. Hi Sullivan, I know you loved this series, and I do hope I will like Ember and Sparks better.

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  4. I actually didn't read this one, but the second one. I enjoyed the second one so I'm hoping it will be a bit better for you than this one. It still may not be your cup of tea.

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    1. Hi Melissa, o I do hope the next one is more to my liking then.

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  5. Sorry to hear you had troubles with this one. I've heard many great things about the series as well, and have the first two books here. Thanks for reading it. :)

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    1. Hi Melissa 2, as far as I know there are only 2 books in the series, so you have them all :)

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  6. I'm sorry to hear you didn't like the book. I did enjoy it. I have yet to buy the second book, but do plan to read it at some point.

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    1. Hi Mirjam, that is strange, we usually have the same taste for books. But not in everything, which is a good thing.

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  7. I liked this book but it's not my fav series, so I understand. I confess it's a series I forget easily and when I read the second one I didn't remember the first one. The sequel is nice, hope your feelings will improve.

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    1. Hi Melliane, I do have hopes for the second one now :)

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