TITLE: Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes
BY: M.R. Noble
SERIES: Dark Eyes Series #1
GENRE: Contemporary, Paranormal/Urban Fiction, Romance
CONTENT WARNINGS: gore, blood, violence, death, war, sex
First of all, a big thanks to Dave (@The_WriteReads) of TheWriteReadsTours and the author, M.R. Noble, for letting me join this tour. It’s been a while since I read a vampire book and I realized I wanted to read them more often because I’m still a fan. 🙂
Blindsided by an attack that destroys her home and blamed for murder, Karolina Dalca, a half-vampire, escapes, only to plunge into the magical societies from which she was sheltered.
Betrayed by those around her, she abandons her dreams of becoming an investigator and flees, trusting only herself. Her police internship would never prove more useful. Hoofing it through the wilderness, she makes it to her university dorm, disheveled but delightfully deflowered.
Enter a full vampire: one wielding dark magic and a ride out of Canada. A fugitive from the law, Karo complies with his demands to escape, unsure whether his requests are bewitched. She vows to clear her name and avenge her mother’s death, but Karo’s family secrets aren’t so easily left behind.
ONE-SENTENCE REVIEW (if you’re too busy for the long one that follows. 🙂 )
Fast-paced plot, interesting themes, badass protagonist, and gripping twists…This book just kept giving and at the same time proving me wrong all throughout the book and I love it.
I should be honest and say that I was hesitant about this book. I love vampire stories but when I learned that this one has both wolves and vampires, I worried because twilight and I wasn’t a fan of that series. But thankfully, I didn’t let that stop me from joining the blog tour for this book because it proved me wrong. This is not twilight at all.
The book started with Karolina (Karo) with a bang that I was hooked right from that fire incident Karo had. Right then I was filled with questions I want answered. And from there, the pace just kept picking up and the story kept getting more intense. It is filled with so much action, it is impossible for me to be bored or to even think of putting it down. I read it in less than three hours.
The best part of this book is the magic system and the setting just second. The setting is interesting enough but I would have loved a much deeper look in all the places Karo and her friends went to or even the ones that are just mentioned. I felt like the book just touched the surface of those places. Plus, I want to know more about the Vampire Undergrounds in every country. That said, the magic system of this book is very interesting. There are dark and light magic, vampires, wolves and other mythical creatures, and Charm magic which is basically like elemental magic.
I loved how the author played with the vampire and wolf parts. There are few interesting things about these cliched paranormal creatures that the author added, such as the part where Karo and her friends used a wolf thing to make them undetected by their enemies. I think that’s really cool. There’s some refreshing take on the vampires as well which I can’t share to avoid spoilers. And that, blisses, is why this is not twilight at all despite having vampires and wolves. 🙂 Another fictional creatures that interest me is the Forged. I can’t describe them because 1.) it would be a bit spoiler how they were made and 2.) I personally need more descriptions than the book has given me. They were monster-like but I needed more descriptions.
I love Karo. I really didn’t connect with her personally but I thought she’s a badass. I also love that Karo’s existence is surrounded by mysteries. There is something about characters who are trying to learn about themselves because the people around them are keeping secrets. It’s like I want to be with them until they discover everything and that’s why I love Karo’s character.
There is a love triangle in this book so we have two other main characters – Andre and Roman. Andre is a mysterious vampire and Roman is a wolf who Karo grew up with. One is a stranger and one is a childhood friend. I find them both interesting and I understand why Karo is pulled towards both of them. The reasons are valid and not just some hormones. LOL. That’s why even though I’m not a fan of love triangles, it didn’t bother me in this book.
As I said in my one-sentence review, this book kept giving till the end and kept proving me wrong. I love all the twists and turns the book went. Sure, the twists and reveals weren’t that grand but still they kept me interested throughout the book. Mainly because it kept proving me wrong. Just when I reach some conclusion, the book would prove me wrong. I loved it. Like with the love interest, just when I think the other is the better choice, the book would prove me otherwise. So then I would agree with the book but then it will reveal something again that would make me change my conclusion. Again. I loved that this book made me realize I can’t trust my own judgement. LOL…
Aside from the minor issues I already mentioned, there is one scene I can’t quite accept. It happened very early in the story while Karo was in the run after the attack in their home and it involves Roman. I just couldn’t believe Roman and Karo did that in that moment. Maybe Karo was just too emotionally vulnerable after what happened but still, for me, that wasn’t the right time for that. Maybe I’m just too idealistic but the act wasn’t special at all considering what Karo had just went through.
RATING: 4 blissful pages with lilies
Overall, this is such an enjoyable read. Despite my little issues, I highly recommend this book. It is fast-paced, has an interesting magic system, settings and intriguing characters. Whether you love fantasy, paranormal or contemporary with romance, you’ll love this book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
M. R. Noble has played a tug of war between science and art her whole life, but the rope broke when she wrote the first line of The Dark Eyes Series. Immersed up to her keyboard in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, she enjoys blending the real with the surreal. The only drawback is she misplaces her mug while dreaming up her next scene, and soon finds herself six cups overpoured.
Keeping to her Lake Simcoe roots, she is a member of the Writers Community of York Region (WCYR), where her muse is made not found . . . over a hefty cup of coffee.
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