Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes by MR Noble – Blog Tour Book Review
About the Book
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.
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.
What I Thought
This is a book that very much puts you straight into the action and it did take some unpicking to understand the rules of the supernatural world we are suddenly immersed in.
To my mind the ‘delightful deflowering’ came out of nowhere and I’d have liked a little more character development before it happened, it’s also barely ‘on page’ and occurs just after the death of her mother so I’m not sure it had the right impact on the reader.
I did enjoy the story much more when the character Andre was introduced and the dynamic between him and Karolina was engaging. Also the mafia style supernatural underworld was intriguing and the fight scenes dramatic.
Karo does, in general, make some quite questionable decisions and I’d have liked to have seen a little more psychological development to her character – she seems quite reactive at times.
Auntie Miruna was an awesome character who really came alive on the page and I’d have loved more time with her.
The mix of vampires and magic was unique and I loved the visual imagery of lightning magic. The writing could have been tighter to manage this really interesting premise.
Thank you to The Write Reads and the author for providing an e copy of the book for the purposes of this honest review. Do check out the other stops on the tour.