Curse the Dawn

Curse the Dawn

Cassandra Palmer may be the all-powerful Pythia now, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped trying to kill her. Most of the supernatural power players don’t want the independent minded Cassie as chief clairvoyant—and they’ll stop at nothing to see her six feet under.The Vampire Senate does support Cassie in her position, but their protection comes with a price: an allia...

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Title:Curse the Dawn
Author:Karen Chance
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Curse the Dawn Reviews

  • Nichole (DirrtyH)

    Whew. As usual, what a ride!

    This review is probably going to mostly be a response to a lot of the other reviews I have read of this book. I was surprised by the mediocre-to-poor response this book received. I loved it!

    It seemed like most people's complaints fell into two categories: The break-neck pace, and Cassie's intelligence.

    So to respond to issue 1, I have two points:

    A. This is what the series

    . It has always been this way. You're just figuring this out now? (See my roller coaster analogy

    Whew. As usual, what a ride!

    This review is probably going to mostly be a response to a lot of the other reviews I have read of this book. I was surprised by the mediocre-to-poor response this book received. I loved it!

    It seemed like most people's complaints fell into two categories: The break-neck pace, and Cassie's intelligence.

    So to respond to issue 1, I have two points:

    A. This is what the series

    . It has always been this way. You're just figuring this out now? (See my roller coaster analogy in my review of book 3. This turned out to be a bit more literal in book 4.)

    B. I think you may be taking this a

    too seriously. I think these books are so cram packed full of action and adventure partly because Chance is such a skilled writer and can get away with it, and partly in parody of the genre. I'm pretty sure she's doing it on purpose, people. It's meant to be entertaining. You're meant to feel dizzy and exhausted at the end, and I think you're meant to laugh a little and say "Whoa, that was insane. And maybe a little ridiculous." It's part of the fun. It's meant to be just a little over the top.

    C. Turns out I had a third point - there were actually about two pages (almost a full day for Cassie) where all she did was sleep, play poker and swim in the pool. This is actually more downtime than we've seen in the other three books combined.

    As far as Cassie being "dumb as a box of hammers" as one reviewer put it: I don't really know how to respond to this, other than just to say that I disagree. I don't get that impression. I have read more than my share of TSTL heroines and I just don't think Cassie is one of them. She's leaps and bounds beyond Rachel Morgan in this area, if you ask me. I've never gotten the impression that Cassie was dumb. I actually like her a lot. I felt like she was a bit bland and one dimensional in book 1, but by book 2 she had become a very dynamic and interesting character. One of my favorites, in fact. She makes mistakes like anyone would, but I don't think she makes a disproportionate amount of stupid decisions. She's been thrust into a very overwhelming position with zero preparation or training. She has no idea what she's doing, and the people close to her (ahem, Mircea) won't tell her what's going on in order to protect her.

    Another reviewer brought up the end of the book with the big "what's going on" reveal and used it as evidence of Cassie's dumbness that people had to explain this to her. Well, 1. This needed to be explained to the reader. I for one hadn't figured it out (I barely had time to

    ) and 2. It was hardly overexplained. Cassie understood immediately, and at the same time as Pritkin, I might add. He hadn't figured it out either. And it wasn't pages of people having to drill something into her head. It was just the big end-of-book reveal that every book has to have, and was done to exactly the right extent.

    So basically - a great book in what's turning out to be a great series. Plenty of action, plenty of funny, a little bit of sexy. It's great.

    If anyone would like to get into a Mircea vs. Pritkin debate with me, feel free to comment. This is an excellent love triangle, and one I'm hoping to see a resolution to soon! Or at least some kind of development that will provide some satisfaction. It doesn't have to be a concrete decision, just... something. Throw me a bone, Karen!

    Re-read 6/6.

  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

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    I think I need a lie down and a nice cup of tea! I have read the four Cassie Palmer books back to back and frankly I am exhausted just reading the damn things! Which, makes me extremely grateful that I am not Cassie, the world's cheif clairvoyant (if they would only

    to her!), who has to put up with a lot of crap, from over protective sort-of husbands to a vengeful god who wants to enslave mankind. It all seems a little over the top when you thin

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    I think I need a lie down and a nice cup of tea! I have read the four Cassie Palmer books back to back and frankly I am exhausted just reading the damn things! Which, makes me extremely grateful that I am not Cassie, the world's cheif clairvoyant (if they would only

    to her!), who has to put up with a lot of crap, from over protective sort-of husbands to a vengeful god who wants to enslave mankind. It all seems a little over the top when you think about it, how can one 5'4" strawberry blonde keep getting herself out of such impossible situations with only a few scars and a massive headache to show for it, well I guess you will have to read the books and find out!

    So this was a nother fast and furious week or so in Cassie Palmers life and it doesn't look that much different from the last month, attacked by war mages, check! A dozen near death experiences, check! Wreck Dantes, check! A few out of body experiences, check! Ratchet up the sexual tension between herself and Mircea and herself and Prirkin, double check! Like the other books this was pretty non-stop as Cassie tries to make her wau through the magical world and get others to ackonwledge she is Pythia whilst trying to stay from the vampire senates control.

    What I liked about this book was that it told you more of the inner workings of the Silver Circle, which is the organization the mages are under, and it finally allows you to see a way that Cassie can make peace with them. As much as I do enjoy that action in this book, it is going to start bein pretty repeatative unless it gets shaken up a little. We also see more about Cassie's parents which I imagine will have a further role in future books.

    Pritkin is an onion, he has many layers and each one makes your eyes water, in this we a little more of the man behind the crazy war mage, and WHAT A MAN! The bits between Cassie and Pritkin were some of my favourite in the book. Not that Mircea is a slouch, but although I like him he doesn't come off the page like Pritkin does.

    So I am still trying to catch my breath after the last 4 books! But can't wait to dive in to Cassie's next adventure when I finally get my hands on the book!

    Something really hilarious happens in this book, so to give you a clue, here is my favourite quote!

  • Jen Davis

    Without a doubt, this has the best book yet in the Cassie Palmer series. It had all the great characters, action and smexy goodness of the previous books, without any head-scratching time travel conundrums.

    Two main things are happening here: 1. The mages are redoubling their efforts to get their hands on Cassie; and 2. Something has destroyed a ley line and the MAGIC center where the North American Vampires had their stronghold.

    The mage attacks throw Cassie and Pritkin even closer together than

    Without a doubt, this has the best book yet in the Cassie Palmer series. It had all the great characters, action and smexy goodness of the previous books, without any head-scratching time travel conundrums.

    Two main things are happening here: 1. The mages are redoubling their efforts to get their hands on Cassie; and 2. Something has destroyed a ley line and the MAGIC center where the North American Vampires had their stronghold.

    The mage attacks throw Cassie and Pritkin even closer together than ever. And let me just say how much I love Pritkin. His interactions with Cassie absolutely make these books shine for me. Together, they face one disaster after another. Some threats are physical, while others are emotional... like Cassie's discovery of her father's dark past.

    It's amazing to me how the author manages to sustain the Cassie/Pritkin dynamic, while Mircea stays very much in the game. There is a wealth of chemistry between him and Cassie, as well. Yet, even through her eyes, he remains mysterious; his motives, unclear. It goes a long way towards keeping their relationship fresh and sexy. And even though I have landed squarely in the Pritkin camp, I still enjoy Cassie's scenes with her vampire-beau.

    The secondary characters continue to shine as well. I have formed quite an attachment to Rafe and Francoise. And even Marco, Sal, and Nicu managed to make an impression. There's a huge cast of characters, but the books have progressed to a point where I feel like I "know" them all and have a vested interest in their futures.

    And I can't ignore the fact that this book has some really, really great one liners. I laughed out loud more than once. --And it has some really, really hot loving. Can't wait to see what happens next. 4 1/2 stars.

  • Shera (Book Whispers)

    You know what else is hard? Not freaking squeeing! That's right I'm gonna say it: Love triangle done freaking right! This is why I keep torturing myself with bad love triangle after bad love triangle. Because when done right, it's A-mazing. See other authors, it took 4 books to build this spectacular chemistry and FIRE! Bless, you Chance. Bless you. Best part is I love both of the men vying for dear Cassie's heart. W

    You know what else is hard? Not freaking squeeing! That's right I'm gonna say it: Love triangle done freaking right! This is why I keep torturing myself with bad love triangle after bad love triangle. Because when done right, it's A-mazing. See other authors, it took 4 books to build this spectacular chemistry and FIRE! Bless, you Chance. Bless you. Best part is I love both of the men vying for dear Cassie's heart. Which is pretty darn funny because when I first started the series I actually disliked Pritkin a lot. Talk about character development. Totally-head-over-the-hills-character-development-turn-of-obsession-

    All right. I'll stop.

    Man Curse the Dawn steps it up to a new level! While there is a moment—OK, many—where I found myself wondering why Cassie would not try to develop her natural gifts on her own. You know you're in a magical world where you're the underdog, use what you've got. The beginning of the book starts off bumpy with Cassie trying to get the previous Pythia to help her out. Or the past version of the old Pythia. Even I could have told her that that is a no-no. While it was cool seeing the two characters together, it felt like a huge waste to the story. Yes, I had fun. But it was one of the first times I felt like Chance was just doing too much when she needed to stick to the point, kind of like with the first book. Adrenaline boredom is a thing, and Chance can create it.

    Other then that, this book was pure perfection for me. Ah! The way the time travel ties in may not be as flashy, but it's still at the top of it's game. Cassie is very much on her own, even as she tries to accept people into her life. This is the struggling point. Where she tries to show she is the right person for the job, and not get pushed over. Even though she's pretty much flat out says she doesn't want the responsibility of the office. She's not perfect and that's what I love about a good lead. They're always growing even if they don't want to.

    My brain matter can't catch a break. I'm not even going to try and put it back in my skull. Too much boom-ka-boom. Pritkin and Mircea are perfection. There hasn't been a sexier vampire since Anita Blake's Jean-Claude. Nope. Mircea is hotter. And a bit more suave. Pritkin has to be the hottest and most beloved male character that I've gone from loathing to loving. Go Chance!

    Now I can't go to in depth on the plot for fear of spoilers. But the death of a god—no I'm not saying which one—was so impressive in its grand simplicity. It always amazes me when Chance simply solves something when everything seems so out of control and unsolvable. That's the beauty of this series. The scale of it is insane, but impressive. So with a impressive mix of character development and insane characters the Cassandra Palmer series cements itself as one of my favorite series. Oh, and another solid entry into the series.

    Oooooo, the tension. *fans self* (Again, this is very much for adults.)

  • Kat Kennedy

    Series Overview Review

    The rest of these books were a solid three-star review for me. They're interesting, sexy, reasonably well-written novels. The fourth novel, Curse the Dawn, is a far better read that the first three. In my opinion. Which is the only opinion that counts because this is my review.

    PS. Jon Stewart is funnier.

    Curse the Dawn is FUNNY. The rest of the series has definite moments of funniness to them but they don't compare to Curse the Dawn.

    However, there are several problems with t

    Series Overview Review

    The rest of these books were a solid three-star review for me. They're interesting, sexy, reasonably well-written novels. The fourth novel, Curse the Dawn, is a far better read that the first three. In my opinion. Which is the only opinion that counts because this is my review.

    PS. Jon Stewart is funnier.

    Curse the Dawn is FUNNY. The rest of the series has definite moments of funniness to them but they don't compare to Curse the Dawn.

    However, there are several problems with the series. Chance really just doesn't seem able to balance all of the timelines and contingencies in a way that makes sense. I could give examples but those would also be called spoilers and as we all know, spoilers are bad.

    I knew that...

    Also, sometimes I think she gets so caught up in the action that she sometimes doesn't quite write things clearly. There were several times where I had to read over a few paragraphs again and again and I still had no clue what had just happened.

    Finally, there's one more serious problem with this book and that is that Cassie is a big ho. She has three paranormal hunks hanging. I mean, at least Anita came out and said, "Okay, you know what? I want seventeen boyfriends. So if you don't want to get in the sausage parade then please exit stage left."

    Cassie doesn't let Mircea know that she and Pritkin are getting it on. Pritkin knows Mircea and Cassie are involved but it doesn't really bother him and Tomas is clueless but we're not supposed to remember him because he's been conveniently forgotten since a mere mention of him at the beginning of book three.

    And what's even weirder is that Cassie never has a single moment of hangup on the fact that she's running around on Mircea. Not even a, "Hey... he's a first level master vampire likely to rip my throat out if he finds out about this... maybe I shouldn't."

    The closest she ever gets to a possible guilt trip is when her and Pritkin are about to buck the bronco and he calls it an emergency instead of sex. She agrees thinking that's probably a safer idea. THEN NOTHING MORE!

    UM HELLO!?

    You know what, I want to live in Cassie Palmer world where I never need bother about manogamy again. Since I'm practically a giant slut, that would work out nicely for me.

    Other than these three things, I really enjoy this series and I look forward to the next book coming out... so I can slut it up vicariously!

  • Felicia

    I dunno about this series. There are a LOT of fun moments, but sometimes Cassie acts too stupid to live. There are many times where she just acts dumb and bad things happen (I think getting your character in trouble is taken to the extreme just to get plot moving, as fun as the ride is)

    And THEN ---->

    SPOILER ALERT STOP READING IF YOU CARE!!!:

    At the peak of the climax it literally takes 3 people to explain to her, for like 2 pages, how she caused everything to go wrong herself. Not only did she

    I dunno about this series. There are a LOT of fun moments, but sometimes Cassie acts too stupid to live. There are many times where she just acts dumb and bad things happen (I think getting your character in trouble is taken to the extreme just to get plot moving, as fun as the ride is)

    And THEN ---->

    SPOILER ALERT STOP READING IF YOU CARE!!!:

    At the peak of the climax it literally takes 3 people to explain to her, for like 2 pages, how she caused everything to go wrong herself. Not only did she mess up a lot, but she totally DIDNT GET IT AFTER IT WAS EXPLAINED TO HER LIKE 3 TIMES BY THE BAD AND GOOD GUYS! I mean just catch UP already!

    Also, there's a great love interest in this, Mircea, but this character is NEVER around him, and when they're around they say the same thing to each other over and over. He's controlling and overprotective, she doesn't like it. And there was a random love scene with another character that wasn't really built up to that well, so I was like WTF this is random.

    I still gave it three stars because I do love the world and the secondary characters are a LOT of fun and there's great humor, so I dunno. If you like the genre this is definitely worth your look. I will stick by this author but grrr Cassie, get it together!

  • Penny

    .

    I read the 4 first books of the series in a row. Then, I reread them in a row again so I had them fresh to read the 5th one. That means that I have them all scrambled in my mind right now which is why I can’t review each of them separately. This is more a general opinion of the combination of the 5.

    . It has compelling plots, action, miseries to solve, enemies, romantic tension, magic, friendship, humor,

    .

    I read the 4 first books of the series in a row. Then, I reread them in a row again so I had them fresh to read the 5th one. That means that I have them all scrambled in my mind right now which is why I can’t review each of them separately. This is more a general opinion of the combination of the 5.

    . It has compelling plots, action, miseries to solve, enemies, romantic tension, magic, friendship, humor, a strong female lead, deaths, attractive men, fantastic creatures, time travel, vampires, and much much more.

    Nevertheless, I had a few problems with the books, which prevented me from giving them a higher rating:

    To me these books have

    . The books are a

    without rest,

    . Due to this huge amount of action the information is dropped in the middle of it, which elongates the scenes. As a result, this can be a bit tiresome at times. With all that activity and turmoil, there is obviously

    for musings, there barely are any reflections; we only know what the characters are thinking because of what they do in each moment while affronting the situation in the middle of the action. I truly believe

    here, it needs deepness.

    . There is just enough of it as well as enough sexual tension to keep you interested, but not enough to trap you. And after 5 books, it has become annoying to always be left wanting.

    is your typical sexy vampire type. In fact, he is so stereotypical that there are exact copies of him on many other Urban Fantasy books. But I can’t fault the writer much for this since it seems to work every time for most female readers.

    . And, if I recall correctly, I liked the third one a bit more than the others.

    I will continue reading this series.

  • Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠

    I've been reading these books back to back, so I don't really remember what happened exactly in this book, but I think I liked it more than the others, possibly. My biggest issue with these books is Cassie is inept at everything and TSTL, granted she does it because she's the only Pythia, but she still spends all the books blundering around. My biggest gripe is the effing love triangle. Do you know of my loathing of a love triangle? It's top tier on book devices that I hate. Pritkin should not

    I've been reading these books back to back, so I don't really remember what happened exactly in this book, but I think I liked it more than the others, possibly. My biggest issue with these books is Cassie is inept at everything and TSTL, granted she does it because she's the only Pythia, but she still spends all the books blundering around. My biggest gripe is the effing love triangle. Do you know of my loathing of a love triangle? It's top tier on book devices that I hate. Pritkin should not

    be a love interest. He should stay in the friend zone. The author is complicating Cassie and Pritkin's relationship just to have something else to write about. These books are already wordy enough and could do with some editing, stop adding to that mess.

    What I like about these books - lots of action and myth, plus there are always new characters and I enjoy the side characters. More Mircea, please.

  • Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*

    When something doesn't go right, take a break and try again. That's exactly what I did reading this book. Either I was in a ACOTAR hangover or I just needed something of a diferent nature, but for whatever reason Cassie didn't do it for me at first.

    Then my dark heart had its fill with

    and everything was right with the world once again. Still, even though I like the series and the book was just fine, there's no exitement anymore. Me tinking I need a break from it.

    Over and out

  • LMM

    I really wanted to love this series but four books in & Cassie is still shrieking (practically everything she says ends in exclamation points) & running around like a chicken without a head.

    Four books in & there has been no character growth. No real new developments & each book is still chock-a-block full of major events in which the resolutions are soooo underwhelming in their simplicity, it's left me wondering if the author is purposely trying to paint her MC as an idiot b'c w

    I really wanted to love this series but four books in & Cassie is still shrieking (practically everything she says ends in exclamation points) & running around like a chicken without a head.

    Four books in & there has been no character growth. No real new developments & each book is still chock-a-block full of major events in which the resolutions are soooo underwhelming in their simplicity, it's left me wondering if the author is purposely trying to paint her MC as an idiot b'c why did I even read the previous 400 pages ??

    The author (Chance), wastes a TON of words. Too much for my liking. I don’t give a crap about dramatic, verbose scenery descriptions which are pure indulgences. I would MUCH rather have the best characters feature more (Mircea, Pritkin) & focus on some intelligent personal growth. How about some dialogue?

    Most dialog is crammed in between action shots (and most are extraneous b’c they're so redundant) or at the VERY end of each book (like the last five pages).

    Chance also has a habit of having big things happen to characters, who we know are still around but, they just seem to disappear (Tomas, Rafe etc.). Umm, I’d like to know what's been going on w/these guys a bit more & where the hell they've gone off to.

    Chance to be a bit of a cock tease I guess as a way of drawing out sexual tension and it’s soooo tedious. How many times are we going to have Cassie allllmost have sex or close to it but then something dramatic happens to interrupt her? And even the few times you do get some down time & much needed closeness between characters, that also gets a dramatic interruption.

    ** SPOILER **

    Also, Cassie doesn’t seem to process the fact that she essentially cheats on Mircea. She gets very sexual w/Pritkin a few times yet she's currently sleeping with Mircea (so cheating). It’s very bizarre. There's no processing of these events or their implications at all.

    Sure it’s in the line of "duty" but ah...she is emotionally vacant. Afterward, it’s like it never happened.

    Maybe it has to do with all the people trying to kill her every time she turns around so she can't really concentrate on the fact that she’s actually had oral sex with Pritkin? Yeah...maybe that’s it. If I was interrupted that many times, I suppose I'd ignore my frustrating sex life too.

    Chance reminds me of Patty Briggs in this vein, she seems to try every trick in the book to avoid having to confront & therefore, write any sort of meaningful dialog between characters. It’s the curse of the emotionally stunted author, IMO.

    Lastly, Chance seems to rip off many of Charlaine Harris’s concepts in the Sookie series. She just tweaked them to make them work in the context of this series and some of the dialogue is practically verbatim.

    Overall, I felt after four books, I must be going back in time b’c I had an overwhelming sense of deja-vu.

    It was extremely repetitive with lots of filler & no killer. Weak plot resolutions & an even weaker love triangle which has become lifeless already.

    It’s a shame b’c the characters could be great, so could the series but usually by four books, the authors have hit their stride. Not this one.

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