Review of “Dark Dates” by Tracey Sinclair (urban fantasy)
I’m now working to catch up on reviews from books I read in September. Dark Dates is the start of a fantastic urban fantasy series you all don’t want to miss. I loved it and can’t wait until the next book comes out! See my review below and expect another one for the second novel in the series next week.
All Cassandra Bick wants is to be left to get on with doing her job. But when you’re a Sensitive whose business is running a dating agency for vampires, life is never going to be straightforward – especially when there’s a supernatural war brewing in London, a sexy new bloodsucker in town and your mysterious, homicidal and vampire hating ex-lover chooses this moment to reappear in your life…
Witty, sharp and entertaining, Dark Dates is a heady mix of vampires, witches and werewolves – with the occasional angel thrown in – and introduces Cassandra Bick, a likeable heroine destined to join the ranks of fantasy’s feistiest females.
I must say I really enjoyed this book. It hooked me from early on. Some might complain of the stream of consciousness style it starts with and how it breaks the fourth wall, but somehow the author’s style didn’t bother me like it usually would have. The main character, Cassandra, was just really relatable and she had quite the complicated love life. She doesn’t dispute that she isn’t super model material and plenty of women, including one of her closest friends, looks way better than her, but she’s generally accepting of who she is and tries not to let it bother her.
Another great thing is that while she’s no real fighter, she learns to find the courage to stand up to those more powerful than her and fight back. I liked seeing the evolution of her going from being a damsel in distress to someone who often saves herself–even if it is pure luck on her part at times. At least she’s trying. I can imagine she will continue to grow stronger in future books. Her abilities are handy in warning her of danger too, but they are nowhere near fool-proof. Cass really does feel like the average woman you could find anywhere.
There is a good plot and plenty of mystery in this book. It kept me on edge trying to figure out what might happen next and how it would end up. Lots of action and danger to keep the reader entertained. In the midst of all this is some romance where two different men are involved, but neither seems to have the best of intentions and quite possibly aren’t the best for long-term relationships. How Cass will deal with them in future books has me extremely curious. Do expect some sexual content, but nothing too explicit.
All in all, this was a great addition to the urban fantasy genre and I loved the setting being in London! I haven’t read many series in the genre that take place there. Some might complain of some errors in the novel, but their frequency isn’t too much and they don’t really distract from the story. I enjoyed this first book so much I’ll definitely be picking up the next and would happily recommend it to others. Five whips for Dark Dates!