Posted by Justine Solomons on April 23, 2012, in Recommendations
Review written by Caroline Goldsmith
Welcome to London. A city where vampires and other creatures of the darkness roam amongst us, working, commuting, paying taxes and looking for someone to love... and feed from. Cassandra Bick is a Sensitive, a human being with the power to sense a supernatural creature and she uses her unique gift in a very unique business venture. Cassandra runs Dark Dates, an agency specialising in introducing vampires to their ideal and willing human partners. What Cassandra cannot foresee is that her business, her friends and she will be swept up in a supernatural war that threatens the very existence of the city she calls her home.
The book world has been inundated with a tidal wave of vampire novels in recent years but Tracey Sinclair offers us something a little different. Cassandra, as a character, is mature, self-aware with a wry sense of humour. She’s the sort of girl you can imagine sharing a bottle of wine with. In stark contrast to some of the passive heroines we have been presented in other paranormal fantasy books, Cassandra is a girl for grown-ups, in charge of her own destiny and distinctly likable.
Written with a clear love of London, the novel uses the familiar landmarks and backdrops of the city expertly for a story that brings to life another world of vampires, demons, witches and other creatures of the fantastic. Sinclair is also clearly a lover of the fantasy genre and fellow aficionados will delight in the references to other works both literary and other. Most of all Sinclair is not a writer that shies away from an action scene. These are well written, convincing and thrilling.
Fast paced, this is a novel that will keep you turning the pages until the inevitable disappointment of the last one. But fear not, part two is in the works now.
You can buy Dark Dates by clicking on the following link: Dark Dates (Cassandra Bick Chronicles)