Welcome to my stop in the Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes book tour! Thank you so much to TheWriteReads for including me in this tour, and the author M. R. Noble for my review copy. This in no way affects my opinion.
Title: Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes
Author: M. R. Noble
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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.
I had high expectations heading into Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes, and while I enjoyed it, I wanted so much more from it. I liked the story’s concept and thought that parts of it were well done; there was just something lacking that left me disappointed.
I loved Karolina as a main character and the sass she had when dealing with people she didn’t like. She often runs into events without thinking about the consequences, which did make for some disastrous situations. But she also had some tender moments, which balanced it out well. I think the combination of these two things made Karolina feel like a well-rounded character and a character you can connect to. When it came to the love interests, I didn’t like either of them, but there were aspects of their personalities that I did. If you could have combined the two together, that would have been perfect for me. If I had to pick a love interest, I would probably pick Andre, but he did make some questionable decisions towards the end of the book, which makes me doubt my decision.
The plot of Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes focuses on all types of supernatural creatures, and it was brilliant to see a wide range on the page. I found the dynamics particularly interesting, as all of the supernatural creatures had opinions on the others, and most of them were not very nice. I did find it a little bit hard to ascertain who had what power and how they all related to each other, but after a while, I managed to get a grip on it.
The main issue that I did have was with the writing style. I found it quite hard to get into the book and kept being pulled out of it. I also found the action scenes to be a little bit jumpy, which meant that I was getting confused as to where everyone was and who was battling who. I feel like it could have done with a little bit more description to explain what was going on and what they were doing.
I am looking forward to where the sequel is going to go, especially after the events at the end of the book. As we learned some interesting things about characters intentions and I am intrigued.
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.