Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Bookathonic Review: Chase the Dark (Steel & Stone 1) by Annette Marie

Chase the Dark by Annette Marie


Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are precisely three obstacles in her way.

The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her. The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive — and scary. Did she mention scary?

The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon.

And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes.

Now she’s on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She’s dead on her own, but there’s no one she can trust — no one except two entirely untrustworthy daemons... See problems one and two.


I saw this one had mixed reviews and this is why I persevered when I normally might have thrown this one to the wayside. The story started out truly wishy washy, and it wasn’t until just about half way through that it ramped up into some good story telling that gave the book some meat. It’s for this duality which leaves the book as a whole somewhat lacking, that I’ll stick with a score of 3.5/5 for this one.

The characters include a gormless chick, a smoldering daemon tall, dark and handsome, the cutie incubus who is really a great guy, and the truly nasty demonic incubus who is a true dickwad. So of course there’s a romantic angle here, let’s hope it doesn’t turn into a tiresome love triangle in future books.

The book is based around Piper (or Piperel to her father) who is the head honcho’s daughter, and overlooked because of her inability to chuck spells around the room. Ahh, the ‘not good enough’ child syndrome runs rampant here.  This girl can be really annoying: she asks stupid questions and jumps to premature stupid conclusions. Her saving grace is her devotion to her close family, and through adversity, her new friends. In the book, this is all that saves her from being too stupid to live.

I will read on to the next book, which curiously, I am looking forward to.


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