Friday, November 29, 2013

Dark Prince (Dark Carpathian #1)

About Dark Prince (from Goodreads):
Enter the enchanting world of the Carpathians, where dark adventure, mystery, and love await, and the desires of two daring hearts unite in one irresistible passion.

A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps to catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks for a vacation far from home.

Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. Engulfed by despair, fearful of never finding the mate who can save him from the encroaching darkness, his soul cries out in loneliness—until the day that a beautiful voice full of light and love responds, softly soothing his pain and yearning.

From the moment they meet, Raven and Mikhail are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them and their fragile love. Yet even if they survive, how can these two lovers—Carpathian and human—build a future together? And how can Mikhail bring Raven into his dark world without extinguishing her beautiful goodness and light?

I want to like this series. The first one I read was Dark Symphony.  It was alright.  Then I tried Dark Challenge and couldn't finish it because of the repetitiveness of the book. Dark Prince is the first book in the series and I had to force myself to finish it.  It is overly cliched (Man tries to control woman. Woman tries to resist, but falls for man's good looks) and repetitive. Here's how it goes:

Carpathian man meets beautiful human woman.  They have sex.  She's vulnerable and gets in trouble.  Man saves her.  They get into an argument.  They have makeup sex.  Next day he gets in trouble.  They get into an argument.  They have makeup sex.  Next day she gets in trouble again.  He has to turn her into a Carpathian (good thing they exchanged blood during their sex-capades--cause that's so very normal).  She wakes up turned and is upset because she isn't human.  They get into a disagreement. Guess what, they have makeup sex again. etc.  Do you agree that it is a bit repetitive?  Oh yes, very!

This book could easily be made into a drinking game.  It is so repetitive that you can take a drink every time any of the following are mentioned (Careful, it won't take long to feel your drink's effects):

  • little one
  • you are the light to my darkness
  • true lifemate
  • other half
  • velvet voice (sometimes black velvet)
  • white-hot
  • mind touch

Needless to say, I didn't truly enjoy this book. My eyes did get a workout from rolling every time something cliched happened.  Feehan's plot line was weak and the characters were a bit stereotypical.

The thing is, this series has all of the elements to be great. Are you tired of shifters, vampires, weres, or fae yet? Carpathians are a new paranormal being, and their abilities are like a mix of all of the paranormal creatures. They could be the king of all paranormal creatures.  If the plot lines were original, and not repetitive, then it could be a series I would recommend. Unfortunately this isn't the case.

I admit that this series has been out a while and has earned lots of awards. Although I didn't like it, there are some that will enjoy it. For me, this will be the last time I try this series. I think it is time to try something else.

About author Christine Feehan:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has over 40 novels published, including four series. Each of her four series has hit #1 on the NY Times. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature for 1999. Since then she has been published by Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards.