Touch of the Demon : Kara Gillian

  • by Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by Liv Anderson
  • Series: Kara Gillian
  • 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kara Gillian is in some seriously deep trouble.
She’s used to summoning supernatural creatures from the demon realm to our world, but now the tables have been turned and she’s the one who’s been summoned. Kara is the prisoner of yet another demonic lord, but she quickly discovers that she’s far more than a mere hostage. Yet waiting for rescue has never been her style, and Kara has no intention of being a pawn in someone else’s game.
There’s intrigue to spare as she digs into the origin of the demonic lords and discovers the machinations of humans and demons alike. Kara is shocked to discover that she has her own history in the demon realm, and that the ties between her and the demonic lords Rhyzkahl and Szerain go back farther than she could have ever imagined. But treachery runs rampant among all the lords, and she’s going to have to stay sharp in order to keep from being used to further their own agendas. The lords have a secret that dates back to earth’s ancient history, and it could have devastating repercussions for both worlds.
Yet more than anything else, Kara’s abilities as a homicide detective will be put to the test - because this time the murder she has to solve is her own.

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Best one yet!!

This is just getting so interesting! I love this series. It is going to be Jan. 2014 before the next one comes out and I hope Audible gets it out soon after. It's going to be a long wait for this story to continue and I can't wait!!! One of the best paranormal series and totally worth the credits and purchase prices.
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- Leesa "I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end."

This cake is just a brick of fondant

I really don't know what's happening with this series. When I started it, I was hoping it would be another Molly Harper or Darynda Jones. Book 1 & 2 were fast-paced and coherent enough to keep my attention. Book 3 required some of the characters to pull a nefarious 180 personality shift to even make sense. Book 4 was fun, but the storyline was shaky and disjointed.

Now book 5. I don't even see a plotline here. The story is stuck on a wash cycle where Kara gets hurt physically, metaphysically or emotionally (and often self-inflicted) in a splash gore horror movie kind of way, sleeps, eats, chuckles, 'finds herself' in compromising situations (like getting woken up in the bath), demands attention for having been hurt, has flashbacks of being a 'silly girl', more chuckling and/or sleeping. Makes out with people she barely knows after having professed her love for a man that cares for her in a Tarzan heart Jane kind of way, because she's an adult and that makes it okay.

The demon plane has almost no human females on it, and (as far as we know) no demonic lord females. These lords are supposed to be super manipulative ancient masterminds locked in an eternal power struggle. So I don't understand why they're bending over backwards to humor the main character. It's like Kara got thrown into an Oscar Meyer factory during an earthquake. And she doesn't even spare a thought about not having a job when she gets back. Or if her friends will get through some of the bad juju that's been going down earth-side without her. Shes becomes barely cognitive enough to dress and feed herself.

For no reason, Kara makes out with a demonic lord who she KNOWS is sleeping with another person, while Mzatal eavesdrops via potency... Which is awkward... And all around wtf-ish?... Kara is also supposed to be in her late twenties, which means she's almost old enough to be the teenage summoner she's training alongside's mother. And she starts 'innocently noticing' how ripped he is while she's playing Peeping Tom on his workout. That's what did it. I only had four hours and forty minutes left when I had to pull my earplugs out and turn the book off.

I hate not finishing a book, but I just can't force myself to listen to anymore. I was already just trying to slog through because I am so far against a lot of her life choices, and question a lot of her decisions, but I'm not about to listen to her make out with some kid or string him along.

And having all your characters chuckle automatically at every glimpse of humor, is like laughing enthusiastically at your own wit in a conversation before anyone's had a chance to process the joke. There's a reason comedic authors almost never allow their characters to react to humor unless its to respond with another joke. Read Terry Pratchett. A book is supposed to be the ultimate straight man. You have to let the audience respond to the humor in their own time.

I'm probably going to return this book if I can. If you are okay with a woman 'sleeping with whoever she wants when she wants, no matter what that person's relationship status, or age might be', you probably won't be bothered by this book and it will advance the storyline I guess. I'm a sexual curmudgeon; if I know someone is in a relationship, or doesn't know what a gameboy is, I don't touch. If you want to continue the series but don't want your imagined version of Kara to Charlaine Harris out, I'd recommend skipping past this book and just reading some of the spoiler reviews on Goodreads to piece together what happened here.
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- Amazon Customer "I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-17-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios