Dark Oracle

Dark Oracle TARA SHERIDAN HAS A GIFT AND IT ALMOST KILLED HER As a criminal profiler Tara used science and her intuitive skill at Tarot card divination to track down the dangerous and depraved including the ser

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TARA SHERIDAN HAS A GIFT AND IT ALMOST KILLED HER As a criminal profiler, Tara used science and her intuitive skill at Tarot card divination to track down the dangerous and depraved, including the serial killer who left her scarred from head to toe Since that savage attack, Tara has been a recluse But now an ancient secret society known as Delphi s Daughters has aTARA SHERIDAN HAS A GIFT AND IT ALMOST KILLED HER As a criminal profiler, Tara used science and her intuitive skill at Tarot card divination to track down the dangerous and depraved, including the serial killer who left her scarred from head to toe Since that savage attack, Tara has been a recluse But now an ancient secret society known as Delphi s Daughters has asked for her help in locating missing scientist Lowell Magnusson And Tara, armed with her Tarot deck, her.38, and a stack of misgivings, agrees to try Tara immediately senses there is far at stake than one man s life At his government lab in the New Mexico desert, Magnusson had developed groundbreaking technology with terrifying potential Working alongside the brusque but charismatic agent Harry Li, Tara discovers that Magnusson s daughter, Cassie, has knowledge that makes her a target too The Tara sees into the future, the there is to fear She knows she has to protect Cassie But there may be no way to protect herself from the enemies circling around her, or from the long buried powers stirring to life within

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  1. It was okay with a lot of skimming required. Definitely more romantic suspense than urban fantasy. Guy pov/girl POV much like the more basic romances. Some good thriller qualities, some very overdone descriptions. The tarot cards were interesting, but I don't think that was enough to label this UF by any means. More of a FBI romantic suspense with an unfortunate tendency to show too many POV. It got a bit over-the-top with people surviving things, but in general it wasn't a horrible read. I own [...]

  2. Interesting premise, but the dialogue was a bit dry and I didn't care too much for every little detail of the tarot cards (of course some detail was to be expected, but I felt my eyes glossing over). This actually bogged the book down and made for a boring read. Picked up later on, but by then I didn't feel invested in the outcome and the action wasn't very exciting. Did not care for the romance at all - dull and occurred without development. Any drama that occurred or inner turmoil in the chara [...]

  3. There's an explosion at a government lab in the New Mexico desert. The site of fascinating work, its lead scientist is missing, and former criminal profiler Tara Sheridan has joined the search for him. But she's facing danger on two fronts: from someone she grew up with, and from the government peeps who want the scientist's files.Tarot, quantum physics, mines, botany, geology, divination, serial killersif any of these interest you, purchasing Dark Oracle would be wise. A mix of The X-Files and [...]

  4. This book was completely and utterly dull to me. Several times I even came back to to re-read the reviews, just so I could be encouraged to continue reading this book. It's ashamed really, I was so looking forward to this fantasy/scifi hybrid. I imagined it to have real promise and be something different from the norm. Although it was different from the norm, there wasn't enough action and progress in the story to hold my attention.I don't think this author Laura Bickle/Alayna Williams' writing [...]

  5. Reviewed by urbanfantasyinvestigations.bloDARK ORACLE is fast paced, filled with great characters, action, mystery, and science with a touch of romance on the side. The main character and storyteller is Tara who is a Oracle who gets her intuitions and predictions from her tarot cards. She uses her tarot cards throughout the story and everything is explained expertly to help bring you better understanding of the tarot so you aren't completely lost. Tara is also a retired Criminal profiler so ther [...]

  6. Not worth the read. It started off pretty good but then there were too many info dumps and when I met Harry I immediately disliked him (angry, just a angry angry guy) and I didn't make it very far.

  7. *Rating* 3.0*Genre* Urban Fantasy*Review*Dr. Tara Sheridan was once a brilliant criminal profiler with the Special Projects Division of the FBI. That is until the day she was brutally attacked and buried alive by a sadistic killer known as the Gardener. It also appears as though she was left to die by her own partner who wanted her out of the way. Having escaped her entombment, she retired to the seclusion of her own piece of misery while wearing the Gardeners scars on her body and shutting ever [...]

  8. The divination side of the book was really good, with an interesting variety of divination forms mentioned, though some quite superficially. Still, that side of it was fairly believable. However, sadly the rest of the story was more of a stretch - the relationship was too fast, and the baddies were too unidimensional.

  9. (4.5 stars) For years, Tara Sheridan has been a hermit. She was once a criminal profiler, and a tarot-reading oracle destined for the all-female secret society Daughters of Delphi. After a series of traumas, she left these callings behind and retreated to a remote cabin in the woods. But when a brilliant scientist goes missing amid the ruins of his cutting-edge lab, leaving behind a young daughter, Tara reluctantly agrees to take the case.This means dealing with the Daughters again, along with a [...]

  10. Five years ago, Tara was brutally attacked while working as a criminal profiler. She used tarot cards to help track those that committed crimes, but one time the bad guy almost won. Buried alive and cut brutally, after escape she vowed to stop tracking criminals. She also vowed to get away from the Delphi Daughters, a secret organization her mother belonged to. But Sophia, an old friend and member of the Delphi Daughters has come to ask for her help. A man named Lowell Magnusson has been working [...]

  11. I waited until I had book 2 (Rogue Oracle) in my hands before deciding to read this because I had a feeling it would be like with Williams alter-ego persona Laura Bickle's Anya Kalicinzyk series (meaning, I'd want more and not have it and be sad). It didn't disappoint!Using the Tarot Cards as a means for which Tara found clues was more engrossing then I first believed. I'm not quite a skeptic when it comes to such matters (tarot reading that is), but I thought it would subsume more of the story [...]

  12. I read this book first in my to read pile because I thought I wouldn't like it. I was pleasantly surprised, and was immediately drawn into the story. Of course the main character's past is supposed to be a driving point for readers, but I didn't really care. Why the main character is scarred didn't interest me as much the actual mystery of the missing scientist. It's been a long time since I read a mystery in an urban fantasy book that I actually cared about, so that helped boost Dark Oracle in [...]

  13. I might have enjoyed this book more if I hadn't just read two other books by the same author that were significantly better than this one. Alayna Williams is also Laura Bickle, whose "Embers" and "Sparks" are excellent reads. I bought this book solely on the theory that another series by the same author would also be good. I was wrong. I think it's safe to guess that this is an earlier attempt by Bickle that is now being published due to the success of her later books.This book suffers in compar [...]

  14. I enjoyed this book, but I think it will speak only to a somewhat specific audience. The reader must have at least a little interest in divination and the tarot, because there is heavy explanation of the cards and processes. (Of course why would you pick this up if you didn't? I'm just saying that it plays way more than a minor or off-hand role.) I am interested in those things, so I didn't mind the long, detailed explanations, but I could see how someone else could get bored. I felt from the ve [...]

  15. I've been wanting to read this book since the first time I heard about it as it sounded really cool. And it is! I love this book.The mix of tarot and profiling is very well written and Williams sure knows her tarot too I can tell you. The story is suspenseful and compelling with rich and vivid descriptions and even though Williams uses various viewpoints this didn't distract me from the story as sometimes happens, but instead it felt right as it gave me extra insight in the story that made it co [...]

  16. What I liked:*Loved the premise both with the whole concept of Dark Matter, and with the Daughters of Delphi and oracles*I loved the rocky relationship between Tara and HarryWhat I didn't like:*While interesting, the descriptions and interpretations of both the tarot and other methods of divination definitely bogged down the story*For some reason I had thought this was more of a paranormal romance than an urban fantasy when I strted reading it, and thus was a bit disappointed with the resolution [...]

  17. My Review:The Plot:Broken and isolated in self-imposed exile, Tara Sheridan haunts her remote cabin in the back woods of Tennessee burdened by nightmares and loneliness. Once a renowned criminal profiler, an unfortunate stint under the thumb of a twisted serial killer left her with white striated scars that traverse both her body and her mind leaving her glowing career in shreds. Gifted with an affinity for Tarot card divination, Tara's cards once predicted the mind and path of the killers she s [...]

  18. This was a hard book for me.I know. Stop the presses. It's hard to qualify and quantify; there were some parts of this book that I really enjoyed-- and the premise was fascinating. I would say that Tara is an unconventional profiler-- she uses Tarot Cards to help her. There's nothing wrong with that. Police and other law enforcement agencies have relied on people with psychic abilities for years, even if they won't officially admit it.And there were great descriptions of the Tarot Cards themselv [...]

  19. Meh is all I have to say I don't know if I'll read the next book. It had some good moments and some meh moments.

  20. Review brought to you by OBS staff member VerushkaBeware of spoilersI love urban fantasies, but after some time, there are certain elements that become familiar and routine. Alayna Williams has for me, done something different – created a world, and a character that is as fiercely based in the human world as she is in the supernatural parts of it – Tara, the main character is a criminal profiler, an every day job in comparison to the vampires, witches, warlocks and assorted supernatural bein [...]

  21. DARK ORACLE is the start to an intriguing urban fantasy series. Instead of the usual vampires, werewolves, or fae, author Alayna Williams brings in a new inspiration: the oracles of Delphi. In modern day, they are known as Delphi’s Daughters and led by the Pythia. They’re a secret society of women who can read the future, but they’re not all powerful. They’re soccer moms and bikers.Tara is the only woman to leave Delphi’s Daughters. Skilled in the art of cartomancy (using tarot cards t [...]

  22. This book is written by Laura Bickle, using the alias of Alayna Williams and I bought it because it was marketed as urban fantasy. Personally, I felt that it was more like a slightly paranormal crime novel than heart pumping urban fantasy so I was a bit disappointed. That is not to say it's a bad read-it is a decent story but the book was just a little too slow for me to be marking it any higher. I liked Tara as a character. She had been through terrible trauma in her life, scarred by a deadly s [...]

  23. I read Dark Oracle a couple of months after I discovered Laura Bickle's (Alayna Williams' alter ego) writing style through Embers, so I knew what I was in for: a dark and gritty urban fantasy with metaphorical storytelling, but still Dark Oracle held quite a few surprises for me.First of all even though I was expecting dark and gritty the heroine of Dark Oracle still astonished me: she is a deeply scarred and tortured young woman for whom my heart went out for. She survived such unimaginable hor [...]

  24. This review was first posted at rubysreads. Dark Oracle is a mystery novel, interwoven with paranormal elements. In particular, foretelling the future. The heroine is an oracle, and in the past she used her skill with the tarot cards to solve cases. At the beginning of the story, Tara has retired from a life of fighting crime for very personal reasons. She's scarred physically and emotionally. Worse, she's lost her mother, and severed her connection with the Daughters of Delphi, the women she fo [...]

  25. It was rather interesting having the use of Tarot in the novel, there were detailed explanation of the cards and their meaning and how Tara attributed them to the situation at hand.Tara was a great character, she wasn't the total kick-butt heroine we usually see, but she still kicks some butt in the end of course. There was an event in the past that left her scarred, literally and it damaged her, physically and mentally and she has had to cope with it on her own for a long time. She disengaged h [...]

  26. Originally posted on the blog: What the Cat ReadA great start to what promises to be a wonderful series! I enjoyed this book immensely. =^-^=There’s no question that I love Tara. She’s a perfect heroine in that she’s strong, independent, and has real fears and character flaws that you get to see her overcome as the story unfolds. I couldn’t help but sympathize with her regarding her feelings towards Delphi’s Daughters and her history with The Gardner. It amazed me to learn what she had [...]

  27. Dark Oracle by Alayna WilliamsUrban Fantasy-May 25th, 20104 starsDark Oracle is an Urban Fantasy that reads like a hard broiled criminal novel with strong paranormal elements. I immediately was drawn to the vivid imagery created by the author and the gritty and intriguing main character.Tara has retired from being a criminal profiler after her last case nearly killed her. Now living on the fringes in an isolated ice land she only wants to be left alone to lick her wounds. But her peace is soon d [...]

  28. Plot: 4.5 StarsThere were a few moments in which this novel felt more like a mystery or science fiction novel, than urban fantasy. But the mystery feel fell away as more characters were introduced and used their talents as oracles, and the science fiction feel fell away as the physics aspect of Magnusson's work was described in more detail. I truly enjoyed the detail in this novel. From the dark matter to the different divination techniques, you could really tell that the author researched very [...]

  29. So let me start by saying I learned some extremely fascinating information about tarot cards, their meaning, and reading them. If you’re like me, you know somewhat about tarot cards but have no idea what each means and how they work. Well now I do lol not that I could read them! And I will say that if you love a big crime type mystery with your paranormal fantasy, I’m so telling you to grab this one! It’s much like a crime mystery in the facts and details that are placed together. I happen [...]

  30. 4.5/5If you fancy reading a cross between Silence of The Lambs and Dean Koontz, this book is for you.I was pleasantly surprised by Alayna WIlliams when instead of typical urban fantasy I've stumbled onto a gripping psychological thriller. I will have to hunt down the author's other books written under the pen name Laura Bickle and read them as well.Tara is a psychic whose powers work through Taro, she belongs to a secret society Delphi's Daughters - prophets and sorceresses, and she is an ex-FBI [...]

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