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Friday, September 27, 2013

Book Review: Hunt the Moon (Cassandra Palmer #5) by Karen Chance

Hunt the Moon (Cassandra Palmer #5)
By: Karen Chance 
Cassandra Palmer recently defeated a god, which you’d think would buy a girl a little time off. But it doesn’t work that way when your new job description is Pythia—the world’s chief clairvoyant. Cassie is busier than ever, trying to learn about her power, preparing for her upcoming coronation, and figuring out her relationship with the enigmatic sexy master vampire, Mircea.

But someone doesn’t want Cassie to become Pythia, and is willing to go to any lengths to make sure the coronation ceremony never happens—including attacking her mother before Cassie is even born.

I love this series so hard. The wait for each book is a long excruciating experience, but well worth it. This is book #5 in the series and I think my favorite so far. The action starts at a sprint from page one and doesn't stop till the very end. I wonder if Karen Chance was out of breath by the end of each writing day? And on top of that, the witty character dialogue and the inner voice of Cassie had me laughing out loud. I actually would stop to read a few sentences to my kids so I could share the fabulous with someone. It would be cool to sit around with a bunch of Cassandra Palmer fans and listen to the book on audio. Well, on second thought that might not work if there is a Team Pritkin and Team Mircea. Then we might come to blows <G>

You can absolutely pick up this book and enjoy the ride. Chance includes all needed background story along the way. Even though I've read all the previous books it has been two years since I read book #4 and I appreciated the information. But if you love a fast paced urban fantasy you will regret not stating at book one.

What I loved about Hunt the Moon was Pritkin and Mircea broke down and confided in Cassie (and us) about their past. There was a lot of sharing going on. All kinds of sharing. Cassie finally gets some information about her mom and dad and in the process finds out something extraordinary about her Pythia powers. She became a stronger person in this book. Everyone is trying to control her, and her powers and she finally has had enough. I was so proud of her. Now if she could get her head straight about the two men in her life. I don’t envy the day if she ever has to make a choice. The passion she feels for Mircea and Pritkin is different, but both are just as strong. Don’t worry, this isn't an angsty triangle. Not quite sure how Chance pulls this off <G>. Cassie spent most of the book with Pritkin and one of my favorite secondary characters, her body guard Marco. My other favorite would be her Stetson wearing ghost partner in crime, and best friend Billy Joe.

The suspense, non-stop action, razor sharp wit, and raw emotions of all involved had me in knots by the end, and Cassie’s reaction when she realized what Pritkin had sacrificed broke my heart. Luckily I have book #6 sitting right next to me. I advise having access to all the books once you start the first.
I could gush about this book and series all day long, but I won’t. I got book #6 Tempt the Stars to jump into right now. When reading a book I mark quotes I want to share, but I had to stop after the first 10 pages because I was highlighting just about every line! So here are a few of my favorites:

“For a frozen second, I looked at him and he looked at me, and then I screamed and threw my coffee, which hit him square in the groin. And I guess that didn't feel too good because he screamed, too, and for a minute there was a whole lot of screaming going on.”
“And then I was jerked back up, fast enough to cut off my breath, to leave me dizzy. Or maybe that was the feel of the hard arms around me or the harder body behind me. Or the stunning relief of Not dead, not dead yet-

Because that never gets old.

My name in Cassie Palmer, and I’ve cheated death more times than anyone has a right to expect. In the past two months, I’ve been shot, stabbed, beaten and blown up a few dozen times, and that doesn’t count all the magical ways I’ve almost been killed. I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.

I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first.”

“What?” I said defensively, clutching the mink and my dignity. Since I was barefoot, mostly naked and completely hungover, I was pretty sure I grasped only one of them.

5 “glass in my ass” Sheep

Sharon Stogner

About the Author:
Karen Chance is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, plus a number of novellas and short stories, all set in the Cassandra Palmer universe. A full-time writer since 2008, she was previously a university history teacher, which comes in handy when writing the time-travel aspect of Cassie’s crazy adventures. She loves Las Vegas, the main setting for her novels, but currently lives in Florida near her family home.

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