Review: Hunt the Moon (The Cassie Palmer series #5), by Karen Chance
With her coronation quickly approaching, Cassie Palmer would give anything short of the power of her office for a reprieve from the danger that perpetually dogs her, so she can sort out the many political and emotional complications in her life. As usual, there’s to be no downtime for our spunky little Pythia, as a new Big Bad sets its sights on her, forcing her to push herself to her physical, emotional, and magical limits yet again, learning a few handy new tricks along the way.
- Title: Hunt the Moon
- Series: The Cassie Palmer series – book #5
- Author: Karen Chance
- Prominent Characters: Cassie, Pritkin, Mircea
- Recommended reader age: 16+
- Sexual content level: moderate
***** This review is spoiler-free. However, if you are new to this series, I recommend skipping this review until you have read the first four books, to avoid inadvertently learning too much! *****
For readers of the Cassie Palmer series, almost dying really does never get old…
My name is Cassie Palmer, and I’ve cheated death more times than anyone has a right to exect. In the past two months, I’ve been shot, stabbed, beaten and blown up a few dozen times, and that doesnt 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 more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first.
How can one woman get into so much trouble? How can one woman get into so much trouble and still survive? How can one woman get into so much trouble and STAY SANE?! Heavy on the accidental slapstick with a healthy helping of sarcastic wit and a side of genuine bleeding heart, Cassie Palmer stories are a whirlwind of hair-raising close calls fraught with near-constant mortal danger and comedic relief.
Hunt the Moon has a few giganto-sized action sequences, stuffed with the usual deadly peril and seemingly-unending frustration on Cassie’s part. These sequences are a large part of what defines the series and makes it as incredible as it is, but they also seem to be growing in length and intensity as the series progresses. One sequence in particular lasts for nearly a third of the book, and I thought ” OH MY GOD, JUST DIE ALREADY!!!” right as the bad guy turns around and says the same to Cassie. That’s either an eerie coincidence, or further proof of Ms. Chance’s story-telling skills and ability to gauge and guide her audience (I vote for option #2!).
The relationships binding our three favorite characters all get a romantic boost, culminating in a conclusion no one expected… okay, a conclusion *I*didn’t expect! As usual, I can’t want for the next one, to see where all craziness this is headed. Does anyone else have trouble deciding who they like more, Pritkin or Mircea? Ugh, what a tough choice!! Can’t a girl just keep both? The answer to that, of course, is “no, not with these two!”
The irony of escapism is that you can never truly escape…
I started to pull off my t-shirt. It was far too flimsy for where I’d been, but the saying on the front fit my moond perfectly: “I keep hitting escape, but I’m still here.”
Stamina… needs more stamina!
Marco patted my shoulder. ”It’s okay. You aren’t my type.”
“What is your type?”
“Someone who gets in less trouble… I decided I was wrong. I don’t like the wild side. I ain’t got the master’s stamina.”
“I don’t require stamina.”
“Babe, you require a freaking tank.”
The great Brit-American beer debate…
“I thought you Brits liked it hot.”
“Hot beer?” Pritkin looked revolted.
“That’s the rumor.”
“Because we don’t drink it iced over, thereby leaching right out whatever flavor you Yanks accidentally left in?”
You know what they say about a man’s hands. You know, about how refined they are…?
Pritkin’s hands were oddly refined compared to the rest of him: strong but long fingered, with elegant bones and short-clipped nails. They always looked like they’d wandered off from some gentleman, one they’d probably like to get back to, because God knew they weren’t getting a manicure while attached to him.
A good life-philosophy…
“Tarot is an indicator, not an absolute. Nothing about the future is decided until it happens. We create it every day by the choices we make, good or bad.”
It’s good to have a plan…
“Do we have a plan?”
“I need to touch her.”
“That is not a plan, dulceata; it is an objective.”
Just to set the record straight…
“Candy is candy. Chocolate is therapy.”
Home is where the… crazy… is?
This was Dante’s. Crazy was what we had for breakfast when we ran out of Corn Flakes.
If you like Hunt the Moon of Cassandra Palmer series…
If you enjoyed Hunt the Moon and the rest of the Cassie Palmer series for its insane action sequences and over-the-top bad guys, check out the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning (beginning with Darkfever). Mac may start off a little vain and princess-y, but she has as much spunk and spine as Cassie, and her two suitors are just as enthralling (mmmm, Barrons!!). The Fever series is the only series I have read to date that actually matches the Cassie Palmer series in the scale of the action scenes, and the magnitude of the offensive potential of the Big Bads. Addicting, addicting, addicting!!!
The Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton (starting with A Kiss of Shadows) and the Southern Vampire Chronicles (Sookie Stackhouse) series by Charlaine Harris (see Dead Until Dark) are also similar to the Cassandra Palmer books. The Merry Gentry series is set mostly in Faerie (and Meredith’s Fae are no less dangerous than Cassie’s version!) and involves significantly more sex, both in frequency of occurrence and graphic detail. Sookie tends to deal more with politics than sex (although she has her share too, just not as graphic) and seems to get into trouble nearly as often as Cassie. Both series are excellent reads and will keep you laughing, crying, and jonzing for more!
Ms. Chance has definitely found the magic formula for keeping readers engaged, enthralled, entertained, and eagerly coming back for more, book after book!
It is extremely tempting to give Hunt the Moon a perfect score, considering its wealth of action, adventure, humor, warmth, and quirkiness, but two of the major action sequences drag on just a little too long for my tastes. I found myself skipping through a few pages to get to some sort of conclusion, in order to keep myself from stressing out over all the “almost”s and close-calls. That, and the fact that Cassie STILL hasn’t learned better control over her powers… for the majority of the book at least.
I LOVE Cassie Palmer books. LOVE LOVE LOVE them!! However, they always leave me feeling exhausted, mentally and emotionally, and I feel like I need a break from books for a while after finishing one.
|4.75 fangs: SAVOR IT!|
http://www.karenchance.com/ (The Cassie Palmer series website)
http://www.karenmoning.com/ (The Fever series website)
http://www.laurellkhamilton.org/ (The Merry Gentry series website)
http://www.charlaineharris.com/ (The Sookie Stackhouse series website)
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