Review of Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Posted September 30th, 2011 in book review / Leave a comment

Hunt the Moon

Book #5 of the Cassandra Palmer Series

by Karen Chance

Published: June 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 432 (paperback)

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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

Cassandra Palmer recently defeated a god, which you’d think would buy a girl a little time off. But when your job is being Pythia – the world’s chief clairvoyant – you don’t get a lot of R & R. Cassie is busier than ever, discovering her power, figuring out her complicated relationship with the enigmatic and sexy vampire Mircea, and preparing for the upcoming coronation.

But someone is dead set against Cassie’s becoming Pythia, and will go to any lengths to stop the coronation ceremony from happening – including making sure that Cassie is never born.

Now Cassie has to save herself – and the world, if she can find the time…

The Good
The most important way I base whether a book is bad, good, or awesome is how many times I could put it down. With Hunt the Moon, I only put it down as it fell out of my limp hand as I passed out from exhaustion.

Karen Chance has done it again. The continuation of the Cassie Palmer series was a thrill-ride from start to finish. It had action, romance, and mystery.

In this book, Mircea and Cassie’s relationship starts to–ever so slowly–blossom. We get insight on how Mircea truly feels for Cassie and how Cassie decideds to handle his controlling ways.

There was a little less Pritkin throughout the whole of the novel, but the parts he was in were freaking-fan-tastic. The sexual tension was so hot it steamed the pages. I am truly starting to love the embarrassing reluctance that has come out of Pritkin as his feelings for Cassie become more apparent.

I loved the building mystery behind the invisible entity continuously trying to kill Cassie. Its ability to possess and its immunity to Pirtkin’s potions made Cassie’s survival more surprising every attack.

I love that Cassie’s mother made an appearance in the book, even if it was in the past while Cassie and Mircea fought for their lives. I hope to see more of her mother’s involvement in the future because I think Cassie as a character needs some kind of connection with the mom she never knew.

Oh, and we can’t forget Marco, Cassie’s bodyguard. His character really shined in this book. We get to learn more about him, and I must admit, I now have a little crush.

The Bad
What lost the one star was the incessant action that droned on page after page. I rarely am a page skipper, but Hunt the Moon turned me into one. Both the fight and chase scenes quickly become monotonous and boring. I am not sure what Chance was thinking. At some points, I was just lost. There was so much information all at once that I no longer understood who was where, what they were doing, and why the hell they were doing it. But this was only a small part of the book, so its negative effect was small in comparision to how well written the rest of the book was.

The Snuggly
Moderate. There were a few sexual scenes. They were written beautifully. I love the playfulness with Mircea and the unexpected intimacy with Pritkin.

I would recommend reading this book as well as the whole series. I think each character adds something special to the wonderful world Karen Chance has created. The concept is original, and the action is exciting (most of the time anyway).

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