Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

(Cassandra Palmer, #5)
Published June 2011

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.

Hunt the Moon ended up the best of the series by far. I LOVED this book.

There’s plenty of time with Mircea, at the beginning especially, and these scenes were awesome. Some hotness, some interesting dialogue exchange and humorous moments. More is revealed about their bond. I find it so strange he hasn’t mentioned to her yet about having a daughter. There’s a whole other series out there about him and his daughter so this isn’t a secret or spoiler. We learn some more of his backstory. The other characters are great as well. Marco is so amusing and great to have around as a bodyguard type. He’s definitely a favorite of the series. I’m getting more resentful of the control of the vampires, though, their rules and restrictions and keeping her housed up in the apartment when they can.

The developments with Pritkin made me officially switch teams. Mircea is still divine but he’s been replaced in my fangirl thoughts. It’s not truly a strict love triangle but there are hints in it here and there. I know this bugs some people but I think the way it’s done is done well. Pritkin reveals some major things about himself and his past. There was an amazingly hot scene too – woolala. Both men get to shine with their stories and scenes in Hunt the Moon.

As always, I’m intrigued by the ghost angle and Billy, but feel they are underused.

There’s plenty of action but I think it’s evened out in consistency with some genuine emotion too and works better now. Sometimes the scenes do go on a bit long with action sequences, as before, but I think this has improved some. I’m only so-so on the development with her parents and the back story with that, but I can understand it and the revelation. There’s plenty to be discovered there, things I was surprised to learn.

The ending battle finale was epic, strong, and the cliffhanger, very ending where there is a surprising sacrifice, was heart numbing. Cassie’s reaction was awesome in its power and exciting, even if my heart was reeling from everything else going on. It made me basically trip over myself to grab the next book, which thankfully I had waiting for me on the bookshelf.

Humor is strong in the books, so you can expect to have a few laugh out loud moments that make people around you shoot weird looks in your direction. These are heavy on action and adventure – I can totally picture Cassie as a female version of Indiana Jones. The writing is excellent, especially the dialogue as quirky and convincing. I dig how the author sets Cassie apart as not being extraordinarily beautiful; instead she finds herself feeling inferior and plain.

Excellent book that keeps climbing up in success – excellent action sequences and even if they exhaust me some at times, they’re balanced out with humor and clever characterization. The ending is such a haunting note that refuses to leave my membrane and leaves a last impression. Excellent stuff, the series continues to improve.

   Book Quotes:

“A legend is merely a history man decided to bugger.” 

 “Pritkin and Mircea mixed like oil and water, only not so well.” 

 “This was Dante's. Crazy was what we had for breakfast when we ran out of Corn Flakes”

   Author Extras:

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