Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance

(Cassandra Palmer, #6)

Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you’re only a half goddess, and you only found out about it recently, and you still don’t know what you’re doing half the time. And when you’ve just used your not-so-reliable powers to burglarize the booby-trapped office of a vampire mob boss.

Yeah, that part sucks.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Cassandra Palmer, aka the Pythia, the freshly minted chief seer of the supernatural world. After all, Cassie still has to save a friend from a fate worse than death, deal with an increasingly possessive master vampire, and prevent a party of her own acolytes from unleashing a storm of fury upon the world. Totally just your average day at the office, right?

After enjoying Hunt the Moon so much, this one was a bit of a letdown. Most of what worked so well for the fifth was absent. We get little of Pritkin and little of Mircea, who were not only included a lot in the sequel, but who also left a lot of unanswered questions that I'd hoped would progress with this one. Unfortunately the questions weren’t really answered, they still exist and were shelved for the next book coming instead. Egads, frustration! I was so eager to see some progression finally with her personal life after the other teasers but we will have to wait for that.

Another thing that irked me was the ending. It was a cliffhanger type. Not a horrible cheesy kind, but on the brink of the next adventure to come. The ending almost killed me, then gave redemption/hope, although I’m hoping that this plot point is wrapped up quickly in the seventh book. We have already gone back in time once to see this person in a different light and unaware of the present, and we have finally in the present progressed so much with them, that the promise that next book we are again going back to where they are unaware and not knowing what’s going on with all the work undone is frustrating. If the author speeds through that it will work well; if not, it may make the next book disappointing. We shall see.

Mircea is frustrating because he’s hardly seen except for a certain scene, and there’s so much that seems hidden there, not just with him but the Vampire Council in general. It’s suspicious and I’m surprised Cassie isn’t wondering about it more than she is. I’m curious what’s really going on and what will end up happening. I don’t trust it. These suspicions already existed in the other book too, so to not have any progress at all in this one with that is troubling.

When Pritkin is finally seen, it’s awesome, especially their dialogue exchanges. Billy I love but he’s still not used much, and I can’t wait – and not sure if it will ever happen – that the author more fully explores Cassie’s powers with the spiritual world and how this will turn out. There’s a lot of unexplored possibilities there.

I like Cassie. She’s not the sharpest crayon in the box and I think some of her feelings towards the vamps being family is misguided, but she’s sweet, compassionate, figures things out as she goes, admits to being overwhelmed but doesn’t let that stop her, is independent but works well with other people. She could make better decisions sometimes but her dialogue works and I the humorous thoughts on her head during disasters and downtime.

The interactions with her parents was interesting and odd at the same time. It’s interesting how the author added that in and all the hidden surprises coming into more light from the last book. The meeting at the end before the decision with the mother was awesome. Fred is hilarious as the cowardly vampire. There’s a lot of potential with the witches that showed up too so no idea where that’s going. So many questions to be answered!

Fans of the series should read this one, and there are good scenes and moments, but ultimately it’s a filler.

   Book Quotes:

“I can get others to do what you do. They won’t be as good, but  .  .  . okay. It could work. But it doesn’t matter because no matter how good they are, they can’t replace you. They can’t because I don’t need you only for what you can do. I need you  .  .  . for you.” 

“So maybe it was just as well that my companion was more like Mulder. A coked-out Mulder with a lot of weapons, who knew that the monsters under the bed were real and would gut you.”  

   Reviews from the Series:

http://thepaperbackstash.blogspot.com/2012/11/touch-dark-cassandra-palmer-1.html http://thepaperbackstash.blogspot.com/2013/12/claimed-by-shadow-by-karen-chance.html http://thepaperbackstash.blogspot.com/2013/12/embrace-night-by-karen-chance.html http://thepaperbackstash.blogspot.com/2013/12/curse-dawn-by-karen-chance.html