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I Belong

Review: Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance

Tempt the StarsTitleTempt the Stars

Author: Karen Chance

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Cassie Palmer (Book 6)

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Format: Paperback, 418 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451419057 (Penguin/Signet)

ISBN-13: 978-0451419057 (Penguin/Signet)

Reviewed by: Steph


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?

Quick & Dirty: After all that Cassie Palmer has been through lately, you’d think she’d get a chance to relax. A trip to hell to rescue Pritkin doesn’t really qualify as a vacation though. Oh well…

Opening Sentence: “You gots big.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

When I first found out I was going to be able to read and review Tempt the Stars, my reaction was something along the lines of “Woohoo! I can’t believe it! Oh my God! Pritkin! Yay!” Eventually, I calmed down enough to be able to actually read the book. Thankfully, my enthusiasm was not misplaced. This is an excellent addition to the Cassie Palmer series. The action never lets up, and I was left with an incredibly excited feeling about the next book.

Cassie’s life is anything but boring. It’s been a week since the disaster that was her coronation. She’s spent practically every waking moment trying to figure out how to retrieve Pritkin from hell. So far, she’s come up with nothing. She’s running low on energy, barely eating, and not sleeping. On top of all that, she’s being inundated with people wanting to petition the new Pythia with requests, Mircea is off on senate business, and her vampire bodyguards don’t want her going anywhere, let alone jumping back in time to try and find her mother so she can ask her about Pritkin’s situation. Will Cassie be able to figure out how to get Pritkin out of hell, or has he disappeared from her life forever?

This is the sixth book in the Cassie Palmer series, and as such, it definitely should not be read by those unfamiliar with the series, as each book builds upon the events of the previous ones. I’ve read all the books, and even I had to play a little bit of catch up as I tried to recall everything that’s happened. Karen Chance does do a good job though of recapping everything, so it wasn’t long before I was totally caught up in the action of the story. And action-packed it was. From the moment the first chapter starts, there’s always something going on. The phrase “out of the frying pan and into the fire” is very apropos for Cassie’s life in this novel. She hardly ever gets a chance to just take a breath, and the reader is pulled right along with her.

If I had ever written any reviews for the previous books in the series, they would be filled with statements saying that I adore Pritkin and really do not care for Mircea. This book is definitely for Pritkin fans, as Mircea is largely absent. Pritkin is the main focus of this book, and I must say, my love for him as a character has only grown. I love series that expand and grow beyond what we learn in the first book, and for this series, Pritkin largely embodies what I’m talking about. When I read the first book, I never would have thought Pritkin would end up being my favorite character, and yet, here we are many books later, and that is indeed the case. He’s grown to be far more than just an angry war mage.

One complaint about Tempt the Stars that I could see some people making is that in terms of plot, not much actually happens. The book is full of action scenes, but the characters don’t advance much. This honestly did not bother me, as I was thoroughly entertained, and that’s really all I can ask for in a book. There is yet another cliffhanger here, although in my opinion, not as bad as the one from Hunt the Moon. The premise of the next book already has me eagerly anticipating what’s going to happen.

Suffice to say, I really loved this book. It’s full of action. There is plenty of humor to be found as well, and the characters practically leap off the page. If you haven’t started the Cassie Palmer series yet, you definitely need to!

Notable Scene:

“Just get back here—now.”

“You don’t get it, Cass. When I said problem, I meant—“

“I got it. Just do it.” I stood up.

“Cassandra?” Jonas was watching me narrowly. “What is it?”

“Um,” I said brilliantly, since explaining this sort of thing usually didn’t go well. But it didn’t matter because I didn’t have time anyway. A second later, a horrible wail cut through the air, making the shrieking wards sound like a melody in comparison.

I whipped my head around, but there was nothing to see. And Jonas didn’t look like he’d noticed anything. Until the air suddenly became thick and cold and hard to breathe, and the hallway started to shake perceptibly, and the light fixtures overhead blew out, one after the other in a long line.

“Cassandra?” Jonas said, a little more forcefully this time.

“I think it’s time for the midnight express,” I said, hoping I hadn’t just made a really big mistake.

Cassie Palmer Series:

1. Touch the Dark

2. Claimed by Shadow

3. Embrace the Night

4. Curse the Dawn

5. Hunt the Moon

6. Tempt the Stars

7. Reap the Wind (2014)


FTC Advisory: Signet/Penguin provided me with a copy of Tempt the Stars. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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