Review: Hunt the Moon

Posted June 16, 2011 by Jen in 4 stars, Rating A, Urban Fantasy Tags: ,

Hunt The Moon
Author: Karen Chance 
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Signet
Cassandra Palmer Series #5
ISBN: # 978-0451413079
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (432 pgs), ebook

I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review.
From the author’s website:
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.

What B is talking about:
At twenty-four, Cassie Palmer hadn’t planned to be one of the most important players in the supernatural world, but she is. For reasons Cassie doesn’t understand, the Pythia’s power chose her, not the other way around. But there are plenty of others who would be more than happy to take that power away from her, even if they have to destroy her to do it. 
This was a great story from start to finish, even though it’s the fifth book in the series. It didn’t take me long to become familiar with most of the characters, much of the dialog is witty and quick, and the action never seems to stop. There’s inadvertent cliff diving, horse-drawn carriage chases, and combustive dragons. Although Ms. Chance packs a lot into Hunt the Moon, it’s not to the point of being overwhelming. 
Cassandra is a lot of fun. She’s snarky, clever, and has given up on trying to please everyone. Something is trying to kill her, and despite a battalion of armed vampires assigned to keep her safe, whatever it is has been far too close to successful in its attempts. Her head vampire bodyguard, Marco, is a riot much of the time, and the general banter among her guards is consistently amusing. Even in the middle of a crisis, Ms. Chance manages to keep the observations funny.
This is a far sexier Urban Fantasy novel than some others I’ve read. Between the vampire she loves, who has claimed her for his own (although Cassie would have preferred to actually date him for awhile first), and the half incubus Pritkin (whom I was also rooting for), she’s got a lot to think about. Both are sexy in their own way, both care for Cassie a great deal, and both have proved that they’ll go to any lengths to keep her safe. It should be a great situation for a girl to find herself in. Should be
Hunt the Moon was fun and exciting from the beginning. Even better, Chance’s humor had me laughing out loud throughout the novel. Cassie is a unique heroine, and there’s no shortage of colorful characters surrounding her. Despite the humorous and sweet components of the story, much of the action definitely qualifies as “edge-of-your-seat.” I’m definitely going to check out the earlier books in the series while I’m waiting to see what happens next. 
B’s Rating: 
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)