The charm of this paranormal series is the imaginative and snarky situations that abound but the constantly frenetic action can also be a bit bewildering. It has been fun watching Cassie expand into her awesome abilities but it is also frustrating to see that she still lacks control over the events taking place. There are multiple wonderful scenes, including the exhilarating windsurfing exhibition, which caused me to cackle but the seesawing transitions from one battle scene to another almost gave me whiplash. I kept wanting a time-out..if only so Cassie would rest, eat a decent meal and wash up! I admit to a hankering for various unhealthy dishes now that I have been tortured with scenes of their consumption but I think it is past time that Cassie get a little better insight into what she can truly accomplish instead of having things dribbled to her a little at a time. The romance angle is getting a little more complicated and there is a smoking hot shower scene that was a little contradictory since it started off with Cassie worrying about being heard self-pleasuring yet ended with little demonstration of the superior hearing that she was concerned about. This was a fun addition to the series although I am not thrilled about the cliffhanger ending. It might be possible to read this as a standalone and just enjoy the action but it is probably advisable to read at least some of the preceding stories to get some background to best enjoy this humble yet powerful heroine and some of her zany and complex associates. Just be prepared for a rollercoaster adventure!
“Tempt the Stars” by Karen Chance is an exciting addition to the paranormal ‘Cassie Palmer’ series by Karen Chance. Cassandra (Cassie) Palmer is the Pythia, i.e. the world’s chief seer, and has the ability to shift through time but she continues to struggle to handle her powers and juggle all of the responsibilities thrust upon her when she became the Pythia. She is devastated by the sacrifice that her mentor and sometimes apparent torturer John Pritkin made which resulted in him being taken to Hell. Cassie is determined to retrieve him, no matter who naysays her...and she is willing to use whatever tools necessary to do so. The only trouble is, there are witches, vampires, demons, golems and other assorted beings she has to deal with as well. Some days things just doesn’t work out the way you want it to, no matter who your relatives are.
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?