Title: Tempt the Stars
Series: Cassandra Palmer #6
Publication: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Signet Select
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
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?
Cassie's beyond tired, she's worn out from being pulled in so many directions. She's not eating enough and it's all beginning to wear on her powers. Her boyfriend, Mircea isn't around as much and her war mage, Pritkin sacrificed himself to save her and she is sad but completely pissed. So, she's taken it upon herself to travel the depths of hell to get him back. Her main problem, it sounds good in theory but nothing is ever easy for her, not at all. She risks much to save one and she will have to face many adversaries to do it.
I can't help but to love Cassie, she keeps developing as each book goes along. She's being challenged more emotionally in this book and she's not that type of girl but it was nice to see that vulnerability in her. I like Mircea but the dynamic between her and Pritkin is so much fun because the tension between them is so tightly wound, it's hard to see how they fight the magnetic pull. In some of the books, it seems like Mircea treats her more as a possession and in a way he has hindered her ability. She know nothing about her other powers, she can't even do basic magic to protect herself, which leaves her an easy target for those that want her dead. Whereas Pritkin doesn't coddle and he challenges and I like that. Cassie has proven that she isn't a paper doll and she refuses to allow obstacles to break her regardless if those around her attempt to keep her blind to what happens behind the scenes, she manages to overcome any obstacle.
I enjoy all the characters in these books. They are well-developed and entertaining. Pritkin's father comes off as crazy and controlling but I couldn't help but notice that maybe he actually care for his son. The vampires are hilarious because this time Cassie's has witches seeking audience with her and they freak them out. Can you imagine big bag vamps afraid of witches? Overall, this book is loaded with action packed emotional sequences and a great read for paranormal lovers.