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Ride the Storm

(Cassandra Palmer #8)

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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,874 ratings  ·  345 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of Reap the Wind returns to the “fascinating world”* of Cassie Palmer.

Ever since getting appointed the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up on the training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the pythian court. Catch up on the dangerous world of supernatural p
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Mass Market Paperback, 597 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Signet
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Kat Because he is? All he wants is to use her gifts to his own advantage. Pritkin is the only one who doesn't want to abuse her gifts, and the only one…moreBecause he is? All he wants is to use her gifts to his own advantage. Pritkin is the only one who doesn't want to abuse her gifts, and the only one who bothers teaching her practical self-defense rather than trying to lock her away forever. Mircea is the one she should be saying good bye to.(less)
Nichole Amazon lists this as releasing on April 5,2016 but says it is unavailable and they don't know when it will be in stock.

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Christina
There comes a time when readers tire of the torturous repetition of cliche cliffhangers. After seven damn books it's time to find a new shtick to keep us around. At this point I assume Chance will continue to dangle Pritkin just out of reach while rolling around in our money, cackling maniacally.

ACTUAL REVIEW:

Okay so I've finally read the book now, the page count is absolutely obscene, way too many "action" scenes. Chance is now firmly the Michael Bay of authors. So many other reviews have said
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Cassie Palmer series has addicted me for years. I'm not a time travel fan - in fact, I avoid a lot of books with that in the description - but I make allowances when it comes to Cassie and her paranormal gang. The world building is unique, involving different races of being, an all-powerful Pythia office amidst political struggles, legends and myths of old 'gods and legends. With Ride the Storm it was easy to fall back into the storyline again and see familiar characters I've grown fond of, ...more
T00zday
It's going to be hard to get excited about this one.
I am tired of the cliffhanger endings and the books with no discernible plot arc or character development.
Feminista
Nov 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
When I first got into urban fantasy, a select few fantastic series kept me hooked. I am now ashamed to say that Cassandra Palmer series was one. Actually not Cassandra Palmer, per se, but Karen Chance herself. I was particularly hooked onto her Dorina Basarab novels which have been put on hold for 4 years and counting.

So why am I commenting on the Cassandra Palmer series, about my woes regarding Dorina Basarab? Here is why. These novels were rich in plot, fantasy, action and well placed romanti
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Hanny
Nov 05, 2015 marked it as to-read
ok first this book better b coming out april 2016 like Karen has at the end of book 7. cause I dont wanna wait another 2 years for the next book. but I also hope we move forward time wise a little bc in the books its been like a week since pritkins been gone in the story and yet 3 books later (and 6 years for us) she still hasn't managed to get him back permanently.
Marta Cox
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
Copy obtained from Netgalley
I love this series and yes I'm constantly in awe of the authors imagination but I do understand why so many readers feel frustrated with certain things. It seems to me that a particular storyline has been dangling tantalisingly just out of reach for three books now as Cassie jumps here there and everywhere! Hey I don't mind the total mind reeling antics or time jumps and indeed it's been an incredible journey as now we are seeing Cassie stand up and take charge of not
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Emma
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of this book was a solid 3, with the final two chapters a thrilling 5.

The problem with these last two books is that they've felt like nothing more than filler. Yes, there's been some filling in of personal details and expansion of the world building, but mainly it's been Cassie rushing round trying to put out fires and ending up unconscious. I don't think I've ever read another book where the main character has so many 'wake up' scenes. This book opens with one and I genuinely thought it w
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Lisa Wynn
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(This review contains spoilers from previous books in the Cassie Palmer and Dorina Basarab series.)
“When desperate gambles work, they call them brilliance. Do it enough, and people start believing that you always can, that you always will. They follow people like that. They write legends about people like that.”

This is it. This is the book that every Karen Chance fan has been waiting for. This is where you find out… everything.

I’m not saying that the previous books didn’t have huge reveals that
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Kira
4.5 stars

Three things happened that I have been desperately hoping would happen since book 4, and it was about damn time. I would love to discuss those things in detail, but it would give away some major plot points. I was beginning to lose my faith and thought that some of these issues would be dragged out forever, but good things come to those who wait!

I’ve got to be honest the first half was aggravating and too chaotic without any real progress being made. Cassie was time jumping from one pla
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Ferdy
After eight books Cassie should have become somewhat less clueless, incompetent and clumsy, but the silly cow seems incapable of learning. It feels as if she hasn't had any character development, she was still floundering from one disaster to the next, there was minimal page time on her training or growing as a pythia or setting up her pythian court or becoming the important player she was meant to be. Nope, 99% of the time she was lurching from one catastrophe to another. Cassie couldn't achiev ...more
Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
Just my thoughts on the waiting-game...
Is the waiting-for-the-next-book painful? Sure. But I don't care how long it takes for these books to be published. I don't care if there are 30 books in this series with cliffys at the end of every one of them. I don't care if this story stretches out for years to come... I personally hope it does. I LOVE this series. Every book in it has been beyond exceptional and I personally think they are worth the wait, time, energy and creativity this amazing author
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Duca
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***ARC COPY***

Ride the Storm is aptly named. There was more than one storm in this book, both figurative and literal. I felt like I was caught up in a whirlwind many times while reading, and in this way, it was like reading one of the early books again, as Cassie did not take any breaks and the reader doesn’t get much time to catch their breath either. Reading it in one sitting was like going skydiving; adrenaline was pretty much constantly pumping through my veins and I loved it (that adrenalin
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Beth
Ride the Storm is a thrill ride you don’t want to get off.

Cassie is coming into her own. Dealing with her new position and the pythian court, so for her and some against her. Machintions abound, each group striving for supremacy even when an ancient evil is hanging over their heads.

There are a few plot lines that need to be tied up, how long can the cliffhanger continue.

Chance’s imagination boggles my mind; her world building is amazing; and her ability to write characters with heart makes the u
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Under the Covers Book Blog
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although for Cassie Palmer the last few books have got a time span of a couple of days...for us poor readers we have been waiting years. To try and finally, finally get some resolution to the whole Pritkin getting sent to hell thing....and then Pritkin's soul being sent back through time thing... All the while, the ancient gods are trying to break back into the world and bring on Armageddon. The only thing stopping all this it seems? Cassie Palmer, chief seer, but who despite having such a loft ...more
Arial Te
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've had the pleasure of winning an ARC from a competition Karen posted a week ago, the only condition was to write an honest, non spoiler review!

This book is everything worth waiting for. Its action packed, heart wrenching, funny and well written. I have to admit, there were tears and I couldn't help but get frustrated for Cassie Palmer and somehow gain a soft spot for Rosier. You will see both Mircea and John! There's also characters from Dorina's world which gave a nice detailed touch. Withou
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Christina
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: uf, 2017
This series has lost its magic for me, I think. I also wish there was more plot and less action shenanigans. Reading this series has been like being shoved through an ever-revolving door and then falling into a coma for 3 years. It's jarring and I can't tell if there's much substance to the story anymore. Random specific opinion: (view spoiler). I'm sorry, it still holds a place in my heart though. And I ...more
Shelley
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
*Source* Author
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

*Full Review Found @ Gizmos Reviews*

Ride the Storm is the Eight installment in author Karen Chance's Cassandra Palmer series. The novel picks up right after the last one, Reap the Wind, left off. Readers have been eagerly waiting for several years to find out what happens to Cassie, her lover, the Master Vampire Mircea, and her friend (and possibly more), mage John Pritkin. The author has been teasing and tantalizing readers with bits
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Elaine Howlin
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Wow!! I said finally so many times reading this book!!!
Amazing, it was everything I wanted and so much more and of course now I'm dying for the next one.

My only complaint is that the action scenes sometimes slow down the story and I ended up skimming them a bit after a while. Chance writes great action scenes but I've noticed with the last 2/3 books they're getting more frequent and it kinda stalls the story. Cassie does often make important discoveries during them but there's more than one way
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Camille
Apr 03, 2016 marked it as to-read
THINGS WE ALL NEED FROM THIS BOOK:
1. Pritkin out of any and all hells.
2. Pritkin safe and sound even though he's an almost suicidal maniac b/c come on!!!! He's John and he used to be able to get out of any situation and no one understands why Ms. Chance won't just give him back to us, I mean to Cassie.
3. Mircea to man up and actually start loving Cassie or just go away. B/c no one likes to be used by tools, no matter how charming those tools may be.
4. Rosier!!!!!
5. Casanova!!!!!
6. Sexy times
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Elusive
I didn't read the last book and I wont read this one either. Karen Chance is now on my shit list of Authors. These authors does the same thing over and over, and then makes their fans wait for years. Just for another cliff hanger. A cliffhanger can be good but after 3 books, with no real plot and no character build at all. I am just done.
Madison
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
God, when will we finally reach the end of this series? How many books is she contracted for anyway? I'm so over these cliffhangers!
Joan{missing the vampire bunny slippers!}
You will see a lot of exclamation marks in this review. It happens when I talk Pritkin. I can't help it, I get excited. ;)

THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!!! CONSIDER YOURSELVES WARNED! :D

HALLELUJAH!!!!!

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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)


4.5 Stars

Although for Cassie Palmer the last few books have got a time span of a couple of days…for us poor readers we have been waiting years. To try and finally, finally get some resolution to the whole Pritkin getting sent to hell thing….and then Pritkin’s soul being sent back through time thing… All the while, the ancient gods are trying to break back into the world and bring on Armageddon. The only thing stopping all this it seems? Cassie Palmer, chief seer, but who despite having such a l
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Cathy
Jul 31, 2017 marked it as owned-unread  ·  review of another edition
Ok, this is the very last chance I am giving this series to redeem itself. If this one sucks as much as the last two, I am done...
Deb
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not sure why KC feels the need to run Cassie ragged throughout every book. Wouldn't it be nice for her to SLOW DOWN and have an actual conversation and maybe 2 or 3 consecutive days when she isn't unconscious? Of course this is fantasy, but my suspension of disbelief can only take so much!!! Besides, it's the quiet parts, the dialogue, that drives the plot forward and develops the characters. Action is necessary yes, but a little balance would be good. I love Cassie, Pritkin, Mircea and all ...more
Lauren
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it


Sometimes it is hard to say goodbye, and that rings true for Cassie Palmer, Pythia and chief seer of her realm. Now, that first sentence might be confusing for those who haven’t read this series yet, but by the end of the book you will understand it’s meaning. Because I received such an early copy of Ride the Storm, I do not want to full elaborate on my feelings for fear of spoilers. That being said, Ride the Storm was a bit of a means to an end book for me. Since the last book, we’ve been foll
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D
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
If-IF-the date stays Spring 2016 I might survive.
Jen Davis
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I have long been a fan of the Cassie Palmer series, but reading this latest installment left me feeling exhausted. Usually when I describe a book as “action-packed,” I mean it in a good way. Here, not so much. There are some good things going on: plot advancement, relationship developments, answers to long-held questions. But they’re buried beneath a avalanche of non-stop action. There is no room for the story to breathe.

The book picks up right on the heels of where the last one left off. Cassie
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Just Josie
5 “You are one of the strongest people I know”- stars!


I have been following this series for YEARS now, and I have to say the last 30 pages were so worth it! #noskippingtotheendpeeps!

It’s been a long ass ride, Cassie still travelling through time to save Pritkin, while fangirling over King Arthur! Yes? You read that right!! (Such a good and well thought of idea! )
Gods trying to get back to earth to hunt and destroy everything. Vampires preparing for war in “present time”, Fey having a war in th
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Sarah ♥ dog crazy ♥
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had the luck to win an ARC of the new book in one of my favorite series.

This will be a short, spoiler-free review. I'll post a more spoilery review closer to the release date.

Overall I really enjoyed the book. We get lots of action, some quieter scenes with background information about all main characters (my favorite scene is the one with Mircea and Cassie) and the plot definitely progresses. Storylines get resolved and new developments occur.

One thing has been a pet peeve of mine throughout
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Karen Chance is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, plus a number of novellas and short stories, all set in the Cassandra Palmer universe. A full-time writer since 2008, she was previously a university history teacher, which comes in handy when writing the time-travel aspect of Cassie’s crazy adventures. She loves Las Vegas, the main setting for her novels, but currently lives in ...more

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