#Review: Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast @pccastauthor

Description

On the night of her twenty-fifth birthday, alone in her apartment, Air Force Sergeant Christine Canady wished for one thing: a little magic in her life. After drinking way too much champagne, she performed, of all crazy things, a goddess-summoning ritual, hoping that it would somehow make her life a little less ordinary…but she never believed the spell would actually work.

When her military plane crashes into the ocean, CC’s mission overseas takes an unexpected turn. She awakens to find herself in a legendary time and place where magic rules the land—occupying the body of the mythic mermaid Undine. But there is danger in the waters and the goddess Gaea turns this modern, military gal into a beautiful damsel so that she can seek shelter on land.

CC is soon rescued (literally) by a knight in shining armor. She should be falling in love with this dream-come-true, but instead she aches for the sea and Dylan, the sexy merman who has stolen her heart.

Review

This is another of those books I have had on my shelf for years, I bought it while I was deep in the House of Night series which I got a little bored of added to the fact I had never really bonded with mermaid stories I think this just got pushed further and further back on my list. I’m so glad I finally decided to read it though. It was such a refreshing read, with original ideas and a fresh approach to the mythology it uses.

CC or Christine is a woman who has never quite found her place, a sergeant in the US Air Force she is good at her job, she’s also afraid of flying (great twist there). After everybody in her life forgets her twenty-fifth birthday she drowns her sorrows in champagne and performs a goddess summoning ritual she finds in one of her old books.

When her plane crashes on her way to her next posting she finds her self magically transported to a medieval world, and inside the body of a beautiful mermaid, Undine, the daughter of the goddess she summoned. And so her adventure really begins with the match her father has chosen for her pursuing her relentlessly, to escape from him she heads for dry land and is rescued by a bona fide Knight in Shining Armour, but CC has already found love with Dylan a merman who has nothing more to offer her than his heart, but how they find a future together neither of them know.

I loved the complexity of this story, it appears on the surface like a simple love triangle but it is far more than that. P.C. Cast woven together a novel that perfectly sits between the historical and mythological. I spent the last thirty minutes I was reading sobbing as the story unravelled and didn’t end at all how I had expected.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable novel and the first mermaid based story I’ve enjoyed.

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TitleGoddess of the Sea
Series: Goddess Summoning #1
Author: P.C. Cast
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Romance | Mythology | Magic
Publisher: Piatkus
Publication Date: 7 July 2011
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook | Audio
Pages: 411
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#Review: Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur @kezarthur @PiatkusBooks

Description

A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne’s Directorate of Other Races, an organisation created to police the supernatural races – and protect humans from their depredations. While Rhoan is an exalted guardian, aka assassin, Riley is merely an office worker – until her brother goes missing on one of his missions. The timing couldn’t be worse. More werewolf than vampire, Riley is vulnerable to the moon heat, the weeklong period before the full moon, when her need to mate becomes all-consuming…

Luckily Riley has two willing partners to satisfy her every need. But she will have to control her urges if she’s going to find her brother. For someone is doing some illegal cloning in an attempt to produce the ultimate warrior – by tapping into the genome of nonhumans like Rhoan. Now Riley knows just how dangerous the world is for her kind – and just how much it needs her.

Review

This has been sat on my bookshelf for so long waiting for me to read it and I finally broke the spine and read it, I’m so glad I did as well. Riley works for the Directorate of Other Races in Melbourne, she’s pretty much a pencil pusher, much to the dismay of her boss who wants her as a Guardian due to her mixed race heritage, part vampire, part werewolf. When her brother goes missing on a mission she gets pulled into the life of a Guardian and has to find out where he is and why there are people after her.

I really loved this world and Riley especially, the werewolf call to the moon, means she has multiple mates and they have different relationships with Riley and different connections to the investigation. It’s an interesting approach to the genre and I love how she holds herself and is so upfront about sex. As a Guardian she is incredible, she’s strong, clever, and despite her hesitance in taking on the role she takes it on fully without hesitation and does what she needs to to get the job done.

There are some great sub-characters in the book as well. Riley’s brother Rhoan is brilliant and very protective of his sister and Quinn a vampire who gets involved is a strong character who I hope we see more of in future books.

Looking forward to seeing where this goes with the next book in the series.

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TitleFull Moon Rising
SeriesRiley Jenson Guardian #1
AuthorKeri Arthur
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Paranormal Romance | Erotica
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Publication Date: 3 February 2011
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: Audio | eBook | Hardcover
Pages: 368
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Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Description:
In the world of Divergent, society is divided into five factions – Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite. Every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice Prior, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is. Her choice shocks everyone, including herself.

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