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Book Review: GODDESS OF THE SEA by P.C. CAST

Hello Readers, welcome back to my blog. I hope we are all staying safe as different parts of UK are under different restriction rules.

This is the first of many mythical re-tellings.

Tigger warning: attempted rape

SUMMARY

Home alone on the night of her twenty-fifth birthday. US Air Force sergeant Christine Canady yearns for something to cure her loneliness. After drinking too much champagne, she recites a divine invocation to revive her humdrum life. But how is she to know the spell actually works?

When her plane crashes into the ocean, CC’s life changes for ever. She awakens, bewildered, to find herself in a legendary time and place ruled by magic – and in the body of the mythical mermaid Undine. But danger lurks in the water, ready to swallow CC whole. Taking pity on her, the goddess Gaea turns CC into a damsel so she might seek shelter on land. When a dashing knight comes to CC’s rescue, instead of falling for this dream-come-true, she aches for the sea and the darkly sexy merman who’s stolen her heart…..

The first of the goddess summoning books is Goddess of the sea; it is a retell of the story of the mermaid Undine. The story starts with CC’s birthday and her disappointment that her parents had forgotten her birthday in favour of going on a cruise (they have kicked the bird out of the nest and should be allowed to enjoy themselves, which they have no problem doing by the way with all that flirting on the phone). CC is not happy that her parents and her longest friend forgot her birthday (which it turns out her parents didn’t) so she gets drunk and performs a ritual to the Goddess Gaea. CC’s wish during the ritual was for magic in her life and the next day strange things start happening.

CC is deployed to Saudi Arabia but her flight crashes in the sea and consequently she switches places with Undine. As CC begins her journey as Undine, there are obstacles she must overcome like a perverted brother. She is given legs by Gaea and finds herself in the middle ages with a disapproving priest who thinks her beauty is a sin.

This story reminded me of the mythological equivalent of freaky Friday (except this was not a mother daughter switch) and the first part of the story dragged so much that I found it hard to continue reading although I saw what P.C. was trying to do; I think it should have been shorter. Oh and what happened to Undine? She just disappeared in the story, we don’t know what happened to her when she swapped places with CC twice.

Ugh!!! Andras was so annoying with his archaic ideas and CC tolerated him because it was the mindset of the men of his time and he didn’t know better but I just couldn’t give him that excuse and was rolling my eyes every time he said something stupid about men being superior or women being weaker. When Dylan died I almost started crying with CC, it was so sad. To find him but lose him before she gets to really enjoy being with him, for CC’s sake I’ve never been more glad for a character to live.

I loved the idea of female power coming together to work for our betterment rather than the endless fighting and jealousy that pits us against each other. Women are so powerful when they work together.

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