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Divine by Choice - P.C.Cast

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Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy / Author: P.C. Cast / ISBN: 0778303586 / Publication Date: 2010 / Publisher: Mira Books

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      29.08.2013 21:54
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      A great follow up to Divine by Mistake

      Shannon has settled into live as a Goddess incarnate, enjoying all the perks involved and as a plus she is madly in love with her Centaur husband and has a great connection with the Goddess Epona. When she finds out she is pregnant she thinks her life is complete and has well and truly forgotten her live back in the human world. Then tragedy strikes and she is sucked back to the Mortal worls and forced to fight her way back to Pathalon, being divine by mistake is not an option anymore she much now be divine by Choice, which turn out to be almost as hard as you would imagine it to be.

      The worlds described in these books are rich and detail and you can totally get lost in them which is basically what I look for in a book, I don't want to read about things that are to mundane and ordinary I want to read about the chance of there being something else, hence why I love mythology and P.C Cast does it brilliantly.
      The book is teeming with Romance and Passion (more than in the first book ) and as expected from any Paranormal romance books some fantastically graphic sex (borderline crude but in a good way) scenes which are definitely not suitable for reading out loud (not one for book club) to be honest I think they would probably make you blush sat at home on your own, which is something only P.C Cast (and Lara Adrian) have been able to achieve with me (and yes I have read 50 shades of Grey and its no match).

      This book has been given a bit of a slating by other book reviewers due to some of the moral choices made by Shannon but in my opinion I don't think they are seeing the big picture when they get offended at the end of the day Paranormal Romance is not the genre to be reading if you want clean cut 50s style Romance, you need to be more open minded and think of people more as souls than bodies. I think this is one of the greatest romance series I have read and P.C Cast sure knows how to create incredibly hot and sexy leading men.
      The Characters (even the non hot ones) are really what makes this book, as you get so attached to them, Shannon, Clan Fintan, Clint and Rhiannon, even Characters that don't speak such as Epi the horse. It takes a really good author to get me attached to a horse in a book. As you are reading you know if anything happen to any of the characters big or small you would genuinely care and that is a sign of great writing.

      Overall a fantastic book by one of my favorite Authors.

      This review is also on ciao under shelyjaneo

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      27.10.2011 07:30
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      A nother fantastic read from P. C Cast.

      After coming to terms with being a goddess of Partholon (a mystical place in mythology, and a beloved of goddess Epona),instead of a teacher in Okalahoma Tulsa, Shannon, or as her many worshippers call her Rhiannon (with whom she swapped bodies with when Rhiannon, the evil one, cast a spell to release her from her duties in the mystic world), Shannon is really starting to enjoy her life!

      She is adored by everyone, waited on hand and foot and more than happily married to the high shaman of the centaurs Clanfintan, who is also a centaur (though can change into a human form for sex, god bless these books! Lol!).

      After Clanfintan is away on a trip to secure the land after the battle ended (divine by mistake, the previous book!), Shannon starts to feel really ill, she seems to be vomiting constantly, and is excessively hormonal (I wonder what that could be!), with her feeling so down about it she start to imagine that she is seeing things, shadows watching her, this is surely just her imagination due to her illness....isn't it?

      I enjoyed the first book, though did find it took a while to get into it due to the completely different world she is taken from and placed into, a feat that was beautifully written about as you felt her disbelief at her surroundings as much as you felt when reading it.

      This time you feel resigned to the fact that she has gone from teacher, with a low paid job, to the beloved of a goddess, and married to a hunky, if somewhat equine type stud, with me actually feeling jealousy at times (surely even newly weds don't bonk as much and frantically as these two seem to!).

      The events of the book is almost a compete polar opposite of what the first book was about, with there being body swapping involved, and you get to see how the original and evil Rhiannon must have felt when first thrust into the modern world, though when her evil deeds start to put not only Shannon's life, but also a new character called Clint in danger, it does make for a really exciting and at times heart breaking read.

      I felt completely immersed within the storyline from the first page, and positively raced through the book, determined that I got to the end and ended up with the finish I so hoped for (which I did, but not quite as I would have hoped, though there is another book in the series, possibly more!).

      The entire book is told from Shannon's point, and so allows little room for veering from her storyline, I perhaps would have liked to know what other characters were feeling during the storyline, but the author did try to accommodate that by what the character deems as her "magic sleep" where upon her character can visit others through her dreams.

      This book really was a fantastic read, though is again a book that you would have to read from the start of the series to understand what the heck is actually happening, but for the quality of his book, I would thoroughly recommend you read this series.

      Price wise this has a RRP of £6.99, but can quit possibly be purchased for less from www.amazon.co.uk

      Thanks for reading x

      ISBN 978-0-7783-0358-9

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