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Posted April 7, 2010
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Exciting and Beautiful
Having been a fan of P.C. and Kristen Cast's House of Night series, I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive about trying out any of P.C. Cast's other books. For the most part, I love the House of Night series - would I feel the same way about her other books? While I do try to read many of my books in an objective format that allows me to see the good parts in each individual piece, I was afraid that if I became disenchanted with Cast's adult books, it might ruin her young adult ones for me as well.
I am pleased to announce that I should have just thrown my worry to the ground and squished it under my shoe. While definitely having a different feel to them than the House of Night books do, the Goddess of Partholon books are turning out to be pretty spectacular. The first in the series, DIVINE BY MISTAKE follows Shannon Parker, a school teacher loving the freedom of summer break, as she discovers an ancient vase that will turn her world upside down - literally. Where there were once cars, there are now horses. Jeans and a cashmere sweater? Nope, let's try a lovely wrapped piece of silk and some strappy sandals.
I'll admit that the beginning of the book was a little hard to get into. I almost put it down to take a break, but decided to keep on going. You'll remember that I said the same thing about Stephenie Meyer's The Host. The beginning was slow but the rest of the book was phenomenal. In this case, it seemed like the beginning of DIVINE BY MISTAKE almost went by a little too quickly. Some things didn't seem fully explained and other didn't make sense. I had to ignore my mind as it tried to figure out the spatial aspect of the story as it didn't always seem like the shapes and sizes of things in the story were described the same as the way they were used. Once I was able to get past this, however, I realized what a great book this really is.
If there is anything new I have discovered about P.C. Cast's writing it's that this author is incredibly funny. The House of Night series can be humorous, but in general Zoey and her posse follow a fairly dark path. While there were certainly very dark and very graphic scenes in DIVINE BY MISTAKE, Ms. Cast was able to throw quite a bit of humor in their to lighten up the mood of the book. I can honestly say that Shannon is one of my favorite characters in the stories I have read thus far this year. The author has imbued her with a sense of humor, a modern personality that clashes beautifully with the old-fashioned world she has been transported to, and a set of quirks that just make her adorable.
While we're discussing wonderful characters, let's visit ClanFintan, shall we. I can honestly say that I had never read a story that included any form of romance between a centaur and a human. I didn't know how it would work and it if would be weird, but the way Ms. Cast created her world and the way she developed her characters made this aspect of the story one of the best. ClanFintan is like any tall, dark, and handsome man we dream of. Only difference is that he has the hindquarters of a horse. What could be better for those of us that never grew out of our princess and horse-lover phase? The author's descriptions of ClanFintan, his mannerisms, and the personality she gives him really helped to make this one heck of a book.
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Posted December 29, 2009
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I loved this book, it was a funny & fun easy read. I don't know that I would call this a "teen" book but as an adult I thought it was great. The heroine is a 35 year old, under paid, over worked, sarcastic, wine drinkin school teacher with a string of bad relationships. So as a 35 year old sarcastic, wine drinkin', bad realtionship magnet I most deffinately identify. I would like to live in partholon as long as there is t.p. & wine! Oh and the horse bites! Read it & you will get that comment :)
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A MUST FOR THE HOUSE OF NIGHT FANS
The Divine Series by P.C. Cast is just as enthralling andWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
spell binding as the House of Night Series. I fell in love
with the the Godess and all of her chosen ones and didn't want
it to end. P.C. is above all one of my favorite writers
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Posted December 26, 2010
I absolutely loved this book, there were times that I just couldn't put it down, and not just because its a love story but it was funny as well. PC Cast just cracks me up...and the one liners that she comes up with are absolutely hilarious. Ok so she isnt exactly a comedy writer but she has a wonderful sence of humor, one that I totally get! If you get the chance to read this story I recommend it, its quite an interesting take on love.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2010
excellent read, funny & witty
i love the way P.C. can take mythology and make it her own...i read the goddess series and just had to read more of her work. i love Shannon Parker's character she has to be one of my favorites i would recommend this book/series to anyone who just like to curl up for a couple of hours and escape to a magical worldWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 24, 2010
Very highly recommended!
I absolutely love this series! I enjoyed the first, but was a little disappointed with the open ending for Aine and Tegan. But I ordered the second and am very glad I did! I have been sucked into the world P.C. Cast has created and have a difficult time putting it down. Her words made me laugh out loud and I cried at the appropriate times. I have not yet finished it, bit this book is enthralling. And I cannot wait to read the rest of this series and will be reading it again in the future!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2010
author makes you habe many emotions!!
I realy enjoyed this book; after reading many vampire books I didn't think I would be able to enjoy another style but boy was I wrong. It has some adult language....I WAS SICK OF ALL THE TEEN BOOKS!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 23, 2010
This book was absolutely amazing! I was so enthralled in the romance and suspense of the book that I found myself thinking about the story every moment I was not reading. I started on PC Cast's House of Night series and I trying to fill my time until the next book came out and stumbled across the Devine series and I am utterly hooked! This series is slightly more of an adult read just for the sexaul comments and banter between the main characters, but that being said, it just includes the reader into thier love affair. Cant wait to start #2 Divine by Choice!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 9, 2010
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I was hesitant at first, but the more I read the better it got, soon I found myself thinking about the characters all the time. I read Devine Beginnings next, equally as good, now I can't wait to read Devine by Choice! Thank you PC Cast for your wonderful imagination!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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A GREAT FUN SERIES!!
I really loved this book and the series to follow. I will look out for the next book coming out in March! Love the characters and wish I could be a part of the fun world of magic in Parthalon.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I Loved It!
After reading my daughters 'House of Nights' Series by P.C. Cast and her daughter, I had to read this. I enjoy her writing style and her imagination. Also, her sense of humor is outstanding. This book is more for my age (35) but my daughter is reading and enjoying them too. I love Shannon Parker and ClanFintan and the world of Partholon. I have read all three 'Divine' books in about 2 weeks, and loved them all. READ IT!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.