Title: Goddess of the Sea
Author: P.C. Cast
Release Date: October 7th, 2003
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Home alone on the night of her twenty-fifth birthday, Air Force Sergeant Christine Canady yearned for something to cure her loneliness. After drinking too much champagne, she recited a divine invocation to revive her humdrum life. But how was she to know the spell would actually work?
When her plane crashes into the ocean, CC’s life changes forever. 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 that 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…
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: This is the first book in P.C. Cast’s “Goddess Summoning” series and one that I had not heard of until recently. It is an adult title that is a retelling of The Little Mermaid and since it is an adult book, who do you think recommended it to me? That would be my crazy awesome friend Monica from The Bibliophilic Book Blog. I am coming to realize that I owe almost all of my great adult title recommendations to her. She is mentioned frequently on my blog and whenever I see her I always joke with her about it. She always has a great book to recommend, so thanks again Monica 🙂
The summary for this book confused me a little so I was hesitant about it, but once the story got going I was loving it. I will admit to being a little bored in the beginning. Why? Well, I have been reading very fast paced novels lately and this book is not that. The story had a gradual build that forces you to slow down and enjoy watching the events unfold. It was a nice change of pace for me, since lately every book I have read I devour so fast I sometimes forget to just slow down and enjoy reading. This book did that for me. I felt calm while reading it (well, up until the last 40 pages or so) but other than that I was happy to just take in each word and be enveloped in CC’s life.
I also remember Monica warning me that I would cry and I thought “No way, I don’t cry at books anymore!” Ha, I cried. I know, it was really unexpected! While it is hard for me to put out there that I did cry at this book, I am happy that an author can still pull that emotion out of me. It means I am really invested in the characters and the story really reached me. Make sense? Well, in my head it does. The more I sit here and digest what I read, the more I love this book. The story seeps into your soul so quietly you don’t realize how engrossed you really are and I love that this book has taken such a surprising hold on me.
I know this book came out a while ago and I am far behind in the series, but that means there are plenty of books for me to look forward to and I don’t have to wait to read them, yay! If you are looking a slow building story filled with adventure, romance and most of all magic, I would check this series out because it is wonderful!
Favorite Quote: “I want magic in my life.” <—- Me too!