Thursday, January 9, 2014

Goddess of the Sea

Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast
ISBN: 978-0-425-22688-9
Pages: 342

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 he 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.

Hey guys! Welcome to my review for Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast! I've reviewed Goddess of Light  before and like that book, this one completely blew me away. Loved every single page of it and finished it one car ride sitting. I know, reading on the car is bad for the eyes, but I was just so hooked I couldn't stop! This book is 100% fangirl worthy and absolutely beautifully written. So let's get into it!

Part 1 introduces you to Christine Canady aka CC who is in the air force and has an extreme fear of flying. A bit strange, but then you've to admit this girl has guts when she steps into a plane for her first mission. And, that the plane eventually crashes. Anyway, before her plane accident she was on a break/vacation and thought her life was a boring drag. So she does this little earth ritual asking the goddess Gaea to give her the potential to be who she is. Of course, there's a little champagne involved, but CC never imagined that her little bewitchment would actually work. 

After the accident, CC finds herself facing...pause for effect...A MERMAID. Say what? Yup, the mermaid happens to be the legendary and rather tragic mermaid of the ocean. She asks to switch bodies with CC promising that CC will survive the wreck and CC agrees. She gets thrown a couple centuries back in time to when lone monasteries stood watch on cliffs and knights rode horses saving helpless maidens from monsters. In other words, she gets sent back to Medieval Europe. Completely disillusioned and annoyed, CC almost gets raped by a merman (oh yeah, she turns into "Undine") who calls himself her brother. His name is Sarpedon and I don't like him. In fact, I'd like it very much if I could: 

Take a deep breath Riv! Okay, moving on. CC escapes and finds sanctuary in the earth goddess Gaea's cove; who also happens to be her mom. It's Greek Mythology, everyone's pretty much related. Gaea promises protection and offers CC a way out of being a mermaid. She must find someone to love her on land, but every third night she must return to the ocean or she will die. Why are these god/goddess spells always involve death of some sort? >.< CC agrees and things get interesting.

She becomes this "refuge" princess of the Vikings at the local monastery. The visiting prince, Andras, immediately "falls in love" with her and tries his best to woo. Then there's Abbott William who is this creepy, sly, scary, oily (don't ask) father of the monastery. He's shady. Super shady. But in the end, you kind of feel like 0.0000000001% of compassion for him, maybe even less. 

While "courting" Andras and getting used to the different society and culture, CC also finds herself falling in love with Dylan, Undine's childhood friend, and a merman 100s of rungs below her on the underwater social ladder. First thing is first: Omgawd I need a merman in my life right now! I've been kind of on a Dylan high for days now because ugh, he's perfect. Yes he is, utter perfection. Anyway, their love story is just beautiful. CC is scared and distrustful, but with Dylan every little worry melts away. He makes her laugh and shows her to enjoy life, even if she's stuck in a dark monastery and occasionally turns half fish. It's just...BEAUTIFUL!!
supernatural feels

Maybe that ↑ cleared my ramble up a bit. The ending was just...well, the part before the ending was bad. Like bad bad badddd! Not I didn't like it bad, but it broke my heart into pieces bad. Another gif to kind of clear things up: 

It's like you're walking on fluffy beautiful snow and everything's perfect and suddenly FALL! Everything falls apart and you're left wailing your head off. I can't take it! *takes calming breaths* To sum things up, that was a dark moment of the book. >><< The actual ending mended my broken heart and made things right. Like they always do, but this one has a special little twist. I won't tell you what, but I definitely wasn't expecting it and it made the whole story 10x better in my POV. 

Yeah, I think that's it. Sorry about the messy rambling and the gifs, I went a bit nuts with this story. It's THAT good! So GO CHECK IT OUT and come back to fangirl with me! This book earned a holy near perfect score of 4.8 out of 5 stars! So I hope you liked this review and I'll talk to you guys in my next post! 

“True love is not a potion one person can swallow and another refuse to drink. It happens only when the souls of two join together to form one” 

“Remember that I will be here', he said resolutely. 'For an eternity (...). I would wait for you for an eternity.” 

“A sense of belonging is not physical. We cant find it by changing where we live or what we do. We have to carry it within us” 

4.8 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,

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