Meet Dylan, Hades and Apollo - The Goddess-Series

 

It was my second time reading Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast, and it's my second time I am totally in love with this book. First, I love the new covers and they look amazing on my shelf and second... I just never can get around how well P.C. Cast manages to tell the mermaid tale...
But first things first, what is the book about?


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.


I have to admit that I was a little worried in the beginning because I just kinda couldn't wrap my head around the concept of mermaids and mermen in the sense of them having some sexual thing going. Half man, half fish? Seriously? This is working? But let me tell you... HELL YES! P.C. Cast made it work!

“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.”
- Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast

I have to admit that I was a lot worried about those books because I started P.C. Cast's other series and I had the feeling that the books weren't that good and got worse. When I started the Goddess-Series I was thinking of that, but it took me only a few pages to fall in love with the strong woman CC is on the outside and the soft, sweet girl she is on the inside. The story, the idea and even the guy... Seriously, P.C. made it an Art to show you that sometimes the white knight in shining armor is exactly NOT what you want at the end of the day. 

It is truly believable that Dylan already loves her after only a very short period of time. Sometimes that feels overdone, but in this book it was incredibly sweet and making me long for something like that, too... *wink* 

The ending... I cried so hard, and then I just wondered how she can ever make that good again, but P.C. Cast did a great job in making me feel totally satisfied with the end, the book, and most of all that sweet story.


Goddess of Spring... What can I say about that book? how about we start here, too, with the description:

Lina's trendy bakery in Tulsa is proving to be less than lucrative, and she must come up with a plan. When she stumbles upon an Italian Goddess cookbook, Lina can't help but think she's found the answer to her problem—even if it means invoking a goddess to save her business.

Soon enough, Lina finds herself face-to-face with Demeter, who has a plan of her own. She proposes that Lina exchange souls with Persephone, the Goddess of Spring, who will breathe new life into the bakery. In return, Lina must set order to the Underworld.

Before all this, Lina's problems mostly involved sourdough and second dates. Now that she embodies the enchanting Persephone, Lina has weightier things on her mind—like the formidable task of bringing Spring to a world of spirits. But when the handsome, brooding Hades kindles a spark in her heart, Lina wonders if this Lord of the Underworld might be the man of her dreams.

Hades... Lina... Hades... Lina... I have to admit that I am one of those people that by now read quite a few books that feature Gods and the underworld and all that, and so I was kinda thinking, "Let's bring it on, show me what you got..." And P.C. Cast has a LOT. 

“But will they be together again? If they're reborn as new people with no memory of their previous lives, how can they find each other?"
"Soul mates will always find each other. Do not weep on their behalf...they will be together again."
"Do you promise?" Lina's voice trembled with emotion.
"I promise, sweet one. I promise.” 
- Goddess of Spring by P.C. Cast

Honestly, making the Lord of the Underworld brooding and moody is not something new, but making him brooding and moody because he wants true love is definitely something I hadn't heard before. Everything P.C. Cast wrote in reference to the palace, to the guy and the whole surroundings was written so well that I could see it in my head, could imagine the grand beauty and believe the characters. 

I loved, too, that P.C. made an 'older' woman her main, someone with experience and a sweet view on life and love. Shaking up the underworld seemed hard for Lina, but when she's down there she feels just right. She felt right to me, too, which is just what I need in a book. With the second series of that book I was more than just a little sure that I would enjoy all of those books... And it definitely was the truth. I couldn't put the books down and finished most in less than two days.


When hardworking Pamela Smythe whispers her wish for a god-like man, she never expects to find one--especially not in Vegas. But the goddess Artemis has dared her twin handsome brother Apollo to change all that.

That's all there is on Goodreads about that book and since that as well is a reread for me, I have to start of with admitting that the first few pages were really boring for me, but then, I knew the story. It really started to kick off for me when they meet the first time: Apollo, one of the most handsome men this earth knows, and Pamela, a woman just as normal as you and me. The sparks are there, the sweetness and the most adorable, helpless guy a girl could wish for. Not knowing anything about our world seriously causes Apollo troubles and I love how he still tries to deal with it to best way he knows. Whenever he points out that he's just a man trying to win the woman he loves??? Oh yes, that made me a tiny puddle on the floor because it seemed so true, so real! This whole series really makes me believe it could be possible. 

“A lot of men wouldn't like being called a romantic. It's not macho enough."
"Quite often men are fools.” 
- Goddess of Light by P.C. Cast

After the initial, somewhat rocky start I couldn't put the book down and finished it in one reading. I loved the whole character development, loved Pam's assistant and everything else about this book.

Really, try those books.

Thank you.
Yours truly,
Julie


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