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When modern-day Mikki ends up in the strange Realm of the Rose, Hecate has been waiting for her. So too has her gorgeous guardian beast, who soon has Mikki swooning. But to save the realm, Mikki will have to sacrifice her life-giving blood.


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When modern-day Mikki ends up in the strange Realm of the Rose, Hecate has been waiting for her. So too has her gorgeous guardian beast, who soon has Mikki swooning. But to save the realm, Mikki will have to sacrifice her life-giving blood.

30 review for Goddess of the Rose

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maya

    I tried, I really did. I even picked it back up, after a few previous failures but by God, could she please stop talking about those fucking roses. Seriously. I felt like all I read about were those roses and how she grew them. Ghh. I did hear it gets better after the first half, but by then I just didn't care anymore. Sadly a DNF for me. :( I tried, I really did. I even picked it back up, after a few previous failures but by God, could she please stop talking about those fucking roses. Seriously. I felt like all I read about were those roses and how she grew them. Ghh. I did hear it gets better after the first half, but by then I just didn't care anymore. Sadly a DNF for me. :(

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    First Line: "Once upno a time, when men still believed gods and goddesses walked the earth, Hecate, Great Goddess of Night, was granted dominion over the crossroads of man." I just keep enjoying Cast's Goddess Summoning series. They are such a different type of romance. I was particularly tickled reading this one because the hero is not a man, but a beast. This story combines the ancient mythology of the goddess Hecate and the well-known fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast. The beauty, Mikki, is a First Line: "Once upno a time, when men still believed gods and goddesses walked the earth, Hecate, Great Goddess of Night, was granted dominion over the crossroads of man." I just keep enjoying Cast's Goddess Summoning series. They are such a different type of romance. I was particularly tickled reading this one because the hero is not a man, but a beast. This story combines the ancient mythology of the goddess Hecate and the well-known fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast. The beauty, Mikki, is a strong, beautiful, modern woman who is sucked in to the position of High Priestess for Hecate in the Realm of the Rose. The beast is based on the myth of the minotaur. He stands seven feet tall, is mostly covered in hair, has cloven hooves instead of feet, and horns on his head. He is charged with guarding the realm. The story begins with some pretty sexy dreams between the two, and things only get steamier once they meet in person. Despite (or perhaps because of) the species difference, the romance works very well. I enjoyed both characters very much and found their story to be both romantic and sensual. I'm starting to catch on to Cast's unique HEAs and I did guess how this one would end, but I loved it any way. Tone: Sexy, Mystical, Dramatic Setting: Oklahoma, Tulsa, Realm of the Rose Characters: Minotaur, Beast, Nurse, Rose Gardener, Goddess, High Priestess, Handmaidens Language: Steamy, Dramatic, Decisive Pace: Steady Other Elements: Mythology, Magic, Dreams, Ritual, Sacrafice, Fairy Tale, Four Elements, Roses

  3. 4 out of 5

    Donna Sanders

    So, I'm a complete Faery Tale freak and a big fan of Roses and Hecate and all. I asked my Roommate beforehand what she thought, if I would be offended or pleased. She gave me a noncommittal answer, and since it wasn't an outright pan, I read the book. I remember getting to a certain point and thinking, "hrmm... I think the author was a Dianic at one point" as her rituals are very close (even verbatim in some areas) to the Dianic rituals I'm used to. Then again, the Dianics didn't originate those So, I'm a complete Faery Tale freak and a big fan of Roses and Hecate and all. I asked my Roommate beforehand what she thought, if I would be offended or pleased. She gave me a noncommittal answer, and since it wasn't an outright pan, I read the book. I remember getting to a certain point and thinking, "hrmm... I think the author was a Dianic at one point" as her rituals are very close (even verbatim in some areas) to the Dianic rituals I'm used to. Then again, the Dianics didn't originate those rituals and probably ripped them off from the dreaded anti-Dianics, the Gardnerians. It's surprising how, as much as they loathe each other, they are extremely similar. Then again, maybe it's not a surprise. Anyway, as far as a treatise on Beauty and the Beast goes, I like it. Good revisioning, even if I did sense a few references back to Robin McKinley's "Beauty." Hell, even Disney ripped her off; it's a damned good book. However, in dealing with Hecate, the more I thought on it, the more I was disappointed. Cast got the spirit of Her down alright, but there was one major issue: Hecate is, like many Goddess, a protector of women and children, especially those who have been abused. She is a Goddess of Justice and Her justice often is harsh. While I have no doubts She would be okay with blood sacrifice from Her priestesses, I sincerely doubt She would ever ask ritual death from one, let alone yearly. And it would most definitely not be done at the hands of a male, creature or not. Also, historically speaking, as Hecate is one of the oldest known Goddesses to be named, back in Her day, it was the males that got sacrificed. This is well documented. So yeah, it fit with the story, and completely disregarded the actual spirit of the Goddess in question and the actual historical evidence of Goddess worship. Probably not going in with my Faery Tale collection.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Lap

    I've had a love / hate relationship with the Goddess series books. Some of them have been wonderful and others have made me want to throw the book across the room. This one fell somewhere in between. I thought the story was intriguing but a lot of the characters left me cold and weren't really given a three dimensionsal life to make me want to explore why they might be giving off that cool indifference. The heroine, Mikado, is a thrown into a world she loves where her job is to care for the rose I've had a love / hate relationship with the Goddess series books. Some of them have been wonderful and others have made me want to throw the book across the room. This one fell somewhere in between. I thought the story was intriguing but a lot of the characters left me cold and weren't really given a three dimensionsal life to make me want to explore why they might be giving off that cool indifference. The heroine, Mikado, is a thrown into a world she loves where her job is to care for the roses. However, she's never told that her destiny is that caring for the roses means sacrificing her life at Beltane so that her blood will feed the roses. Um hello, I can understand how they might balk at telling her in case she runs, but as their treasured Empousa I felt it was an extremely deceitful thing to do. Mikado's infatuation and eventual love for Asterius - the Guardian - of the realm was charming except I felt that her ability to just fall for a half man/half beast wasn't given enough merit. There were hints that "human" men had never fulfilled her as she wanted a more passionate kind of love. A love that bordered on going wild with her passion but I felt it was almost a quick explanation so that the fact she loves the man beast here is supposed to not be deemed as unusual. And it is. Sure, Asterius has the soul and heart of a man - and PC Cast cleverly never fully describes how much of him is beast. We know he has horns, and we know his legs are covered with fur, and we know has hooves instead of feet but his face that of a man? Is his chest? Are his hands when they're not extending claws? A sensitive subject for sure. I didn't hate this book but I felt there was a lot left unsaid or barely touched on that could have really given this story more depth. I'll continue with the series as they seem to be hit or miss, but this one fell short for me. Until next time, ~Lisa

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Out of all of the Goddess Summoning series this book is the one that tugs on my heart strings the most. It has been several years since I first read this book and now the second time through it still brings me to tears. I love this book. It is a twist on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast one of my favorites. P.C. Cast does a great job breathing new life into the tale. I hope you love it has much as I do!! Yup, third time through and I still cry each time. I love this story and I cannot wait to Out of all of the Goddess Summoning series this book is the one that tugs on my heart strings the most. It has been several years since I first read this book and now the second time through it still brings me to tears. I love this book. It is a twist on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast one of my favorites. P.C. Cast does a great job breathing new life into the tale. I hope you love it has much as I do!! Yup, third time through and I still cry each time. I love this story and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series yet again.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETELLING! There was so much magic and mysticism in this book, it was awesome. I loved how Mikki was swept off to the magical Realm of the Roses. P.C. Cast always manages to bring mythology alive in different and innovative ways. I loved Mikki when I met her and I thought her erotic dreams of a beast man were quite unique. I really enjoyed the romance in this and I am super supportive of the message being about acceptance, love and trust. (view spoiler)[ THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETELLING! There was so much magic and mysticism in this book, it was awesome. I loved how Mikki was swept off to the magical Realm of the Roses. P.C. Cast always manages to bring mythology alive in different and innovative ways. I loved Mikki when I met her and I thought her erotic dreams of a beast man were quite unique. I really enjoyed the romance in this and I am super supportive of the message being about acceptance, love and trust. (view spoiler)[ I'm so happy Mikki chose to love Asteria just as he was. That's a way better lesson than the beast magically being changed by love (hide spoiler)]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I really enjoyed this installemnt in the Goddess Summoning series and it has quickly become my second favourite book in it - only topped by Goddess of Spring. This book tells the tale of Mikado, a modern american woman, who by a chain of events is transported to the magical Realm of the Rose where she is to rule as the high priestess of the Goddess Hecate. But there is more to her new job and the realm she is to govern than there seems to be; the same is true for the Guardian who protects the rea I really enjoyed this installemnt in the Goddess Summoning series and it has quickly become my second favourite book in it - only topped by Goddess of Spring. This book tells the tale of Mikado, a modern american woman, who by a chain of events is transported to the magical Realm of the Rose where she is to rule as the high priestess of the Goddess Hecate. But there is more to her new job and the realm she is to govern than there seems to be; the same is true for the Guardian who protects the realm and the priestess he can not stay away from.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Blank Canvas

    When I first picked up this book I was actually intrigued by concept of the story of having beauty being mixed with Greek mythology. I really thought this book would be an interesting read but little did I know what a stuggle It would be to just finish it. I was immensely disappointed by how the book turned out to be. It was a really slow and boring read there were times were I would nod off to sleep while reading it. I have read many other books by this same author and was not disappointed but When I first picked up this book I was actually intrigued by concept of the story of having beauty being mixed with Greek mythology. I really thought this book would be an interesting read but little did I know what a stuggle It would be to just finish it. I was immensely disappointed by how the book turned out to be. It was a really slow and boring read there were times were I would nod off to sleep while reading it. I have read many other books by this same author and was not disappointed but this book failed to live up to the expectations. The author turned an innocent story of beauty and the beast into a horrible mess. There were so many parts that felt really cliche and the characters were terribly underdeveloped I felt no connection to them whatsoever. Some of the parts in the story were simply hard to imagine and too illogical and I get it that its a work of fiction but even still there needs to be a grain of logic so a story makes sense. Not only that I grew sick of how much she talked about roses, diferent types of roses, colours, caring for roses blah blah blah etc. All this talk of roses drove me insane!!! I get it, roses play a vital role book but honestly it felt ridiculously repetitive and unnecessary at times.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    I absolutely LOVED this Beauty and the Beast retelling...it was full of magick and romance and roses, with a unique twist on the story. 4/5⭐️

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gwenyth Love

    My favourite ending of this series so far. I loved The Beast (Guardian).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This book was just "meh" for me. The beginning was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SLOW. And like a lot of P.C. Cast books the characters were 2 dimensional. Any villains found in this story I just skimmed over , like I skimmed through the last third of this book. So I think it's time me and P.C.Cast say good bye she has amazing ideas but writing style, characters and settings just aren't enough to keep me hooked. This book was just "meh" for me. The beginning was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SLOW. And like a lot of P.C. Cast books the characters were 2 dimensional. Any villains found in this story I just skimmed over , like I skimmed through the last third of this book. So I think it's time me and P.C.Cast say good bye she has amazing ideas but writing style, characters and settings just aren't enough to keep me hooked.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Ok This was like a weird beauty and the beast and Greek mythology twist type of story. It was good but a bit odd.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    “This book is for everyone who fell in love with the Beast, and then was truly disappointed when he turned into a handsome prince.” This is the dedication P.C Cast wrote at the beginning of this book and as soon as I read those words, I knew this would be a story I would love. While I haven’t read all the books in the Goddess Summoning series – I have read most, and without doubt Goddess of the Rose has definitely been my favourite so far! When modern day women Mikado (Mikki) finds herself transp “This book is for everyone who fell in love with the Beast, and then was truly disappointed when he turned into a handsome prince.” This is the dedication P.C Cast wrote at the beginning of this book and as soon as I read those words, I knew this would be a story I would love. While I haven’t read all the books in the Goddess Summoning series – I have read most, and without doubt Goddess of the Rose has definitely been my favourite so far! When modern day women Mikado (Mikki) finds herself transported to the ancient realm of the Rose, she at once steps into her destined role as Hecate’s high priestess. But as she learns how to carry out her scared duties, Mikado cannot stop her ever increasing desire for the realms guardian beast. Imbued with the soul of man, he appears half animal/half God and under his ever watchful eyes, Mikado starts to discover more and more about the man that lies hidden within the beast. But the Guardian guards a deadly secret. Even as his lonely heart yearns for someone to love him, he knows he must resist Mikado’s feminine charms at all costs, as the day is fast approaching when Mikado must truly fulfil her purpose as high priestess. Yet clueless as to what fate has in store for her, Mikado is relentless… and the beast finds himself tamed. But are they willing to pay the price their love will cost them…? I must admit that while I really enjoyed this book, it did take me a couple of chapters to get into. But trust me when I say it is worth persevering. Not only does P.C Cast once again create a world that sparks the imagination, but her characters are rich with personality and full of life-like emotions. Mikado is feisty and sarcastic, yet caring and unknowingly selfless. Her attraction to the guardian may begin on a purely primal level, but I like how she never once considers him as ‘just’ a beast. As for the Guardian… he is simply heartbreaking. His desire to be accepted, to have someone just speak to him with neither fear or disgust is heart-wrenching. Cursed for his father’s crimes, the Guardian is certain that he is destined to spend eternity alone, never to know love or friendship – only duty. And I truly love how Mikado’s entrance to the realm of the rose truly shakes up his beliefs and – for lack of a better phrase – literally rocks his world! ;) However while I found the pacing of the plot to be rather slow, it does give plenty of time for romance between Mikado and the Guardian to grow, moving from a slow simmer to a full on scorching burn. Magical and full of fairytale goodness, Goddess of the Rose is a fantastic read and one I would recommend to anyone to anyone who loves happy-ever-after endings, Beauty and the Beast retellings, or just gushingly romantic stories. 4 stars!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacia (the 2010 club)

    3.5 stars. Fluffy, fun romance. I'm generally a fan of stories where love is built on a true connection instead of simply a physical attraction. This was a Beauty and the Beast retelling mixed with Greek mythology, which was a bit strange, but since I like both of these things, I was okay with the odd combo. That's about it. I can't seem to make it through a book of Cast's without getting annoyed at the lead female at least a couple of times...but ah well. It wasn't that bad this time as it coul 3.5 stars. Fluffy, fun romance. I'm generally a fan of stories where love is built on a true connection instead of simply a physical attraction. This was a Beauty and the Beast retelling mixed with Greek mythology, which was a bit strange, but since I like both of these things, I was okay with the odd combo. That's about it. I can't seem to make it through a book of Cast's without getting annoyed at the lead female at least a couple of times...but ah well. It wasn't that bad this time as it could have been and the romance was sweet. I enjoyed the read but felt the sexy times could have been more dynamic.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Maas

    As usual with P.C. Cast's Goddess Summoning series, the first third to one half of the book started out pretty slow and requires a bit more willpower to get through (luckily I picked up this book for the first time on an airplane so lack of anything else to do helped me to get through the initial slow parts). I've also read her Goddess of Spring novel, and that one seemed to pick up the pace and introduce the romance much earlier than Goddess of the Rose. Once the romance finally got going I rea As usual with P.C. Cast's Goddess Summoning series, the first third to one half of the book started out pretty slow and requires a bit more willpower to get through (luckily I picked up this book for the first time on an airplane so lack of anything else to do helped me to get through the initial slow parts). I've also read her Goddess of Spring novel, and that one seemed to pick up the pace and introduce the romance much earlier than Goddess of the Rose. Once the romance finally got going I really enjoyed this book and as usual, P.C. Cast writes amazing, sexy, tasteful, meaningful romance. The ending was sweet but felt a bit rushed.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maryaninya

    For instance, I thought I was literally in a different world. Everything was new to me, Godess, beast, etc. And it was too feminine for me. So i really had to make an effort in understanding this story. In the end, I enjoyed so much, I even see myself as an Empousa. ( with the power of summoning your maids through telepathy, chiton dress, hotsrping and a power to grow roses through blood!) I love how the ending gave justice to all the characters. Less drama, less violence, just creativity and ma For instance, I thought I was literally in a different world. Everything was new to me, Godess, beast, etc. And it was too feminine for me. So i really had to make an effort in understanding this story. In the end, I enjoyed so much, I even see myself as an Empousa. ( with the power of summoning your maids through telepathy, chiton dress, hotsrping and a power to grow roses through blood!) I love how the ending gave justice to all the characters. Less drama, less violence, just creativity and magic.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Seamaiden

    I wasn't that thrilled about this story at first even though it's loosely based on Beauty and the Beast but I ended up really liking it later on. Hecate wasn't that bad. I usually quite enjoy stories that show you how someone fell in love with a "beast" and it was exciting reading how Mikki embraced her needs and instincts, how she knew she didn't belong and how she ended up getting her happy ending. And now there is a new goddess. The sacrifice scene as well as the almost rape scenes were a bit I wasn't that thrilled about this story at first even though it's loosely based on Beauty and the Beast but I ended up really liking it later on. Hecate wasn't that bad. I usually quite enjoy stories that show you how someone fell in love with a "beast" and it was exciting reading how Mikki embraced her needs and instincts, how she knew she didn't belong and how she ended up getting her happy ending. And now there is a new goddess. The sacrifice scene as well as the almost rape scenes were a bit scary and made me uneasy but that's how it should be. Another great book in this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    HR readsNstuff

    blah blah blah... i'm almost halfway and it's all been about roses and ceremony. i'm all for world building but this is ridiculous - the two main characters have barely interacted and if i read one more thing about tending a rose garden i'm going to scream. DID NOT FINISH. maybe one day when i'm feeling more patient (and really desperate for something to read) i'll revisit the story, instead i'm moving onto the next book in the series. blah blah blah... i'm almost halfway and it's all been about roses and ceremony. i'm all for world building but this is ridiculous - the two main characters have barely interacted and if i read one more thing about tending a rose garden i'm going to scream. DID NOT FINISH. maybe one day when i'm feeling more patient (and really desperate for something to read) i'll revisit the story, instead i'm moving onto the next book in the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chernyse

    I did it, I finished the book. I have to say, I am disappointed. This book is so unlike P.C. Cast. But then again, I haven't read any of their other books except for The House of Night Series and The Forbidden Game. However, I found this book very unlikable, and the characters were underdeveloped. It also had a few loose ends I was unhappy with. I did it, I finished the book. I have to say, I am disappointed. This book is so unlike P.C. Cast. But then again, I haven't read any of their other books except for The House of Night Series and The Forbidden Game. However, I found this book very unlikable, and the characters were underdeveloped. It also had a few loose ends I was unhappy with.

  20. 5 out of 5

    ♥Mary♦Sweet♣Dreams♠Are♥Made♦of♣This♠

    This book was really weird but good. I guess. Sometimes it just dragged on and the middle was kinda slow but it was OK. I think the ending could have been a little better just like some of her other books but it was still satisfying. It was an easy read of about 3 hours.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erica Forrest

    A retelling of Beauty and the Beast and the Minotaur makes for one of my favourite heros of all time! And a strong, unannoying heroine too. Asterius is so sweetly vulnerable, Mikki is smart and strong, and their romance is steamy... Better than five stars!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Danyelle

    3.5 stars a different take on beauty and the beast

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not a detailed review, just thoughts I had while reading this: - The author started with a note abt how sometimes women might have wished for the Beast in Beauty & the Beast to remain a Beast out of disappointment of the Prince he eventually became. While I HAVE indeed been disappointed by the Prince in some versions of that fairy tale (most particularly in the 2017 movie adaptation), I have never actually wished for the Beast to remain as a beast. Or a half-man half-beast hybrid such as Guardian Not a detailed review, just thoughts I had while reading this: - The author started with a note abt how sometimes women might have wished for the Beast in Beauty & the Beast to remain a Beast out of disappointment of the Prince he eventually became. While I HAVE indeed been disappointed by the Prince in some versions of that fairy tale (most particularly in the 2017 movie adaptation), I have never actually wished for the Beast to remain as a beast. Or a half-man half-beast hybrid such as Guardian, so honestly the main hero of this book did nothing for me. But I knew what he was going into the book, and I read it anyway, so I don't count this against the author, she did prepare me for it. - I thought the whole "He put a rose in my wineglass" thing was really overly-hyped. I feel like in a place like the Realm of the Rose, they probably lived and breathed roses, putting one in the wineglass seemed like everyday habit or part of their culture, but Mikki kept thinking of it as such a big deal, such a great show of romance, such a huge hint to his humanity... which just reads very oddly disproportionate to me. - The 4 Elemental handmaidens were kinda sweet, but I felt like they had the potential to be MORE. Like better dialogue, more scenes. - The scene where Mikki thought to quietly sacrifice herself for the roses, without being asked to, that was quite moving. I shed tears for her bravery. - For how close her friendship with her bestie Nelly is in her mundane life, Mikki sure did not hesitate to choose the Realm of the Rose as her home. There wasn't much in Part 1 to indicate that she felt like she didn't belong in the mundane world, except that she kept saying it as the reason she wanted to choose the realm over it. I felt like she had a pretty full and interesting life in part 1 (good job, good friends, good hobby, smart and sassy enough to not suffer chauvinistic fools etc), so it threw me off that she was happy to abandon it so quickly, and never once looked back or thought of Nelly when she was in the Realm. - I love Greek mythology and enjoy reading romance with themes relating to that, which is why I started on the Goddess Summoning series. So far, this series has had its hits and misses for me, but Goddess of the Rose falls somewhere in the middle. It was alright. But I'll definitely continue forward in the series in the hope for more hits.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Like much of the books that I've been reading recently, I like the IDEA behind the book without liking the actual book itself. I mean, come on. I love me some Beauty and the Beast retelling (although, I'm loathe to tell Cast about Cupid and Psyche... Dear lord no.), but I could not with Goddess of the Rose. She fucked the Minotaur. Come on. Seriously? I cannot. On top of the usual Cast nonsense of pages of “Let's cast a circle! Water, I call to you! Fire...” Blah-blah-blah... It got old, real fast Like much of the books that I've been reading recently, I like the IDEA behind the book without liking the actual book itself. I mean, come on. I love me some Beauty and the Beast retelling (although, I'm loathe to tell Cast about Cupid and Psyche... Dear lord no.), but I could not with Goddess of the Rose. She fucked the Minotaur. Come on. Seriously? I cannot. On top of the usual Cast nonsense of pages of “Let's cast a circle! Water, I call to you! Fire...” Blah-blah-blah... It got old, real fast. Especially since I've read a lot of her other stuff, and knew that it was coming, and just sort of... skimmed the entire thing. But it was still tedious. WE GET THE POINT. MOVE ON ALREADY. On top of that, the entire plot was just... too convenient. Mikki automatically knew what to do, even though the best anybody could tell her was to “trust her instincts!” And then all of the stuff that happened at the end... UGH. Fucking really? That's how you're going to play out with the HEA? Granted, this HEA was better than the shitshow at the end of Goddess of Light, but still. This ending was way too contrived, even for a romance novel. Maybe don't write yourself into such corners, Cast. These are not good endings. All in all, this book would be marked down as being very forgettable, but like eating something nasty, the bad aftertaste of the bestiality lingers in my mouth, and probably will for a long time. After having read the entire House of Night debacle with the bull... I have to wonder about Cast's weird obsession with bestiality.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy Dale

    A Beauty and the Beast retelling,I was so excited,so ready for a new favorite book... I adore PC Cast, but this volume just wasn't as good as her other offerings.. This book was 70% about roses and gardening and only a miniscule amount was romance. I thought this particular Goddess Summoning volume would be the darkest and most steamy, but of the 3 I've read it's the least. The beginning chapters are really interesting and the last few are very exciting, but the rest is about roses! I've seen ot A Beauty and the Beast retelling,I was so excited,so ready for a new favorite book... I adore PC Cast, but this volume just wasn't as good as her other offerings.. This book was 70% about roses and gardening and only a miniscule amount was romance. I thought this particular Goddess Summoning volume would be the darkest and most steamy, but of the 3 I've read it's the least. The beginning chapters are really interesting and the last few are very exciting, but the rest is about roses! I've seen other reviewers say that and I figured they were exaggerating or not into nature,but it really is all roses, gardening and fertilizers! I was so disappointed, the Beast was very cool and I wish it hadn't taken over half the book to have them fall in love and such. Also there's a dream the main character has at the beginning of the book which I thought would come true once she met the Beast,but it didn't so that was a bit odd. I think this book was also different from the other volumes in that,Mikki, didn't actually want help or consciously invoke a goddess as the girls did in other books, and Hecate was quite aloof and cold. I didn't get that inspiring girl power vibe from this book. What I did like was that Beast Stayed a beast!!! Yes!!! No goody goody Prince transformation like in all the other versions! He stayed as is, I've always wanted to read or watch a version like that! I'm still excited to read more, hoping I love the next books as much as I adored Goddess of Love!

  26. 5 out of 5

    selene

    This was a very original Beauty and the Beast retelling. In other reviews I have seen people complaining about how much they didn't like the amount of pages this book dedicated to talking about roses. I must say I loved every second of it and is something I will miss in other re-tellings. Our protagonist, Mikado, is a very headstrong character and I love her. I love that beast doesn't have to change his appearance as well as all the mythological and ritualistic portions of this book. Somehow I w This was a very original Beauty and the Beast retelling. In other reviews I have seen people complaining about how much they didn't like the amount of pages this book dedicated to talking about roses. I must say I loved every second of it and is something I will miss in other re-tellings. Our protagonist, Mikado, is a very headstrong character and I love her. I love that beast doesn't have to change his appearance as well as all the mythological and ritualistic portions of this book. Somehow I wanted a bit more from this book, the end is a bit abrupt but overall a very good book. I had read the first 4 books of the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and I haven't re-read them but I was very pleasantly surprised with this book. I think I'll definitely read more books in the Goddess Summoning series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Got me bathing with a drink in one hand, a plate of fruit next to me, and the book in the other hand. It was a really nice read. Started off a little slow but it got really good. Loved how it reminded me of beauty and the beast. I wish I would have gotten longer chapters from the point of view of Asterius. I wanted to connect with him more. As for Mikado, she's the main protagonist and I like how she spoke her and did things her way. Also how all of PC Cast books so far have been teaching me to Got me bathing with a drink in one hand, a plate of fruit next to me, and the book in the other hand. It was a really nice read. Started off a little slow but it got really good. Loved how it reminded me of beauty and the beast. I wish I would have gotten longer chapters from the point of view of Asterius. I wanted to connect with him more. As for Mikado, she's the main protagonist and I like how she spoke her and did things her way. Also how all of PC Cast books so far have been teaching me to look inside of myself for answers and not others. So reading this series has me treating myself to more self love. Whether it reading, bathing, working out, eatting, or just meditation, Im doing those things for me. So thank you PC Cast for writing this beautiful book series. As I read characters grow, so do I. ❤️

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Nice enough. Not as good as the others I've read in the series so far. Took a long while to get into the story. The first half, the pacing was very slow with not much plot. The whole story was a bit lacking. Not as rich and detailed as others in this series have been. A very simple story that could have been executed better. I also disliked how some information was kept from Mikki. The whole keeping something from someone for their safety or wellbeing or whatever is a trope I just loathe. It's over Nice enough. Not as good as the others I've read in the series so far. Took a long while to get into the story. The first half, the pacing was very slow with not much plot. The whole story was a bit lacking. Not as rich and detailed as others in this series have been. A very simple story that could have been executed better. I also disliked how some information was kept from Mikki. The whole keeping something from someone for their safety or wellbeing or whatever is a trope I just loathe. It's overused and not a great story device. Could hade been done better. However it wasn't too bad. I enjoyed it for what it was. A quick romance with a splash of Greek Mythology. Goddess of Spring is still my favourite of the series. I hope the rest of the series gets a bit better!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nitty S

    I like this series....I know its a bit cheesy and some parts are just wrong in the point of view of mythology. It is, at times, basically erotica with some sort of mythological storyline, but I still enjoy it. This is the first book I read in the series and proceeded to read the others out of curiousity. I'm re-reading it now and I see some things I missed when I was younger. The coincidences of "anointing" herself, the invocation, the blood, its a bit too much of a stretch but I guess thats wha I like this series....I know its a bit cheesy and some parts are just wrong in the point of view of mythology. It is, at times, basically erotica with some sort of mythological storyline, but I still enjoy it. This is the first book I read in the series and proceeded to read the others out of curiousity. I'm re-reading it now and I see some things I missed when I was younger. The coincidences of "anointing" herself, the invocation, the blood, its a bit too much of a stretch but I guess thats what you get when you get a fantasy romance novel. I would have liked it to be at least a little bit believable though.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    "This book is for everyone who fell in love with the Beast, and then was truly disappointed when he turned into a handsome prince." Urmm bingo! That's been me since I was a kid and first watched Disney's Beauty and the Beast. You know everytime I think I'm bored of P.C. Cast's same plots and schemes she surprises me with a good story. I liked how this was different from the other summoning as she kept her own body which meant there wasn't all that fuss about hiding who she was and gods/godesses. "This book is for everyone who fell in love with the Beast, and then was truly disappointed when he turned into a handsome prince." Urmm bingo! That's been me since I was a kid and first watched Disney's Beauty and the Beast. You know everytime I think I'm bored of P.C. Cast's same plots and schemes she surprises me with a good story. I liked how this was different from the other summoning as she kept her own body which meant there wasn't all that fuss about hiding who she was and gods/godesses. Also sexy beast time alertttt!! This is what beauty and the beast needs. Overall made me happy :))

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