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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 wor 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 be 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.


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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 wor 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 be 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.

30 review for Goddess of the Sea

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie (jjmachshev)

    Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Oct08 This Oct08 release is the trade paperback release of a 2003 original. “Goddess of the Sea” is my first foray into P.C. Cast’s ‘Goddess Summoning’ series about normal women transformed by their willingness to believe in the spark of the Feminine Devine that makes all women magical! But the series is not about witchcraft and crones and spells and such, rather it celebrates the female viewpoint and the joys to be found in the care of tending of beaut Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Oct08 This Oct08 release is the trade paperback release of a 2003 original. “Goddess of the Sea” is my first foray into P.C. Cast’s ‘Goddess Summoning’ series about normal women transformed by their willingness to believe in the spark of the Feminine Devine that makes all women magical! But the series is not about witchcraft and crones and spells and such, rather it celebrates the female viewpoint and the joys to be found in the care of tending of beauty in whatever form it’s found, whether it’s nature, art, or humanity. CC is an Air Force Sergeant who’s afraid of flying and not too fond of water either! So when the C-130 aircraft taking her to Saudi Arabia crashes in the Mediterranean, she’s terrified. She becomes entangled with the sinking plane and is sure she’s about to die. Then she’s rescued by--a mermaid? And the mermaid is asking whether or not she wants to live...well, duh?! Suddenly she’s trapped in the body of the mermaid and there’s a merman after her and another merman who’s really hot and…oh wait, you guys need to read the book to get the rest of the story. Cast’s story is an enchanting mix of fairy tale, drama, magic, love, and discovery. I probably read WAY more into this tale, but here’s a few things I took away from this book. -No matter what kinds of physical/physiological changes occur, we’ll still be the same inside. -There’s no ‘magic bullet’ to solve problems, it takes a combination of innovative thought and the will to try new things and maybe even look silly doing so! -Not even a whole group of men is a match for one determined woman ***big grin***. -Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and what’s inside will never fade or wither (stole part of that phrase from the Bible). -We are always stronger when we lean on our friends. -Love is worth sacrificing for. Sometimes the sorrow of love lost seems unbearable, but there’s no telling what’s around the next corner. I could go on, but I think these were the ‘biggies’. It’s obvious that Cast has done her homework regarding the USAF. As a proud veteran, I appreciated her attention to the terminology, names, and places that give this story it’s ‘real’ contemporary feeling. I also appreciated that the heroine is enlisted, yet still a strong, feminine woman with ethics and morals. The threads of this tale were woven together skillfully and it was a very smooth read. Although the romance and passion were fairly quick, it was necessary to the author’s plot and this is a kind of fairy tale! And speaking of passion, if you’ve ever wondered how merpeople ‘do it’, you’ve really got to read this one. She did a grand job of depicting sensual lovemaking with legs AND fins! “Goddess” of the Sea” is a love story. It also imparts a message of feminine empowerment and strength without denigrating the male gender and that’s not so easily done. P.C. Cast has penned a tale that will entertain you. It will also make you laugh and make you cry…but end with a smile on your face.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Charissa Sophia de la Rosa

    I really like this book. I love how P.C. Cast wrote it. It spells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I love how P.C. Cast twist some interesting Mythological stories much more interesting relating it to the 21st Century! :) I'm going to read the next books in this series! What I love: -The plot! It is not just like any other mermaid tale nor anything related to Little Mermaid! P.C. Cast made a unique turn of the story that'll just leave the readers breathless! -Characters! I love Christine Canady or CC! She's a I really like this book. I love how P.C. Cast wrote it. It spells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I love how P.C. Cast twist some interesting Mythological stories much more interesting relating it to the 21st Century! :) I'm going to read the next books in this series! What I love: -The plot! It is not just like any other mermaid tale nor anything related to Little Mermaid! P.C. Cast made a unique turn of the story that'll just leave the readers breathless! -Characters! I love Christine Canady or CC! She's a very strong and wise girl! And Dylan, oh goodness, he is just so sweet! He is willing to wait for CC even if it'll be for an eternity! FOR AN ETERNITY! Ahhh! Faithful True Love! **faints** -Writing Style! I love how P.C. Cast makes -something interesting into something more= making a huge impact to the reader! I do believe the author herself believes in happy endings. :) What I dislike: -The RATING! **bangs head** There are some scenes that is NOT I repeat, NOT appropriate for readers below 18! Note: Don't read those scenes! SKIP IT! -The Cover! Just look at that? First thing that comes into your mind when you see the cover: Boring. I'm pretty sure P.C. Cast can think of other ideas for the cover. Like a girl in a mermaid suit, with/or the sea when it's dawn or night or whatsoever as background! But I guess "Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover" applies to this one. Opinions This book have all the categories I like: Romance, Drama, Fantasy, Magic, and many others. CC and Dylan's love is really amazing! It is an example of true love that conquers all! And the Epilogue? Don't even get me start with that! Sure it can be a little bit predictable but it still sometimes catch you off guard. The Epilogue is my favorite chapter, so heartwarming! :) I'm so happy for them! Conclusion: Over all, I really enjoy reading this and will recommend it to everyone. If you're a YA reader below 18 and still want to read this, you can do what I did. Just skip the parts where you think it is not appropriate to your age. It'll be your own choice if you'll read it or not. I'm giving Goddess of Sea by P.C. Cast five stars because of the writing style, strong characters and the ever amazing plot of this book! I'll be looking forward for the next books in this series. :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carina

    My sisters are always critizicing me because Im a bookworm, so when my younger sister brought me this book to read i was VERY skeptical. I have to say the First 100 pages were really slow for me and felt like they dragged too much. But once you pass all that you are emerged in a facinating story of not only love but strugle, passion , survival, fear and sorrow. There were so many emotions going on that one moment i was overjoyed the next i was crying and then outraged. I have to say that I was ver My sisters are always critizicing me because Im a bookworm, so when my younger sister brought me this book to read i was VERY skeptical. I have to say the First 100 pages were really slow for me and felt like they dragged too much. But once you pass all that you are emerged in a facinating story of not only love but strugle, passion , survival, fear and sorrow. There were so many emotions going on that one moment i was overjoyed the next i was crying and then outraged. I have to say that I was very pleased with the message this book send to women. We are all beautiful creatures with magic inside us waiting to be flourished and we must stick together. I would recomend this book to anyone and everyone!!(over 18 ;) )

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Ehlers

    loved, loved, loved this book... a huge fan of The House of Night series and I just had to buy these books, so very glad I did! a fast paced and enjoyable read a great introduction to an awesome series..

  5. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After a rather lonely twenty fifth birthday, Air Force Sergeant Christine Canady wished for a little magic in her life. The next day she boards a plane for a new job in the Middle East and a freak accident causes everyone to ditch out into the ocean. Christine gets caught up in the wreckage and she's pulled down, and just when she's about to breath in the deadly water she's saved by a mermaid who switches bodies with her. Christine had chosen life no matter the price but she didn't know she was After a rather lonely twenty fifth birthday, Air Force Sergeant Christine Canady wished for a little magic in her life. The next day she boards a plane for a new job in the Middle East and a freak accident causes everyone to ditch out into the ocean. Christine gets caught up in the wreckage and she's pulled down, and just when she's about to breath in the deadly water she's saved by a mermaid who switches bodies with her. Christine had chosen life no matter the price but she didn't know she was going to be hounded and attacked by an insane merman. She turns to the Goddess Gaea for help and the two devise a plan. She goes ashore as a human during the rather dreary Dark Ages where she needs to find her true love. Unfortunately, Christine doesn't want the two legged knight who covets her, she wants Dylan, the gallant and wonderful merman who escorted her to the shore, while she also yearns for the ocean. Having made her choice she and Gaea await the God of the Sea to aid them and in the meantime, she is forced to fight off the amorous and malevolent attentions of her human suitor. It's a rotten time and place to be a woman but with the help of her sisters Christine will get through the upcoming battle. Yeesh. You don't have to beat me over the head with a stick. I get it. Women are divine, we are all goddesses, we rule and woe to the man who thinks otherwise. According to the synopsis on the back of the book I had assumed that the knight in shining armor was going to be a dream come true, not the nightmare from hell. Ugh. There actually wasn't a whole lot of romance in this book, it was mostly all about woman power and the mystical bonds of sisterhood and the age old fight of church vs females. Modern woman and men from the Dark Ages were never meant to interact and this book set my teeth on edge when they are forced to do so. Christine is alright. I didn't care for her very much. I understand the pull the sea held over her but her constant escape attempts to go see Dylan kept getting her in trouble and that reckless disregard annoyed me. Plus in the beginning of the story she was celebrating her birthday with buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken which she chased with champagne. That's a gross combination and I can't respect someone who would do that. What saved the book for me was Dylan. He was a shining beacon amidst this dreary story and I loved him. When his fate unfolded, I felt like screaming. I know I said that I enjoyed the ending from P.C. Cast's Goddess of Light, but this ending sucked. He was the best thing in this book and he didn't deserve what he got. It will all work out in the end of course but I hate that kind of deux ex machina cop-out. Even though it's still him at the end, it didn't feel like it. This was definitely not my favorite of P.C. Cast's Goddess Summoning books, but this was still an imaginative read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lanah

    My first by P. C. Cast and I liked it. I heard about her House of Night series too but wouldn't dare to read because it's YA. Yep, I'm currently having disappointed-with-YA-books. Anyway, this premise is marketed as adult but after I finished it, I think this book has a bit/slight of YA. The way CC/Undine's - the heroine - thinking isn't exactly adult-like or should I say, childish? There are two time settings in Goddess of the Sea and I was confused by it in the beginning of my reading. Instead My first by P. C. Cast and I liked it. I heard about her House of Night series too but wouldn't dare to read because it's YA. Yep, I'm currently having disappointed-with-YA-books. Anyway, this premise is marketed as adult but after I finished it, I think this book has a bit/slight of YA. The way CC/Undine's - the heroine - thinking isn't exactly adult-like or should I say, childish? There are two time settings in Goddess of the Sea and I was confused by it in the beginning of my reading. Instead of stay-in-present time or to-the-future, it's back-to-medieval time. Did I like it? I didn't because I was going to make this book in my Speculative RC! But, to think again - perhaps this book will pass because got some urban parts in it. I liked the romance, though. Very much. It was romantic in the mer-folk way. Especially when Dylan said, "I'll wait for you for an eternity." Whoaaa. For me, that's very heart-warming. He's CC's love interest and he's hot. I liked the way he loves CC. He loves her for the her true-self, her soul. The book's merely a love story. What I liked the most about this book? The talk about military. CC's a USAF before she got caught in air plane crashed, being sent back to medieval and became mermaid. I always have a thing about military. Only if I made it for aeronautical engineering. Sorry, kinda lost in thoughts. If you like mer-folk story, fantasy and steamy scenes (I couldn't stop wondering about where the "love" organs might be - ahaks!), I recommend you this book. Looking forward to read the next book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Synnin

    Thanks goodness i was smart enough not to buy this piece of "literature", i'd really really regret my money, even if it was 5 cents.. I have a habit, either good or bad: I never give up books, no matter what a torture it can be to finish them. Perfect example of pure torture it was! After finally, finally scrolling the last page, i ended up with 2 thoughts in my mind: ~ There's never ever any book (and there can't be!) about mermaids, better than the "original" Andersen's The Little Mermaid, anyth Thanks goodness i was smart enough not to buy this piece of "literature", i'd really really regret my money, even if it was 5 cents.. I have a habit, either good or bad: I never give up books, no matter what a torture it can be to finish them. Perfect example of pure torture it was! After finally, finally scrolling the last page, i ended up with 2 thoughts in my mind: ~ There's never ever any book (and there can't be!) about mermaids, better than the "original" Andersen's The Little Mermaid, anything else after it is just a poor copy, trivial allusion or just a ridiculous parody on a real masterpiece ~ Why oh why the author didn't stop on writing a lovely fairy tale for children? It could have been a neat, magic book, naking the readers smile, not cringe in disgust running through those loathsome porn details she decided to fullfill the book with? A human making love to a merman. A merman making love to a mermaid. A mermaid making love to a human. Are you crazy, lady? "His spear pierced into her sanctuary", his risen flesh was trembling with irresistible desire", etc etc, is it supposed to be literature or a cheapo romance paperback i was reading at 12 giggling at all those "her nipples hardened after his gentle touch running through her hungry body" - YUCK! Anyways, what spear, it's a damn MERMAN! The whole idea is full of most ridiculous ridiculosities: a brother (a merman btw) wanting to rape his sister (dear author lady, you definitely must have some troubles), the main heroine getting drunk on her birthday and setting a ritual; the chick transformed to a mermaid for whatever reason; another lusty knight, gosh, all i wanted was to spit and then puke. Or vice versa. Or both at the same time. The preamble with Air Force stuff was totally unnecessary and what is worst, completely inappropriate. And holy moly, naming the merman DILAN.. That's pretty sad, with the same success he could've been named Jack or John. Or better yet BOB. A Merman Bob, lovely, eh? All my ideas and beliefs in magic are ruined lol Dear P.C.Cast, i read you're teaching artistic writing in the university, please don't do that :) Never again anything by this "author" will come close to my hands. I was writing the same dumb low-quality stories (with no sex parts of course) at the age of 7, when i was a great mermaid fan. Perhaps i should have published them lol

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shakila366

    Loved ..... it , was great and entertainig . It was one of the best novels i have read in a while .

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vannessa

    I expected this book to be a more adult version of The Little Mermaid, but there was a bit more to it than that. CC was a sergeant in the USAF, despite her fear of flying (first off why would she choose a career which would definitely involve some flying even though she was petrified of it?! I certainly wouldn't!). On flying to a new position, her plane crashed in the middle of the ocean and just as she's pulled under the water, a mermaid appears and asks if she wants to swap bodies in order to l I expected this book to be a more adult version of The Little Mermaid, but there was a bit more to it than that. CC was a sergeant in the USAF, despite her fear of flying (first off why would she choose a career which would definitely involve some flying even though she was petrified of it?! I certainly wouldn't!). On flying to a new position, her plane crashed in the middle of the ocean and just as she's pulled under the water, a mermaid appears and asks if she wants to swap bodies in order to live and CC readily accepts. She is quickly transported through time and space to Medieval Wales, where things are nowhere near her modern life. CC's first encounter as a mermaid is to avoid being raped by Sarpedon, a fierce, defiant merman, who is half brother to Undine, the mermaid CC has become. She manages to get away and as she swims to a little cove on the beach, she meets Gaea, the Goddess of the Earth, who helps and watches over her. She is rescued in the sea by Dylan, a lovely caring merman. She is further rescued on land by Sir Andras, who I really didn't like, but then he was the male chauvinistic pig that men of that time were supposed be. CC has to pretend to be a princess with memory loss in order to avoid the questions of who she is whilst staying at the monastery on the island on which she was washed up. The abbot believes she is a sorceress and she has to calm her opinionated mouth, so as not to appear too strange for the time. Women in that day and age were still considered the property of her husband and once the idea of who she is is planted in Sir Andras' mind, he decides she is worth marrying for the money. CC, however, has other plans! She spends a lot of time with Dylan and soon love blossoms between them, but she still has to cope with Sir Andras' attempts to woo her and Sarpedon's possession of Andras in order to find her. I really enjoyed the character of Undine/CC. As a modern woman she is used to standing up for herself and men respecting her, but in this world of Medieval Wales, that is a hard thing to do without being burned at the stake. I loved Dylan's love for her and how he stuck to his words - he really did wait for her for eternity. And I thought the ending was brilliant - I certainly wasn't expecting Dylan to appear again. This was a fun, light read and I enjoyed the writing style. It is a fairytale, but has some strong messages in it as well. Women are strong characters and that beauty comes from within are the main ideas. I initially read this book for my character A-Z challenge in the group I am I, but I will be hunting out the rest of this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    bibz reads

    Oh. This really took my breath away. I wasn't anything spectacular from P.C. Cast, since House of Night let me down. But this book was so heartbreakingly quaint, beautiful, and wonderful. IT WAS SO FUCKING HEARTBREAKING. I THOUGHT I WAS LET DOWN AT THE END. :C What I loved the most was Dylan and CC. HOLY SHIT. HOLY SHIT. OK. Their true love was described A THOUSAND TIMES BETTER THAN THAT OF LIKE TWILIGHT OR SOME SHIT LIKE THAT. Not saying Twilight is shit. But really. I felt every single heartbeat Oh. This really took my breath away. I wasn't anything spectacular from P.C. Cast, since House of Night let me down. But this book was so heartbreakingly quaint, beautiful, and wonderful. IT WAS SO FUCKING HEARTBREAKING. I THOUGHT I WAS LET DOWN AT THE END. :C What I loved the most was Dylan and CC. HOLY SHIT. HOLY SHIT. OK. Their true love was described A THOUSAND TIMES BETTER THAN THAT OF LIKE TWILIGHT OR SOME SHIT LIKE THAT. Not saying Twilight is shit. But really. I felt every single heartbeat that CC felt, the sorrow she felt and the joy she experienced with Dylan. One thing that confused me was... Merpeople sex. ROFL. WHERE DO THEY HOLD THEIR ORGANS? Anyways, enough of that. I thought everything was going to end up picture perfect but I was utterly wrong, I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO END HORRIBLY. GOD. AND THEN WHAT IS WORSE. My fucking KOBO reader went out of battery and I had to leave the house . I COULDN'T FINISH THE BOOK. IT WAS SUCH A TERRIBLE CLIFFHANGER. OH MY FUCKING GOD. I was eating lunch, and I was thinking about Dylan and Christine. I WAS ON THE CAR RIDE HOME, I WAS THINKING ABOUT THE LOVERS. I WAS RUNNING UP THE STAIRS TO GO HOME, I WAS PROPELLED BY THE MOTHER FUCKING ANTICIPATION. WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT? I DON'T KNOW IF I LOVE THIS BOOK because I have nothing else to read, or that it really was, a goodread. please read this. tell me how you felt. I FUCKING. LOVED IT.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I wanted a book with a pagan and mythological touch to it. My friend told me to read this book. I immediately got hooked to the Summoning Series by P.C. Cast. This book was about a young woman, about my age, who led a very lonely, and drab lifestyle. She was a pilot in Air Force. One night, on her birthday, she decided to enact a spell, and on the following day, she felt pretty silly about that. She was summoned overseas and her plane crashed. It was when her whole life changed. She was instantl I wanted a book with a pagan and mythological touch to it. My friend told me to read this book. I immediately got hooked to the Summoning Series by P.C. Cast. This book was about a young woman, about my age, who led a very lonely, and drab lifestyle. She was a pilot in Air Force. One night, on her birthday, she decided to enact a spell, and on the following day, she felt pretty silly about that. She was summoned overseas and her plane crashed. It was when her whole life changed. She was instantly transported into the world of sea and into a merfolks' world. She met a sexy merman, but something had happened and she ended up being a conquest between two men. And...I won't lie....this book has some great scenes. ;)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    What an amazingly unique and lovely story! A friend of mine recommended this to me and I'm so happy she did because I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it so much! When I first heard it was about merfolk I admit I had some hesitation, but once this story got going it was so hard to put down! Not to mention it never went where I thought it would go! It was very well written and done in such a way that you end up just believing in the fantasy and rooting for these characters. Plus, it has some What an amazingly unique and lovely story! A friend of mine recommended this to me and I'm so happy she did because I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it so much! When I first heard it was about merfolk I admit I had some hesitation, but once this story got going it was so hard to put down! Not to mention it never went where I thought it would go! It was very well written and done in such a way that you end up just believing in the fantasy and rooting for these characters. Plus, it has some time travel too and I've been loving that theme lately! All in all, this book was a great story and a lovely romance and I commend the author for taking this theme and making it as entertaining as she did!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Smyth

    At first I thought this would be another of those silly mermaid stories, but I'm lost for words. This book was absolutely amazing! Parts of this book made me incredibly proud to be a woman and made me feel empowered and strong. And the ending was perfect. Now I'm gonna go cry some more. At first I thought this would be another of those silly mermaid stories, but I'm lost for words. This book was absolutely amazing! Parts of this book made me incredibly proud to be a woman and made me feel empowered and strong. And the ending was perfect. Now I'm gonna go cry some more.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Davina Keating watson

    I love love love these books. Bring on the next one .

  15. 5 out of 5

    ✩ Yaz ✩

    2 - ⭐️⭐️ *Let's out the breath she didn't know she was holding* Let me summarize the story of this book through two quotes taken out of it: "I wish with all my heart to accomplish my desires in a positive way. Reveal to me the direction to take. I await your guidance and aid." "Holy fucking shit; I'm a fish!" Godess of the Sea is the first installment in the Godess Summoning series and can be read as a standalone. Each book draws its inspiration from a specific mythology and in this book, it's a reim 2 - ⭐️⭐️ *Let's out the breath she didn't know she was holding* Let me summarize the story of this book through two quotes taken out of it: "I wish with all my heart to accomplish my desires in a positive way. Reveal to me the direction to take. I await your guidance and aid." "Holy fucking shit; I'm a fish!" Godess of the Sea is the first installment in the Godess Summoning series and can be read as a standalone. Each book draws its inspiration from a specific mythology and in this book, it's a reimagination of the story of the mermaid Undine with a modern twist. You know me I'm a sucker for anything that has to do with mythology and retellings. If you can guess from the rating I gave this book, it wasn't a pleasant reading experience for me... in fact it was excruciating. We follow Air Force Sergeant Christine Canady who also known as CC and yes that nickname irked me throughout the book... Christine isn't hard to pronounce and even Chrissy would've been a better nickname. Anyhow, to not make this review long because I was very relieved to finish this book. It's Christine's 25th birthday and she makes a wish... yes wait for it... she wishes for some Magic in her life. What a life-changing moment. When I turned 25 which wasn't long ago, all I wished for was for some peace of mind and unlimited supply of caffeine to help go through the day. She soon after boards a plane on a mission with a bunch of hot pilots and boom! plan crashes and I have to say this moment truly gripped me and I thought things are gonna get way more interesting. It didn't. Well... at first it did... Christine found herself in an alternate universe and inhabiting the body of a mermaid known as Undine. But oh no, Undine is under her threat, from certain merman, her own brother that wants to marry her. Yes, you read that correctly, her damned brother. And so, to keep Undine safe, the Godess Gaea grants her a mortal form to stay on land in order to keep her safe from the brother that is aggressively lusting after her. And before she leaves the sea for some reason Dylan, the dark and exotic merman, pops out of nowhere and sparks fly. Dylan helps her to shore and there she meets another man, Andras, her knight in a shining armor. Andras takes her to a nearby Sanctuary where we also meet another man, Abbot William. It was the 1400's, stuck between a religious fanatic and self-absorbed noble and a house full of monks of course the story would take a dreadful turn. I was stuck for 70% of the book between those two characters that reek of sexism. Sometimes I questioned what the plot was... other times I'm just in a state of confusion. The inconsistent development of the plot did not make things better. That explains why I was so relieved when I finished this book because I did not enjoy it. CC is probably one of the most annoying characters I've come across books. Not only that she was too happy-go lucky for me but she lacked any depth. Most of the characters were one-dimensional and that was disappointing. There were a lot of moments the characters made me cringe. The romance was lacking in so many ways: no proper build up, everything happened too fast and it felt unrealistic. Dylan is very sweet I think I would've loved the romance if it was written well. Oh no I definitely did not see that plot-twist coming. So, to end this review, I'm sad to say that this was a disappointing reading experience for me because I was so intrigued by the premise. I'm still giving this author another shot since I heard that the second book Godess of Spring is so good and it's a Hades and Persephone retelling so I'm sold.

  16. 4 out of 5

    holly quigley

    Eh. I had some serious reservations about continuing this book past the first two chapters. The heroine, "CC" (short for Christine Canady, a sergeant in the Air Force who is afraid of flying), is just annoying. Actually, correction: The way the author writes her constant blathering to herself is annoying. Beyond annoying. More like bizarre. If that sounds small and petty, I challenge you to read the first chapter out loud, and think - really think, about whether or not you or anyone you know has Eh. I had some serious reservations about continuing this book past the first two chapters. The heroine, "CC" (short for Christine Canady, a sergeant in the Air Force who is afraid of flying), is just annoying. Actually, correction: The way the author writes her constant blathering to herself is annoying. Beyond annoying. More like bizarre. If that sounds small and petty, I challenge you to read the first chapter out loud, and think - really think, about whether or not you or anyone you know has ever talked to themselves in this fashion. The entire first chapter was flimsy and ridiculous. Seriously - we open with her coming home, checking her messages, commenting out loud about her parents' flirting on the said messages, then ranting at the phone, out loud, as if she were holding a conversation with her mother - something about cookies and whine whine whine and "I can't believe you forgot!" blah blah. This goes on and on, from her talking to the phone, to her bottle of champagne, to the television (not the program on the television, but the static on the screen because the cable's out), to her bucket of KFC, and then I don't remember what else. I honestly almost couldn't get past just that. But then it gets worse, when she decides, after watching The Witches of Eastwicke, that she "needs magic in her life." So just like that, with no backstory to tell us why this would suddenly and randomly 'inspire' a person to do so, she rifles through her old college textbooks to find a book on goddesses. Talking out loud at the textbooks the whole time, mind you. And then she reads out loud, these passages about the goddess Gaea or Gaia, and finds a magical ritual in said textbook, and gets all funky on her apartment balcony to "summon magic" into her life. There was so much about this that didn't work right off the bat - it's not a preset paranormal world that's introduced to the reader, here. Yet we're supposed to believe this mundane, USAF Sergeant Canady just randomly gets drunk and brings the goddess Gaia to her. But, hey, I picked up this book because one of the later books in the series had caught my eye and I figured I'd start at the beginning to give it a shot. I loved the premise of this series, so why not? There were a ton of positive reviews for it, and sometimes I'm just a masochist when it comes to books, so I kept reading. And really, it didn't turn out to be that terrible. My 2-star rating is a "gentle" 2 stars. Maybe like, a 2.8 stars. It was fairly readable, once I got past CC's apparent affinity for the sound of her own voice. Yes, there was much to dislike, even beyond CC's yammering and self-narrating: there were a ton of cliches, and I found myself pretty damned irritated by the whole concept of (the original) Undine's bait-and-switch which was just handwaved, really. And the "romance" in this story was one of those kind of ridiculous, lightning-fast, "it was already foreshadowed as twoo luv because there was a dream!" relationships. And the ending - OMG the WEAK-assed ending where everything bad is just magically undone "tah-dah!" And there was too much telling and not enough showing, especially with the "girl power! women are goddesses!" messages that were pounded out in plain black and white speeches amongst characters in the freakin dark ages. Not to mention, the writing itself was frankly sophomoric, not very well-edited for being a 'published work,' and no better than some of the self-published or small-published books I've read. *pauses to catch breath* SO. While there was all this stuff working AGAINST this story, it was still colorful and shiny and Gaia is awesome and Lir's pretty cool, and oooooh DOLPHINS! and the mer-sex was kind of hot too, so I DID manage to make it to the end without wanting to throw it against a wall. Would I recommend it to a friend to read? Maybe if there wasn't anything else to read, or if their only other option was like, Twilight, or something. Will I read the next in the series? You know what? Strangely enough, I very well might. Unless someone has a rec for me that's along the same vein as these books but, you know - better.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alina

    It was a good read and safe. I did like the twist towards the end but I really wished there was a future epilogue.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    A great mythology/fantasy romance. Interesting story with interesting twists and surprises, a non-stop roller coaster tale.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tash

    This is my second PC Cast book and it certainly won't be my last. I first read her Goddess of the Rose book and I absolutely loved it! This is the first book in her Summoning Goddess series and I can't wait to read them all! I may not be familiar with the myths of the ancient gods and goddesses but it doesn't keep me from wanting to read more. I love how she portrays the women in her story, very sure and confident of themselves. If ever I find myself feeling down and need a sudden boost of "gi This is my second PC Cast book and it certainly won't be my last. I first read her Goddess of the Rose book and I absolutely loved it! This is the first book in her Summoning Goddess series and I can't wait to read them all! I may not be familiar with the myths of the ancient gods and goddesses but it doesn't keep me from wanting to read more. I love how she portrays the women in her story, very sure and confident of themselves. If ever I find myself feeling down and need a sudden boost of "girl-power", these would be the books to read. A big MAHALO's to my friend Shy who recommended this series. I know you haven't gotten around to reading it yet but I'm totally enjoying the magical world I'm lost in whenever I read the books from this series!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Terry Blane

    P.C Cast's Goddess of the Sea has sent my heart into a tide of overwhelming emotions. The journey of this book is simply beautiful and empowering. I loved how mesmerizing the characters, plots and settings were....the humor and romance in this novel will compel any reader!!! i also strongly believe that the strength and wisdom found within this book will also move you as it did to me..... This author has simply made Greek mythology more divine and delicious....the only thing i can say now is that P.C Cast's Goddess of the Sea has sent my heart into a tide of overwhelming emotions. The journey of this book is simply beautiful and empowering. I loved how mesmerizing the characters, plots and settings were....the humor and romance in this novel will compel any reader!!! i also strongly believe that the strength and wisdom found within this book will also move you as it did to me..... This author has simply made Greek mythology more divine and delicious....the only thing i can say now is that I am still trying to recover from the heartfelt ending of this novel!!! so beautiful......

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا

    I think if you read one Cast book it would seem like you've read them all. I wanted this book for so long but so far I'm not impressed. I didn't see why CeeCee had to change into Undine or travel back in time when she is an Air Force Sergeant. It seems unfair and frankly quite disappointing. I think if you read one Cast book it would seem like you've read them all. I wanted this book for so long but so far I'm not impressed. I didn't see why CeeCee had to change into Undine or travel back in time when she is an Air Force Sergeant. It seems unfair and frankly quite disappointing.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alen

    I bet you guys have to agree with me, this cover is beautiful. It’s of my favorite covers ever! Happily, this is also one of my favorite books! If you know P.C. Cast then you probably met her the same way I did, through the House of Night series (I’m still wondering whether I shall review this series or not in the future), a series she wrote with her daughter Kristin Cast. Once I found out they were mother and daughter it weirded me out a bit. Probably because, if I remember correctly, there are I bet you guys have to agree with me, this cover is beautiful. It’s of my favorite covers ever! Happily, this is also one of my favorite books! If you know P.C. Cast then you probably met her the same way I did, through the House of Night series (I’m still wondering whether I shall review this series or not in the future), a series she wrote with her daughter Kristin Cast. Once I found out they were mother and daughter it weirded me out a bit. Probably because, if I remember correctly, there are some smutty scenes on the House of Night series, and me and my mom never talk about boys, kissing or sex. I’ll probably talk about it with my future spawns, but definitely not with her. Anyway, I’m not here to talk about that, I’m here to talk about this book. This book, oh this book…. It’s so damned good, seriously. I’ve always been head-over-heels with mermaids and mermaid legends, mermaids are pretty much my all-time favorite mythological creatures. So, once I found this book I couldn’t feel any happier. CC is the main character of this story, she is a sergeant, yes, you read correctly, a sergeant of the American Air Forces, oh, and by the way, she has a phobia to planes, flying, air, you know, the usual ahahaha The poor woman pretty much has to face her fears every day…. now guys, that’s what I call a woman with balls. CC loves her job but up until then, she didn’t feel like she was living, she felt as if something was missing in her life, something magical. It is then, on her 25th birthday she decides to get wasted with champagne, stuff her face with KFC and summon Gaea, the Earth Goddess. That’s my kind of girl, I do this all the time! … not. The following morning CC feels reborn, as if something truly magical had happened to her. While she was on her way to Saudi Arabia on a C-130 aircraft, the plane does everyone’s worst nightmare, it falls, on the Mediterranean sea.Sean the hot pilot sitting next to CC gets killed during the crash, and although CC tries to swim to save herself something pulls her ankle under water. CC believes she’s going to meet death, but instead she sees herself face-to-face to the most beautiful woman she’s ever seen, only she’s not a woman, she is mermaid. The mermaid’s name is Undine and she makes a deal with CC. CC suddenly wakes up to find herself in Undine’s body! Although everything sounded suddenly better, CC meets Undine’s brother… her next worst nightmare. After being able to repel him she meets the Goddess Gaea who tells her that to save herself she must find true love in land. In Land also happens to be the medieval Wales, an era of knights and repressed women. But instead of finding love in land, she finds love in the sea as she meets Dylan, the handsome, charming merman, who makes her heart throb and her skin hot (I just attempted to rhyme here, but it didn’t go so well…). Unfortunately CC must beware of other beings and fight against old-fashioned men. I loved this book, if you like a romance with some time traveling, hot mermen, some crying and lots of sexy scenes, this is your book! To read my review please click on the link bellow: http://chibireader.wordpress.com/2014...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sofia Sundfors

    This book was: unusual and intriguing. The plot was: very likable and I enjoyed it a lot. The beginning was: weird, but it grew on me. The middle was: great. The crescendo was: heartfelt, horrible; yet beautiful and heartwarming. The finish/ending was: wonderful, absolutely brilliant. The characters were: all portrayed really nicely. The worldbuilding was: seamless. The language was: good, not really anything to complain about; at least I don't have anything to complain about. The themes represented in This book was: unusual and intriguing. The plot was: very likable and I enjoyed it a lot. The beginning was: weird, but it grew on me. The middle was: great. The crescendo was: heartfelt, horrible; yet beautiful and heartwarming. The finish/ending was: wonderful, absolutely brilliant. The characters were: all portrayed really nicely. The worldbuilding was: seamless. The language was: good, not really anything to complain about; at least I don't have anything to complain about. The themes represented in the book were: growth, love, loss, despair, adventure, faith and many more. Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes, without a doubt.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela ♥ Mrs. Hollywood ♥

    Great book. Disappointing ending.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    Being a modern woman in medieval times sounds horrible except for the hot mermen ;)

  26. 4 out of 5

    ~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader

    DNF at 25%. It didn’t grab me. I am not feeling it at all :/

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    The first book in P.C. Cast's "Goddess Summoning" series promises a tale of romance wrapped within a fantasy or faerie tale wrapping. Since it was a book aimed for adults and I found the House of Night series leaving much to be desired, I decided to give this series a try. Suffice to say that I liked this better, but at the same time I come away from "Goddess of the Sea" feeling like more expansion and inventiveness could have made it a much better book. It feels like a retelling of "The Little M The first book in P.C. Cast's "Goddess Summoning" series promises a tale of romance wrapped within a fantasy or faerie tale wrapping. Since it was a book aimed for adults and I found the House of Night series leaving much to be desired, I decided to give this series a try. Suffice to say that I liked this better, but at the same time I come away from "Goddess of the Sea" feeling like more expansion and inventiveness could have made it a much better book. It feels like a retelling of "The Little Mermaid" in a mythological coat. Protagonist Christine Canady (simply referred as CC) is a 25 year old United States Air Force Sargent about to deploy for a tour. On one part, she's a hard working individual who has a sense of duty (I liked how accurate the military interactions and terms were), while on another she's very whimsical and wants some "magic" in her life. Two things occur: she recites a incantation that changes a lot about her usual demeanor (physical and mental), but also brings her ties to the Goddess of the Sea. When CC's plane crashes into the sea, she's given an opportunity by the Princess Undine to switch bodies. Thus, CC becomes the Princess of the Sea and thrust into a world that harbors its own sorts of troubles. The Goddess Gaea grants CC a chance to walk among the land, but CC realizes the one that catches her affections lies within the sea in a merman named Dylan. The story is fairly straightforward in its general conflict, but sometimes gives an unnecessary run around that almost made me lose the initial momentum I had with the book. It doesn't help that Cast repeats and preaches some of the themes she tries to establish within the book (female empowerment, true love, equality). I would've appreciated this book more if those issues were shown and not repeated in such blatantly measurable tones. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind empowering stories of women - I love such stories, but the most potent ones to me are those that aren't trying to hammer the issue into the ground and do so repeatedly. Aside from those confounding issues, there's really nothing I can say negative about the book when taking it for what it offers. It was very easy to digest (I read it in less than a day - could've been quicker if I weren't between other projects), the romantic chemistry was very nice, and closer to the end of the book brings the initial setup of the work full circle. The characters aren't very three dimensional, and I would've loved to see that in a work like this to be honest - but then again, I could argue that I didn't expect this to be more than a light read. Technically speaking, Cast gets away with a lot of periodic stretches she makes, and those who are historical buffs might shiver at the inaccuracies, but taking it as just a simple adult love story within fantasy, I think others won't mind it when looking at what she's ultimately trying to do with the story. The love scenes I thought were fine, and I genuinely liked CC's and Dylan's chemistry. Some of the other characters felt a little too polarizing or underdeveloped for me to care about them, but I followed them through the story and had to smile in places where the interactions were nice. Overall, a lukewarm impression of this series judging from the first book. I do want to give the Goddess Summoning series more time to settle on me. The first book was one that had an interesting premise, but didn't quite have the imagination or inventiveness to draw me into its fantasy realm. For a simple love story, however, it proved entertaining and sweet. Overall score: 2/5

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anna-Lisa

    I totally loved "Goddess of Love" and "Goddess of Troy" and now understood why in Germany "Goddess of Love" wasn't published as the first book in the series like it originally is. This book was so boring. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, there was too much clichee, I didn't like the world which was built here and the romance between Dylan and Christine was...kinda strange mostly the sex scenes. *** german review *** Meine Meinung: "Göttin der Liebe" hat mir richtig gut gefallen, bei I totally loved "Goddess of Love" and "Goddess of Troy" and now understood why in Germany "Goddess of Love" wasn't published as the first book in the series like it originally is. This book was so boring. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, there was too much clichee, I didn't like the world which was built here and the romance between Dylan and Christine was...kinda strange mostly the sex scenes. *** german review *** Meine Meinung: "Göttin der Liebe" hat mir richtig gut gefallen, bei "Göttin des Meeres" hat mich der nette Klapptext allerdings etwas getäuscht. Ja, hier wird die typische Meerjungfrauengeschichte nacherzählt, gemischt mit allen möglichen Legenden zu Meerjungfrauen und der griechischen Mythologie. An sich eine schöne Idee, aber: die Handlung spielt zu Beginn und zum Ende in unserer normalen Welt. Doch nach Christines Unfall und dem Körpertausch ist sie in einer mythischen Welt, die dem Mittelalter gleicht. Genau das war der Knackpunkt in der Geschichte, der mir überhaupt nicht gefallen hat. Dort war alles sehr klischee- und typenhaft dargestellt und mir fehlte der Witz und die Spritzigkeit des ersten Bandes. Damit war für mich auch klar, weshalb "Göttin der Liebe", was eigentlich Band 5 der Reihe ist, bei uns als Band 1 veröffentlich wurde. "Göttin des Meeres" ist eigentlich Band 1, aber als erster Band hätte er wohl nicht funktioniert, da er im Vergleich mit "Göttin der Liebe" langweilig und weniger lustig ist. Zu den Charakteren kann ich nicht viel sagen, da sie hier für mich alle Typen vertreten: es gibt die gute Heldin, den guten Helden, den Bösewicht, die Götter und ein paar weitere zwielichtige Gestalten. Keine Figur hat mich irgendwie sonderlich berührt oder mich dazu gebracht, mehr über sie erfahren zu wollen. Auch die Liebesgeschichte zwischen Christine und Dylan lässt zu wünschen übrig, da die beiden Charaktere eher wenig miteinander zu tun haben. Außerdem empfand ich die Sexszenen zwischen Meermann und Menschenfrau oder auch zwischen den beiden Meerwesen etwas seltsam bzw. konnte mir die Sache auch nicht so richtig vorstellen. Ich musste die ganze Zeit an Fische denken und daher war es weder romantisch, noch irgendwie erotisch für mich. Dieser Band hat für mich auf der ganzen Linie versagt und ich wurde weder gut unterhalten, noch habe ich eine romantische Liebesgeschichte zu lesen bekommen. Der Witz hat ebenfalls gefehlt und ich habe die Handlung als zäh und langweilig empfunden. Schade, denn Band 1 hat viel mehr überzeugt.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    As we travel through the Goddess Summoning Series , I'm finding it awesome as I not only have an enjoyable read but at the same time I am developing my Mythology as I go through the series learning all the different Greek Gods and Goddesses. In Goddess of the Sea , we meet CC aka Christine , she is twenty-five years old and a Sergeant in the AirForce , the only downside is she hates flying. On the eve of her birthday which also happens to be Halloween , Christine is feeling down in the dumps as As we travel through the Goddess Summoning Series , I'm finding it awesome as I not only have an enjoyable read but at the same time I am developing my Mythology as I go through the series learning all the different Greek Gods and Goddesses. In Goddess of the Sea , we meet CC aka Christine , she is twenty-five years old and a Sergeant in the AirForce , the only downside is she hates flying. On the eve of her birthday which also happens to be Halloween , Christine is feeling down in the dumps as her family and friends have seemed to have forgotten her birthday and when they do finally remember, its the wrong age. Desperate for a little magic in her life , CC puts on the video The Witches of Eastwick and wishes that just once she could have magic in her lives like they do when Jack Nicholson arrives to town. She finds an Incantation worshipping Mother Earth - Goddess of Earth Gaea/ Gaia and recites the spell. Next day, she is given a gift of an Amber necklace which is said will protect her from evil. During her flight , it crashes and CC ends up in the ocean and all of a sudden , she is switching lives with Undine - a mermaid and daughter of Posiedon /Lir . The change causes her not only to turn into a mermaid but also to go back in time to Medieval Wales . It is here that she discovers Undine is trying to escape her evil half-brother Saraepdon. In an attempt , CC strikes a deal with Gaea that she can live on earth as well as water. Soon her heart is torn as on Earth she has fallen for a Prince Andras and in the water she has fallen for Merman Dylan. In order to break the spell , she must find true love and they must be able to accept her for exactly who she is ? Will her Prince Charming be Andras or Dylan and will she ever get back to her real world or is she stuck in Medieval Wales Forever ? Find out all this and more in PC Cast's first book in the Goddess Summoning Series "Goddess of the Sea".

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susana

    Couldn't force myself to finish it. I found most of the characters, scenes and dialogues as silly as one could get. And in the end the portuguese translation, just helped deliver the death certificate of this story. I'm not blaming the translation. There's always some things in the translations that don't seem to "fit in". The problem is that for me,the combination of portuguese language and silliness is bound to lead to disasters of incomparable dimension. "Sereio?" I will try to get back to it. Couldn't force myself to finish it. I found most of the characters, scenes and dialogues as silly as one could get. And in the end the portuguese translation, just helped deliver the death certificate of this story. I'm not blaming the translation. There's always some things in the translations that don't seem to "fit in". The problem is that for me,the combination of portuguese language and silliness is bound to lead to disasters of incomparable dimension. "Sereio?" I will try to get back to it....maybe....don't know when.

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