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Friday, 8 July 2011

Divine By Choice P.C. Cast

On The Back of the Book

"Oh man! It's like I'm friggin' Wonder Woman or something." Suddenly Clint stopped and turned to face me. "Not like a superhero, like a goddess."
After being mistaken for a goddess in the mythic world of Partholon (easily done) Shannon Parker now adores her new life.  Everything - particularly all the goddess worshipping - is going great... until she's wrenched back to Oklahoma.

Desperate to return to the husband and world she loves, she's got to draw on dormant power from our world to take her back. But Shannon soon realises she's being followed by an ancient evil...

Sometimes being divine by mistake is a lot easier than being divine by blood.

My Thoughts

Now for the first time in my blog's history I must star with an apology. My opinion on this books is very low and in order to get my main point across there will be a spoiler.

So I'm going to start with my main point and I have to say I feel very strongly about this. Rhiannon's downfall is sickening, I mean this I felt physically sick as I read about Rhiannon as a teenage girl being raped by a man wearing a dead horse's head. I'm sorry but it was taken way too far and then for that stupid goddess woman to condone it by saying that she should've drank a potion makes it worse. Essentially that's saying rape is okay if the person is drugged up to the eyeballs and couldn't care less. On top of that, this one event is then portrayed as the event that made Rhiannon the way she is in the book. No I'm sorry it explains nothing. It may have made her the way she is sexually but emotionally the damage was done by the goddess by giving her to people who pandered to her every whim. I was horrified that the goddess showed the scene to Shannon and then told Shannon to pity Rhiannon. Nobody who has been raped wants pity. How dare the author suggest that. Author's need to do their research on stuff like this.

Another thing that made me deeply unhappy and feel really awkward as I read the book were the sex scenes, now I'm 20 years old and I can handle a sex scene but Shannon is pregnant with another man's baby. I'm sorry but I happen to think that's a bit skanky especially as Shannon is constantly calling Rhiannon a 'slut'. Pot calling kettle black? I think so.

Now I'm going to move on to more general things. I think I'm actually going to declare P.C. Cast the queen of show not tell. I was realy to physically hurt something by the end of this book. To top it all off she's still reiterating the stuff she was going on about in book 1. I just wanted to hunt her down and scream that I'm not an imbecile and that I'd got the message. Unlike in the first book, there was never any sense of danger and that made the end very anticlimactic.

The characters aren't worth mentioning and overall the book is a pile of poop (as P.C. Cast would say since she seems unable to write the word poo.) Now I know this is jst my individual opnion and that many others will disagree with me but this is my honest opnion and I've always written my blog with the intention of being honest and telling you how I feel.

My Rating

1 star - This is harsh and I know it is but I was truly offended by some of the content and I won't be giving it 1.5 or 2 stars just to make anyone (namely the author who should be ashamed) feel better. I had to sleep on the book in order to make my review somewhat coherent and I'm not entirely sure that I've succeeded. I've read kids books that are more adult than this.

A Final Note

There is some pretty sick stuff in here and I'm an adult. Two things 1. I really wish I'd had a massive bottle of vodka next to me when I was reading this so I could've dulled the torture and 2. I personally wouldn't touch this book with a bargepole if I were you. I definitely don't recommend it.


Jenny said...

I haven't read this one and after your description and review I won't. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who will say it like it is, though. I'm trying to be nicer in my reviews, but if I don't like a book I'm not going to lie!

CharmaineElaine said...

Thanks Jenny. I'm not very good at walking around issues. I just go blundering in like a bull in a china shop. I tend to be nice in most reviews but sometimes I just can't compromise. As I said in my review, I'm all about honesty, it's how my mum brought me up.


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