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Shannon Parker is a high school teacher who in her excitement for her summer vacation has decided to treat herself and try to pick up something nice at the local auction house Immediately Shannon is drawn to a vase with the Celtic goddess Epona on it and decides to make a bid When Shannon finds herself the new owner of the vase though things go a bit weird from there Waking up in the world of Partholon Shannon finds that she has switched places with the Goddess Incarnate of Epona who was not a very nice person or leader Not only does everyone seem to dislike her because of her predecessor, Shannon also finds herself promised in marriage to a Centaur and in the middle of the threat of war against the evil Fomorians Divine By Mistake was originally published under the title Goddess by Mistake under a smaller label but has been updated a bit and republished under the new name I picked this one up on a recommendation from a fellow blogger and boy was I glad I did Anyone who follows my reviews may have noticed when books get a bit lengthy I get a bit impatient if they aren't packed full of action In this case I did find myself once or twice thinking it dragged a slight bit so I decided on 4.5 stars but overall I was entertained by Shannon throughout the read even during the slower moments because she is absolutely hilarious Bringing this modern woman into aancient time and mixing with mythological creatures was and intriguing enough story but toss in the quick wit and sometimes sarcastic commentary from the main character and I loved this one It was a great fantasy read with an interesting mix with a strong female lead Definitely one I'd recommend checking out for the fantasy lovers out there Forreviews please visit I could not put this book down! Be warned that the second you pick it up you will be committed to a marathon read The writing is witty, funny, and exiting with an awesome dash of geeky thrown in The characters are likeable and relatable, and the author does an excellent job of giving even the smallest side character a chance to shine.The story sounds pretty straightforward: Shannon, an Oklahoma teacher, gets sent to an alternate world where she takes the place of Rihannon, the goddess Epona's Chosen Told that she must tell no one what's happened, she ends up marrying a centaur and discovering that she must lead her people in a battle against a great evil The amazing part here is that the way the story develops is anything but straightforward Yes it’s a gushy fantasy romance that drips with selfinsertion/wishful thinking, but I don’t read this kind of story for anything other than pure entertainment I wanted to be entertained and pulled into the story and I was Whatcould a reader ask for? I picked this up for a bit of a light 'fluff' read I was right on the 'fluff' It was amusing for the first 100 pages (though the author could not seem to stop conversing with her audience rather than telling an actual story), then it became increasingly irritating for it's lack of substance It served its purpose, I suppose.nb The author's note at the beginning was purile and somewhat embarrassing in it's self serving attitude I neither connected with the 'realness' of her herione nor did I feel the hero struggled in any form to keep himself from 'falling in love' as the Author said he did In fact, he was pretty much a chump lured by sex Which wouldn't be so bad if she hadn't built him up as some incredibly intelligent and enlightened masculine. equine (long story). Looking at the cover, I anticipated the usual fantasy, lots of antiquated (but charming) language, the epic battle of good and evil, goddesses and demons, and things of that nature This would have been a good thing but it actually turned out to be better andunique.Shannon is a 35 year old high school English teacher in Oklahoma At an estate sale, she buys an ancient Celtic pot because she's drawn to the image on it a goddess who looks like her On the way home, she's in a car accident and wakes in a strange land, to find that she's the Beloved of the Goddess Epona meaning she's the goddess's living earthly manifestation Oh, and she's due to be handfast to a Centaur (man from the waist up, then the body of a horse) It also turns out that the real Rhiannon, who she's supposed to now be, was a nasty, controlling woman, and she'd found a way to switch places with her image in our world out of a desire for all the wonders here She discovers that ClanFintan, her centaur husband, is pretty wonderful, but their world is about to be invaded by an ancient evil, and together they must save the people who are depending on them.The narrative of this book is what made it different, very enjoyable, and a fun read Cast's voice islike Mary Janice Davidson, which I may have anticipated if I'd noticed Christopher Moore's blurb on the back cover: Fantasy lovers who have always wanted to make snide remarks as they galloped about the magic rings and evil princes are going to have a great time with this book Shannon has a quirky sense of humor, and is outspoken about just about everything, and keeps things entertaining, even at the most dire of times. [ Free E-pub ] ☪ Goddess by Mistake ☪ The most excitement teacher Shannon Parker expected on her summer vacation was a little shopping But then her latest purchasea vase with the Celtic goddess Epona on itsomehow switches her into the world of Partholon, where she's treated like a goddess A very temperamental goddess It seems that Shannon has stepped into another's role as the Goddess Incarnate of Epona And while it has some very appealing momentswhat woman doesn't like a little pampering now and then?it also comes with a ritual marriage to a centaur and the threat of war against the evil Fomorians Oh, and everyone disliking her because they think she's her doubleSomehow Shannon needs to figure out how to get back to Oklahoma without being killed, married to a horse or losing her mind The Urban Pagan where she's treated like a goddess A very temperamental goddess It seems that Shannon has stepped into another's role as the Goddess Incarnate of Epona And while it has some very appealing momentswhat woman doesn't like a little pampering now and then?it also comes with a ritual marriage to a centaur and the threat of war against the evil Fomorians Oh İlkel Topluluktan Uygar Topluma and everyone disliking her because they think she's her doubleSomehow Shannon needs to figure out how to get back to Oklahoma without being killed Invasion (Solar, married to a horse or losing her mind
I thought the idea of this book sounded quite good – I’m all for medieval type worlds and centaurs and enemies and castles and so I was pretty sold on the blurb on the back of the book But I found the main character fairly annoying, and given she was the one telling the story, it was quite a drawback She was supposed to be 35, but rarely ever seemed it throughout the book The narrative was definitelyteenageesque She was also incredibly laid back about being switched into another world and there was almost no panic on her part, or disbelief, or anything that would’ve made it remotely credible She even handled the ‘handfasting’ (wedding) to a centaur centaur! with barely an eyelash flicker whereas most women would’ve totally freaked.the.heck.out But then again we’re led to believe that Shannon (the protagonist) is truly the beloved and chosen of Epona (medievaltype world’s goddess) and therefore, able to adjust and adapt on a whim Which seems a lame way to avoid having to deal with a realistic reaction to being transported into another world.The author tries hard to establish Shannon as being different to Rhiannon (who orchestrated the switch and now resides in ‘our’ world in Shannon’s place) and that Rhiannon was pretty much, a world class bi*ch and Shannon is much fairer,sympathetic, a better choice to be the chosen vessel of Epona While Shannon certainly lacked Rhiannon's inherently nasty and selfish streak, she didn't really strike me as a believable choice for pretty much what equated to a high priestess of a goddess The book does have its good points – ClanFintan, the centaur handfasted to the Chosen of Epona (Rhiannon originally, now Shannon) was quite endearing The vampirelike enemy threatening them were believably eerie But overall, I was pretty disappointed From all I’ve read, praise wise, about this author, I expected better writing Instead a lot of the time it felt like I was reading the English Creative Writing assignment of a horse mad 15yr old with a fascination with the Narnia novels. I rarely start a book that I cannot finish, but this one gets two stars for that reason Maybe my expectations were off: I was expecting a humorous fantasy in the Terry Pratchett vein What I got was a limp fantasy romance that I imagine the author giggled over while writing it I rolled my eyes a lot, and got my smiles from imagining dropkicking the heroine over the nearest cliff I don't mind when a fictional character behaves stupidly to behave stupidly is human after all But when the author builds up a big emotional reason to send the character out on a suicidally stupid mission I expect the character to be focused on the the deed to be done, and not to be spending the next 20 pages bonding with a horse she just met.In any case, the big emotional reason had nothing to do with the story The real reason the heroine goes haring off into danger is apparently so the hunky hero can rescue her Does the average romance/fantasy reader really lap this sort of thing up? I'm out of the loop. Having been a fan of P.C and Kristen Cast’s House of Night series, I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive about trying out any of P.C Cast’s other books For the most part, I love the House of Night series – would I feel the same way about her other books? While I do try to read many of my books in an objective format that allows me to see the good parts in each individual piece, I was afraid that if I became disenchanted with Cast’s adult books, it might ruin her young adult ones for me as well.I am pleased to announce that I should have just thrown my worry to the ground and squished it under my shoe While definitely having a different feel to them than the House of Night books do, the Goddess of Partholon books are turning out to be pretty spectacular The first in the series, DIVINE BY MISTAKE follows Shannon Parker, a school teacher loving the freedom of summer break, as she discovers an ancient vase that will turn her world upside down literally Where there were once cars, there are now horses Jeans and a cashmere sweater? Nope, let’s try a lovely wrapped piece of silk and some strappy sandals What’s a girl to do with no mall, no teenagers to teach, and a world where the impossible walks before her very eyes? Barely awake forthan a few hours, Shannon – or Rhiannon, as she’s known in Partholon – finds herself a key player in a handfast ceremony Before she can say “Whoa there,” Shannon is married to a horse (centaur) and thrown into a wild adventure.I’ll admit that the beginning of the book was a little hard to get into I almost put it down to take a break, but decided to keep on going You’ll remember that I said the same thing about Stephenie Meyer’s The Host The beginning was slow but the rest of the book was phenomenal In this case, it seemed like the beginning of DIVINE BY MISTAKE almost went by a little too quickly Some things didn’t seem fully explained and other didn’t make sense I had to ignore my mind as it tried to figure out the spatial aspect of the story as it didn’t always seem like the shapes and sizes of things in the story were described the same as the way they were used Once I was able to get past this, however, I realized what a great book this really is.If there is anything new I have discovered about P.C Cast’s writing it’s that this author is incredibly funny The House of Night series can be humorous, but in general Zoey and her posse follow a fairly dark path While there were certainly very dark and very graphic scenes in DIVINE BY MISTAKE, Ms Cast was able to throw quite a bit of humor in their to lighten up the mood of the book I can honestly say that Shannon is one of my favorite characters in the stories I have read thus far this year The author has imbued her with a sense of humor, a modern personality that clashes beautifully with the oldfashioned world she has been transported to, and a set of quirks that just make her adorable While we’re discussing wonderful characters, let’s visit ClanFintan, shall we I can honestly say that I had never read a story that included any form of romance between a centaur and a human I didn’t know how it would work and it if would be weird, but the way Ms Cast created her world and the way she developed her characters made this aspect of the story one of the best ClanFintan is like any tall, dark, and handsome man we dream of Only difference is that he has the hindquarters of a horse What could be better for those of us that never grew out of our princess and horselover phase? The author’s descriptions of ClanFintan, his mannerisms, and the personality she gives him really helped to make this one heck of a book.Fair warning: There are adult scenes and adult themes.I would recommend this to any lovers of Fantasy, Romance, or any combination of the two I would recommend this to adult readers as there are some scenes that may be disturbing to younger readers. What gets me about this book is the idea of it has the potential to be a really good story The whole concept of it, what with the switching between modern day woman and Celtic goddess, is pretty good However, I found this book incredibly boring The writing style was alright, don't get me wrong, I thought the main protagonists voice was very witty and pacy although P.C Cast's stereotyping annoyed me somewhat like it had in her House of Night novels not all Brits have bad teeth, okay? Also, the assumption that all skinny girls throw up and starve themselves to get their figure Ugh.The switch was interesting but it all dwindled after Shannon experiences her first 'Magic Sleep' and sees soldiers, including her father, being destroyed by hideous creatures The plot dragged, there seemed to be no actual aim and oh yeah she's married to a centaur, a half human half horse guy Shannon becomes annoying, whiny and all she seems to think about is sex Literally, every two pages she is orgasming from pressing herself against her muscly horse guy's chest.*sigh* COULD have been a great book, like I said, quite an original idea on paper but when you come down to it, it is as dull as ditchwater Had to give up. My boyfriend at the time had picked this up for me because (again, at the time) I loved the House of Night series (thankfully that was five years ago and I've realized the egregious error of my ways since) Anyway, I was glad to pick this up because OMG PC CAST IS AMAZING RIGHT? Even after devouring five of the HoN books, I couldn't get into this one to save my life and gave up on it probably 1/3 of the way in I remember liking the idea of this Partholon place, but other than that it was boring as hell Shannon wasn't a likeable character, as much as I wanted her to be, and obviously the plot wasn't all that interesting, otherwise I would've stuck with it Pretty sure this is what started the breakdown of OMG PC CAST IS AMAZING in my mind.