Divine by Mistake (Partholon, #1)
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Divine by Mistake (Partholon #1)

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The most excitement teacher Shannon Parker expected on her summer vacation was a little shopping. But then her latest purchase--a vase with the Celtic goddess Epona on it--somehow 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

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Paperback, 571 pages
Published January 15th 2010 (first published August 28th 2001)
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Bridge
Dec 03, 2013 Bridge rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: a pararomance liker
I enjoyed this book a lot! It was funny, sexy, action-packed. I have to admit the beginning bored me a little with the whole antique sale stuff but apart from that bit I warmed to the book.
I couldn't help like Shannon Parker, the only con I have with her is the name. I don't like it. I much prefer Rhea/Rhiannon.
I really started to fall in love with ClanFintan. He seemed a little different to your average guy, but maybe thats because I'm a total romantic!
I loved all the horsey bits in it as I...more
Lori Whitwam
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 and more unique.

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 acc...more
Jen
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...more
Adriana
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...more
Cinnamon
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 fo...more
Sarah
I liked Divine by Mistake for the most part, but any time Shannon/Rhea spoke and started dreaming I got a little cranky. Shannon/Rhea has word vomit and never makes an effort, even before her identity is revealed to fit it. For a 35 year old woman, she speaks a lot like a 17 year old did in the late nineties. Kudos to ClanFintan for putting up with her incessant chatter.

I will say that the actual story arc is good and really kept me invested. I loved Alanna and ClanFintan, Dougal and Victoria a...more
LiteraryObsession
I was utterly disappointed with this series of books. The synopsis on the back of the book, with its promise of high fantasy and centaurs and Epona, a world with a somewhat medieval feel – why, that’s right up my alley and really had me hooked. The book’s protagonist, Shannon, is meant to be a thirty-five year old woman. However, the majority of the time she acts like a spoiled, whiny teenager. Now imagine having to sit and listen to said spoiled, whiny teenager through 500+ pages. Yes, folks, S...more
Ann
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♥ ℒily - The Novel Nerd
WELL! Oh my gosh. Just came back from a bit of a book break and i've had this volume on my shelf for a while. Just finished and im pleased to say just 'wow'! I havent read a book such as this before and this has just gotten me hooked!

Shannon ... aka 'Rhea', was such a wonderful character. She was exciting and fresh, bubbling over with personality. She was so well written i could have known her in real life.

The story was brought alive by the wonderful descriptions of Partholon and you truely fol...more
Simeonberesford
It is a revised version of goddess by mistake this is the ebook edition If as Ms Casts claims the proof reading was been cleared up in the revision she must have introduced a whole new set afterwards. I cant compare the two but I suspect the differences are too slight to warrant buying both versions. P c Cast claims amongst other things I gather that some dated pop culture references were revised certainly plenty remain. I would suspect little else has changed other than a little clumsy foreshad...more
Elizabeth Caran
Upon starting this book, I was fairly certain I would not finish it. Shannon's language was "trying too hard" to be likable and funny. I thought she was too cliche and something about the things she said really bothered me. I finally realized that I felt I was being talked down to. A lot of references she made, she followed up with a parenthetical explanation. I really don't need an explanation of who Worf is. I read fantasy. I know the culture. Anyone who is reading this book is probably the sa...more
Kristin
I will admit that it started a little slow for me but once Shannon was sucked into another world the story quickly picked up pace. She was thrown into Parthalon where she switches places with their Goddess incarnate, Rhiannon, who was a total bitch and a complete slut. Poor Shannon has a lot of making up to do in the beginning on the book, starting with her new husband.

At first, I was skeptical about the whole centaur/human relations with the two of them being married but you find out that Clan...more
Bree T
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 definitely more teenage-esque. She was also incredibly laid back about being switched into another world...more
Sarah
If you are someone who loves fantasy, romance, sex, good vs. evil, and especially some good ol' sarcastic humour, you will love this book as much as I did! To me, this story was very original. Who would ever think of a 35-year-old high school teacher from Oklahoma ending up in a completely different world? For all the fantasy that this novel entails, it is somehow easily believeable at the same time - maybe I'm just really gullible. Yes it had some typical battle between good and evil as well as...more
Liz Green
Star rating- 4.8

After reading 'The House of Night' series, I was already a big fan of PC Cast.
I was intrigued to see how PC Cast's novels would appear without her daughter writing alongside her and after reading the synopsis of this noel I was very interested in what was going to take place in this book.
This novel, is about a thirty five year old English teacher that has been taken out of Tulsa and replaced with the identical queen of a fantasy universe.
Though the plot may sound childish that i...more
Laura Summers
Reviewed for www.BookChickCity.com

This is a paranormal romance with a real difference, in fact it has quite a fantasy feel about it. School teacher Shannon Parker gets much more than she bargained for when she buys a vase at an antiques sale. Suddenly she finds herself transported to another universe where she is a goddess. A goddess that also happens to be a bit of a b*tch too.

I loved the originality of this book, the new world with goddesses, magical powers and mythical creatures. But also th...more
Saphira
I usually love Cast, but i couldn't even finish this one. As soon as i got my hands on it, i knew i had to take it home with me. A great synopsis makes wonders, and i was itching for a good book to get me through the weekend. Also, i'd read the other series by Cast and thought this one would be no different: imaginative, magical, with somewhat of a medieval feeling...
Instead, i found myself annoyed by the whinning protagonist, who was supposedly a grown woman! I swear i did not see that coming,...more
Darlene
Apr 16, 2012 Darlene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yvensong, Cher-lynn Maynard, Cheryl in CC NV, S. Michele, Tom, Chris maybe even Ralph!
Recommended to Darlene by: An accidental loan from the library of one of the next in the series
Oh. My. God(dess). WOW!

This was a fun adventure. It isn't a YA rather the adventure is for a thirty something adult. It is reality meets mythology/fantasy. It is Now crashing into Celtic times. I mention vampires in my tags/shelves but they are really Formorians. They are bat-like humanoids that are just evil. And our heroine fights them to the death in her Goddess-incarnate form. But that is what I would expect from a former English teacher!

Got your attention? This is a great book and I can har...more
Leanne Bell
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Jayne Lyn Lamb
I didn't mind Cast's House Of Night series, thought it was a decent if very hot-headed take on the whole 'vampire finishing school' genre. (My suspicion is that they were originally 'just' witches, and the vampire element was added af ter the phenomenal success of..well, you-know-what. They were fun, silly and dragged you along in the best soap opera style. The 'Divine' books are another kettle of copycat fish altogether... I found myself dreading the beginning of each new chapter and the fantas...more
Sarah
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, th...more
Snarktastic Sonja
I am *so* not sure what to rate this book. While the world wasn't amazing, I absolutely loved the main character. I wanted to spend every waking minute with Shannon/Rhea. She is snarky. She is realistic. She is passionate. She is lovable. She has a heart of gold. Make no mistake: this is a chick book. Males should probably pass on by.

As the synopsis clearly states, Shannon finds herself transferred to another world where she is the "chosen" of the warrior goddess. She also finds that her counter...more
Waverley
This book would've been good if I WAS LIKE 38 years old...like they could've told me or something, the worst part was that they put this book in the teen-fiction category(totally mislabeled) I never actually finished this book but I got as far as I needed to.I stopped at the lake part;for all of you that have read the book you know what I'm talking about! this book is strictly mushy gushy love each page! I found it kinda strange that the author would even come up with how the centar can morph in...more
Julie
Looking for something different than my usual romantic reads, I picked this one out in the local bookstore's science-fiction/paranormal fiction area. I've had experience reading the "Goddess" series written by P.C. Cast, but it had been awhile. Remembering how greatly I enjoyed that series, I was sure that I would not be disappointed in this one. I was a little apprehensive only about whether this tale would be more adult and less teeny-bopper. Divine by Mistake solidly landed my vote in the "Ad...more
Kandy
I absolutely LOVED this book! At first I was a bit hesistant because I don't frequently read books where the main character is over 25, but in this case I was glad I did. I had this book sitting on my shelf for almost 2 years without reading it. I'm glad that I picked it up, the blurb at the back caught my attention and my spark to read it was once again ignighted.

I really loved Shannon/Rhea's character in the book. Her humour and love for whine was brilliant, and in general her kindness was as...more
Sara
Shannon Parker, English teacher, changes places with Rhiannon, priestess of Epona. Shannon is transported to Partholon on eve of an invasion by the Formorians.

I really liked this book. It wasn't groundbreaking but it was an enjoyable, fun story and I will definitely continue the series.

Warning, possible spoilers ahead...

What I Liked:

Shannon - A fun, adaptable woman who handles the curveballs thrown at her with surprising grace. Plus, she has Batman dreams!

ClanFintan - Who knew centaurs were sexy...more
Mel
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Stacy
Crazy me, I picked this book up the other day thinking it was a YA book. I quickly, quickly learned that this is definitely not a YA book.

The premise of this book is really good. A twenty-eight year old teacher from Oklahoma, Shannon Parker, gets sucked into the world of Partholon, as the Goddess Incarnate of Epona. Wait, it gets better. You see the real Goddess Incarnate is now, because of her own desire is now the twenty-eight year old teacher in Oklahoma (bet she regrets that decision). These...more
Deska
Despite of how thick this book is (571 pages), it is a really fast-paced story.

I really enjoyed and like this book a lot!

Things that are really standing out for me are the story line. I think it has a very great story plot, world-building, and setting. And the writing is flowing easily and successfully made me not wanting to put it down. And I don't know how much reliable the myth about Celtic God(or Goddess), but I found it is really a great story to take on. Makes me want to know a bit more ab...more
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P.C. Cast was born in the Midwestern United States, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. With her tour in the USAF completed, she taught high school for 15 years before retirin...more
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