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Divinity and The Python

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Divinity - Where desire and deception both hide in the dark
The Cards Forecast Work
Shaynie Gavin is so much more than the sexy siren who mixes cocktails at The Python. A carpenter with a business plan, Shaynie is trying to amass enough funds to launch her own dream - Divinity, a place where up-cycled furniture from the past is sold alongside Tarot readings forecasting the f
Paperback, 306 pages
Published September 15th 2013 by Panverse Publishing (first published August 31st 2013)
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Emily Sandoval
I believe the publisher calls this book a paranormal romantic thriller (note: not paranormal romance, which is a related but different corner of the genre). I'd have to agree. It's sexy, it's spooky, and the tension keeps ratcheting up all the way to the end.

Our heroine is Shaynie Gavin, a carpenter—an artist, really—who's making money tending bar at the Python while fixing up Divinity, an old morgue, to be a Tarot parlor and New Age lounge. While the romance is great, the most important relatio
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Finished this book in only a couple sittings. It was hard to put down (sadly, I found I did not want to let go of this books main characters, Shaynie and Cameron at the end of the book). This was a fabulous, well paced storyline and unique plot. I LOVED the Canadian perspective and the symbolism of the good/evil, light/dark, divinity/python...well researched in the metaphysical aspects and I give this book a FIVE STAR!!! LOVED it! Can't wait for another book from this talented author! Well done ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Divinity and the Python is a paranormal suspense romance novel set in Edmonton, Alberta, a city well-known for its cold winters and famous Edmonton Oilers hockey team. (Of course, they are not mentioned by name, but you know who they are)

When we meet the main character Shaynie, you can tell immediately that she is not your traditional romantic main character. She is an independent, not afraid to get her hands dirty carpenter who builds one-of-a-kind furniture pieces that are works of art. In add
Julie Christine
Bonnie Randall's writing is electric. It moves, it grooves, it rocks and it rolls. Divinity and the Python is like a strobe light on a disco round--colors and sounds in constant motion, shadows taking shape for a moment before dissolving into the floor.

Divinity and the Python is not my usual reading fare, so it's the appropriate time to insert a Note of Disclosure: The publisher provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review. It's healthy to step outside of one's own zone and see what's
Ann Meier
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just finished Bonnie’s Randall’s Divinity & the Python. I thoroughly enjoyed this book for several reasons. First, it’s a beautiful love story. Well actually, it’s multiple love stories. You may see it described as a paranormal romance, but the cool thing is the primary romance is between real people. Shaynie Gavin has many loves and this makes her very interesting. She falls hard for Cameron Weste. He’s described by Shaynie’s friend and mentor Cele, as a hockey god, an ice deity. In other words ...more
First the legalese: I'm on the Panverse street team (free EARC's for an honest review? Yes please!), so if it seems I'm putting up a review awfully fast, well, I read it last month. :) And so...

Hockey and Tarot, two things I know almost nothing about but which figure prominently in this book. Luckily, the author keeps things pertinent to the plot, so I never felt out of my depth and was able to enjoy the story.

Although New Age Paranormal Romance isn't my genre of choice, I actually liked D&tP.
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book! It was so fun to read a book in a familiar Canadian setting! I read it in one sitting, as I couldn't put it down. I fell for the main characters Shaynie and Cameron! The pictures painted by this talented author were so real and intriguing! I loved the twists and turns, along with all of the paranormal, which I didn't think I was as into, but really enjoyed in this book! Getting to knowing the characters and their story, left me wanting more and I can ...more
Wendy S. Delmater
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Understand, Tarot is not my thing; in fact, it’s against my religion. It’s therefore astounding that I simply could not put Divinity & the Python down.

I will admit that the Tarot is a wonderful device for foreshadowing, misdirection, theme, atmosphere and characterization. And protagonist Shaynie Gavin is a student of the Tarot, who lives a double life. Half of her time is spent making enough money to keep body and soul together as a barmaid at a club called The Python. The club has a holographi
This book was completely beyond anything I have ever read before. It was a really intriguing mystery/romance all wrapped up in a very different take on what I can only think to describe as paranormal.

On that note, however, I must say that I spent a rather large portion of this book utterly perplexed. I could not for the life of me figure out if the main character, Shaynie Gavin, was schizophrenic or if there was something else really going on. Several times I had to refer back to the book blurb
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Man, I loved this book! I became fully invested in the characters and the plot immediately and was thankful for the attention to detail that Randall provided. If you have never had the pleasure of experiencing Edmonton in the middle of winter, Divinity and The Python can take you there, frozen toes and all!!

I started out planning on reading it just one chapter per sitting but it turned out to be much too thrilling and compelling to put down and I finished it in one glorious (and very late) night
Susan Lulgjuraj
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Love can happen in any number of ways, even when it’s the last thing you want. Even when the world is screaming at you that love is just around the corner, it can be hard for people to accept.

Shaynie Gavin finds herself in that moment when Divinity and The Python starts. She’s a young Canadian woman who is connected spiritually to nature. She’s senses things around her from the way the wind blows or a candle moves, and allows nature to guide her.

Shaynie doesn’t seem to want to listen to the pa
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a real page-turner for me! I used to live 2 blocks off Whyte Avenue and know the area well (very well, for most if my 4 years there I did not own a car). Jasper Ave and 109th street I can visualize and place Divinity right there in my mind's eye. To write a book about a real locale and place the setting in the depths of a Canadian winter takes skill and an intimate knowledge of the details that make up the 'winter experience'. Well done, Bonnie! I want to shop at Divinity and meet my mo ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5. I'm not sure what exactly it was about this book that couldn't get me to put it down. At times it was confusing as I tried to make sense of what the cards meant right along with everyone else, wondering if all that Shaynie saw and felt was real or just in her head. But it kept me engaged the entire way through. I loved the characters and felt they were all well written. It was a a great suspenseful thriller (which I don't usually read) with a dash of the paranormal, the romance I'm so fond ...more
Andrea Cunningham
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery, romance, strong female leads
What an intricate and delightfully spiritual story. i truly enjoyed this book and will be following the career of Ms. Randall.

The character Shaynie stayed with me for weeks after I finished the book. She is strong, funny, conflicted and shows us her "underbelly". I felt her emotions clearly and understood many of the decisions she made.

The male lead was very easy to imagine and fall for, which made the romance inside of the mystery all the better.

I'm a fan...point blank. Thank you!
Jen Kuilboer
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can not tell you how much I enjoyed this book!! I started reading and just got pulled right into the story. I had my doubts about hockey and tarot together, I just had no idea how they would work together in the same novel but they did :) and very well too :) I LOVED it!!
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book and I have to say I loved it!! Kept me up at night turning pages, and reading just one more chapter. The author uses language that makes the reader feel, hear, smell, exactly what the characters are! I can't wait for Bonnie's next book to come out!! ...more
Rosie Amber
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Divinity And The Python is a paranormal romantic suspense set in Edmonton, Canada.

Shaynie is: a bartender, carpenter and a tarot card reader. She works at The Python night club squirreling away money to fund her dream project: a tarot bar which will also sell her upcycled carpentry pieces. Shaynie’s project is called Divinity and is in an old morgue.

The Python is run by Jude, Shaynie’s long term friend, whilst his cousin, Gray, is the Python’s DJ. The trio have been friends since high-school and
Samantha Woods ( LSK Sweetheart Reviews )
' I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review '

Shaynie is a Bartender at The Python. But she can't wait to open up her own place. Divinity. But nothing seems to go her way. She is having problems with the bank. Problems with someone vandalizing the outside of Divinity. To top it all off she can feel that Divinity is alive. But where everyone else seems afraid of Divinity, she is not. She knows it will not hurt her. To top it all off is Cameron. She has feelings for him but do
Samantha Woods
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
' I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review '

Shaynie is a Bartender at The Python. But she can't wait to open up her own place. Divinity. But nothing seems to go her way. She is having problems with the bank. Problems with someone vandalizing the outside of Divinity. To top it all off she can feel that Divinity is alive. But where everyone else seems afraid of Divinity, she is not. She knows it will not hurt her. To top it all off is Cameron. She has feelings for him but do
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Just one more chapter and I'll put it down..." It seems like I said these words to myself constantly throughout this read, and found it impossible to put down after about the first 100 pages. Divinity is a crazy ride, a psychological thriller that really packs it to the reader. I think this is the first book that freaked me out enough to give me a nightmare since I was a kid. Which I view as a job well done.

I mentioned thriller before, but this book is hard to pin down to one genre, like many o
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book shimmers with things hinted at (more than known). The two places mirror each other's souls - and their beckonings were the strongest creative contribution. Similar fractalized qualities play across some of the characters. The men in particular seem at times almost as though they were collectively a kind of spirit group, even among the changes wrought by friendships, erotic charge, and betrayals. Loved the main character and much of the dialogue. This book works best as an immersion. It' ...more
Linda Miersch
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, loved this book and can't wait to read more of Bonnie's work.

The story takes place in Edmonton, Alberta and the descriptions that Bonnie gave of this fine city, made me feel like I was home (Edmonton is my "home"). I loved the storyline, the characters, the mystery and suspense, and the way Bonnie has written it. I cannot compare it to anything I've ever read before, as it is not like anything I've ever read - it has a uniqueness that is hard to describe. Well done, Ms. Randall. Lo
Chris Grab
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well worth the read! If you haven't downloaded or picked up this book is the time to do so. Just the right amount of mystery, romance, and twists to keep your interest from start to finish. It has been quite some time since I have read into the wee hours of the night. When I can't put a book down...that indicates a great read to me. Can't wait for Bonnie Randall's next book to come out. I'm hooked! ...more
Terri Forrester
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that I find it very hard to find a book to hold my interest! That was not the issue here. I found myself fully invested in the characters,and could visualize every snow flake,every snake hologram at the Python and every sent at Divinity. I felt like I was one of the characters watching in the wings. GREAT Book!!!
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent debut novel that sucked me into an interesting story with great characters, set in a city I enjoy visiting. It's well written, with lots of action and drama. Looking forward to more by this author! ...more
Taylor Troncin
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pre-2016-read
I won a free copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway.

The book's description caught my eye and I decided to enter in the giveaway. While I have not completed the work, I have enjoyed what I have read so far.
Oct 17, 2013 added it
I find the book to be confusing at the beginning. Once I got used to the style, the flow came easily. I really enjoy this uniqueness and this attribute makes the book stand out. If you like mystery x romance x thriller x supernatural, you can't miss this book. ...more
Sherry Hansen
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic book. Bonnie is an excellent writer. I cannot wait until the next book to be released.
Pat MacEwen
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't normally read a lot of paranormal romances or books about hockey, so this book was quite the surprise! I was a little confused by the opening chapter, which takes place in an Edmonton sports bar. Thereafter, however, the story took off and became a murder mystery as well. I found the characters engaging, the setting well drawn, and the romance turned sizzling hot. I was originally intrigued by the idea that buildings might have souls, since I am a dedicated cathedral-crawler and have fou ...more
Sharon Bourdeau
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved getting to know Shaynie so much. As I read, I got more and more into her character and wanted to understand her backstory and know her better and see her find a resolution to her inner struggles.
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