Goddess of the Rose (Goddess Summoning #4)
When modern-day Mikki ends up in the strange Realm of the Rose, Hecate has been waiting for her. So too has her gorgeous guardian beast, who soon has Mikki swooning. But to save the realm, Mikki will have to sacrifice her life-giving blood.
Mikado Empousai (Mikki) comes from a family of women who sacrifice droplets of blood for their rose gardens, creating the most beautiful and vibrant roses anyone has ever seen. One evening, after a completely horrible date with a guy by the name of Arnold, she decides to take a stroll and check up on her rose bushes at the rose garden she volunteers at. There she ‘accidentally’ calls upon Hecate, the Goddess of the Realm of the Rose, and awakens her Guardian, Asterius, too. Hecate reveals that Mikki is an Empousa, a blood pristess, and that the Realm has been dorment in wait for her. The Realm of the Rose is Mikki’s dream come true, a paradise of roses that all belong to her but Mikki quickly learns that this paradise also has a deep and dark history to go with it, one that will change her perspective on the Realm and on her new found ‘destiny’.Goddess of the Rose is an indirect re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast”. Mikki is of course Beauty and Asterius the Beast. In Goddess of the Rose, Mikki struggles with what it means to be an Empousa, the destiny that awaits her, and the struggle in starting to fall in love with the Guardian, not man but beast. Mikki, like all of P.C. Cast’s other characters, is a strong, independent, and vibrant woman, someone very admirable. Asterius is a beast with the heart and soul of a man. I thought it was a beautiful retelling, unique in it’s own way, something that i really enjoyed to it’s fullest. Goddess of the Rose is the 2nd book i’ve read from the Goddess Summoning Series, Goddess of Legend being the first i’ve read. I am absolutely absorbed in the worlds that P.C. Cast is creating. Her descriptions are very specific and detailed, making it easy to imagine everything that Mikki is seeing. I would love to live in a world full of roses. Goddess of the Rose is , obviously, a very mature book that should only be read by mature readers.-Cassie @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime