Dec 31, 2013

Review: Divinity and The Python by Bonnie Randall

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 part where it says that local hockey hero Cameron Weste is the one for her. Although, he’s known to get around the party scene, it seems much of her reluctance has a lot to do with self-loathing from what she calls “Hellnight,” an alcohol-induced night that Shaynie can only grab bits of memories.

Bonnie Randall created an interesting heroine. She’s not perfect. She’s independent. Even when she makes the wrong choices, it seems Shaynie does so knowing there will be consequences. However, her independent streak is tough to shake.

Shaynie finds herself falling in love in the middle of being harassed by a mysterious person. The book turns into a whodunit with interesting twists along the way. Randall provides clues and adds elements but leaves enough suspense until the end when the Big Bad is revealed.

One of the biggest drawbacks for me was the overuse of the mystical elements. I enjoyed Shayine being in tune with nature. Little clues as to how the things around us can take on a life of their own and help us when needed most. I enjoyed the subtlety of it.

However, toward the end of the book, it was became obvious ad too much in your face.

Overall, it was an enjoyable book and one I was happy to have had a chance to read.

I received this book from NetGalley for review.

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