Divine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez is a twist on the fantasy genre. The premise is simple. Gods and Goddess still exist in the modern times and to have things go your way, you can be matched with a deity of your choice and through tributes you get what you want…to a point. The story revolves around Teri and Phil and their decision to breakdown and be matched. The god they choose, Luka, is a mix between a college frat dude and a Jimmy Buffett fan–he’s always up to something and is very laid back, happy-go-lucky.
I liked Teri and Phil. They weren’t flashy folks and they just wanted something to go right for once. I felt for them as they struggled with the decision to join the worshipping bandwagon and all the awful things that happen once they made that choice. There is karma in the world and it seems like Teri and Phil are always on the wrong side of it! I often feel that way myself. Perhaps that’s why I identified with them so strongly!
The plot is a little simplistic and a tad predictable. However, sometimes I need a book that doesn’t make me think too much which I needed when I grabbed Divine Misfortune off my bookshelf. So if you are looking for a quick, lighter, not-so-serious fantasy read, check out Divine Misfortune which gets a thumbs up from Second Run Reviews.