Jungle Beauty Goddesses – Aquatic Ball – Book 2 by Cassandra George Sturges is a series of short novellas that explores the possible origins of the Universe, through an eternal and immortal family of planet-makers and developers. The Goddesses, all seven of them, are the daughters of the maker of the Universe and are tasked with developing and creating life on planet earth, which they have done but there is some concern at the direction that humanity has taken with its exploitation and potential destruction of their beautiful creation. The sisters were unfortunately captured by the military and subjected to various experiments, with one of the sisters being raped and impregnated by a human and one of them being killed. In this iteration of the tale, earth is rapidly turning into a water world with the land masses being buried and swallowed by the seas. When the Goddesses attempt to find out what is happening, they run into an advanced culture of undersea mer-people who are adamant that they should be the rightful inheritors of the planet and not humanity, who are rapidly disappearing as the land submerges.
This book is one that takes you a little by surprise. It is much more than the gentle fairy tale that it initially appeared to be. Jungle Beauty Goddesses – Aquatic Ball – Book 2 takes the reader on a thoughtful journey through man’s inhumanity to man and his total disregard for the planet and the creatures that share it with him. Author Cassandra George Sturges does an excellent job of poking the borax at us, as people and our attitudes to the world we have been given stewardship over. Although short, this story can be read as a stand-alone tale, as the author does well in giving us broad hints as to the past and what has happened previously, allowing the reader to enjoy the narrative of the meeting with and exploration of the mer-people. The sisters (the Jungle Beauty Goddesses) are undoubtedly the stars of the show and it was interesting to see their characters develop over the short span of the book. I hadn’t read Book 1, but as I said that didn’t matter and if the purpose of the author was to spur me to read Book 3 (as it should be) there is enough of interest in this story to consider doing so. What I particularly liked was the (intentional?) links to “new-age” thought and the Law of Attraction. This vibrated well with me, as a believer in the Universe and universal thought. This book has much more depth than a casual glance would suggest and for that reason I can recommend it as an interesting and thought-provoking read.