Thursday, April 5, 2012

Book Review: Destined

When Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear.

As she feels herself slipping closer into the arms of the prophecy, Psyche must choose between the terrifyingly tender touch she feels almost powerless to resist and the one constant she's come to expect out of life: you cannot escape what is destined.

Destined is a fresh and heartachingly romantic retelling of the Cupid & Psyche myth from debut novelist, Jessie Harrell.

Goodreads: 4/5 stars

My review:

I’ve always had a sweet spot for mythological stories, and Jessie Harrell definitely doesn’t disappoint with this forbidden romance between a mortal a god.

Aphrodite’s chosen a new daughter (after Helen of Troy). Psyche is a beautiful princess, so what’s more befitting than pairing Psyche with Aphrodite’s son, Eros (a.k.a. Cupid), in an arranged marriage? Maybe the fact that Psyche and Eros are not interested in each other one bit? This is where the fun begins. After Psyche and Eros refuse to marry, Aphrodite wreaks havoc, and Psyche is subjected to suitors from near and far. Her sister is even married before her, and suddenly none of the suitors want to marry Psyche. In a last-ditch effort, Psyche’s father journeys to visit an oracle, so he may know his daughter’s future.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Eros disguises himself, intending to aim an arrow at Psyche, but he just can’t do it. Instead, he pricks his own skin with the tip of his arrow. Eros knows if Psyche sees him, they’ll never be together, so he screws with the oracle’s prophecy so he can capture Psyche and have her all to himself. The catch? He can only visit her at night, shrouded in a black, misty veil.

But we all know that can’t last forever. The veil will slip, Psyche will know it was him she kissed so passionately, and then what happens? Where do you go from there? The Underworld? Mount Olympus? Yes and yes, and then some. :)

Overall, this couple goes to great lengths to be with each other, and I think their loyalty is amazing. :) I would’ve loved to see these characters in a series, but I’m happy with the HEA just as much. One thing I loved, loved, loved about this novel was the setting/world-building. I felt like I was living in this fantasy world. The details aren’t overdone, but it’s just enough to feed your imagination. If you’re looking to get lost in the pages of a new spin on Greek mythology, then I’d suggest picking up this novel.

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