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Destined by Jessie Harrell

Thursday, October 6, 2011
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 Summary

This book was amazing.  There have been several remakes of Cupid and Psyche, but this book was the most memorable for me.  I loved Psyche's character, I think the author was able to capture her young age perfectly and thus her reactions.  Psyche can be a tad impetuous and even impulsive, but she has many good qualities.  She is willing to endure lethal tasks for her love interest, Cupid aka Eros. 

Eros's character was complex as well.  He has been hurt before by women his mother, Aphrodite, chose for him.  He actually reacts badly to Psyche the first time he sees her, indicative of the rocky relationship to come.  However, he can be incredibly caring and sweet. 

The secondary characters, particularly Charon.  They each have unique qualities the reader will remember.  They round out the story.   The events were very fast-paced, but the author never makes the reader feel rushed.  The tasks Psyche had to fulfill could almost have been slightly longer, but the reader doesn't have to wade through too many details the way the author lays out the tasks.

This book was impossible to put down.  I had to know what was going to happen to Eros and Psyche's relationship and the lengths Aphrodite would go to to meddle in their budding love.  This book is highly recommended to teens/young adults.

5 Stars

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  1. Giselle said...:

    I'm really looking forward to this one it sounds like a great book! The characters also seem realistic and likable. Great review!

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  1. Thank you so much for the amazing review!! I'm so glad you liked everyone, including the secondary characters. Your review made my morning. :)

  1. Yay! Keep writing, I loved this book and can't wait to read more from this author =)