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Psyche is a fiery young girl, who has been blessed with beauty. So much so that she has caught Aphrodite's attention. As with all gods and goddesses, Psyche knows she has to be wary of Aphrodite's intentions. When gods get interested in the affairs of men, things don't go well. And that's exactly what happens to Psyche after she angers the goddess by refusing to marry her son Eros. After a terrible misunderstanding Psyche will have to call on the gods for help, face an enraged goddess, and descend to the bowels of the underworld fighting for the love of her life.
Stubborn, caring, and extremely fun, Psyche is such an amazing character to read. Ooooh and boy does she have attitude. I think that's why Eros refuses her at first, because she doesn't take any crap from him. Like Psyche, I love/hated Eros. He's supposed to be a god of love and he is such a grump. Poor Psyche determines he's `the biggest jerk' she's ever met after just five minutes with him. Then the whole arrow thing happens and you don't know if it's true love or if it's just the magic driving him. But still, you can't help but fall utterly and helplessly in love with him, as he tries to win Psyche's love.
Then when all seems well in paradise, an incident happens and that's what drives the second half of the book. However I didn't get Psyche's anger. I think she blew things out of proportion a bit. I mean, wishing for a friend's death and planning a murder after a glimpse at what she thought was deceit. She should have confronted him first. But that's the thing with all the Greek mythology stories, people take things too personally and act first, ask questions later. Eros does the same. Greek gods are all about vengeance and getting even forgiveness is not a word known in their vocabulary.
I could not put this book down! Psyche's `modern' voice was such fun to read in an ancient Greek setting. All the troubles and obstacles set between Psyche and Eros will keep you on edge, because all the time it can't be any clearer that they're meant for each other! So get your toga, get in the mood, and get ready to swoon beautifully with Jessie Harrell's amazing debut.
At the start of the book I was somewhat off-put though. I have read many retellings and interpretations of myths. I also adore historical fiction. Obviously none of the books I have read are written in Old English or the old language of the period they are set in, but at the same time they flow seamlessly into the past. However, in Destined, the language includes many jarring moments when the language that's used pulls you straight out of the past and into the present. I never really put a much thought into language choices that an author must make, but here it was noticeable that it was not quite right.
So as you can tell I was not completely pleased with the language it was written in, but once I managed to let that go I began to really enjoy the story. Psyche is a likeable narrator and a very sympathetic one. The powerlessness of the women in Ancient Greece is heartbreaking, and Psyche, and Chara's, situations illustrate this perfectly. Eros and Psyche's relationship was easily my favorite element of the story. It is complex, but at the same time their feelings for each other are really quite simple.
It was wonderful to see a new author's take on portraying the gods and goddesses of Olympia. My favorite portrayal was definitely that of Hera. So often in stories and myths she is seen in a terrible light, as a vengeful, bitter woman, but here she is given the chance to be someone else. The use of so many members of Greek mythology was fantastic. Throughout the book there are mentions and appearances of everyone from Aphrodite and Persephone to Vesta and Helios.
Overall I think that the language usage could have been improved upon, and if it had the story would have been more believable to the period in which it is set. I did end up really enjoying this though. I am definitely looking forward to reading Jessie Harrell's next book, and I would recommend this one. Fans of The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter or Abandon by Meg Cabot would likely enjoy this as well.
I fell in love with Eros! Delightful and yummy, he was :) Dear Eros, shoot me with that wonderful arrow of yours anytime:) Love Derinda
Oh ooops (blushing) I am reviewing right, I remember!
First, you start off with a stunning book cover that makes you say WOW! The way the Author contrive this book "Greek mythology meets The 20st century". I loved it.
Psyche's character was lovely, strong, courageous and pure at heart. A few bad decisions, but hey don't we all. She was willing to climb mountains to prove her love for Eros. Love was the bridge for this story and done in a beautiful way. I simply adored it. It was refreshing, corky, over all a beautiful.
Be carful poking your finger in a bad boy's chest, and saying never. He might just turned out to be the love of your life!
Now lets move to Eros :) He starts out a hurt arrogant jerk. Little disrespectful (holding up my thumb and finger) to his mother, because she tries to set him up with Psyche. However, over time, he finds himself consumed with love for her. Now he is turning magnanimous. Now he sincerely loves her, even if he had a tad accident with his arrow LOL. He will do anything to keep his mother from finding out. She wants to destroy Psyche now, for turning Eros down. What a tangled web we weave.
Who doesn't love a good old fashion dysfunctional family? The "Mother" of a Mama's Boy *giggle*! Jessie Harrell, did a wonderful job adding twist and turns in this book, that will make sure you do not get to bored. Jessie, has Eros and Psyche go through controversy and trials to get to the outcome, together or not! I am not telling. You will just have to read it. This Story was published in 2011, I can not believe every teenager doesn't have a copy!
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