Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Book Review: Destined by Jessie Harrell
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.
What an exciting book. I absolutely love anything about Greek mythology, so when Jessie Harrell asked me if I'd like to review Destined for her, I immediately knew I had to read it. And it was just as original and interesting as I'd hoped.
Despite having read lots of YA fiction about Greek mythology, somehow I've never ended up reading a book about the Eros and Psyche story. So I was thrilled that I was getting to read about a myth that I didn't know much about. It's a very fascinating story that I really enjoyed.
I really liked the characters. I love how Psyche is such an independent, strong heroine who stays determined no matter what. She was easy to connect with and I love her character arc. As for Eros, he's another complex character. He's a little bit arrogant (but then again, aren't all Greek deities? :D), but we get to see many more sides to his character and he eventually turns into a true hero.
I also have to mention some of the great minor characters. Aphrodite was totally awesome, I just love how she's so vain and full of herself, and I liked her character's role in the story. I loved one of Psyche's servants, too - she's an invisible nymph! How cool is that? Lastly, Psyche's sister really added to the storyline
The plot always held my interest. I enjoyed how Psyche falls in love with this creature she knows nothing about, and then how she must go on an epic quest to be with her true love. And what Greek mythology-inspired novel would be complete without a character having to be tested by the gods? I loved the tests Psyche had to go through, and the ending is perfect and sweet.
Overall, Destined is a great read, especially for fans of Greek mythology. I can't wait to read more of Jessie Harrell's work!
* I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
My rating: 8 out of 10 (4 stars)
~ The Bookworm