Destined by Jessie Harrell

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Cover Inspection:
Bee-yoo-tee-ful!

BOOK DESCRIPTION (from GoodReads):
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.

BOOK REPORT CARD:
Cover
3.5
Plot
3.5
Writing
3.0
Characters
3.5
Ending
3.5
Overall Rating
3.5

Superior!
(93% to 96%)
* highest rating possible is 4.0
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LOCATION/SETTING:
Ancient Greece.

MAIN CHARACTERS:
Eros and Psyche of course! Eros is the son of Aphrodite, and the god of love. Psyche, on the other hand, is a Princess of Sikyon and THE most beautiful girl in all of Greece. She has admirers from all corners of the world.

WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT:
Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, is playing matchmaker. He wants Psyche, the most beautiful girl (next to her, of course) to marry her son Eros. *giggle* Both Eros and Psyche refused, and this angered the goddess. So Aphrodite instructed Eros to make Psyche fall in love with a hideous creature. While performing his task, however, Eros accidentally scratched himself with his own arrow, making himself fall madly in love with Psyche. To be with Psyche, Eros devised a plan that involves taking Psyche away from her family, shrouding himself whenever he’s around Psyche, and of course making Psyche fall in love with him. This is a retelling of the Cupid and Psyche myth – a beautiful story about love, trust, and forgiveness.

LOVE:
I don’t usually go for alternate POVs. They are confusing most of the time. But not in this book. Psyche’s POV was written in the first person, while Eros’ POV was written in the third person. I loved Eros’ voice. He’s as arrogant and self-absorbed as greek gods can be. He pissed me off a few times in the book. But that is part of his charm! And deep inside, Eros is a sweetie. The way he romanced Psyche is toe-curling. You see, every Eros-Psyche scene is intimate. While I was reading one of the romantic scenes, I swear… I had to stop reading. Not kidding here. I felt like I was intruding into their private moment. *suppressing a giggle* I guess you could say that Jessie Harrell has a way with romance. I also loved how he wanted Psyche to fall for him naturally, meaning, not resorting to the use of his magical arrows. Their relationship feels authentic too. They went from being nothing to each other to being everything. It feels real. They talk. They play. They flirt. They fight. They make up. I especially loved the ending. It’s just so perfect and romantic. Truly a fairytale ending.

NO LOVE:
It felt weird that the characters speak modern English when they are from ancient Greece. Well, I really don’t consider this a problem. It was just… awkward. I guess you could say that, that’s what made this book so very easy to read and love.

FAVORITE CHARACTER:
EROS! In this book, he’s handsome and charming and powerful and arrogant and GAWD… so romantic. *again suppressing a smile and/or a giggle right now* Like I said, to-curling. *teeny spoilers ahead* My toes curled when they were flying. Oh! And I loved the part when Eros was feeding Psyche… Whew! *spoilers end here* That is why made it to my book boyfriend list! Read my post HERE.

FAVORITE LINE:

Eros raised an eyebrow. “Me? Why should I change?” He bumped her shoulder with his. “I’m pretty perfect as is, don’t ya think?”

*me: Oh yes! You are!*

MUSINGS:
Honestly, I was a bit hesitant in purchasing Destined. But I am so happy I did! I am not a fan of Greek mythology. I intentionally forgot them the minute I graduated high school. I just don’t see their importance in my life. But this book piqued my interest. I am now looking for more books on mythology. This book can also evoke emotions. *teeny spoiler ahead* When Eros saw the knife, I was hurt. Like him, I felt betrayed. And when Eros left Psyche, I was also devastated.*spoiler ends here* And that book cover! So gorgeous! The girl on the cover is really very pretty. I have no complaints about the writing. I didn’t feel like I was reading a self-published work. Actually, I am looking forward to reading more of Jessie Harrell’s books.

DOODLES:

AUTHOR’S WEBSITE:
Jessie Harrell

SIMILAR READS:
Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

CONTENT REVIEW:
profanity: mild
violence: mild
sexual content: mild
mature themes: mild
age recommendation: 13+

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 Destined by Jessie Harrell

JoAnne

My name is JoAnne and I am a sucker for fairy tales. When I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming a princess, finding my handsome prince and living happily ever after. But my parents talked me into taking up law instead. I get a strange high from reading young adult and new adult novels. I know people secretly judge me for reading books not for my age. But frankly, I don’t care. I know what makes me happy – coming-of-age stories, spine-tingling romances, fictional boyfriends, and fairy tale endings.

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