Friday, November 4, 2011

Emilia's Review on Destined

Author: Jessie Harrell
Publisher: Mae Day Publishing
Release Date: November 17, 2011
Format: Advanced Reader's Copy
Pages: 367
Source: Goodreads First Reads
Rating: Escapable
Extras: Jessie's Website
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads

When Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns 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.
The cover is breath-taking beautiful. At first glance, I didn’t notice the girl, or her dress, or the title, even though I like all of those things. The thing that caught my eye was the butterfly ring. I can’t help but want to take it from her.
Psyche tore herself free, skittering back to her bench as if the stone would shield her. His heart nearly cramped as he felt her exposed fear. He yearned to sit beside her, pull her into his lap, soothe away her worries. He wanted nothing more than for them to be in love.
I won this from Goodread First Reads. I was so glad I did because I really wanted to read this book. This book caught all of our interests, so I shared it with the others to read.

This is a Greek Myth for our time. This is a fresh new take on Eros and Psyche’s romance. Harrell takes the original myth and turns it into a more detailed book with romance, and adventure. The hidden message is to never give up on true love.

Poor Psyche. A beauty like that was destined to bring something bad with it. She was a treasured prize, Aphrodite’s daughter, with a little bit of attitude and sassiness. You should never piss off a god or goddess. They will forever try to get revenge on you, and it usually never turns out good in the end. Not only does Psyche refuse to marry Eros, Eros refuses to marry her, so they both piss off Aphrodite. Angered by them not agreeing with her, Aphrodite uses Eros to get Psyche to fall in love with hideous man.

If you know the original myth, you know Eros ends up not shooting Psyche but actually striking himself with the arrow. It makes him fall in love with Psyche instead. But since they can’t be together because of Aphrodite wanting Psyche dead, Eros must keep himself hidden from Psyche and have her fall in love with him when she’s ready.

Harrell keeps to original myth mostly through-out the book, she changes a few things, but I love the changes she made.

One character that I loved, was the invisible nymph named Alexa. I also loved the part Eros giving Psyche’s suitors magic water, so they don’t intend on marrying Psyche. Also, of course, Psyche’s quest to get to Eros to prove she loves him. Herrell changed it a little but I like the new perspectives that came in, like Persephone, Iris, and Charon. It makes the book more interesting, and it made me fall in love with the myth even more.

I also want to mention Chara. Psyche’s sister, has hurt feelings and makes Psyche believe that Eros isn’t a good man that he’s a monster. It hurt me so much, because I knew the truth about Eros. But what made me dislike her so much, is this: if I was Psyche’s sister and witnessing what happened to Psyche, I think I would be reacting the same way. I would be like Chara. Ugh, it kills me to admit that.

I couldn’t help but fall in love with Eros. My heart feels like it’s going to burst, just reading about him. He is just so amazing. To only be able to see his eyes, it must have been hard on both of them. Eyes are windows to your soul though, so I wouldn’t mind staring into his blue eyes for awhile.
This is her latest debut.


  1. thanks for the amazing review, Emilia. So glad you loved the novel and the characters.

  2. This one was on my toberead list. So lucky you got one before release :O. Thanks for sharing.