by Jessie Harrell Published by Mae Day Publishing
on November 17th 2011 Pages:
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.
Love the Psyche and Cupid myth. With all the myth retellings out and about, I am surprised that this one hasn't gotten more attention. Adding in all the positive buzz floating around, made me want to read Destined all the more.
Harrell starts Destined off on a positive note. No modern retelling here. The setting is a little vague, but readers get the idea that we are in Ancient Greece. Plenty of mention for all our Gods and Goddesses. Destined was just what I had been hoping for.
Psyche opened her mouth. And tons of modern slang started spewing forth.
Now, don't get me wrong. I understand that authors want to keep the language relatable to. And I have read plenty of novels that are historically set with bits of modern language interwoven. But it felt wrong with Destined. Does it take away from the book? Not really. However, it was a major distraction that I, as a reader, was not expecting.
Destined, language issue aside, was an overly pleasant read. The chemistry between Psyche and Eros was lovely. Plenty of misunderstanding. Unrequited frustration. Lots of adventure… all to get back to where they could have been in the beginning if they both less stubborn. Loved it!
There really ought to be more books out there like Destined. Rich setting. Unforgettable characters. Love that overcomes everything. But doesn't go into the insta-love or overly consuming categories. A nice balance.