Friday, January 13, 2012

Destined by Jessie Harrell

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Synopsis:
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 terrifying 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.

My thoughts:
I love Greek mythology, so I knew I had to read this book. Psyche's beauty makes her famous, and soon she is declared Aphrodite's daughter, making her the most eligible and desired young woman in Greece. But Aphrodite has plans for Psyche, involving her own son, Eros. A battle of wills, a misplaced arrow, and a romance to challenge all others follows as Psyche discovers exactly what is destined for her.
Harrell creates a very realistic romance between Psyche and Eros. Their feelings are true to the situations they are in. It's not love at first sight but rather something much deeper and more meaningful. I devoured this book in just over a day. If you enjoy Greek mythology or even a good romance, you need to read this. Actually, if you enjoy YA, you should read this. It's that good.

Just for fun: When Psyche is declared Aphrodite's mortal daughter, Psyche's parents decide to marry her off to the highest bidder. How would you feel if you were in Psyche's position, about to be bought for your beauty?

48 comments:

  1. This is on my short list to read, and I can't wait until I have time!! :)

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  2. Susan, you won't be disappointed. :)

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  3. I would hate to be bought for my beauty. It still happens in this world, in subtle and not so subtle ways!

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  4. Jodi, I'm with you. It's nice to have people think you're beautiful, but I'd never want my appearance to lead to people putting a price on me.

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  5. Yeah, it's a good thing I was born in the century I was. I would not have done well with being manhandled for family gain or whatever.

    I LOVED Destined. Jessie is amazing and such a sweet person.

    Susan - it's really an easy read. Pretty quick!

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  6. Thanks for the great review! I think if I were in Psyche's place, I would be horrified. I'm with you, Kelly. It's nice to have people think you're pretty, but to have your looks predetermine your fate would be awful.

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  7. Exactly, Jessie. And you're very welcome. :)

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  8. This sounds very intriguing. I watched both versions of Clash of the Titans, so am very familiar with Aphrodite's beauty. I love Greet Mythology, so I will definitely grab a copy.

    The best books are the ones that are quick reads. Nothing more satisfying than getting to the last page and feeling like you just experienced a story, not actually read it. :)

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  9. Diane, well said! That is a great feeling.

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  10. I enjoyed reading Destined, and I know very little about mythology. This was a great introduction to the subject for me.

    Nice review.

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  11. Thanks, Beverly. Will you be reading more mythology in the future?

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  12. I have always enjoyed mythology and new stories based on the old ones. Thanks for the recommendation, Kelly. I'll have to check it out!

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  13. Great review and sure sounds like a fun book. I'd be too rebellious to go along with the bidding. I'd be off on my own.

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  14. I heard about this book the other day and thought it sounded great, and this makes me want to read it even more. I love Greek mythology. :D

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  15. Donna, ooh daring to defy your parents like that. I like it. ;)

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  16. Laura, you should definitely check it out.

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  17. Will have to check it out! Thank you for stopping by my blog and voting. I am trying to get as many scholarship's as I can for school.

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  18. Debra, you are very welcome, and good luck!

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  19. Awesome, can't wait to read and review this one- I love Greek Mythology so this is right up my alley xx Tee

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  20. Tee, I love mythology too. I had to read this the second I got my hands on it.

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  21. I love Greek mythology- so this book sounds like something I would love. The review is great and I have added it to my list! I would not like to be sold off to the highest bidder- it would make me mad. Not a good way to start a relationship!

    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

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  22. Jess, yeah, that's not the best way to start a relationship. ;)

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  23. This sounds like a complex and intriguing interpretation of the myth. And the fact that it works as a romance... even better! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  24. I ALWAYS can appreciate a good romance!


    I was actually hoping some other bloggers would be able to help me develop my TBR list by sharing their faves. If you'd like to contribute visit me here Glitter Lit

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  25. Ashley, sure, I'll suggest some books. I'm heading over now.

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  26. Hi there! I'm a new follower and just wanted to leave a comment to say hi. :) I read the description of "Touch of Death" and it sounds awesome!

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  27. Thank you, Shelley! I'm glad you think so. And thanks for the follow. :)

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  28. Thank you for this review! I'm getting it now since it's on sale for .99 on Amazon today! http://www.amazon.com/Destined-ebook/dp/B0068S8FIM/ref=kinw_tu_recs_5?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2 Off to read!

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  29. Becca, thank you for mentioning that it's on sale right now. I should have said that. ;)

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  30. My husband and I joke that I was sold off to the highest bidder - he is a Brit! :-) I do find arranged marriages intriguing quite honestly. I've made many friends over the years whose marriages were arranged and after long talks I wonder if this is the best way to go or not. After several years of being married, I don't think walking into a relationship blind would be enjoyable. Think about it for a minute, even though you have been married for a while, are you still learning about your husband? I think people change as they evolve, so back to your question, if I were Psyche, and know what I know, plus what she knows, I'd make the situation work in my favor. A woman has powers and strengths she never fully uses. My two cents anyway.

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  31. Hi Kelly,
    I found your link on shewrites.com You have a great blog, here. Very catching to the eye. I enjoyed reading your commentary on Greek Mythology. I used to teach mythology, so all the names seems familiar to me! Congrats on your debut novel. Good for you.

    Keep in touch.
    -Katie Checkley
    http://theintrinsicwriter.blogspot.com/

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  32. Brenda, I love the way your brain works. :) Arranged marriages are intriguing. I guess some end up working, but it must be awkward--at least at first.

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  33. Katie, thanks on all accounts. It's nice to meet you .

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  34. Sounds awesome. Thanks. Thanks for following my blog. New follower too.

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  35. E. Arroyo, thanks for the follow back. :)

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  36. Thanks for this! The book sounds wonderful!

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    1. I'll have to pick your brain one day (not here) about those arranged marriages you know of.

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  38. I bought the ebook not too long ago. I also enjoy mythology and that cover is stunning.

    Have a great week.

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    1. Me too, Medeia, and yes, the cover is gorgeous.

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