Friday, January 13, 2012
Destined by Jessie Harrell
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.
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?