This week I had the great pleasure of winning an eARC of Jessie Harrell's book Destined.
Here's the blurb:
"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."
So, actually, I won this book in the middle of the week. I had homework (why hello there, math, nice to see you). Typically during the school week (and often during weekends) I have no time to read. I read this entire book in between doing my math and English homework, because once I started I had to know how it ended.
I love the voice. This story takes place in Ancient Greece, but Psyche's voice is very contemporary. She's very fun and ratable, and the contemporary slang never bothered me or seemed out of place.
The characters! Oh, the characters. They all have so much depth. I loved the sister, Chara. She's not in the story very much, but she has layers and her motives are developed and believable. None of the characters are just filling up space, they are all distinct people and fun to read.
I love the love story! It's so much fun to watch it evolve. Eros is so entertaining, and at times he is pretty hilarious. (His friendship with Hermes is fantastic.) I also appreciated that it's a real love story and not just about lust - they really do love each other, and that fills me with all kinds of sparkles and warm feelings inside.
I loved this book! It's become one of my favorites of this year. I highly recommend you read it when it comes out on the 17th. Or, you could go check out the blog tour and enter to win an eARC like I did. Each tour stop is giving away a prize, so lots of chances to win.
Seriously, you don't want to miss this book! I hope you guys love it as much as I did. :]
Thank you to Jessie Harrell for the eARC, and the chance to read Destined before it's out!