Thursday, October 27, 2011

Destined by Jessie Harrell & GIVEAWAY

So before I start the review, I have to tell you that I have a character interview coming up for this book as part of the official blog tour.  I'm interviewing Eros!  I'm so excited about it.  The interview will post the day of the book release, November 17th.  Make sure you stop back by for that, it's going to be fabulous!  Plus there will be another chance to win a ebook of Destined from the author.

Source:  I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

My Summary:

Psyche knows the Greek Gods are real, after all she has one visiting her. Aphrodite has some plans for the most beautiful girl in all of Greece but Psyche may not go for those plans. What’s a girl to do after you seriously tick off the Goddess of Love. Umm, where can you hide from a Goddess? Psyche’s perfect life is in serious ruins and the oracles prophecy tells her just how bad it can get. But when Psyche feels herself actually falling for the creature she is fated to love and thus fulfilling the prophecy, she realizes that she really is powerless to fight what’s destined.

My Thoughts:

5 stars - a must read

Can I just say that the cover is gorgeous and perfect for this book.

Destined is a retelling of Cupid (Eros) and Psyche’s myth. I’ve only ever read one other version of this story and it was just okay. So really this was new to me. The world that Jessie creates is so fun. It’s ancient Greece but with modern vocabulary and spunk. Psyche makes some very teenage mistakes and then tries to fix things. In the process, she falls in love with the guy she never thought she could. I love the twist of fate there. As a matter of fact, there were lots of twists that I really enjoyed in this book. I will admit that I figured one big one out but it really made me happy so I didn’t care. There were even a couple of trials in this one. Very Greek! I have come to really enjoy the books based on some aspect of Greek mythology and this one was no exception.

The characters are fabulous. We meet so many Greek big names, all of them perfect. I loved Aphrodite. She wasn’t the silly love sick Goddess that has shown up in other books. No she was full of surprises. I loved her spunk! Speaking of spunk, Psyche was fabulous. That girl didn’t just have a pretty face. When things got tough, she worked her butt off for the guy she loved. She wasn’t a cute little thing looking for someone to save her. And Eros, I love Eros. Is it okay to have a crush on the Goddess of Love’s son? Hmm, could get me in trouble in lots of ways. Anyway, he wasn’t perfect by any means. He has quite the temper but he has this incredible heart. I was cheering for him all the way.

So if you’re looking for that really good book that you can pick up and read quickly then this is the book for you. Sometimes, I just need something that is fun and romantic to pick up my mood. This is the perfect choice.

If you like Greek mythology, then this is a must.

If you like romance, then this is a must.

If you love a great read, then this is a must.

Pick this one up, you won’t regret it.

According to Jessie's website, Psyche and Eros' song is Crack the Shutters by Snow Patrol.  I love this song and have for a while.  I was so happy about this choice.  It's perfect for Psyche and Eros.  If you don't know it, check it out here.  For sure, buy it! (Please don't pirate music - it sucks for the artist.)

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So I just can't bring myself to give away my signed ARC of Destined.  This is a perfect book to share with my students and I just can't let it go.  But I do want to share, so I'm giving away a finished copy from Amazon.  This is US only since Book Depository doesn't have this book yet.  Normal rules apply.  Follow StuckInBooks and fill out the rafflecopter to enter.  


  1. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of Destined. It sounds like a really interesting book.

  2. only us too sad, it seemed to be a good book

  3. I'm awed by your praise and SO happy that you loved the story. Thanks for doing a giveaway as well!
    For International readers, the e-books are coming 11/17, so just a few more weeks and you'll be able to read it too.

  4. I so want this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. I just finished this yesterday and I really enjoyed it as well! I agree the characters are great! Wonderful review.

    Xpresso Reads

  6. This looks like it's going to be a fantastic book, I am so looking forward to read it. Thank you, so much for the wonderful insightful review on it and for the generous giveaway! :)

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

  7. Thanks for this giveaway! It looks really good. ;D

  8. Oops, sorry, I entered my name as an entry twice!

    I guess I was so excited about the Greek myths that my clicking finger jumped the gun...

  9. Great review! I really can't wait to read this! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  10. Fantastic giveaway, chica! Your review was wonderful - it's clear how much you loved the book, and that really comes across, without going into spoilers. I'm excited for the chance to win! :)

    Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue

    P.S. If you'd like to visit my blog, I'm hosting a giveaway of The Near Witch! :)

  11. Thanks for the great giveaway!! I really want to read this book.

  12. Awesome giveaway! =D

  13. I really want to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway =D

  14. I too pass on most of my YA paranormals (after I read them)to a friend who shares them in her upper middle school classroom library. What is the age appropriate status of this book?


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  15. Thanks for doing a giveaway on this book. I saw it mentioned and I thought it looked fantastic.

  16. Very excited for this giveaway!

  17. I really want to win this!!!! I hope its me who's chosen! Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. wow -- I am amazed by the number of entries. Thank you everyone! who won?