Thursday, August 30, 2012

Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen ~ Tour Stop PLUS Giveaway

I'm pleased to be part of the Painted Blind Book Tour!  

From Goodreads:

Seventeen years old and agoraphobic, Psyche Middleton vows her dad will never see the risqué photos she took during a summer modeling stint abroad, but one of them ends up on a billboard in her Montana hometown. Now everyone—especially her dad—can see it. And yet, somehow, those are the mundane things in her life because she is about to fall unexpectedly, head-over-heels in love with Erik, a mysterious young man who rescues her from a crowd of admirers, and who she’s never actually seen because…he can make himself invisible.

As strange as this may seem, it’s about to get even stranger. Erik takes her to his palace in an idyllic kingdom, and she is swept into the beauty and culture of his world, but his affection has one condition: she may not see him. Overtaken, intrigued, and still not wholeheartedly believing he’s real, Psyche is going to have to decide if she can love him blindly; because if she can’t, she may lose him forever.
My Thoughts:

3 stars -A complex version of Psyche and Eros, Painted Blind is a good story.

I've read several versions of the myth of Psyche and Eros.  Some were short and cute.  Some were set in historic times.  All were seeped in rich Greek Mythology.  This one had that same rich Mythology but a more modern feel.

I liked Eros a lot.  He makes some mistakes and he learns from them.  Of course he's gorgeous, how can the God of love not be?  But he is so much more then that.  I enjoyed his feelings for Psyche, not just his love but his tenderness, his thoughtfulness and his passion.  I really loved his mischievous side. Erik invisible was so fun. I missed him when he wasn't around, which was too often for my taste.

Psyche was an interesting sort.  She has some issues with heights and she struggles with that throughout the book.  She goes through some pretty tough challenges and grows up a lot over the course of the book.  She starts out as this typical kind of teenager but she's been in Europe all summer modeling.  Under the baggy clothes she wears at home, she has this rocking bod.  Her best friend is the popular social one of the two.  I wasn't sure how to reconcile all of that into one teenager.  I did like how she was strong and confident, standing up to some pretty intense cruelty.  She had a tender heart for those that had been wronged - as she had been.  Her trust wasn't easily won but once you had it she would do anything for you.  I like all of those characteristics.

I really loved some of the secondary characters.  Psyche's dad was one favorite.  I loved that he was this construction/business guy that was a fabulous cook.  I loved how he freaked out over Psyche but he wasn't mean about it.  You saw his love for his daughter.  There was one little detail at the end for him that really surprised me.  I really thought he was more down to earth.  Won't say what but I loved it.

This book had a lot going on.  The story is complex, twisting and turning with rich details.  There may have been a few too many sub-plots going on for my taste.  In the end, all the details were tied up and resolved.  I was pleased with the outcome of the book.

Enjoy Greek Mythology?  Then this is good choice.

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  1. I've never read anything about Psyche and Eros before so I really loved this. I actually didn't even know it was going to be about Greek mythology lol just a romance with an invisible person. I love the kingdom and trials and romance. It was a fun read!

  2. This sounds interesting. I love Greek Mythology. I like to read different takes on it. Great review!!

  3. I've never read anything about Psyche and Eros. I'm glad that you enjoyed the story. Nice review!

  4. Hi! Thank you for the tour blog and the Giveaway.
    Love the review, has tweaked my interest, i love greek mythology!

  5. This sounds like an interesting book. Great review. I think I'd like to read it

  6. I love Greek Mythology and this sounds like a great read for me! Enjoyed your review and thanks for the chance to win

  7. I liked Psyche's dad too. He was so real. :) Nice review Pal!

  8. Thanks for amazing giveaway!
    And I love Greek myths so this sounds great!