Thursday, August 1, 2013

Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen

Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen
Release Date: May 3, 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace

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, where everyone—especially her dad—can see it. That becomes the least of her worries when she meets Erik, a mysterious guy who rescues her from a mob and who she’s never actually seen because he can make himself invisible.  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. Enchanted, intrigued, and not wholeheartedly believing he’s real, Psyche can’t bring herself to love him blindly. When she betrays his trust for a glimpse of his face, Psyche ends up at the mercy of Erik’s controlling mother, who demands that Psyche prove herself in order to be reunited with him. Psyche knows love is never easy, but this is ridiculous. She agrees to complete three impossible tasks to prove her devotion to Erik—or die trying.  This modern retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche is a fantastical journey filled with laughter, danger, and the indomitable power of love.  -

This book ended up being so much more than the summary indicates.  Of course, I was predisposed to like this book because it's a) a retelling of a myth, which you know I love, and b) one of my favorite myths, of Psyche and Eros (Cupid.)  So of course, I had to love it.  However, it ended up being a lot more than that...and I loved it, loved it, loved it!  This was the type of book that, once finished, made me immediately go to and see if I could find other books by this author.  I was hooked.

Aside from the fact that I love Psyche and Eros, I loved the retold characters.  This Psyche was just perfect.  She was sweet, innocent, but adventurous too.  She cared so much for other people, and her single-minded determination to get through her tasks made you love her all the more.  I loved her perseverance, loved her attitude, and thought her love for Eros was realistic and deep.  She was a great character.

Then there's Eros.  I liked the fact that the author gave him some un-God-like qualities.  He wasn't perfect.  He had a sort of temper, didn't trust easily, and could make mistakes of his own.  It made him seem more, well, human.  Aside from being gorgeous, sexy, and badass, he was also sweet, caring, and loving.  I loved his actions while Psyche was working on the tasks.  Made me fall for him repeatedly.

There weren't many girls in this story, which was just fine with me.  Psyche seemed to be surrounded by a cast of characters that were primarily men, but I loved them all.  The author did such an amazing job with the characterization for her secondary characters.  They each had a backstory, each had goals, motives, etc....  They were three-dimensional.  I loved her interactions with all of them, and how deeply the author went to build Psyche's relationship with each one.

This was just a perfect retelling of an old favorite in the Greek myths.  Michelle Hansen did a wonderful job hooking me in, gaining my interest and sympathy, and making me love her characters.  The pacing was perfect.  I flew through the pages and was left with a deep satisfaction at the ending.  I truly hope this author puts out more books soon, and I would be even more excited if they end up being Greek myth-based.  Great find!


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