Sunday, November 6, 2011

Review: Destined by Jessie Harrell (Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway)


Welcome to one of two blog tour stops on the sixth day of the Destined by Jessie Harrell Blog Tour, hosted by Good Choice Reading. I have a review for you and, like on all tour stops, a giveaway for an e-book copy.



Destined by Jessie Harrell
Publisher: Mae Day Publishing
Expected Publication: November 17th, 2011
Source: Received from author
Pages: 364
Summary:
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.

My Rating: 5.0 / 5

First thoughts:
This is a very seductive and beautiful story which I can recommend to everyone who is looking for a romantic and well written novel. Destined is now definitely one of my favorite books of 2011 because it has everything I want in a story: interesting characters, an exciting storyline and a lovely style of writing.

More detailed:
Once I was finished with Destined, I wanted to go back and read it again immediately. It is one of those rare books which leave you with a feeling of utter contentment. If you like Greek mythology and wonderfully written YA romances, you need to pick this up immediately.

I had high expectations for this as I love retellings of myths and had heard really positive things about this. As always, I was a little bit scared to pick up a book that is surrounded by a lot of hype, but Destined did not disappoint me. It was everything I hoped it would be, and more.

It is very easy to get into the story even without knowing the Cupid & Psyche myth. I had only looked it up briefly before starting Destined and I'm sure that this isn't even necessary. Jessie Harrell builds up the world of a mythical Greece beautifully and makes me want to be a part of it. Her descriptions of the places we visit are detailed enough to be able to imagine everything perfectly, but don't overwhelm a reader by conveying too much information.

Psyche and Eros are interesting characters that I loved to get to know better. Even though their world is completely different to ours, it's easy to relate to them and their feelings. While reading Destined I was constantly hoping for them to find their way to their happy ending. But the other characters we meet are lovely, too (especially Alexa), and we get to read about many different gods who are wonderfully characterized.

All in all, Destined is a wonderful story of love and seduction and making your own decisions in the face of destiny. Psyche and Eros' story is very memorable and will stay with me for a long time. I'm sure many of you will enjoy this as much as I did and therefore I really hope that you're going to give this novel a chance.




Find Jessie Harrell:

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GIVEAWAY:

If you leave your e-mail address in your comment, you'll be automatically entered to win an e-copy of Destined. The contest will stay open for 48 hours, and then Jessie will use random.org to select a winner. Available formats include .mobi, .epub and .pdf.
And please be sure to visit the other stops on Destined's official blog tour for chances to win copies of Destined and other goodies.

38 comments:

  1. Oh Cupid & Psyche myth *___*
    I MUST read this book!

    soniagiada1@msn.com

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  2. I'm so excited for Destined! Would love to read this. Please count me in! <3

    Thanks!

    -Len
    maidenveil(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Please enter me in! I really want to read this book!
    impy80 at hotmail dot com

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  4. I have heard only good things about this book and am incredibly interested in reading it! Please enter me in! :)

    xx.daydreamer21.xx@gmail.com

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  5. This looks so good! Thanks for the giveaway!
    goonie4ever(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Definitely count me in for a chance to win this book. Sounds great! Thank you!

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

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  7. I'm so excited to read this book!

    chelsielichty@gmail.com

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  8. OH fantastic review! I also really enjoyed this and I had no clue about the original myth nor did I look it up. Glad you enjoyed it. (Don't enter me in the giveaway just wanted to comment :)

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  9. I really, really want to read this book! Great review :)

    topee3@gmail.com

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  10. This book sounds soooo good!! Can't wait to read it!

    sarabara081(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. Another Greek mythology book- YES!

    jaymeriley(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. thank you so much for the beautiful review! I am so flattered and love that you got so much out of the story. ((HUGS)) Thanks also for being a part of the blog tour!

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  13. Great review! I'm very intrigued about this book! Thanks!!
    <3 Love the cover! <3

    Lissette_125 at hotmail dot com

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  14. Hi!
    Thanks for the giveaway! The book sounds really nice, first time I read a blurb like this very interesting!

    proserpinecravedfor(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. sounds great!!!

    rubolino@comcast.net

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  16. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I would love to win a e-copy of Destined :)

    Memrie
    darkangel231988(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. i am new to the myth, but would love to get to know it ^^

    witchvela at web dot de

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  18. I can't wait to read this!
    Shelby
    iloveninjas101@yahoo.com

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  19. Destined has very beautiful story! Thank you for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

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  20. I love the cover of this book :D I'm curious about the story!
    email: cruz042 at csusm dot edu

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  21. I am hearing a lot of wonderful things about this book and would love to win. Thank you for hosting and thank you Jessie for offering another copy up for giveaway.

    ktturner111(at)me(dot)com

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  22. I so want to read this! I love greek mythology, and better yet, with romance. Thanks for the giveaway!

    melissa_rob16@hotmail.com

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  23. I love the cover of Destined can't wait to read this book Thanks for the great giveaway!
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  24. Love the cover! Count me in.

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  25. would love to win!! i really want to read this book!!

    mariannguyen16(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  26. What a pretty cover! <3
    Thanks for the giveaway! :D


    brunettesarah@hotmail.com

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  27. thank you for this giveaway

    alipeli2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. i am totally in love with the cover. its so beautiful. I will definitely read it soon. great review.

    mc.jay.jay(at)hotmail(dot)com

    - juhina

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  29. Looks really really good. Thanks so much for the chance.

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  30. Thanks for the giveaway!!

    GFC: Ivy

    Ivy
    ivykiddo[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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  31. I wanna read this so bad.
    Awesome giveaway.

    k-books@hotmail.co.uk

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  32. I so want to read Destined! Thanks for the giveaway!

    shadowhunters_jace_clary@hotmail.com

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  33. Great review. I wanted to get it on Amazon.co.uk last month but it sold out and is still 'temporarily out of stock'.

    katjarw@gmail.com

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  34. I love books with Greek Mythology, this books sounds great, and I love the cover!
    ljldml@gmail.com

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  35. Great review! I don't want to be entered in the contest...already read the book!

    Anyway I totally agree with you! The characters and romance are so sweet. I'm so glad you loved this book as much as I do :)

    SeeitORreadit

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  36. I am absolutely in love with Greek Mythology! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! This book has been on my to-reads list for quite a while!

    Great review~!
    azn_pride_ftw@hotmail.co.nz

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  37. Congrats to Dina - who won the Destined eARC. Please check out the remaining stops on the blog tour, running through Nov. 23, for more chances to enter!

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