Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen
Source: Copy provided by publisher via Netgalley
Format: E-book, 331 pages
Publication Date: 5/3/2012
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Mythology, Romance
Goodreads Summary: 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.
I have taken Classical Mythology and World Mythology courses over my semestral studies so I've been familiarized with the Greek gods and goddesses along with their myths. Once I read a passage in class about a woman who went through lot of physical and emotional turmoil over a love for a god that left me breathless and Painted Blind does not disappoint on its own delicious re-telling of Psyche and Eros's love story.
First of all, I did not expect any of what I just read at all! This book left me breathless as well. This was far.. way far from being a fluffy romance read. It's full of emotions, adventure and a beautiful view of the immortal world.
I didn't thoroughly loved this book but by reaching the end, I was satisfied. I guess you can say, I had a love and hate relationship with it. Now, after reading this book, you won't even need any convincing that Ms. Hansen has one brilliant imaginative mind. Although, there was a lot of exciting aspects to the story, the execution to some of it was rather sloppy in my opinion. There were a lot of scenes that could have been more efficient, in a way that it would have been realistic, but I get that this is fictional fantasy so I just decided to shrug it off and keep reading.
There was a lot of twists and turns, characters that you or may not be familiar with that are given a fresh personality and the love aspect of the book was crazy but beautiful all the same. This book did have the type of relationship that progressed way too fast to get a handle but it's individual characters blossomed throughout. Psyche's especially. There were a lot of faults to their characters but I liked them nonetheless. The sub-characters and their stories also warmed my heart. The villains of the story acted like so accordingly which receives a thumbs up for me!
This story is definitely a hit or miss depends on how you like your dose of happily ever after. I like mine heavy with a little bit of drama so this suited me just fine! Trust me, Painted Blind is packed with almost everything, you'd wonder if it's right for a book to be all-in-one.
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