Destined by: Jessie Harrell

Synopsis: 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.


Thoughts: Destined is a quick-paced, charming read that goes to show you that no matter what, destiny will always put you where you’re meant to end up.

We start off Psyche, who has been flowered with gifts and admirers. And soon she find out it’s because she has been choosen as the “daughter of Aphrodite”. But, when Psyche is told she is to marry Aphrodite’s rude son Eros, she resists. Psyche quickly comes to find every thing going horribly wrong. When fate starts to weave its way into Psyche’s life she must endure tests she never thought imaginable to end up where she is destined to be.

Destined was a very refreshing read. I haven’t read about Cupid before and I enjoyed reading shall we say a “modern” version of it. Psyche is a strong protagonist to go through everything thrown her way and I loved her and Eros’s story. We get to see the story told through both of their point of views and I found this pleasantly enjoyable. I especially enjoyed being inside of Eros’s head. In the beginning you think he’s rude and untouchable, but seeing his thoughts, he has a heart and he is truly caring. I was rooting for Eros’s and Psyche the entire story and I loved them both. One other character I loved was Alexa. She is such a great friend and she’s full of happy spirit.

Overall Destined is a fun and charming read, especially for those who enjoy Greek Mythology. If you’re thinking about picking this one up, I say go for it! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

– 4 out of 5 stars -

Published by Jena Freeth

30. Boy mom. Book lover. Fitness junkie. Shopaholic.

6 thoughts on “Destined by: Jessie Harrell

  1. I am so intrigued by this!! I've always been fascinated by Eros and it's so nice to see a retelling of his and Psyche's story in YA. There's dozens of Hades/Persephone retellings around, so I love when authors delve into other stories! This sounds fantastic and I can't wait to read. Another awesome review, Jena ❤


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