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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 co
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Paperback, 360 pages
Published November 17th 2011 by Mae Day Publishing
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Giselle
Since I read Percy Jackson earlier this year, I've been really interested in Greek mythology. I hadn't really delved into the subject before. I knew the names and that's about as far as my knowledge went. But since Percy, I've realized how interesting it really is. As soon as I saw that Destined was a retelling of the Eros & Psyche story, I was instantly intrigued by it. Especially since I hadn't read the original tale. I can't comment on the comparison between the original and this retellin ...more
Cait
More like 2.5 stars, but I'm giving the woman a bit of lax as my good deed for the day. And this will also be quite a short review because, well, there really isn't much to talk about from this book.

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I know; I'm such a kind soul.

This is my second delve into the self-published genre doing my stay here at Goodreads, and here are the good things about this book that I don't see in most other books regarding Greek mythology *cough cough* Starcrossed *cough cough*

If you have no idea what
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Kay
Aug 29, 2014 Kay rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hera will *cut* you
Recommended to Kay by: zeus's girlfriends
I don't really know where to start with this one. I feel kind of bad for giving this a 1 star rating, which is unusual since I tend to feel quite strongly about 1 star books. It wasn't a horrible read, and if I were much younger and very bored, I would have given DESTINED maybe 2 or 3 stars. On the other hand, very few books in my life have made me lament the time I would spend reading.

On that note, I couldn't bring myself to finish reading it. I read up to the 65% mark, and just had to put it
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Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Destined is a book I came across only a few weeks ago and at first, it was the cover that caught my eye. I absolutely love it, it’s really beautiful. But then when I read the blurb, I was really intrigued with this book because Cupid and Greek Gods tied into a love story, who wouldn’t be?

When Psyche is taken under the wing of Aphrodite, she is thrilled and she is told she will become the new face of Greece. But when Psyche turns down Aphrodite’s request to marry her son Eros, she’s left in a wor
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Jessie Harrell
Sep 07, 2011 Jessie Harrell rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommended to Jessie by: http://jessie-harrell.blogspot.com/
Shelves: wrote-it
It's hard as the author to be fair and unbiased about your own work, isn't it? And certainly I've gone through moments of loving this story enough to want to kiss it, and hating it so much I wanted to give up. Ultimately, how you feel about Destined will be very personal to you and what you like out of a story. Truly, I hope this appeals to you. But I appreciate that not all books are for all people. If they were, the book store would be a very boring place.

So enjoy and feel free to leave an hon
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Krystal
Oct 05, 2011 Krystal rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
This book was amazing. There have been several remakes of Cupid and Psyche, but this book was the most memorable for me. I loved Psyche's character, I think the author was able to capture her young age perfectly and thus her reactions. Psyche can be a tad impetuous and even impulsive, but she has many good qualities. She is willing to endure lethal tasks for her love interest, Cupid aka Eros.



Eros's character was complex as well. He has been hurt before by women his mother, Aphrodite, chose for
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Rachel Harris
Live Chat with author 11/16 at 8 EST -- click the link to chat OR after for the transcript!Chat with Jessie Harrell

As soon as I saw the gorgeous cover for DESTINED months ago, I emailed Jessie Harrell and practically begged her to move up her publication date. Unfortunately, she couldn’t do that . . . but I was quick to pounce on her offer to review an ARC. See, I have a semi-obsession with Greek Mythology retellings and what I loved so much about DESTINED is the fresh new couple, Psyche and E
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Emily
*An ARC was provided by Mae Daay Publishing in exchange for an onest review*

Wow. That's all I can say. Wow. I don't usually go for these kinds of books, but am I ever glad I read this one.

The plot was amazing. I loved how Jessie Harrell managed to keep my attention throughout the whole book, even though there weren't many exciting events. I loved that Harrell told the story from two points of view: Psyche and Eros's. It worked perfectly, and she changed to views at just the right time so she kep
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Marie
I loved this book. I'm glad its not a series too. As much as I love series sometimes I enjoy just reading one long story. I mean you have to wait so damn long for a sequel and nearly all good books are part of a series these day it's nice to read a book with a good ending and a good story.
I can't keep track of all the series I'm reading especially when I'm reading five books a day with nearly all of the, being saga's or trilogy's and whatnot.

I could only find one fault with this book.
(view sp
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YA Reads Book Reviews
ADORABLE. Days after finishing Destined, I can’t stop thinking about it. And every time I do, I get this warm, fuzzy feeling in my stomach. After a slew of contemporary and dystopian novels, Destined was exactly what I needed. This book retells the classic myth of Psyche and Eros, otherwise known as Cupid. It takes place in ancient Greece and while the story is set in the past, it’s given a current spin. The dialogue, mannerisms, and ways of thinking all reflect the present. This gives Destined ...more
Parvathy
Aug 15, 2012 Parvathy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who love myth retellings
Recommended to Parvathy by: Catch or Release Meme
The thing about retellings, especially mythological retellings is that the sense of mystery or anticipation that you feel as the story progresses is pretty much low. There are interpretations and reinterpretations of the myth circulating around giving you insights into different characters, you are not confronted with anything new by this venture. But still you persist because they are well loved characters and it is always good to read about them. The story of Eros or Cupid and Psyche is belon ...more
Beverly McClure
Take a boy, a girl, and a mother who wants to see them married. Mix. And you have a typical romance story, right? Well, sometimes. Other times you have romance, sure, but also adventure, sister rivalry, mortals, gods, and betrayals.

Author Jessie Harrell’s debut novel, Destined, has romance all right. It also contains much more. The boy, Eros, is a god. The girl, Psyche, is a mortal. Aphrodite, the mother of Eros, has chosen Psyche to serve as her daughter and also to marry her son. There are pr
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Kiona
Originally posted on http://www.yareads.com

ADORABLE. Days after finishing Destined, I can’t stop thinking about it. And every time I do, I get this warm, fuzzy feeling in my stomach. After a slew of contemporary and dystopian novels, Destined was exactly what I needed. This book retells the classic myth of Psyche and Eros, otherwise known as Cupid. It takes place in ancient Greece and while the story is set in the past, it’s given a current spin. The dialogue, mannerisms, and ways of thinking al
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Jess
Okay, bare with me here, as I attempt to express my dislike towards Destined. I don't mean anything against the author, her writing was alright, great even... but the book as a whole was lacking in so many departments.

I love Greek mythology, retelling and the like, but this fell short. I read this book slowly, over the course of the week, and it was more a means of procrastination, rather than for enjoyment. I found myself reading, but not enjoying.


I would read a few chapters every night, which
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J.A. Souders
Of course I have to give this book 5 stars because Jessie is awesomesauce, but seriously, you don't have to believe me. I highly suggest you read it for yourself, because I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

DESTINED is a book that has something for everyone packaged into a delightfully sweet historical romance/mythology retelling that will have you turning pages until the end and leave you wanting more.

At first I was concerned about Psyche's modern voice in an ancient Greecian setting (as it was
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Devon Ashley
Psst... Do you feel that? It's the long, calming sigh of satisfaction you get once you read the last sentence in a truly heart-wrenching novel. You immediately say Aww and your heart warms a little. Sigh... And then disappointment cause you realize you've left that spectacular fantasy world containing the totally yummy, scrumpdidlyumptious hottie that you've been drooling over the past 200 pages and you're suddenly stuck back in reality without him. [Uh, no offense babe! I totally love you! heh ...more
Julie
I really enjoyed this take on Psyche and Cupid. I use to teach middle school social studies and mythology was one of the topics we discussed while learning about ancient history. This would have been great to have back then for my readers! Harrell has taken a topic some may consider "dry" reading and made it current and understandable. I connected with the characters and appreciate the palpable tension you can feel when Psyche and Cupid first meet. All the angst you like in a romance and YA is h ...more
Rebecca A. Rogers
I’ve always had a sweet spot for mythological stories, and Jessie Harrell definitely doesn’t disappoint with this forbidden romance between a mortal (view spoiler) and a god.

Aphrodite’s chosen a new daughter (after Helen of Troy). Psyche is a beautiful princess, so what’s more befitting than pairing Psyche with Aphrodite’s son, Eros (a.k.a. Cupid), in an arranged marriage? Maybe the fact that Psyche and Eros are not intereste
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Megan Curd
Destined is a fast, fun read that anyone who is a fan of mythological retellings will enjoy. Like paranormal romance? This one's for you, too. :) I really enjoyed this book, and Jessie did a great job of keeping me wanting to turn the pages.

THE GOOD:
Ms. Harrell's writing is easy, fun, and contemporary. You never have to worry about not understanding her writing - she put this book it a teen's voice from today and it was great! I've read some reviews that scoff at the non-traditional Greek dialo
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Dani
4.5/5 stars


A beautiful mortal beloved by Greece, cursed by a goddess , adored by a god and the slip of an enchanted arrow that initiates an epic romance. So begins the story of Psyche.



Psyche, a young Grecian princess whose beauty rivals that of the legendary Helen of Troy, has the good fortune, or perhaps great misfortune, of being noticed by the goddess Aphrodite. When Aphrodite suddenly claims Psyche as her daughter among mortals, she requests only one thing of Psyche in return for this great
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Karina
WWWWAAAAAOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! I totally loved the book, the story is different from all the other Greek mythology books. I finished reading this book in 3 days because I just couldn't put the book down. It was just fun and very captivating reading the story of Psyche and Eros and I really liked the fact that it has both Psyche's and Eros's point of view. They are both impulsive and act sometimes without thinking of the consequences it might bring.
Aphrodite chooses Psyche to be her daughter becaus
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Regina Linton
I came across Jessie in YALitChat. She is amazing and I am glad that I picked this book up. I try to support other bloggers out there who are writing and trying to get out there.

I really loved this book. It was fun, deceptive yet captivating. My heart broke for Psyche in so many ways and soared in others. Who wouldn’t want to be visited by Aphrodite and be accepted as one of her daughters? Everyone of course, but when Psyche gets visits from Aphrodite like a stalker on steroids, she begins to ge
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Megan (magan bagan)
I'm so glad that I got a chance to read this debut novel because it contained two of my favorite things. It has beautiful cover and is about one of my favorite Greek mythologies.

Psyche is the most beautiful girl in Greece, men from all over come to stand outside her window just get a glimpse of her. But when Psyche angers Aphrodite, the goddess of love, nothing will go according to plan.

A prophecy of her future paints a dim picture, life with a creature even the gods fear, and she has to decide
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Jennifer Daiker
Jessie Harrell's debut novel was FABULOUS. It won't matter if you know Greek Mythology or not this tale of romance will sweep you off your feet. The retelling of Cupid & Psyche is heartwarming and filled with the inability to put it down the minute you start it.

Psyche is far from ordinary, if a princess isn't enough from the get go she's visited by none other than Aphrodite herself. Given the opportunity to be the daughter of Aphrodite, a very special honor, Psyche isn't ready for all the f
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Jessie
A retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche, which I must now go look up...
Aphrodite chooses Psyche as her adopted mortal daughter, and wants to fix her up with her son, Cupid (or Eros). The first meeting does not go well. Picture Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Now Aprodite is mad because nobody rejects her son, and Psyche is on her hit list. When Eros goes to carry out his mother's revenge plan, he realizes there's more to Psyche than he let himself see before. Now how to win her over and hide their
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars


I am a huge sucker for a well written Greek mythology re-telling, and Destined delivers a story that's engaging, witty, fast paced and fun. This is a story that I feel isn't as well known as the other, and I really enjoyed Jessie's unique re-telling of Cupid and Psyche's mythology! I've not read a story that centered on Eros before and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It's an exciting blend of romance, passion, and there's an enticing character chemistry between Eros and Psyche that kept me tur
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Kathy Coleman
My Rating: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Awesome!

Before I say a word about Destined, I have a confession to make: when it comes to anything Greek Mythology related I am a total snob and a ruthless critic. I will admit this openly and freely -- I can't help it. I grew up with these myths, they influenced my writing in huge ways, and when I start reading something that is based on them I am generally filled with a mix of excitement and fear.

I often talk about books that have a great idea and fail
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Savannah (Books With Bite)

I loved this book! I loved reading it, enjoying all of the different characters, but also enjoying such a strong and unique plot line.

What grabbed me the most about this book is the great aspect of it. I love Greek Mythology, and the way Ms. Harrell made it all flow together, left me feeling with wanting more. I adore that the plot line is not overly done, but that everything is in its place. The plot divulges the right information at the right time, as well as taking the reader slowly and drawi
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Kimberly Sabatini
I can't lie, but that's okay, because I don't want to. I'm personally vested in this book. In fact, it's the first time I've shown up in the acknowledgements page of a novel. Yeah, it's pretty cool. I first met Jessie at a NY SCBWI conference and we critiqued each other's manuscripts. I am blown away by the amazing changes that DESTINED has undergone since I first read it. Both Jessie and Psyche have traveled on quite a journey.

I have to start off with the cover, which I absolutely love. The min
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Cyp
Dec 01, 2011 Cyp rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA Lit and Greek Mythology Fans
Originally posted at A Bookalicious Story.

*3.5 stars*
First things first: I love the cover. Seriously, I mean, look at it! It has that very soft feel with that white and purple color combination, and the cushions.. And of course the model's absolutely beautiful. That cover is a real winner, I tell you. It was what caught my attention, then came the synopsis mentioning Greek mythology and I knew at that moment that I was a goner; I had to read DESTINED.

**Major spoiler ahead**

Psyche is the most be
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YA Today Book Club: Discussion #3 - Destined by Jessie Harrell 24 12 Jan 07, 2012 12:00AM  
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By day, I'm an appellate lawyer. By night, I'm a wife, mother of two, and author/lover of all things Greek mythology. I'm a native Floridian, frustrated world traveler, unrepentant dreamer, lover of acoustic music and not-so-closet geek. Destined, released November 17, 2011, is my first novel. Stay tuned for Beneath the Surface, co-written with the amazing Brooklyn Grant, coming summer 2012.
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