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Painted Blind

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  490 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
Psyche Middleton has always been judged by her looks. When she meets a guy that can make himself invisible, she must decide if love is truly blind. He takes her a palace in an idyllic kingdom, but his affection has one condition—she may not see him.

Enchanted, intrigued and not wholeheartedly believing he’s real, she betrays his trust for a glimpse of his face, and ends up
Kindle Edition, 331 pages
Published May 3rd 2012 by Createspace (first published January 15th 2012)
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

I joined the blog tour for this because I thought the premise sounded so interesting. I seriously thought it was a contemporary romance and that she was an artist of some sort. Boy I'm sure glad I was wrong. This is the retelling of Eros and Psyche. I love mythology tales, but I only know the most popular ones. So imagine to my surprise I haven't heard of
Jan 01, 2013 Jude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have this serious issue where I can't seem to actually read the summaries of books. I thought Painted Blind was a contemporary romance novel about blind dates, which is the reason why I signed up for the tour (this happened between one and two months ago). And before I started reading the novel I went back to read the summary - to refresh my memory - and encountered a totally different thing: an invisible dude? She falls in love with an invisible guy? What the hell? It sounded dumb. Completely ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I read a few reviews for this book and decided to check into this book. I picked it up at Amazon for four dollars for my kindle. Yesterday afternoon when I sat down to read I decided to take a peek at it before I started back into the books I'm supposed to be reviewing. I stayed up until after midnight to finish this book and I never got back to the books I was supposed to be reading. oopsy. That should tell you how much I was enjoying the book though! :)

I was pleasantly surprised by this book.
Jun 23, 2012 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
looooved this one!
I am getting very, very fed up with books that perpetuate sexist behavior, condone treating women like possessions, and send the message to teenage girls that this sort of mentality is acceptable and desirable. I just don’t understand how this sort of thing happens. Outwardly, Painted Blind looks really cute, like a sort of modern-day fairytale. But I quickly realized that, while Michelle A. Hansen is a pretty good writer, the content of her writing was…well, sexist and bigoted and a self-respec ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Aly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book from the author and when I first saw the cover I was close to dismissing it because the cover isn't all that interesting (not to mention she was never blindfolded at any point during the book). On a random whim I clicked it and read the synopsis. Totally blindsided that it was about a myth (Yes, mythology nerd here.) and then blindsided again by how flawlessly it was written.

I loved Psyche because she wasn't whiny. Or ungrateful. Or another Bella-reincarnate. She was strong, bea
Lyra Gill
Jul 17, 2012 Lyra Gill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is also posted HERE.

Out of all the mythological retellings I've read over the past year, Painted Blind is my favorite. The world-building is sublime; the plot is relatively fast-paced; and the characters are engaging. The writing is beautiful - the descriptions of Erik's world are intricately detailed - and not a page of this book bored me. Though I pretty much knew how the story will progress since I am well acclimated with the myth of Cupid (Eros) and Psyche, Michelle Hansen threw

Psyche has always been beautiful and has always hated that beauty. It has caused her nothing but trouble. After going away for the summer to model, she returns to find her image plastered on billboards and in magazines.

High school just became a whole lot more difficult.

With the paparazzi and fans following her everywhere, Psyche often finds herself surrounded by crowds of people. When she's rescued one day by someone who can become invisible at will, she f
Daphne Delacroix
Sep 09, 2012 Daphne Delacroix rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daphne by: Miss Deva
At first, I was really liking it, I even planned on rating it four stars, but then it just got...boring...I left it on page 215, but I became disinterested after (view spoiler). So...yeah...I ended up not liking it anyway.

Actually, I'm more a romantic than an action-seeker, and after one-thirds of the book, it was mainly action stuff. Plus, the love was too rushed anyway, though at first I liked it enough to ignore the unnecessary fast-pacing.

May 23, 2012 Ronda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Painted Blind is a great, fun read!
Every girl dreams of the man she’ll fall in love with, sometimes to the point of obsession. But what if, when you finally bump into him, you can’t see his face? What if he’s invisible to you? Could you fall in love without ever seeing him? PAINTED BLIND paints a beautiful picture of falling in love for all the right reasons and just how far you’d go just to see each other again.

Psyche just wants to have a normal senior year, including a date to homecoming and prom. She hopes that no one will fin
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)

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 h
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Painted Blind took me by surprise. I am so excited to be a part of this tour put on by AToMR. At first when I started reading Painted Blind I thought the story sounded familiar that was when I realized it is a retelling of Psyche and Eros. I was so excited because I LOVE Greek Mythology and so of course as most of you know when I love a book I stayed up to 3am in the morning reading this book until I finished. I love the way Michelle put her own spin on it and created a loveable cast of characte ...more
Feb 11, 2013 Annalisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Painted Blind is a wonderful title for a novel and it immediately grabbed my attention. The story is a modern interpretation of ancient Greek mythology. I am weary of angels, vampires, and poorly written dystopian fantasies so a young adult twist on Eros and Psyche intrigued me. The story started with promise but quickly deteriorated into what felt like Twilight-esque fan fiction. Almost all the elements were there: misunderstood beautiful teenage girl, flaky absentee mother, bewildered and inef ...more
Jul 08, 2012 roxtao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received Painted Blind by courtesy of Createspace publisher and Mrs. Michelle A. Hansen, the author of the book. Thank you for offering me the chance to read this wonderful story! Because English is not my native language and because, until now, my reviews were only written in Romanian, please accept my excuses for the possible mistakes.

Since I read the first books of Aimee Carter’s series – Goddess Test, I was desperate to discover other books inspired by legends and mythology. As it happened
Michelle Book Briefs
I am on a mythology kick right now, and Painted Blind is hands down my favorite YA mythology book I have read in 2012. It has all the amazing elements of an epic myth but it also has a fantastic romance. I read the book twice already this year!

Psyche is one tough cookie. I loved her determination and sense of humor. I also thought her little quirk was adorable. I mean she is super beautiful and she doesn't like crowds because of the attention. She just seemed so humble. Actually, erik did too. I
What worked: This book was amazing, you get to know Psyche and "Erik" and for a minute I actually convinced myself that I was Psyche. The whole thought of having to fall in love with someone purely by their personality really appealed to me because these days, everyone is so obsessed with outward appearances. I really enjoyed the writing and the descriptions were unbelievable: I could practically smell the pine needles in the woods and shivered at the cold in the mountains. So difficult not to g ...more
Aug 04, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying that I was lucky enough to receive Painted Blind from the author in exchange for an honest review.

"Painted Blind" is based on the myth of Cupid and Psyche. Psyche is an amazing female character, she’s someone who us as teenage girls can relate to and not portrayed as your usually damsel in distress. I love how she's still humble regardless of her beauty and fights for the ones she cares about.
Hansen does a fantastic job developing the characters throughout the novel. The p
Dec 30, 2012 Preet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore mythological stories! I always enjoyed them in school and was so excited to review this as well.

Loving someone without seeing them is such a cool idea. We're so stuck on physical appearances today, that I wonder how different we would be if all we had to focus on was personality. Psyche was one of my favorite characters in the story. I liked that she was fairly independent, but still had Erik as someone to rely on. I actually felt like there wasn't enough of Erik though within
Soma Rostam "IOB"
Real love is something hard to find, but once it's there, it's also very hard to keep. Michelle A. Hansen draws a line between fake affections and real, overwhelming love, she shows you that real love is worth any sacrifice, and that it's indeed worth fighting for.
17-year-old Psyche, swears that her strict father will never see the photos she took in some modelling sessions, but one of the photos ends up on a huge
billboard in the main street.
After this incidence, Psyche struggles to stay norm
Kate Elbee
Aug 30, 2012 Kate Elbee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, romance
Still not sure if I'm done with this review, but here it goes.

Painted Blind is an amazing book that really surprised me. The blurb doesn’t do it justice, it just completely excited me when I realised this book was about Greek gods. Psyche is a young girl who's life is changed when an almost naked picture of her ends up on the main road of her town. This ad changed her life in many ways; from testing her fathers trust, to becoming suddenly famous and constantly being attacked by paparazzi. Soon e
Heather Tisdale
Aug 11, 2012 Heather Tisdale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I was surprised that I was able to get behind this story as well as I did. It's a cute tale of a girl who finds herself surrounded by drama created by the jealousy and pettiness of of Aphrodite. Suddenly surrounded by the members of the Greek pantheon, Psyche encounters everything from love to absolute terror. Over the course of her epic adventure, the agoraphobic girl that is terrified of mundane situations, grows and develops as she finds strength within herself to attempt to achieve her heart ...more
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When I first saw the cover, I thought this might just be another YA contemporary fiction but nonetheless, I liked it so I went on to read the summary which was quite different from what I'd first assumed. Painted Blind is a YA fiction fantasy based on a Greek/Roman mythology.

Now ever since I've read Percy Jackson, I've been a big fan of Greek myth so obviously, this book intrigued me. Even kept my full interest till the 15th chapter or so. But as the story went o
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Painted Blind is a wild ride. I went into this novel thinking it was going to be a nice romance story, but boy, Michelle A. Hansen grabbed me by the heartstrings and she took me on the most fantastic romance adventure. Hansen delivers a lot of fun humor along with an action-filled romance about what a girl in love will go through and do to win back the love of her guy and his trust. Hansen gave me thrill after thrill with Psyche and Erik’s love, but she also put some very serious scenes in this ...more
Mar 26, 2012 Brooke rated it liked it
This was a fun story. It is another YA Lit with a heorine who falls for a non-human within 30 seconds of meeting him, but I didn't find it as mushy or eye-rolling as other novels of this type. It was actually a really involved story-line, with a lot happening, a lot of action, and some fairly entertaining talk of greek mythology (which I usually don't care for, but Hansen gives us the modern day take on those greek gods).

While I do roll my eyes at stories of teenage girls, falling in love, inst
I am so exited! I won this in a goodreads giveaway and so i can read this over and over again! This book was very well written. I really enjoyed the overall tone and voice of the character. I recommend this to EVERYONE!!! The story sucked me in right away and the characters were likable and it didn't fall flat anywhere. The ending was so well thought out and really left me satisfied. All in all one of the best books I have read which is saying allot...
"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind." - William Shakespeare

I have never heard of the story of Cupid and Psyche, nonetheless, I LOVED IT.
Psyche is girl of incredible beauty, after a modeling trip to Europe she is blasted into a world of fame (which she despises). A reenactment of Venus being born, where Psyche is portrayed as Venus, finds it way to the small town of Bozeman Montana... on a billboard. That picture brings forth a mysteriou
After having thought about this for a few days, there are a few things that stuck with me.

I enjoyed the plot, though it definitely has some things in common with Twilight. That isn't necessarily bad - there is a reason why Twilight is so popular, and it's because it present a fantasy that resonates with many readers. The same situation here - beautiful girl in high school somehow catches the eye of a beautiful, rich, magical man. Who doesn't want to see themselves as special enough, different en
Jun 17, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, ebook
Fun story! It was interesting and engaging. I was annoyed by a few typos (which seems more common than ever these days) and felt like the story jumped too quickly at times, but overall I enjoyed this quick read and look forward to a sequel if one comes out.
Ms. Rosas
*copy provided by net galley*

I may have mentioned this before (like 100 times) but I love when someone puts a modern twist on a classic story. I was a little hesitant when I started Painted Blind because the Cupid and Psyche has been done so many times. I was pleasantly surprised to find that while the novel followed the traditional storyline pretty strictly it was still very enjoyable. The characters were well developed and even likable. What I really loved about the book was the adaptations to
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Michelle A. Hansen was raised in southeastern Washington. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in English teaching from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and taught high school English for six years.

Michelle loves Pepsi and Doritos more than chocolate. She loves summertime and hates to be cold. She has had three near-death experiences. She’s addicted to office supplies and has an irratio
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