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Destined (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Jessie Harrell
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Kurzbeschreibung

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.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Jessie Harrell fell in love with the Cupid & Psyche myth while majoring in Classical Studies at the University of Florida. (Yes, that degree is about as useless as it sounds.) After attending law school, getting married, having kids and realizing that the real world is a lot more work than she thought it'd be (both good and bad), she turned back to this myth and made it her own.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 499 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 366 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0615500951
  • Verlag: Mae Day Publishing; Auflage: 3 (15. November 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0068S8FIM
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #224.675 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Gut für Regentage oder wenn man krank im Bett liegt 29. Januar 2013
Von Marion
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Dieses Buch behandelt die griechische Mythologie von Psyche und Eros in etwas abgewandelter Form, was sie viel überzeugender macht.
Psyche ist die wunderschöne Tochter eines griechischen Königs. Aphrodite ist ganz begeistert und adoptiert das Mädchen. Fast im selben Atemzug erklärt sie ihr und ihrem Sohn Eros, dass die zwei heiraten werden. Sowohl Psyche als auch Eros sind wenig begeistert und Aphrodite schäumt vor Wut, weil ihr widersprochen wird. Eros soll Psyche mit seinem Pfeil treffen und somit ihre Liebe für einen Ausgestoßenen erwecken. Als er Psyche ein zweites Mal gegenüber steht, erkennt er aber, wie schön sie auch von ihrem Wesen ist und verliebt sich in sie.
Psyches Eltern wollen sie auch meistbietent verheiraten, was ihr gar nicht gefällt. Eros weiß das erst einmal zu verhindern.
Über das Orakel von delphi lässt er Psyche vorhersagen, dass sie auf einer Klippe auf ihren zukünftigen Mann warten soll, vor dem selbst die Götter sich fürchten.
Der Westwind bringt sie in einen Palast, wo Eros sie jeden Abend besucht.


Die Originalgeschichte findet man in Kurzform hier: [...]

Was mir gefällt: ich mag die Geschichten der griechischen Mythologie sehr, aber im Original sind sie sehr sperrig und oftmals handeln die Charaktere für uns moderne Menschen unverständlich. Die Autorin Jessie Harrel hat da eine wunderbare Form gefunden.

Was mir nicht so gut gefällt: an das sehr moderne Englisch und die all zu modernen Umgangsformen muss man sich erst einmal gewöhnen und daher ist nicht von Anfang an eindeutig, dass die Geschichte wirklich im antiken Griechenland spielt.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen really cute story, but not a masterpiece 10. Dezember 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
"Destined" is set in Greece, about a century after the Trojan War. Psyche is chosen by Aphrodite to become her sombolic daughter. In order to prevent another mishap as with Helen, the goddess decides to marry Psyche off immediately - to none other than her arrogant son Eros. Both refuse, but due to some events Eros falls in love with Psyche and takes her away, where he wants to keep her save and make her learn to be able to love him in return - without her knowing it to be him.

At the beginning I had difficulties of understanding what the book's actually about and in what time the story takes place. Well I got there eventually^^...The story is written in both Psyche's and Eros's point of view, which is quite nice and gives the reader a better understanding of their feelings. It's funny and quite a good read, although you should be aware of it not being a masterpiece of literature.But hey, everybody needs a tacky love story from time to time, right ; )?!

Really cute story, fun to read!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Highly Recommended for YA Paranormal lovers. 8. Dezember 2011
Von Regina_Linton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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 get worried.

Aphrodite proposes a marriage for Psyche to her arrogant son Aros and both Aros and Psyche refuse the proposal infuriating Aphrodite. Psyche's luck has now been turned over to the oracle who will foresee her future and tell a prophecy that chills her and her family to the bone. Without choice, Psyche is forced into marriage to another and taken away from her family.

She is torn about her feelings toward her new suitor and how she is expected to act in her new home with her new servants. Romance, mystery and suspense make this book another great read. Follow Psyche on her heroine journey to set things right after she makes the biggest mistake of her life.

Highly recommended for YA Paranormal lovers and mythological dreamers.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Was not sure about it at first, but I was pleasantly surprised 10. Januar 2012
Von Nicci @ Paper Dreams - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I am an absolute sucker for story based on Greek mythology. I took a Classical Mythology course in high school, and fell completely in love with mythology, especially Greek. Anyways that love combined with the gorgeous cover of this book captured my interest. I have also been following Jessie Harrell's blog for a little while now, so I was super excited to read her debut!

At the start of the book I was somewhat off-put though. I have read many retellings and interpretations of myths. I also adore historical fiction. Obviously none of the books I have read are written in Old English or the old language of the period they are set in, but at the same time they flow seamlessly into the past. However, in Destined, the language includes many jarring moments when the language that's used pulls you straight out of the past and into the present. I never really put a much thought into language choices that an author must make, but here it was noticeable that it was not quite right.

So as you can tell I was not completely pleased with the language it was written in, but once I managed to let that go I began to really enjoy the story. Psyche is a likeable narrator and a very sympathetic one. The powerlessness of the women in Ancient Greece is heartbreaking, and Psyche, and Chara's, situations illustrate this perfectly. Eros and Psyche's relationship was easily my favorite element of the story. It is complex, but at the same time their feelings for each other are really quite simple.

It was wonderful to see a new author's take on portraying the gods and goddesses of Olympia. My favorite portrayal was definitely that of Hera. So often in stories and myths she is seen in a terrible light, as a vengeful, bitter woman, but here she is given the chance to be someone else. The use of so many members of Greek mythology was fantastic. Throughout the book there are mentions and appearances of everyone from Aphrodite and Persephone to Vesta and Helios.

Overall I think that the language usage could have been improved upon, and if it had the story would have been more believable to the period in which it is set. I did end up really enjoying this though. I am definitely looking forward to reading Jessie Harrell's next book, and I would recommend this one. Fans of The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter or Abandon by Meg Cabot would likely enjoy this as well.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen I tried to like it 13. Februar 2012
Von J. Tello - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
People say don't judge by the cover but how could I not its such a beautiful cover. As for the book itself. I couldn't even finish it. I cant get past the way they spoke. When a book is set in Greek times I kinds expect a little authenticity when it comes to the language, I don't mean in Greek or old English, but I don't think in Greek times they said "what's up?" If it was a retelling set in modern times then I would understand but its not.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen So much fun! 21. Oktober 2011
Von R. Harris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
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 Eros. Not knowing much about their original myth, I was ready to be swept away by their love story and eagerly dove in.

Ms. Harrell used an interesting approach with the dual POV in the story, telling Psyche's point of view in the intimate first person account, allowing us to really get into her head and heart and feel as though we are walking in her shoes, while telling Eros's story in the more limited third person. While the transition between the two did jar me a little in the beginning, I found myself eagerly going back and forth, enjoying the unique nuances of the different modes of narration. For Eros in particular--the god of love who falls desperately for Psyche--the more distant narrative allowed him to retain a bit more of his masculine, swoony, god-like qualities, without coming across like a completely whipped mama's boy.

Another noteworthy chance Ms. Harrell took was placing the story in Ancient Greece, but giving Psyche a modern day voice. Once the setting is firmly established, this gamble really pays off as it enhances the intimate quality of the story and will ultimately make it much more relatable for teens.

Eros was hot. I loved the arrogant, bad-boy vibe he exuded right from the beginning and enjoyed seeing the softer side underneath when he falls for Psyche. Psyche was a strong and spunky protagonist who was beautiful inside and out, while also having the fatal flaw of making a few rash, bad, bad, BAD decisions. I enjoyed the snippets of the other Olympians who made guest appearances throughout the book and my only complaint is that a certain major god who played an important role in Psyche's past didn't grace the page. Other than that, DESTINED was a fun, entertaining, and enlightening tromp through Greek mythology that I highly recommend.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Simply adorable 8. September 2012
Von D. Love - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
WHOA!

I fell in love with Eros! Delightful and yummy, he was :) Dear Eros, shoot me with that wonderful arrow of yours anytime:) Love Derinda

Oh ooops (blushing) I am reviewing right, I remember!

First, you start off with a stunning book cover that makes you say WOW! The way the Author contrive this book "Greek mythology meets The 20st century". I loved it.

Psyche's character was lovely, strong, courageous and pure at heart. A few bad decisions, but hey don't we all. She was willing to climb mountains to prove her love for Eros. Love was the bridge for this story and done in a beautiful way. I simply adored it. It was refreshing, corky, over all a beautiful.
Be carful poking your finger in a bad boy's chest, and saying never. He might just turned out to be the love of your life!

Now lets move to Eros :) He starts out a hurt arrogant jerk. Little disrespectful (holding up my thumb and finger) to his mother, because she tries to set him up with Psyche. However, over time, he finds himself consumed with love for her. Now he is turning magnanimous. Now he sincerely loves her, even if he had a tad accident with his arrow LOL. He will do anything to keep his mother from finding out. She wants to destroy Psyche now, for turning Eros down. What a tangled web we weave.

Who doesn't love a good old fashion dysfunctional family? The "Mother" of a Mama's Boy *giggle*! Jessie Harrell, did a wonderful job adding twist and turns in this book, that will make sure you do not get to bored. Jessie, has Eros and Psyche go through controversy and trials to get to the outcome, together or not! I am not telling. You will just have to read it. This Story was published in 2011, I can not believe every teenager doesn't have a copy!
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