Monday, September 17, 2012

Review: Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen

Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen
Published: May 3, 2012
Publisher:
Self Published
Pages:
340
My Rating:
2 of 5 stars

Synopsis: 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. That is 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 actually never 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 not wholeheartedly believing he's real, she is going to have to decide if she can love him blindly. Because if she can’t, she may lose him forever.

A wild, romantic adventure that travels at breakneck speed, Michelle A. Hansen’s debut is a fantastical journey filled with laughter, danger, and the indomitable power of love.
Painted Blind reminds us that one can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds with fortitude and a little luck and is a testament to the fact that real love is worth fighting for.


My Review: I'm a sucker for retellings and I love mythology so this book sounds perfect for me right? Well let's just say this wasn't what I was expecting. 

I've read the Eros and Psyche myth so I knew the basic storyline. I didn't have a problem with that part of the book much. My main problem was with Psyche. I don't remember ever reading about someone like her ever. She doesn't like to show off that she's beautiful yet she's a model. Um don't models show off their beauty? She wears men's clothes because they don't fit her properly and when she has to wear woman's clothes she complains! Sorry if the clothes actually fit you right and I'm terribly sorry that you're so beautiful. She also grouped all men into one category. She assumes that all men that meet her want to sleep with her and that men can't control themselves because they are men. What? Just what? I'm sorry but I do not believe that.

I also did not like "Erik" or Eros or whoever this guy is. He was creepy! He follows her around and breaks into her house and then shows up in her car. Somehow she falls in love with him and then he won't let her see him. If I had never seen this guy I would start to wonder if I was going insane. She seemed so accepting of how there were Gods and Goddesses.

While reading I would get confused whenever it changed scenes or whenever Psyche would fall asleep and then wake up right after that. It just jumped around too much for me. I just couldn't get into the story either. I didn't care about Psyche in fact the best part of the book was the last part when it wasn't from her POV. 

At least the mythology was enjoyable. I really liked the trip into Hades and I think my favorite character was Persephone. I guess this book just wasn't my cup of tea. I'm just not a fan of love at first sight or instant love (because she doesn't see him when she falls in love with him). 

*I received this book via Netgalley. Thank you!

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