Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to review through ATOMR tours
Genre: Mythological YA
Book Description: 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 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 never actually 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 still not wholeheartedly believing he’s real, Psyche is going to have to decide if she can love him blindly; because if she can’t, she may lose him forever.
My thoughts: Psyche is a teen who has a great talent when it comes to challenging situations. She took a modeling trip to Italy, and found herself misrepresented with a doctored photo. Unfortunately the picture ended up on the billboard in her home town in Montana. She is now chased by the press. This adds another layer of challenge when she is very afraid of crowds and hates attention.
Aphrodite is not please and sends her son to take care of the beautiful young lady. He comes, but does not do things quite like his mother planned. She is different than he expected and he wants to protect her. Falling in love wasn't part of the plan for either of them.
Psyche breaks the one rule that he had to stay with him. She looked at his face in a moment of curiosity. Now she will do whatever she must to get him back. Even making a deal with Aphrodite and demonstrating her abilities with fulfilling quests set for her.
This is a story of Psyche and Eros told in the modern day. Michelle Hansen has put a little twist with the Greek Mythology inhabiting space with Earth in another dimension and aging at a different rate. Sounds like a little bit of fantasy mixed in.
I love Mythological retellings. This book did not disappoint for me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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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. She and her husband have four children.
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