Painted Blind

Painted Blind

by Michelle Hansen
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Painted Blind 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
roxtao More than 1 year ago
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, I found Painted Blind, but I had no idea that these pages were exactly what I was looking for. The synopsis caught me before even having the chance to finish reading it, so I missed the second paragraph. Therefore, when I began reading the book, I only knew that it was about a girl having problems because of a discreditable photo and that she was saved from a difficult situation by an invisible guy. That’s all. I don’t know why, the first page gave me the impression that I was reading a vampire story, so probably that’s why I didn’t notice the first hints. But then, I slowly began discovering (enthusiastically!) that I was wrong and that in Painted Blind I won’t meet any vampires. About 15 years ago I was reading The Legends of Olympus. Of course, I don’t remember a lot of details, but I do know that the legend of Psyche and…(hmm..I’d better not reveal the name so I don’t spoil the surprise)…one of the gods of the Ancient Greece was my favourite. I loved it and over the years I kept remembering the story and how much I liked it. And now I discovered a book inspired exactly by this myth! From the moment I began glimpsing the hope that this could be exactly that legend, I felt overenthusiastic and eager to discover the whole story. The premise of the book is the same on which most of the gods legends are built: he is a god, she is a mortal and we have a love story full of different obstacles, tests, enemies and the threat of a very unpleasant ending. But, the way the author managed to cover the book’s core in order to obtain a complete story is beautiful. The characters are credible, their actions look so careless that you almost forget you’re reading a fantasy novel. Some of their remarks are so funny that it’s impossible not to giggle, even if you’re reading in a public area and you find yourself getting all those weird looks because of it. A pro is that the female character is not enclosed by the classic types..The grumblers might say that the ending is a little similar to one of the novels from the Twilight series. I don’t know if the author was inspired by those novels but indeed, there are few aspects that could remind you of the series. Even more, after a couple of tests, we have the scene where Erik accompanies Psyche to her home, in order to meet her father, to tell him the truth and ask for his permission to take her away. Sounds familiar, right? It may, but from my point of view, Painted Blind offers a much better story! The book has a more enthralling action, the adventures of Psyche are certainly more tensed and the characters are designed better. Pros: - I think it’s the first novel in which you can get to know the secondary characters that well. Their portraits are outlined so well, that they could even rival with the ones of the main characters. I had moments when I felt more attached with Aeas, Titus or Thomas than with Psyche or Erik. Cons: - One part from the beginning, when Psyche gets harassed by the paparazzi because she posed (almost) nude in a public campaign, seemed a little exaggerated. Considering that the book’s action takes place in our time, I don’t see why such a thing would generate so much chaos. I’ve got the sensation that this part wasn’t reviewed enough and that it was only a compromise solution in order to cast the plot.
gosling18 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for the cover and fell in love with the story. It's a great snowy day book that teens will love. Great wit and imagery. Don't hesitate to buy this novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it's unpredictability at times as well as how the author created such a capturing relationship between Psyche (the main character) and her perfect love, Eros the God of love. It's and entertaining and easy read for the teenage audience.
Joie-de-Lire More than 1 year ago
One of the best retellings of the Eros and Psyche myth that I've come across. Despite my undying love for Greek myths, there is one key characteristic about them that I absolutely detest: insta-love. Think about it, how often does anyone in Greek mythology actually take the time to get to know their love interest? (If you can name just one, then I owe you cookies.) That's why I was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful character depth and romantic development in Painted Blind, As someone who is well-acquainted with the Psyche and Eros myth, I loved how Michelle Hansen brought this story to the modern world while still retaining the principle elements of the myth. The concept was brilliant and creative and actually quite believable. Psyche was a very relatable heroine. Sure, she makes some mistakes and she definitely has her own baggage to deal with, but all that just makes her realistically flawed. There were moments when I didn't like something she did, and more than one occasion when I got annoyed by how all the guys were clambering to help her, but overall, Psyche's bravery and perseverance shined through, and I had no problem seeing her as a real girl, as opposed to just a name in a myth. And speaking of the guys in this book.... holy wowza, there was a whole menagerie of hot males! All of them were really interesting characters, and NO, I'm not just saying that because I'm a book-boyfriend-obsessed girl. Hansen did a fantastic job making each one of them memorable and unique, giving them back stories that made me want to learn more about them. However, the one who really stole the show, was Eros (AKA Erik), god of love. I mean, obviously! In most retellings of this myth (and in the actual myth), Eros is this really vain and shallow jerk, but in this book, he was so real. He had insecurities and talents and a past that influenced him. He's not the kind of guy who actively seeks out attention. Instead, he's the kind of guy who tends to hang back, quiet and mysterious, and oh my gosh so darn swoon-worthy. For me, the romance between Psyche and Eros was a whole heck of a lot better than insta-love. As a couple, Psyche and Eros had a lot of hurdles to get through, and when you have to work through stuff like that, you get this wonderful little thing called DEVELOPMENT. Me gusta. Now I can't end this review without talking about the world-building because OH MY GOSH, it's just fabulous. Hansen expertly weaved together the mortal world and the gods' realms seamlessly! In this one book you get to see so much of the Olympian realm, with each setting beautifully and vividly described. Rating: 4 stars* All in all: Amazing! I really really hope Michelle Hansen decides to write some more myth retellings in the future because, if this book is any indication, she'd be really good at it! *I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I have never read a novel like Painted Blind before—and I mean that. I haven’t read a retelling of classic Greek mythos and it was nice to find a genuinely good one in Painted Blind by Michelle Hansen. Considering that I am a really big fan of Greek mythology, I was over the moon when I found out the name of the main character (Psyche) and the Midsummer Night’s Dream quote on Cupid. After seeing that quote, I knew that the novel would be a re-telling of Eros and Psyche—and if you don’t know who Eros is then you may know him as Cupid. So at the sound of that you know that this is a love story about Cupid. Talk about riveting! Painted Blind is the story about main character Psyche who has come back from modeling during her summer vacation after taking pictures that she did not know would be photoshopped to make her appear naked. These photos are put up as ads that show her as the goddess Venus and are placed in magazines and billboards all over the country. Psyche quickly gathers unwanted stardom and finds herself being followed by an invisible entity who chooses to go by the name of Erik. As time soon goes on, Erik is revealed to be from another world entirely (shocker!) and quickly takes Psyche to be his betrothed. From that point on in the novel, I was already thinking: How could this get any better? Because besides it playing really close to the mythology and still being interesting, the story and it’s romance had me insanely captivated. And of course! Psyche makes a big mistake and betrays Erik/Eros which leads to her going on a quest that consists of three tasks to win back his trust. While it wasn’t exactly the same story from Greek mythology (because, the original story does take place in… you know… ancient times) I really did enjoy the pacing and the scenes. Did I see half the events in the story coming? Psh, no! I didn’t know what to expect from Painted Blind and found my mind getting blown. Every single one of her tasks had me going: How is Psyche going to pull this one off? While I would constantly be wondering about what would happen between her and Eros. Hansen writes in a way that quickly grips the reader’s attention and never threatens to let go. I knew this immediately from the start of the novel that was dripping with mystery… just wow. If it wasn’t action that had me awestruck, it was the romance and if it wasn’t that, then it was the adventure and all of the drama. I would recommend this novel to fans of Greek mythology, YA romance and readers who are looking for a story that is just a fun and romantic read.
Waitingonsundaytodrown More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying wow! This book was so different than anything else that I've read (in a good way). I love retellings of Ancient Greek mythology, and Painted Blind is a modern version of the Psyche and Eros myth. This retelling is so well done. I literally read it in one sitting. I don't want to go into the story-line to much beyond the above posted synopsis. I don't want to give anything away, and if you're familiar with Psyche and Eros, you probably have an idea of what is going to happen. I will tell you about the characters, and about the writing though. Psyche made a choice she is a little embarrassed about now. We've all been there at some point - we're out of town on vacation and do something daring or out of character...you know - the whole "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" kind of thing. We don't expect it to catch up with us when we return home. In Psyche's case, her behavior while out of town catches up with her in a big way! Along with being daring, Psyche is also independent and fun. She has normal teenage insecurities, but she's not one of those gorgeous girls that tries to get attention all the time by saying how ugly she is. She's very real. A normal teenage girl that a lot of us can relate to. Erik, our hero, saves Psyche from her embarrassing moment. He is mysterious and quiet. We don't always know what he's feeling or thinking. He wants a girl that will love him for who he is, and not what he looks like. Trust is very important to Erik. I can't tell you more about what happens without giving the story away. Will Psyche keep Erik's trust? Is Psyche the girl Erik is looking for? You will have to read Painted Blind to find out. The world building in this book is amazing. The story-line is so well done. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Psyche's character is well developed. Erik, as I said is so mysterious, but that's kind of the point. I like Aeas and Titus. They are awesome secondary characters. The grammar, dialogue and spelling are all impeccable. Overall, this book earns 5 stars.
MamaEcho More than 1 year ago
My daughters (ages 12 and 15) love this book. It is one of their favorites.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
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 story that had me in tears, along with me cringing for Psyche. Hansen totally surprised me with this beautifully dark romance novel, always love it when an author gives me way more than I was expecting. Hansen is a wonderful, intriguing writer and she wrote an awesome novel. Psyche has just returned from Italy where she had a summer modeling job. Now that she’s home to enjoy her senior year, her life is back to normal until the day she walks out of her hometown ice cream shop and looks up at a billboard ad to see her half-naked body beneath a waist-length wig looking back at her. Psyche knows the poo is fixing to hit the fan with her father, and how she’s going to explain this picture to him she has no idea. For a girl that has never even dated or had a boyfriend, this picture is getting Psyche all the wrong attention. But when the prefect guy rescues her and sweeps Psyche away to his most incredible world. She knows Erik is her meant to be forever love, but then Psyche listens to her best friend and betrays Erik's trust. Psyche will have to go to the only person that she believes can help her to get Erik back. But this person she’s looking to for help, is the person that wants her dead. Erik is not your normal human guy. He has waited a long, long time to find a girl that just loves him for whom he is and not for what he looks like. Psyche was that girl, but when she does the one thing he asks her not to do all trust is gone…and trust is everything to Erik. And believe me, when Erik tells her it’s over and to get out, he definitely means it. He's a guy that takes action. I couldn't believe he did what he did Psyche, but I have to say I loved it. Even if Erik is a hard guy, he is my kind of guy, it’s always the deep, quiet bad-boys who loves their girl with all their heart and soul. Painted Blind is about a girl who starts out to prove her love but will become strong and true to her own self when she’s faced with her own inner fears, and who will go to the ends of the earth and back for the guy she loves. I recommend Painted Blind as an enthralling dark fantasy love adventure.
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I found the story line very interesting and with a bit more editing the book would have been great. The errors in the grammar and spelling made it hard to understand at times.
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Be aware I only read to page 30 because it was so bad. It is poorly written with bad grammar. I have a hard time believing the author asked anyone to proofread this. I have a hard time believing this is a PUBLISHED book. It seems like they tried to capture a twilight esque romance but seriously failed. Or they didn't capture a realistic romance. There wasn't quite realistic anything.