August 28, 2012

Blog Tour: Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen – Review with G1veaway

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Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen

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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.

Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen
Publish Date:  May 3, 2012
Publisher:  Createspace

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** This title was provided by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion ** 

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.

About the Author:


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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  1. Michelle A Hansen

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  2. Emily

    I think this sounds fascinating. adding to my tbr

  3. Sophia Rose

    It does sound really good and I love the Greek myth element being in a modern story.

  4. LoStInDr3aMs

    great review….I think I would love this book because in book it is talking about Greek mithology and I love it…

  5. Merisha

    Sounds great!!! I love Greek mythology!!! Can’t wait to read! Fingers crossed!!

  6. Danielle Smiley

    This sounds so good!!! Chill bumps!

    Yay … I really hope I win :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and the overall awesomeness of your blog!!!!


  7. Chapter by Chapter

    Awwww You are all sorts of awesome!! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Artemis

    Very beautiful story and thank you for the giveaway!

  9. Jolene A

    This sounds like a great book and wonderful story. Can’t wait to get my hands on this! Thanks for the chance to win

  10. bn100

    Nice review. The book sounds good.

  11. erleen

    I’ve been a fan of Greek Mythology and I guess, I can say that I know every story. One of the story that I remembered clearly was the story of Eros and Psyche so I’m really excited to read this book. Definitely, I will add this on my tbr.

  12. Kassandra Fuentes

    Thanks for the helpful review, and awesome song. I can’t wait to read this book :D!

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