Tuesday, August 25, 2015

REVIEW: Struck: Eros and Psyche - A Myth by Jendela Tryst

Book Blurb: He thought he knew everything about love, until she made him redefine it. 

When Eros, the devil-may-care god of love is pricked by his own arrow, he falls for the most unsuitable of mates, a mortal woman he has been ordered to destroy.

Without knowing Eros’s true identity, spirited, intelligent Psyche shows the god just what it means to be on the receiving end of his arrows, with all its sweet pain and torment, and all its rapture. Eros soon discovers what love can mean to mortals, what it should mean to the gods, and that he could quite possibly be one of the most powerful beings in Olympus.

Not all the gods admire this young upstart’s newly discovered powers. The laws forbid their union, and Aphrodite, goddess of beauty and passion, is determined to see Psyche destroyed. Furthermore, the two must deal with their own doubts about themselves and each other which threaten their fragile relationship as much as Zeus’s wrath. Will Eros and Psyche become the canon of all that love has the potential to be, or will they follow a tragic path, with lessons learned too late to save them?

My Review: I love how Ms. Tryst has take the myth of Psyche and Eros and given it a new twist. We get a lot of back story in this tale. We get to see how Eros fell in love with Psyche and how she fell in love with him even though he was disguised as a humble shepherd named Erik. Eros was trying so valiantly to follow his mother's orders to humiliate Psyche because she was named more beautiful than Aphrodite herself. I think it's stupid how the myth of Eros and Psyche makes Aphrodite to be this vain and shallow goddess when I think she has a lot more potential than that. She should be teaching women that every woman is beautiful and that true love is more important than anything else. But alas we never get that in a retelling. Also in this story her parents are farmers instead of a king and queen though the jealous sisters are still there.

I did enjoy this book and I'm looking forward to reading book two. Both are available on Kindle Unlimited so there's no excuse not to read them.

Rating: 4½ stars of 5


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