Painted Blind: A Modern Retelling Of The Myth Of Cupid & Psyche by Michelle Hansen (review)

Painted Blind



Author: Michelle Hansen
Book Length: 341 Pages
Published Date: January 14th, 2012
How I Got My Copy: Purchased
Available From:
Barnes & Noble



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 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 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.



“Your mother visiting is as painful as a building full of teenage boys?”

This book looked interesting, I liked the cover, and the premise sounded like it might be fun. I’ve always loved mythology, but didn’t remember much about Cupid and Psyche. I read the first 2 chapters or so and it was good, but then had to go do something. I picked it up again yesterday afternoon and couldn’t put it down again until the last word. It sucked me in and I kept telling myself “just one more chapter.” Then it was “just one more page.” And suddenly the book was over.

I loved how everything seemed so true to life as far as personalities and emotions. Psyche was shy, but also stubborn. She made a stupid mistake, but knew it and did everything she could possibly do to fix it. Cupid was strong and smart, funny and honorable. And the secondary characters were just as good. I’d love to have friends like Aeas and Titus. I don’t want to say too much, as I’m afraid of giving away some of the best bits in the book.

This is totally a book I will be re-reading many times. If you only get one new book this week (or this month) this is the book you need to get.


5 Stars.


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