Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Blog Tour ~ Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the Painted Blind tour hosted by AToMR!
Today I have my review and two different giveaways. 
One is open INT and the other is US Only. 
Thanks for stopping by and you can follow the full tour HERE

Painted Blind 
by Michelle A. Hansen

Release Date: May 3, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 331
Genre: YA Mythology
Source: Tour for review
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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.

I actually had no clue going into this book that it is a re-telling of Greek mythology! I love mythology but I was just intrigued with the premise of a romance with someone invisible. Psyche is a model and after having an almost nude photo of herself made into a billboard she is being stalked by the paparazzi. Erik comes to her rescue by making them invisible. Psyche falls for him even though he will not let her see him. She can touch him and in the dark she can see his arms and shadows but he doesn't let her see his face.

Psyche then visits an entire other world where Erik has a palace. Of course she falls for him more but when her jealous friend puts doubts in her head Psyche loses trust in Erik. She wants to know what he is hiding and what he looks like. I couldn't totally blame Psyche for wanting to see Erik. Love is definitely more than looks but it just seems very suspicious. Erik was holding things back. I understand he wants Psyche to love him for him and not care about looks but it was still dishonest.

Erik completely freaks out and Psyche is devastated. She will do anything to win Erik back. At this point she gets the can't eat, can't sleep, can't live without Erik syndrome. It was a little annoying even though he is a god and the strong love is explained. But the adventure was fun and I was rooting for their romance. The kingdom and mythology descriptions and stories were intriguing and different. I loved when Psyche got to ride on the winged horse and the palace and clothes sounded gorgeous. It was something completely different than what I was expecting but a wonderful surprise. I highly recommend it for mythology and romance fans.

"It was silly to be miserable over an invisible guy from an unknown world. I needed to get a grip-possibly some anitpsychotic meds."

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind..." He ruffled my hair. "This is all I want. Don't ask to see me, and I'll give you every desire of your heart."

Rating: 4/5

3 signed print copies
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5 signed postcards and 10 ebooks 
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  1. Ohh, I like modern retelling of greek myths!
    Great review.

  2. I never knew what this book was about, glad I popped over to read your review. I've seen a ton of myth retellings and love the whole "other" world setting! N6ice review, hun!

  3. You and Autumn had similar takes on this book and I love this myth. Will have to check it out

  4. This sounds amazing! I want to beat myself up...for overlooking this book! *sigh* Now, I want this sooo bad! LOL ;p Awesomesauce review! :D

    ~ Maida @
    Literary Love Affair 

  5. I really didn't have a clue either going in that it would be mythology. oops. I enjoyed it though. :) Nice review!

  6. I've only scimmed over it, but I kinda already like it. At least I'm curious.
    Thanks for the giveaway(s)! =)

  7. I Loved Loved Loved this one. It was completely different from what I was expecting!! I do think the cover needs a change thought ^^

    Great Review :)

  8. I love retellings of greek mythology and would love to read this! Thanks for the chance and great review!

  9. I have a soft spot for mythology. This sounds like a great read!

  10. This is a great premise, glad you enjoyed.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  11. The tour is working I've seen this a couple times today.

    1. Great! Thank you! I think it is just my internet acting up. Both rafflecopters don't show up for me so I was worried they might not be showing up for others.

  12. Oh my gosh! This sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I'm adding this to my TBR. :)

  13. Ahhhh! I love Psyche and Cupid retellings! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

  14. Awesome giveaway. Thanks for hosting!

  15. This sounds like a wonderful story.

  16. Sounds so interesting

    Thanks for the giveaway

  17. I will be honest, I did not really want to read this book until I looked at the blurb and read a few reviews (like yours!). I am really intrigued and actually looking forward to reading it! Thanks for the great review, and the giveaway.


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