Friday, February 8, 2019

Book Review: Soul In Darkness by: Wendy Higgins

Release Date: February 12, 2019
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Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty.

But gods are known for their jealousy.

Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humoring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts.

Psyche's punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely.

Based on the Roman/Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche by Lucius Apuleius, New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins brings the tale to life, weaving layers that show exactly how a sacrificial lamb can be enchanted by an unseen monster.

Adult Historical Fantasy. Standalone."

My Thoughts:

I have always been a big fan of Greek/Roman mythology, so when I heard Wendy Higgins was writing her own twist on the Cupid and Psyche story I was so excited! Wendy Higgins always brings the swoon and I was dying to see what she did with this story and she delivered.

Going into this I knew the Cupid and Psyche story, so I kinda knew what was coming, but I loved seeing how Wendy gave it her own spin and really fleshed out the characters. Psyche and Cupid are both great characters and you want them to make it work. So much is stacked against them and nothing comes easy. Throw in that Cupid is a god and well it’s going to be harder. We all know the gods and we all know they have an arrogant streak and think they know best and that doesn't always work for Cupid, but Psyche was a match for him. And man the SWOON between these two. Wendy does adult very very well.

I also loved the way this was written. We get to switch between Psyche and Cupid’s POV, but we spend the beginning of the book with Psyche before switching to Cupid and then alternating between the two. I love how this built the mystery of Cupid and kept the reader in the dark while Psyche was in the dark, but at the same time allowed the reader to see how things came to be and see Cupid’s motivations. And I think it’s very important the reader come to understand his motivations because like I said before, he is a god, he doesn’t think like we do all the time.

All in all, Wendy Higgins delivered again. I love Greek/Roman mythology so much and she delivered a great romance with a myth that hasn’t been done over and over again. Such a good read for fantasy fans.


6 comments:

  1. OOh nice! I placed an order for this one because I LOOOOOOVE Greek mythology! Any kind of mythology but I'm most familiar with Greek! I remember learning that this story was likely the inspiration of The Beauty and the Beast because of some similarities! Unless that's my own imagination! Lol. It's entirely possible!

    Great review! I cannot wait to read this one!

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  2. I'm so excited to read this one! Thanks for the review.

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  3. Thanks for the review. I like the sound of this book!

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  4. I was hoping this would be a good one so I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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  5. Sounds like a good one. I have made love for the cover!

    Sharrice @Reese's Reviews

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