What happens when the God of Love falls for a mortal? In this modern day twist of the myth of Cupid and Psyche (most often referred to as Eros in this story), Eros truly does fall in love with a mortal and unintentionally sends her on the journey of a lifetime.
I’ve always been in love with this myth, because it’s very interesting, and it has a very happy ending which definitely held true for the book as well. In this modern day story of Eros and Psyche, Psyche is a beautiful but shy high school girl that hides her body by wearing men’s clothes. Psyche’s mother took her to Europe for the Summer where she modeled and starred in an advertisement where she portrayed the goddess Aphrodite (or Venus), Aphrodite became jealous of Psyche and sent her son Eros to kill her, not intending him to fall in love with her instead.
If you’ve read the myth of Cupid and Psyche, Psyche is tricked by her jealous sisters to see what her true love looks like because he will not show himself to her and they make her believe that he might be a monster. When Cupid is awakened by hot wax from a candle dripping on him, he sends Psyche away and she must prove herself to him by completing tasks determined by Aphrodite: Sorting out a huge pile of seeds, retrieving golden fleece, filling a flask with water from the River Styx, returning from the Underworld with a box containing Persephone’s beauty.
Back to the book, the first task that was given to Psyche was to collect 1,400,000 copies of the advertisement that was printed of her portraying Aphrodite, and 10 billboards which was no easy task, followed then by collecting silver fur from wolves, then traveling through the underworld to visit Persephone and give her a box (which was provided by Aphrodite) and return to the mortal world with the box unlocked. Psyche completed these tasks with help from Aeas and Titus who were both immortal servants, and also the help of Eros who came to her aide after she was harmed by Aphrodite’s guard and lover, Theron.
Overall, I would give this book an 8/10: The story held true to the original myth while giving it a modern twist and adding a lot of details to help explain things and make it easier to understand overall (for example: how do the immortals “age”?) It was a very well-written and exciting tale that left me wanting to read more and it truly shows the dedication and love that people can show each other. However, there were a lot of grammatical errors, and parts of it seemed to go really fast, or seemed out of character.
My favorite quotes from the book:
“I will tell you this: Love like you cannot imagine awaits you if you have the courage to find it.”
“It’s okay to believe in things you can’t see. Isn’t that what people say? The best things in life are unseen.”
” ‘Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind…’ The rest of the stanza from A Midsummer Night’s Dream now came into my mind, ‘…And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind.’ “