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Soul in Darkness

Narrated by: Bridie Lawrence
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People travel from afar to a 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 altar 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, amusing himself with the weaknesses of people who are at the whim 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 a 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.

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  • Kylee
  • 13-06-19

Another amazing story by Wendy!

I love love love love loved this book!
From the very beginning I loved Psyche. She was so humble even tho she was the most beautiful human being. She cared so much about others and never truly wanted them to adore her as they did. She deserved to fall in love with someone who loved her for her personality and not just for her beauty.
I also loved the mother and son relationship with Cupid and Venus. They may have fought and she may have been over protective beyond belief. But it was so real and so human of her even tho she is a goddess. I remember many times that my mother didn't approve of a guy that I liked and I know it was only because she wanted what was best for me. Altho my mother never would have gone to the point of putting anyone's life at risk. But I suppose that's the difference between humans and immortals.
My favorite part of the story those was after Psyche found out the truth of what Cupid and Venus had done. In so many stories that I read it seems that the girl loves a man so much that she ignores his worst flaws and actions and just chooses him. But I loved that Psyche didn't just accept that. She took her time to make sure she was making the right choice. She made him think about what he had done to her and how he was wrong and made a mistake. She made sure he would never do the awful things that he had done again. And then she trusted her instincts and chose love.
This was an absolutely wonderful book.
It will definitely be one of my favorites from here on out and I'll be recommending it to everyone.

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  • Books at Tiffany's
  • 04-07-19

Fun Romantic Story

I really enjoyed this story about a beautiful Roman girl who got caught between two gods and their whims.

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  • Ashley Spraggs
  • 24-02-20

Loved this Story

I loved this amazing story. Wendy Higgins is one of my favorite authors. Her books get better every year.

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  • Danny
  • 25-12-19

Love

I never write reviews for books but this book was amazing. It was such a different take on a love story. This book got my attention and kept it all the way through. Thank you Wendy for writing such a wonderful story and sharing it with us all.

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  • FS Meurinne
  • 24-10-19

Great Greek Mythology retelling

I had so much fun hearing the audiobook, Cupid and Princes Psyche was one I heard a while ago, having Wendy Higgins writing their story was absolutely amazing, this stand alone adult story is one I shall cherish. I need more Greek mythology retelling so whenever Wendy Higgins is inspired count me in to read it.

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  • Chrystal
  • 13-09-19

Excellent!

Such a great book! I listened to it via Audible and the narrator was awesome as well! To be honest, when I read the review that the Hero was cupid I almost didn't want to read it but wow!!!...so glad I did! Loved the epilogue too.

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  • add
  • 22-08-19

love the narrator

I specifically chose this novel because I liked the narrator's previous work. I absolutely loved this book. took me back to a time when I loved Roman and Greek mythology. why are there not more retellings of these stories! this was wonderfully done and a great listen.

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  • Lenoreo @ Celebrity Readers
  • 07-08-19

Great retelling, enhanced by fabulous narrator

4.5 stars — OK, yet again, I am not a fantasy or historical type reader. They kind of intimidate me. And I’m actually not generally that well versed on mythology of any kind. But I’ve enjoyed this author in the past, and an author friend of mine raved about this book, so I had to give it a try. And WOW. I just kept wanting to listen to more and more, and life kept getting in my way.

A large part of the 4.5 stars for me was the narration by Bridie Lawrence. While the choice to have an Australian narrator for a book set in the Aegean sea puzzles me to this day, for this Canadian, it added a touch of the exotic to my listening experience. Will it jibe for everyone? Eh, probably not. But honestly, Ms. Lawrence’s voice is just butter to the ears, and so I couldn’t care less that the accent was kind of unrealistic to the story. Ms. Lawrence’s range of emotions just kept me enthralled. I felt all of Psyche’s fear, and loneliness, and despair, and anger. She allowed me to connect to Psyche in a way that I don’t think I would have as well if I’d just read it myself. And it wasn’t just Psyche! I adored Cupid’s voice, and I could feel all of his emotions as well, from joy to frustration to despair! And the voices for the other characters were also varied and consistent. It was just a joy to listen to.

Now, I will admit, I was NOT familiar with Cupid & Psyche’s story. I knew the name, but if I’m being frank…that’s about it. I did look it up really quick on wikipedia, but I didn’t read it all, b/c I kind of wanted to remain surprised during this retelling. So this is a review from an uneducated POV, I have no idea if fans of the mythos would be ecstatic or annoyed by this version.

Oh gods. I fell in love with Psyche from the first moment we meet her. She’s this rather humble girl, which given the way she was raised is kind of extraordinary. I loved her soft-heartedness, her empathy, her kindness. I also appreciated her spirit and stubbornness! Even if I was endlessly frustrated by her stubbornness. It was so hard to both see it from her perspective where she’s in the dark, but also from my reader’s perspective where I have a vague idea of what’s going on, and everything is not as it seems.

There were so many elements that reminded me of Beauty and the Beast, particularly from the point where she gets sacrificed/married. It wasn’t everything, I just saw so many little correlations. I ended up googling if Beauty and the Beast was based on this story, but it looks like a lot of fairytales take elements from this story. That was fascinating to me.

Even though there were so many struggles on the way to romance, I loved the way Psyche slowly fell in love with Cupid, having no idea who/what he was. It was interesting to watch his temper get in the way sometimes, and his complete lack of understanding humans got in his ways at others. But it added a bit of depth to their love, b/c you could see them getting along. I mean, there was a strong physical component of course, but I enjoyed the ways in which he tried to woo her, and how the little things showed Psyche the character of Cupid. But at the same time, I loved that Psyche wasn’t blind to Cupid’s faults in the end, and that she took the time to suss out what she really wanted and how she really felt, OUTSIDE of his influence.

There were tiny elements of the plot that were almost too subtle for me. Like, I kept waiting for an explanation for the trees, and then later the river god, but I figured out in the end it was supposed to be a clear example of the brightness of Psyche’s soul, and how so many could see it and wanted to help her. I loved how she was always humble and grateful when asking for anything. But I wouldn’t have minded being beaten over the head with that explanation instead…especially because the trees made me laugh, and everyone else’s reactions were so astonished, I would have loved a teensy bit more.

Their love story was definitely unconventional, and perhaps on its own may not have held me quite so enthralled. But in combination with the vividly described world, the great characters, the amazing narrator, and the emotional plot, I was sold.

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  • Dev
  • 22-06-19

It’s ok

I wanted to like it but it started so slow. I found the MC to be extremely annoying and immature. Halfway through the book and she has not grown whatsoever and continues to act rudely and immature. This book was not progressing hours in and I just couldn’t finish it. The narrators voice for the males was poorly done as well. The premise of this story is amazing, but unfortunately it fell flat.