Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Book Review: Soul In Darkness by Wendy Higgins

Soul In Darkness

By: Wendy Higgins

Feb. 12, 2019

Source: Purchased

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Book Synopsis:
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 from 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.

My Thoughts:

Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins was a wonderful read.  It is the retelling of the love story of Cupid and Psyche.  I enjoy Mythology, and Wendy Higgins is one of my favorite authors, so I was excited to buy this ebook and dive right in!  This is a one sitting type of read, so I highly suggest not starting it unless you'll have enough time to finish it; because you won't want to put it down.

The story takes place on a beautifully breathtaking Island in the Aegean Sea during the Roman Empire.  Venus the Goddess of Love blessed Psyche's barren mother with three daughters, because her parents had beautiful souls and were amongst her most devoted of followers.  However, after they have their youngest daughter, beautiful and flawless princess Psyche, they forget all about Venus.  

Everyone on the island and even people from afar adore Psyche.  She is as beautiful and pure as a soul can be.  Pretty soon, people are sending offerings and an abundance of gifts, but the Princess just donates them to the poor.  She is humble, kind, and unassuming. Venus becomes jealous, enraged, and wants revenge on Psyche, and enlists the help of her son Cupid.  

What follows is a very beautiful and erotic love story, full of plot twists and surprises.  Soul in Darkness had a fairytale feel, and reminded me of Beauty and the Beast.  Psyche reminded me of "Belle," in the way she was kind, beautiful, and willing to sacrifice herself for her family.  Cupid reminded me of the "Beast," in the way that everything was not as it appeared. 

If you enjoy mythology, fairytales, and a great erotic romance, Soul in Darkness is an excellent choice for your next read.  

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About the Author:

Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of the SWEET EVIL series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology THE GREAT HUNT, her independently published Irish Fantasy SEE ME, and her indie NA science fiction UNKNOWN trilogy. After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until achieving her dream job as a full-time writer. Wendy lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband, daughter, son, and little doggies Rue & Nessie.


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