Welcome to my stop on the Arrows blog tour! Today I have my thoughts on this adorable book to share with you all, as well as a tour-wide giveaway! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
by Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Release Date: January 26th 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Find It: Goodreads • Amazon • Barnes & Noble
A modern cupid story set in present-day Wisconsin combining the fantastical elements of Greek mythology with the contemporary drama of MTV's Teen Mom.
People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow. Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind.
A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?
This fast-paced debut novel explores the internal & external conflicts of a girl who finds herself inexplicably drawn to a boy who seemingly doesn't reciprocate her feelings, touching on the issues of love, sex and responsibility, with a heroine struggling to control her destiny--perfect for fans of Katie McGarry's novels and MTV’s 16 and Pregnant.
Aaryn, the son of Ero, Cupid himself, is on a mission. To become a full cupid himself, he must shoot two people with an error. When he has a little mishap and only brings one arrow, not realizing until one of the couple, Karma, is already shot with one, his mistake is disastrous. When his wrong is discovered one year later, Aaryn is forced to become a human and right his wrong without the use of any arrows. He must make Karma’s boyfriend, Danny, propose to her before the time period is up. But what Aaryn didn’t expect was to form feelings for Karma himself.
Karma was an easy character for me to side with. Though she was completely clueless when it came to her relationship with Danny, and at times I wanted to shake her and show her what she was obviously completely oblivious to, at the same time you really can’t blame her one bit for being so love-struck. She was looking at it all through her love goggles, and just wasn’t able to see how unhealthy and unrealistic her relationship really was. All she wanted to do was keep her little family together. Trying to balance everything as a teenager isn’t easy, and I definitely felt for Karma through all of her struggles.
This story alternated between Karma’s POV and Arryn’s. I adored getting Aaryn’s voice as well. He was so sweet, so adorably clueless, and so thoughtful and uplifting that he was my favorite character in this story. The only thing I would have liked to have seen more of in this story is the Greek mythology aspect. Though it was present and discussed for little bits here and there, I would have liked to have dug a little deeper into that aspect.
This story was so adorable, its cuteness bursting from the pages. But it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows though. Many very real and difficult subject matters were touched upon, including teen pregnancy and parenthood, the pressures of college and admission applications, and most important, unhealthy and bordering on abusive relationships.
The last few chapters of this book basically fly by. I wasn’t sure how this was all going to wrap up, but it was pulled together perfectly. I’m so pleased with how this story turned out. Definitely one of my new favorite super-sweet stories that I’ll be recommending to many. And with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, this is the perfect sweet story to read this time of year.