Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: January 26th 2016
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.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I have quite a big love of Greek mythology, so I thought it was cool to see a book involving a modern-day cupid… and it was cool to get some glimpses of what the training to become a cupid was.
Even though I really don’t like dual first person perspectives (and I did get a bit confused about whose head I was in at times), I did actually like both Aaryn and Karma as characters. It was interesting to see Karma struggling with being in love with someone who clearly didn’t care about her… and I did have a strong dislike of Danny even from the start of the book.
It was good to see Karma having to deal with the responsibility of being what was effectively a single parent. I would have liked to see a bit more of her relationship with her mother and sister… I wasn’t actually sure how Karma was related to some of the other characters. And I did think that some of the minor characters, especially her fellow dancers, weren’t developed as well as they could have been.
I liked seeing some of the parts of Olympus, but I would have liked to see more of Aaryn’s relationship with his parents. I also had the feeling there was a lot more going on in Olympus that was only hinted at, but not really shown. There were some good elements of foreshadowing that came into play later, though.
I did find this book fairly easy to read. I was able to empathise easily with Karma, even though she did make me roll my eyes a little. And I thought that the feelings between her and Aaryn did grow and feel easy and natural. On the other hand, I did think there were some things that were skimmed over a bit that I felt should have been shown more… especially towards the end. And I did get an almost dizzying feeling with the constant POV changes.
I would probably read a sequel to this book. I found this to be an entertaining read with two main characters who were engaging and likable. Plus, I liked the fantasy elements.