ARC REVIEW: LOVESTRUCK

Sixteen-year-old cupid-in-training Kali is in an Olympus-sized mountain of trouble. Rule number one in arrow-toting matchmaking: don’t stick yourself. But accidents happen, and Kali instantly falls hard for her indie rock, bass-playing target, Benicio. 

The God of Love is going to kill her. Even if he is her dad.

Being the daughter of Eros isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. For one thing, a girl can get jaded when her parents have the most beautiful and fatalistic love story in history. For another, immortality royally sucks when the Oracle condemns you to eternity in the wrong profession. Do the Gods care that Kali wants to ditch the love stuff and be a muse?

Nope.

To reclaim her heart and her destiny, Kali is left with no choice but to defy the Gods, tempt the Fates, date the mortal love-of-her-life, and hope she doesn’t lose her best friend, Hector, in the process.


Greek Mythology + Cupids + YA = You’ve got me intrigued.

But then I read the book. And I was massively disappointed.

Kali, the daughter of Eros is a cupid in training. She keeps making mistakes in hitting her targets with arrows. At the very first scene, she hits a Brazilian man who likes on night stands with an arrow that matches him with a 15 year old girl from North Dakota who is there for a vacation. Then she accidentally hits herself with an arrow and falls in love with a human called Ben.

It was the secondary characters and their stories that engaged me about the story. And there were many of them. A lot of Greek gods made appearance and they had their own romances going on. Being a Greek mythology fan, all the glimpses into this world were my favorite parts of the book.

My qualm with the book is that I just could not stand the female protagonist Kali. She’s a whiny, woe-is-me brat. Her self-pitying rants were just too much for me. She’s a rebel in a way, calling the whole system she’s a part of fatalistic. But she’s written in a very juvenile manner, that does nothing to endear the readers to her. In fact, I saw a couple of reviews calling the writing juvenile. And I think that’s the perfect adjective to describe the book. There’s a part where Kali bullies a girl who she considers her romance rival to the extent where that girl pees her pants. And Kali is ecstatic about it. As if I needed more reasons to dislike her. I also did not like Ben and his romance with Kali. They were the least likeable characters out of the lot. I found myself wishing for more scenes of the secondary characters and Kali to just disappear.

I genuinely wanted to like the story. This could have been an amazing dark comedy about the idea of love in Greek Mythology. That’s what I was hoping for it to be. There were parts where I felt like it was almost leading to that, with Kali’s commentary.  But it was limited to being a juvenile take on the world.

Would I recommend it? If you like Greek Mythologies then you might like it. This actually has a lot of good reviews, so it might be a case of ‘It’s not you, it’s me’ with this book for me.


★★★☆☆


Publication Date: 2nd April, 2019.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)

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