RELEASED: April 2, 2019
PUBLISHER: Flux – North Star Editions
FORMAT: eARC [in exchange for an honest review]
GENRE: YA Fantasy
GOODREADS RATING: 3.66
REPS: Side characters with Latinx / Mexican heritage
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?
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.
When I stumbled upon this book on NetGalley, I was immediately reminded of two other books by this author I read. Both were somewhat retellings of classics, namely Seeking Mansfield (retelling of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen) and Shoot the Moon (aspects of Great Expectations). I liked the first more than the latter, but definitely enjoyed Watson’s writing plenty. It only made sense for me to try and get my hands on an ARC of Lovestruck!
Do I have to repeat myself? Of course I do! Once again, Kate Watson’s writing blew me away. Although I wasn’t able to read in one go as I normally would have in the past, I could still feel the story’s hold on me. Every time I picked it back up again, it didn’t take me long to get into it at all. Which is brilliant considering I could only read two to three pages at a time and there could be days in between – oops.
Another good thing about this novel is more because I read those two other books by Watson. Both of those were contemporary, whereas Lovestruck is filled with mythology and has a definite fantasy-aspect present. Seeing how authors try different things, dwell in other genres is something I love. It shows another side of their abilities, their imagination and I am all here for just that.
The story itself was pretty good as well. My favorite part? Definitely Artemis’ story! She’s one of the side characters and I truly was way more invested in her than in any of the other characters. Not sure if that’s.. really a good thing?
Love has the power to heal, enrich, and beautify; but when it goes wrong, it has the power to destroy.
Okay. Actually, I know that’s not really a good thing. Mainly because the main character got on my nerves a lot when I was reading. She felt ridiculously egocentric at times. Why? Well. Imagine your best friend being “cursed” to be in love with you, but you broke up with him a while back. Yet you still cannot stand it, at all, when he spends time with someone who might be a new love interest? All while she’s focused on someone else herself. Like. No. I didn’t like that at all and struggled with it quite often.
But that’s not all! Unfortunately. I mentioned mythology. And that aspect is.. overly present. Maybe a bit too much for my liking? Gods and goddesses were thrown around everywhere, to the point of me not being able to figure out who’s who again. That probably has to do with my lack of knowledge too but.. it took away from the story since I kept wanting to look up what a certain god’s story was again. It made me feel like the mythology-aspect was a bit forced in some ways. It could just be me though!
It was an enjoyable enough read and I flew through it. I do wish some things were different but.. alas. I guess you cannot like every book a specific author writes, right?
Have you ever read any books where certain aspects felt too present / forced?
Are there mythology-related books you absolutely adore?