Author: Kate Watson
Pub. Date: April 2, 2019
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.
This will be a spoiler free review.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I’m a sucker for Greek Mythology and this kind of jam packs it all into one story. A lot of the big-name gods/goddesses are named and/or make an appearance, and I think the author did their personalities justice. It was really easy envisioning these characters as real people. I also found it really easy to picture everything. I will say that it definitely helped having read Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins, because prior to that book, I knew nothing about the Eros/Psyche story. That book is actually a HUGE reason as to why I decided to pick up Lovestruck – other than the synopsis and the promise of Greek Mythology.
To be completely honest, I’m pretty preoccupied with things going on in my life, so I found it really hard to get into the book in the beginning. I kept putting it down in favor of other things. I’m chalking this up to that fact that the shit going on behind the scenes in my life is difficult as hell and tearing me apart. With that being said, I’m preoccupied, even though I’m actively trying not to think about it because I’ll start crying, but this review might be a little all over the place and not very long.
I think the thing I liked most about this book was how it portrays the Greek Gods and their personalities, but also the lore and the bias against Rome stealing their pantheon. Kali constantly makes remarks over the fact that when people thing of “cupids” they think of chubby, winged, bow wielding babies. I liked Kali, though in the beginning her cynicism was a bit annoying. Her journey and self-discovery were my favorite aspects.
I also really liked the other characters in this book, and I’m really glad it ended the way it ended, and I definitely didn’t see that little twist/revelation coming at the end. I’m really glad that this book didn’t disappoint and that once I really got into it, I was hooked. If you’re looking for a relatively quick and wonderfully distracting read, you should probably pick this up. Also, if you’re a fan of Greek Mythology, you should pick this up as well. I love that 2019 is introducing me to stories I haven’t read before…or even heard of. It’s fantastic and I can’t wait to see what this author does next.