Author: Kate Watson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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.
Kali is a sixteen-year-old Goddess, daughter of Eros and Psyche, and an Erote-in-training (e.i. cupid-in-training). Kali has been miserable ever since the Thunderclap; this incident made her question how much free will people (and Gods) had if the Fates decide what happens at the end of the day. It’s how she is stuck in a job she doesn’t want and a best friend with a crush on her.
When she pricks herself with a love arrow, she falls in love with someone she was supposed to be match. Kali refuses to be told what to do and who she should love. In an effort to reverse the arrow, she decides to challenge the Fates and take her destiny back into her hands.
The world building had a solid foundation and skillfully merged Greek mythology with the modern world. Consider Olympus being like any other company, with departments, employees, locations, and policies. Every God and Godddess fits into the structure in one way or another. They either work in a department such as security or collecting souls or they are in training to do so.
Lovestruck is as much the story of the people in Kali’s life (and those involved in her quest) as much as it is about her. Truthfully, I found myself caring more about the side characters than the main characters…. The side plots with Artemis, Deya and Cosmo, and even the couple Deya is charged with matching (it’s been a few weeks so I can’t remember their names) were far more interesting than reading about Kali.
Kali She had a lot of potential as a main character but I think that Lovestruck tried to make its point about free will and love at the cost of a strong motivation for Kali. We are told she wants to be a Muse but are not provided with enough support to show why she wants it so badly. It seems more of a surface tension to highlight her rebelling from her fate and her parents than a drive.
Everyone basically struggles with their love life. There is an immense number of miscommunications, deceptions, drama, and it was fun watching it all play out. I just wish that Kali ‘s relationship with Ben and Hector was fleshed out more. They lack the depth that the other relationships were given. The “plot twist” at the end, however, ruined the book for me. It made the character development seemed almost inconsequential, despite it being earned.
Lovestruck is a fun and quick read best suited for young adults ages 12-16 about falling in love, discovering your passion, and creating your own path.