My rating: 2 ½ out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
Published: April 2nd, 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? 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. – synopsis from Goodreads
I got Lovestruck by Kate Watson as a freebie on Netgalley and was excited since I haven’t read anything by this author before. I’ve been meaning to check out her Mansfield Park retelling for a while but just didn’t get to it. After reading the synopsis, I thought this book sounded interesting and I was really excited about the Greek mythology aspect. Unfortunately, Lovestruck didn’t struck a chord with me.
Let’s start with the positive. The one thing I enjoyed quite a lot about Lovestruck was that it is based on Greek mythology. The way it was done wasn’t entirely new but it was still interesting to see the author adapt these mythical characters to a more modern story.
Ok now on to the negative – One of the major thing I took issue with was the writing. Despite it not being terrible, it was much too juvenile for me. I can hear people trying to tell me it’s a YA book (I know, I know!) but it was still too young and simple for me to really enjoy it. The book felt like an attempt to make it young and fresh – I just didn’t think it worked. There were at times some superfluous descriptions that didn’t seem to bring anything except filling space and those kept taking me out of the story. It seemed like the author was trying to tie loose ends that didn’t need tying in the first place. Stuff like “I magick a chair up and sit down” – I don’t really care where the chair comes from and we haven’t gotten a layout of the room so who’s to say there is or isn’t a chair there. Just say “I sat down” no one is going to know there wasn’t a chair there. It sounded like it was there only to remind us that most of the characters are Greek gods and can do magic. For me they crowded the story with unnecessary description.
And oh, let’s talk about the characters, how can I say this… I disliked most of them. The main character Kali is such a brat. She came off as entitled and selfish as well as super whiny. She treats her friends like crap, she seems to be so disinterested in their lives because she is more centered around her own. She kept referencing a certain event that changed everything in her life and it is made out as a pivotal point for her but we don’t get to learn what it is till about three quarters in the story. When they finally reveal this life-changing moment it’s so anticlimactic. It was such a disappointing reveal. I just couldn’t care about what was happening to any of these characters. This story was so predictable, from about the second chapter I could tell you exactly how it would end.
This book was slow but I mean slow with a capital S. It started off pretty good and then it seemed to get on the back of a turtle and lagged from there. Nothing was happening for what seemed an eternity until we got very near the end where BOOM! action for a chapter or two. From the synopsis and the start of the story I thought Kali and her friends would go on a quest to change her fate and defy the gods, and it would be a more action oriented book but it kinda was just static. Like seriously guys it took me about a month to get through this book cause I kept losing interest.
Lovestruck is a YA contemporary fantasy but I felt it was much more of a contemporary in the over feel of it. I wish I would’ve liked it more but it was a 2 ½ stars overall for me.
Thank you Flux and Netgalley. ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.