Monday, January 18, 2016

Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk

Title: Arrows
Author: Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Publisher: Delacorte
Publication date: January 26, 2016
Pages: 240
Source/format: ARC won from a giveaway - Liza from WhoRuBlog
Rating: ☆☆☆1/2

Synopsis (from

A modern cupid story set in present-day Wisconsin combining the fantastical elements of Greek mythology with the contemporary drama of MTV's Teen Mom.

People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow.
Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind.

A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?

This fast-paced debut novel explores the internal & external conflicts of a girl who finds herself inexplicably drawn to a boy who seemingly doesn't reciprocate her feelings, touching on the issues of love, sex and responsibility, with a heroine struggling to control her destiny--perfect for fans of Katie McGarry's novels and MTV’s 16 and Pregnant.

My Thoughts

Aaryn, son of the God Eros, is practicing shooting love arrows to bring two potential soul mates together but things go wrong when he didn't have enough love arrows. Because Karma Clark only got shot with the love arrow and Danny Bader didn't, Karma ends up being the only one in love. Because Aaryn failed, he is afraid he will end up in Blackout which is where failed Gods go as humans and their memories are wiped.

Because Karma gets pregnant and loses her ballet scholarship, Aaryn wants to correct the problem he created. It's his fault that Karma is in this situation and he wants to make everything right again. Because his father found out what happened during his finals, Aaryn is sent to Earth as a human to reason with Danny to fall in love with Karma.

The novel is written in dual POV and Melissa Gorzelanczyk intertwines mythology with contemporary creating a unique story. Although I don't like reading too many stories about teen pregnancy, Karma is a good mother. I feel bad for Karma because she doesn't know why she gets into a situation where she becomes pregnant, loses her scholarship, makes excuses for Danny and having a baby daddy who is not there for the mother or child. She doesn't know why she is stuck in a toxic relationship.

Aaryn's POV is definitely my favorite to read. I enjoy his voice more compared to Karma's. Aaryn ends up falling for Karma when he shouldn't be. It's a slow build up to romance and he knows Karma deserves better than Danny.

Although Arrows is a cute quick read, I didn't connect with characters as much as a I hoped to. I would love to read deleted scenes about what happened between the year span when Aaryn shoots the love arrow to when Karma already has her baby. How was the relationship between Karma and Danny during that one year? Did Danny become distant because he is always that way or is it because Karma got pregnant? Danny's POV would have been interesting to read. Have there been other things going on that Aaryn and Karma don't know about?

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