LOVESTRUCK by Kate Watson

LOVESTRUCK

Age Range: 14 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

An immortal cupid-in-training falls in love with a human after she accidentally sticks herself with an arrow.

Sixteen-year-old Kalixta has been skeptical of her cupid calling since she experienced the Thunderclap, realizing, “in the end, the Fates will decide what happens, no matter what I do.” She questions the marriage of her parents, Eros and Psyche, and the millennia-old patterns the gods are stuck in. However, when she becomes spellbound to Benicio, a bass-playing Mexican-American who was her original target, Kali enrolls in a mortal high school in Arizona while trying to decipher the riddle posed by the Oracle to regain her heart. With the help of her best friend, Deya (daughter of Aphrodite and an Amazonian river god), and Artemis, the goddess of the hunt herself, Kali must find a balance between the arrow’s pull toward Ben and her friendship with her ex-boyfriend Hector (son of Apollo and Calliope). Watson (Shoot the Moon, 2018, etc.) creates a world where Greek mythological characters have Bond-worthy gadgets, can change their appearances at will, and are all-knowing when it comes to both Hellenic and contemporary pop culture. While acknowledging the existence of non-Greek gods, Watson gives the Greeks control of “most everything in the Western World” yet achieves diversity by incorporating people (and gods) of color into the story.

A humorous and endearing look at the throes of predestined teenage love. (Fantasy. 14-18)

Pub Date: April 2nd, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-63583-030-9
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Flux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2019




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