Welcome to our stop on the Arrows tour for Melissa Gorzelanczyk. This tour is hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.
Author: Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Mythology
Released: January 26, 2016
Review Source: Delacorte Press
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.
Arrows follows both Aaryn, a new cupid, and Karma, girl who got struck by cupid's bow. Only, Aaryn made a big error. He should've shot both Karma and her boyfriend Danny with arrows. But, he only shot Karma changing her future and love life!
I really enjoyed Arrows and Melissa Gorzelanczyk's writing. The book was super fast paced and easy to finish within a day. And, even though i'm no expert on mythology, I do love reading different takes on it and learning about the Gods and Godesses. This take on cupid was definitely different and really cute!
I loved Aaryn, and any author who puts a boy in a black tee immediately wins me over! Hello hotness! Aaryn was super patient with Karma and that was also attractive. Because, boy, Karma… Yeah. Let's talk about Karma. Although I totally understood why she was so stuck on loser boy Danny (hello Aaryn, you messed that up!) I still hated how blind she was to what he was doing to her. Deep down in Arrows we have a great message geared toward teen girls. DO NOT let any boy belittle you and emotionally abuse you. NOT COOL. I do feel like Gorzelanczyk could've dug a little deeper on this topic so it could really show and empower young girls out there that hey, maybe you don't need to make excuses for why some guys treat you like crap. She did though show great light on teen pregnancy and how it could (let's not say ruin) totally change your life and alter plans for the future and make everything difficult when you are a teen and wanting to do things like go out with friends, or follow your passion and/or hobbies.
Overall though Melissa kept this read on the lighter side making it easy to finish it one sitting. I do wish there were a sequel coming though! I need more Aaryn!
Melissa Gorzelanczyk is a former magazine editor and columnist who believes love is everything. A dreamer for life, Melissa has been writing books since she was nine years old when she penned her first story about a beloved black horse. She is a member of the Class of 2k16, the SCBWI and The Sweet Sixteens. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and family.
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