Review: Lovestruck by Kate Watson

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Synopsis from Good Reads:

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.

I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. 

Lovestruck will be available April 2, 2019

I have enjoyed Kate Watson’s previous books and was very excited for Lovestruck. While I enjoyed some of it, for the most part I think it’s a case of just not being the right book for me.

I thought the first half or so of the book was kind of messy. The world-building left a lot to be desired for me. It mostly consisted of throwing out random bits of information on different characters from Greek mythology – most of whom had absolutely nothing to do with the plot. I think it also relied on the assumption that the reader was already familiar with the subject, which I’m not super into. I know there are a lot of fans of Greek mythology out there, so I can see a different audience really appreciating it.

The characters were ok and sometimes humorous, which I enjoyed, but I never really fully connected to them. Another reason why this may not be the right book for me is that there was a lot of teenage, love-triangle angst. It was one of those situations where I just felt a little too old for what was going on. However, I did like how the love-triangle resolved. Just from reading the synopsis I felt like I knew exactly how it was going to play out, but once I got into the book I realized it might go down the less obvious path and I shipped it.

Overall, I thought Lovestruck was an ok read, but just not for me. I think a younger audience and fans of Greek mythology will appreciate it a lot more than I did.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars

 

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18 thoughts on “Review: Lovestruck by Kate Watson

  1. I have read several books more recently that are based on modern versions of Greek Mythology. I used to think I loved those stories, but I’ve gotten tired of them. I do think that’s a popular genre right now, so maybe the author is trying to go with that trend. As always, a fair review, Stephanie!

  2. Thanks for the review! I think I will skip this one. I recently finally finished a YA series that involved Greek Mythology and while I liked it I don’t think I need to ever read anything that involves it again.

      • Myths Academy by Jennifer Estep. It was good but was definitely written for teens. I may try her adult series when I get in a fantasy mood.

        Also since Lisa Gardner’s new book is part of a series I decided I don’t want to spend $30 on a book. I haven’t read the last book in the series so I just bought a like new copy of that one and it was only $4. If you want her to sign a book, the first in the series would probably be really cheap if you don’t want to spend the $30.

      • I don’t think I’ve heard of the Myths Academy. But I know in my current mood, it’s not one I would check out any time soon.

        That is a good idea about Lisa Gardner’s books! I will think about that.

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