Author: Kieran Scott
Series: (True Love #1)
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publisher: May 6th 2014
Categories: Contemporary, Mythology,Young Adult
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Summary: High school romance is tough—even for a bona fide love goddess. Can Cupid succeed as a mortal matchmaker?
When Eros (aka Cupid) is expelled from Olympus for defying Zeus after falling in love with Orion, she is banished to what she believes to be hell. We call it New Jersey. If she ever wants to go back to the comforts of her old life, she will have to find love for three couples—without using her powers.
Eros, now calling herself True, immediately identifies her first project in Charlie and believes finding him love will be a piece of cake. Charlie is new at school and eager to break out of his old image of band geek, so it’s lucky for him when he falls in with the right crowd on his first day. But music is still his passion. That is, until he meets Katrina…
Katrina is floundering after the death of her father and takes refuge with a boy who, while not entirely supportive, will be there when she needs him, unlike her mother. Too bad True thinks any girl Charlie talks to is perfect for him. Can she get out of her own way and help Charlie and Katrina connect, or will she be stuck in New Jersey forever?
Review: Ok, so I originally wanted the fun and hilarious antics like the author’s first book series. I really loved She’s So/He’s So series despite my fluctuating mood while reading it and my ever conflicting feelings towards Jake. This one has those elements too but not really as interesting and as captivating as her former series. The only edge of this one is that it wasn’t a complete contemporary book. It injected mythology to it. Our heroine here is True; which is in fact one of the gods who got herself kick to the curb because of bad behavior and well, falling in love with a man she wasn’t supposed to. But her banishment wasn’t just getting exiled and that’s it. Zeus gave her a seemingly impossible mission as the goddess of love. But how on earth will she found true love among billions of people without her powers?
This wasn’t just about True. It was also about Charlie, the new kid with new objective. And it was also about Katrina, a girl who was coping with her loss. Put them together you got an interesting couple. Or so I thought. Don’t get me wrong, they were nice characters. But that’s it, they were just nice. I hate Jake, man I hate the dude but at least he was quite memorable despite the indignation I felt for him. Katrina and Charlie, they weren’t entirely doing it for me. I guess I found them adorable at times. And honestly, they weren’t that bad…not at all. But them together was just too conveniently there.
From the get-go, I knew they were meant for each other and I’m pretty sure without reading you will know it, too. The only thing I was so keen for is how the two will develop. And how True will do it. I was waiting for things to fall into the right places. But their development lacks that certain swoon-factor. You know, the certain element that made you gush and root the couple, even they were against the odds. Hey, on my defense, I’m not waiting for the love of epic proportion kind (despite the theme) but I was waiting for something, I don’t know, sweet and sincere? I liked them together but the overall development wasn’t completely that interesting to me.
True could be funny, a bit mischievous and even sometimes ridiculous (but very, very tolerable, it was cute in a strange way). But I gave her major props because her side was the one that I was really focused on more. The ending wasn’t exactly what I would’ve guessed. But I should have thought of it though, being I already knew it was a series and everything wasn’t going to be as resolved as I thought. But that last thing with Orion? It has this whole ‘trouble in paradise’ written on it!
Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: “High School. Of course. Who longed for love more than a community of hormonal, attention-starved, drama-addicted teenagers? I needed to go to school.”