Today, I'm also reviewing Only Everything by Kieran Scott, the first book in her True Love series.
It's a fun take on gods interacting with high school crowds, and I definitely had an awesome time reading it.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format read: Finished copy, purchased
With witty writing, smart humor and an undeniable understanding of how taxing a high school goddess would find high school, Scott has written the first book in a sure to be much-loved trilogy.
Like Zeus, the king, who thinks the proper reaction to finding me kissing a mortal is to threaten my boyfriend Orion's life, banish me to Earth, and force me to inspire true love between three couples without my powers. I know! Elders! I'm Eros, a.k.a. Cupid. The Goddess of Love. Until this morning, anyway.
Now I'm stuck on Earth with no clue how to function as a human, and I can't even conjure up my magical bow and arrows to help me do my job. I've already met this amazing guy—Charlie, a new kid in school like me—but matching him up isn't as easy as I thought. Turns out opposites don't attract, nearly identicals don't attract, and giving a guy what he seems to want is just one big disaster. My sweet new friend Katrina might work, but she's got more complications than Medusa's hair, and a live-in boyfriend with a serious mean streak. Probably not the best idea to go there.
If I don't make a match, I may never see Orion again. I have so much to lose, and only everything to gain.
Kieran introduces us to Eros a.k.a. Cupid a.k.a. True (her Earth name) who is stuck on earth after a love affair with a mortal. Her punishment is to inspire true love between three mortal couples without her powers, before she can be allowed to return to Olympus. However, things aren't exactly easy, when True realizes what she has to work with. Even with likable new friends like Charlie and Katrina, it takes a lot of navigating and trial-and-error, before True can truly (har har) inspire love between the first of her three couples.
Scott's writing is funny and zippy, as she helps True and the reader navigate a foreign world. Readers won't be able to help but laugh as True figures out the complexities of human interactions and emotions, while also feeling a sense of pride when she does get things right.
Charlie and Katrina make good (unwitting) foils to True's attempts to inspire true love and return home. Scott is careful to give them distinctive personalities and backgrounds of their own, and readers learn why the two of them may be reluctant to fall in love again, and can't help but cheer when they begin to realize their feelings for one another.
While True's misunderstandings of how to act human may not be enjoyed by every reader, I personally thought that Scott hit the right note of snarky and funny. She perfectly captures just how an outsider may view the zoo that is the high school experience, and the end results.
I strongly recommend Only Everything and the trilogy for readers who enjoy new takes on Greek mythology, and for readers who like funny, snarky heroines who know how to navigate the high school jungle. I'm looking forward to the other books in the trilogy, and I'm sure you will too!