by Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: January 26th 2016
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.
About the Author:
Melissa Gorzelanczyk is a former magazine editor and columnist who believes love is everything. She is a proud member of the SCBWI, The Sweet Sixteens and the Class of 2k16. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and family.
A surprisingly fun and unique story makes Arrows a book that you will want to add to your February to-be-read list. This book has a really interesting storyline that will draw you in and keep you flipping pages all night long. Also, the mixing of genres and a determined main character gives Arrows an added element of excitement in this debut novel.
With a storyline this distinct, Arrows offers a lot to the reader. It is like no other book out there and the pacing is so perfect that it can easily be read in one sitting. In short, Arrows is about a cupid who only shoots one lover by mistake and must go back to our world and try to fix it, because only one person shot can have some pretty bad effects. Sounds like an amazing read to get you through the dark days of winter, right?
Admittedly, at first glance of the synopsis, one might be skeptical about the mix of Greek mythology and Teen Mom in this novel. If you are not a fan of Teen Mom or over dramatization, don’t be fooled. The story does not focus on the main character’s struggles of being a young mother. Arrows is an unexpected blend of contemporary and Greek mythology. This had some hilarious effects on one of the main characters, Aaryn, a cupid, since he really doesn’t understand modern objects and customs.
Another endearing aspect about Arrows is how the other (human) main character, Karma, is a dancer. There is just something about dancers in YA books that is so attractive and attention grabbing. The skill and dedication that the characters must display creates a really exceptional personality. Though Karma wasn’t the wisest main character, her dance skill is truly admirable, especially since she has a child to take care of.
Arrows is a unique book that combines Greek mythology and Teen Mom in a way that is very enjoyable to read. The Greek mythology adds some humour to the book as the cupid struggles to figure out the modern world, and a main character who is a dancer adds admiration. I think anyone could enjoy this book, as there is such a mix of genres and elements!
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