this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Cupid, the mortals have their myths, but they’re so very wrong. The truth is
Love: a deity with her bows and arrows (the only part the mortals got right) and
her knack for match making. When the Fates Court sends her to a small snowy
town with mortals who need her signature dose of romance, she goes through the
town bringing love to the unsuspecting, unseen by the mortal eye. Until Andrew.
Andrew, a truly selfless human, is able to see her and Love knows this means
bad news for the Fates. But bad news or not, she’s drawn to him, and their
lives will collide for better or worse.
this book caught my interest because the female lead was the “supernatural
being” or whatever you want to call it. It might just be me, but I’m really
used to seeing the male lead be the “gifted” or “different” character. He’s a
werewolf/vampire/alien/ghost/superhero or whatever and either the girl is just
normal, or she eventually ends up his equal. I don’t see many books where the
girl is the original mythical being, though, and it caught my interest. While I
felt the book started out a bit slow, in the end, it didn’t disappoint me! Its
a really remarkably well-done romance novel with hints of fantasy and its own
type of mythology. While the mythology can be a bit convoluted, and sometimes
requires a bit of extra suspension of belief, it’s altogether very creative,
clever, and unique. It gave a lot of depth to Love and the other deities and it
makes me want to know more about that world and possibly get some questions
characters are truly lovely. Love is an inquisitive, temperamental, and passionate
protagonist and she’s well balanced between her good traits and faults. Andrew
is the “selfless mortal” gifted with the ability to see Love and her kind, but
he’s got a lot of depth and isn’t a stereotypically “pure character” like one
would imagine. Andrew swears, is sarcastic, can be wholly stubborn, but still
wants to give and take care of others. Love’s fellow deities are also really
interesting and I hope to learn more of them in the future!
is incredibly elegant and eloquent. Jaster manages to discuss love, free will,
human nature, and human emotion with such a deft hand that I was thoroughly
impressed. Such topics are very abstract and some writers can struggle to
convey certain feelings and ideas, but Jaster did it with remarkable talent,
which I think really added to and made the love story that much more potent.
Paired with the creative mythology and some well-done characters, this is a
really enjoyable story and I can’t wait to see what Natalia Jaster writes next.
“Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run, but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant.”
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson)
“Intimacy is not who you let touch you. Intimacy is who you text at 3am about your dreams and fears. Intimacy is giving someone your attention, when ten other people are asking for it. Intimacy is the person always in the back on your mind, no matter how distracted you are.”