The gods are gone.
The people have forgotten them.
But sixteen-year-old Rachel Patel can’t forget – the gods control her life, or more specifically, her love life.
Being a Hedoness, one of a strong group of women descended from Greek God Eros, makes true love impossible for Rachel. She wields the power of that magical golden arrow, and with it, the promise to take the will of any boy she kisses. But the last thing Rachel wants is to force someone to love her . . .
When seventeen-year-old Benjamin Blake’s disappearance links back to the Hedonesses, Rachel’s world collides with his, and her biggest fear becomes a terrifying reality. She’s falling for him – a messy, magnetic, arrow-over-feet type of fall.
Rachel distances herself, struggling to resist the growing attraction, but when he gives up his dream to help her evade arrest, distance becomes an insurmountable task. With the police hot on their trail, Rachel soon realizes there are darker forces hunting them – a group of mortals recruited by the gods who will stop at nothing to preserve the power of the Hedonesses – not to mention Eros himself, who is desperate to reverse the curse . . .
Rachel must learn to do what no Hedoness has done before – to resist her gift – or she’ll turn the person she’s grown to love into a shadow of himself … for ever.
After graduating high-school, Rebecca Sky set out on a five-year, 24 Country exploration to find herself. She slept in a hammock in the Amazon Jungle, skinny-dipped off the West African Coast, ate balut and climbed the chocolate hills in the Philippines, and fell in love in Cuba (then again in Brazil, and a final time to a Rocker from Canada). Rebecca returned home to the West Coast captivated by the world and ready for another adventure.
So she did what every wanderer does when standing still—began writing. Her work has since garnered over 20 million reads on Wattpad, and she’s had the opportunity to partner with some really great brands. She was featured in The New York Times and The Boston Globe, (check out those articles here). Her debut Arrowheart, book one in THE LOVE CURSE series is published by Hodder Children’s Books a division of Hachette Book Group.
Date Read: 7/22/18
Rating: 4 stars
This story was quite interesting. It was a different modern take on mythology than anything I’ve read before (i.e. Percy Jackson, Circe), and I quite liked it. In this story, the descendants of Eros, the Hedonesses, are kind of like an evil cult. Their society is governed by The Committee, who enforces an education and training for young ladies to steal the will of men. And they all blindly buy into it.
Except Rachel. Rachel refuses to use her “gift,” even when she is repeatedly reprimanded. She feels the whole concept is wrong, and actively tries to get her fellow Hedonesses to listen. Her designated partner, Marissa, actively tries to get Rachel to turn a man. In fact, she pretty much sets off the whole chain of events by doing so. I really rather dislike Marissa. She, and pretty much everyone in Rachel’s life, steamroller her every action, and it got so annoying to constantly be reading about.
Rachel seems like a truly good person. She refuses to steal wills and she wants to dedicate her life to helping others by becoming a social worker, however she is surrounded by people with such unmovable beliefs that she can barley get a word in edgewise. Enter Ben, who actively listens to what she says and what she wants, who truly pays attention to her, who is just as good of a person, it’s no wonder she falls for him.
I think that’s one of my favorite things about this story – the romance is more about how the characters match and communicate so well and what they need from each other, not that they’re just the main two characters, or they’re both attractive, or they just happen to exist at the same time and place and don’t really go well together like some YA romances tend to seem. They seem like a legitimate, real life, functional couple. It’s great.
The story itself was pretty constantly in motion. I’m pretty sure it started right out of the first chapter, and as soon as you think you get a break, it starts back up. And it lasted all the way through the epilogue. Like, ugh, that gigantic cliffhanger.
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