20 Feb 2016

BLOG TOUR: ARROWS by Melissa Gorzelanczyk | Review + Scavenger Hunt!

Hello and welcome to my tour stop today to review ARROWS by Melissa Gorzelanczyk. As well, I have a scavenger hunt for you where you have to find a specific phrase in my review! Once you find it, you can enter it in the second giveaway that is SPECIFICALLY for the scavenger hunt! Good luck!

Let's learn more about the book...


Author: Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Source: eARC via the Publisher
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: January 26, 2016

A modern cupid story set in present-day Wisconsin combining the fantastical elements of Greek mythology with the contemporary drama of MTV's Teen Mom.

People don't understand love. If they did, they'd get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can't say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can't stay angry with him . . . and can't stop loving him. But there's a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she's been shot with a love arrow.

Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma's life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind.

A clueless Karma doesn't know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn's fault . . . but he's going to get a chance to make things right. He's here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?

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.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

This one was really good; I had heard some mixed things about it, but I found myself really enjoying the book! The best part about ARROWS is that it straddles the line between fantasy and contemporary in a way that I really enjoyed. It had everything I wanted in a story: tension, love, and spells! As well, they actually used an arrow so that was pretty cool too.

I really liked Karma because she didn't let anything really slow her down. She had a baby but she also had dreams and didn't stop at anything to try and achieve them. I like that she just changes her dreams rather than completely shut them down. Her relationship with Aaryn was everything I could have ever wanted out of this book. I also really liked that they both didn't realize they were falling in love until much later in the story.

I just wish the Mount Olympus/lead arrow plot line had been a little bit more developed. I think there was so much more potential there and it was just not given the attention it deserved. However, this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. 

I recommend this one because it shows you just how strong someone can be even when life throws you obstacles instead of lemons. Karma is a very good role model and I really liked her character. Check this one out for sure!

Melissa Gorzelanczyk is a former magazine editor and columnist who loves strong coffee, live music, and arrow jewelry. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and two teenage children, one of whom is named after a Greek goddess.

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  1. I basically agree with everything you said here! I read this one and reviewed it and found it to be a good book, and it made me so happy in the end. There was a bit of suspense. I just wish there was more mythology to it!

  2. Thank you so much for being apart of the tour! I've been in a blogging slump, so I'm commented an entire day late, but never late than never right? RIGHT? lol. Do you know I've read your review three times and I still can't find the hidden quote? Girl you are GOOD! I'm actually contemplating wearing my glasses just to find it lol

  3. I'm loving Peeta in the Hunger Games for his loyalty to the one he loves and his innate goodness! Annie JC


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