June 23, 2014

Only Everything - Kieran Scott

Only Everything - Kieran Scott
Only Everything by Kieran Scott
Series: True Love #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Source/Format: Borrowed from Estelle (Thanks!) || ARC
[I received this book for review from the publisher. This in no way affects the thoughts expressed in my review.]

When Eros (aka Cupid) is expelled from Olympus for defying Zeus after falling in love with Orion, she is banished to what she believes to be hell. We call it New Jersey. If she ever wants to go back to the comforts of her old life, she will have to find love for three couples—without using her powers.

Eros, now calling herself True, immediately identifies her first project in Charlie and believes finding him love will be a piece of cake. Charlie is new at school and eager to break out of his old image of band geek, so it’s lucky for him when he falls in with the right crowd on his first day. But music is still his passion. That is, until he meets Katrina...

Katrina is floundering after the death of her father and takes refuge with a boy who, while not entirely supportive, will be there when she needs him, unlike her mother. Too bad True thinks any girl Charlie talks to is perfect for him. Can she get out of her own way and help Charlie and Katrina connect, or will she be stuck in New Jersey forever? (from Goodreads)

I read for many reasons, but chief among them is to be entertained. And holy moly, but Only Everything was the first book I'd read in a while that was really good and really fun too! It was a seriously enjoyable reading experience, and just thinking about True, Kat and Charlie makes me smile.

Scott's done something that only Rick Riordan has ever managed to accomplish for me: she put her own spin on familiar Greek mythological figures in a contemporary setting. While she embraced some of the qualities that made True/Eros (and the other gods) recognizable from their myths, she also didn't stick with the stereotypes completely (which was great!)

With a deft hand, Scott managed to balance two stories - True's and Charlie & Kat's - in Only Everything. True's parts were full of shenanigans, as she was trying to adjust to the human world and make sure to match up a pairing of true love at the same time. I laughed a lot during her parts, though there were also times I wanted to shake some sense into her. 

The same could be said for Charlie and Kat, actually. Each of them had a story (with heartbreaking bits sprinkled in), and I was very much invested in their futures (together and individually). While they both did do some things that made me shake my head (and want to shake them too), I loved that they were real, flawed individuals who shared a spark. (You'll have to read if you want to find out what happens to them!)

It's very obvious that I really liked Only Everything! In fact, even just writing my review has gotten me to smile as I think about True, and Charlie, and Kat and everyone else in this story. I'm very much looking forward to the next installment in this series. (And thank goodness it's coming out later this year.) If you're in search for a fun new read, look no further than this book!


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