About the Book:
Author: Rebecca Sky
Pub. Date: June 14, 2018
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Kiss the boys and make them cry…
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.
Arrowheart is a modern-day retelling of the Greek God Eros and his known interference of mortal affairs. According to Greek history, the God of Desire, Eros, was known for meddling in human affairs and regularly was instructed by the higher Gods to enforce love between two humans that would support world-changing events. In many cases, forcing people to love someone against their own will, simply because a God wanted it so.
Rebecca takes this history and creates a satisfying young adult novel about Rachel and Marissa who are high school students at St. Valentine’s and are offspring of Eros. Because of this, they and the women in their families carry special genetic traits that allow them to kiss a boy and force them to fall in love with the girl that kissed them. Most of the students at this school are happy to embrace their gifts and continue their training. But Rachel wants nothing to do with it. Rachel’s family is slightly different from the rest of the girls though, their lineage is known for being able to turn men using only their touch, kisses won’t be needed.
As Rachel and Marissa are caught up into a fast-paced drama where they are arrested, escape jail only to end up with Rachel’s mother under arrest, and an ensuing domino-effect of everyone Rachel cares about being put into danger – Rachel has to make a decision that will change her entire life. Through all this excitement, Rachel develops a deep love for a boy traveling with them, Ben. But because of her gift, she is afraid to let him get too close to her because she does not want to take his free will away. As they grow closer and the attraction becomes nearly too much to bear, will Rachel be able to do what she needs to in order to save everyone?
Rebecca has written a masterful story filled with characters you grow to love. Even Rachel’s best friend Marissa, who drove me nuts through out most of the book with her condescending attitude and narcissistic behavior, eventually learns to open up to her best friend.
But be prepared, Rebecca threw me for a HUGE loop with the epilogue conclusion of this book. You’ll just have to read it to find out what that is!
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.
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