Cupid’s match by Lauren Palphreyman
Release date: October 1st
Top 3 Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Mythology
My rating: Set it on fire/If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: provided by Raincoast Books
To buy the book: CA • US • FR
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Hey book dragons! Hope you are doing well and will forgive my lame word game in the title 😛 AS you probably guessed, today I’m going to tell you about Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman. I’ll try to keep it short, as unfortunately, it disappointed me
Lila Black doesn’t believe in matchmaking, let alone soul mates. So then why is she constantly being hassled by the Cupids Matchmaking Service? But this gilded, cherub-bedecked dating agency isn’t exactly what it seems . . . and it’s about to turn Lila’s entire world upside down.
It turns out that Cupids Matchmaking is the real deal. As in, it’s run by actual cupids—who don’t look at all like they do in the paintings—and they have a serious problem with Lila’s “match.” Because this guy shouldn’t be in the system. He shouldn’t have a match. And while he’s irresistibly hot, he’s also incredibly dangerous. Because Lila’s true love match is Cupid. The original bad boy of love. And he wants her.
Now Lila’s once-normal teenaged world has exploded into a mythological nightmare overrun by crime-lord sirens, wrathful cupid hit men, magic arrows that cause no end of trouble, and a mischievous, not-so-angelic love god she can’t seem to stop herself from falling for . . .
Greek mythology…All I ask for (or though I thought…)
When I first heard about this book, I was SO EXCITED, cause I love Greek Mythology and how it is modernized and rethought by different authors. So here, a Matchmaking Agency and Cupids being among us, I was all in for this idea. Unfortunately, for me, it felt really like the idea was not well executed: flaws in the plot, obvious things made as a big secrets (like, through all the book, Lika is trying to understand who is the oh so scary founder of the Matchmaking Agency. Big reveal: it is Venus! Wow didn’t see that coming!) and the Greek Mythology part only getting really interesting a few chapters near the end (actually that was the part I enjoyed most in the book). The plot itself, the idea that a Cupid would fall in love with a human, was not bad. Lila was a likable character, even if I didn’t feel the connection between her and Cupid being super developed. There is also, yes, a love triangle. But no mention of the fact that immortal beings are supposed to be matched with a human girl? If you only get ONE match in your life, very sad for these immortal beings who will see their love wither and get old and die in a very short amount of time.
I’m sorry, I’m not done… all through the book, I found the writing a bit lacking and clumsy (three chapters in a row finishing with: »Ready? »). It was not bad per se, but it was not really good either. The rest of the story (setting, secondary characters, timeline) felt very lightly built and if it made the book readable, it really had nothing extraordinary.
Why did you read the entire book then Elise? Good question! Like as said, it was not BAD as terrible, it’s just that it felt like a first draft more than a finished work. The idea at the core of this book was a good one, the problem was in the execution that keep it barely interesting and ok for me to keep going. Sorry if I’m harsh, just remember that this is only my opinion and you are always welcome to make yours 😉 Maybe this book will do for you what it didn’t for me!
See you for a cup,