Only Everything (True Love #1), by Kieran Scott
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mythology, Romance, Contemporary, Fantasy
Rating: 5/5 stars
Publication: May 6, 2014, by Simon & Schuster Books
Format: Hardcover Edition (borrowed)
Goodreads Summary: Like Zeus, the king, who thinks the proper reaction to finding me kissing a mortal is to threaten my boyfriend Orion's life, banish me to Earth, and force me to inspire true love between three couples without my powers. I know! Elders! I'm Eros, a.k.a. Cupid. The Goddess of Love. Until this morning, anyway.
Now I'm stuck on Earth with no clue how to function as a human, and I can't even conjure up my magical bow and arrows to help me do my job. I've already met this amazing guy—Charlie, a new kid in school like me—but matching him up isn't as easy as I thought. Turns out opposites don't attract, nearly identicals don't attract, and giving a guy what he seems to want is just one big disaster. My sweet new friend Katrina might work, but she's got more complications than Medusa's hair, and a live-in boyfriend with a serious mean streak. Probably not the best idea to go there.
If I don't make a match, I may never see Orion again. I have so much to lose, and only everything to gain.
"You will then prove your worth to me by forming true love between three couples with no godly tricks up your sleeve," Zeus continued. "Only then will you be allowed to return to Mount Olympus."
This is the best mythology book I've ever read. And I'm very surprised, because I usually hate mythology. Anything to do with gods and goddesses usually bores the heck out of me, and I usually hate all of the history and actual myths and everything. I picked up this novel thinking that it's a usual contemporary read with heart-stopping romance and cute guys with a nice plot. I didn't even read the summary. I just picked it up because the cover and having it be written by Kieran Scott. (AKA Kate Brian, author of the Private series.) So I think I'm ready for Rick Riordan. :)
True, aka Eros aka Cupid aka Daughter of the Goddess of Love, is banished to Earth having to match three mortal couples together with no use of her powers after Zeus (the king) finds Eros kissing a mortal, also known as Orion. Eros is sent to Earth and doesn't have a clue how to act and what to do as a mortal. When she meets Charlie, (who is also new) she knows that he'll be the perfect guy to match someone up with. From the beginning, Charlie falls in love with Katrina, a girl who already has a strange and cruel boyfriend. All True wants to do is match the three couples so she can see and be with Orion again.
Romance and a mythology twist? Count me in. Let me just say that this book was spectacular, and I would read it over and over again. This is going to be an amazing trilogy, I just know it. Kieran Scott has mastered something that no author has ever done before, and it's to mix so many genres together to great a light teen read. Fantasy, contemporary, mythology, romance? That's just great to conquer.
From the beginning, I was hooked in. A lot of the characters from the immortal world, Mount Olympus have been heard of and known for many centuries, and that's great that we were introduced to some new ones as well. But we already have heard of Zeus and Eros's mother and some of Eros's sisters. Kieran Scott never bored me and the plot twists just came on coming straight at me and I wasn't able to even go sleep because this book was too good. I would put this book before my beauty sleep. Now that's some crazy stuff. :p
The romance was so strong. SO BEAUTIFUL. I loved the idea of putting couples together without the use of powers. Everything was natural and the idea of friendship was absolutely there. The fact that True was giving up so much to be with Orion again was just amazing. But then BOOM that ending though. :( Hopefully everything'll go back to normal again and True will just do it. But I absolutely ship Katrina and Charlie so hard. They're the perfect nerdy cute couple and one of the best I've read about in a while.
All of the characters were memorable. True was a strong heroine who tried so hard and gave up so much to make everyone happy. She just didn't put couples together so she can get back to Mount Olympus faster, she did it because she wanted to see her friends happy. In those few weeks/days that she's been on Earth, she already made so many new friends and established strong friendships and went through so much and did new things. Perfect heroine.
Charlie was an absolute hero. He was the boy next the door, the boy you wanted to hug all the time and the boy who you felt so bad for because he just didn't fit in with the rest of the family. He wasn't understood by anyone except Katrina, and that's why they're the perfect couple. I loved him to death. :)
I'd absolutely read this book over and over again and it was my universe and beyond. I recommend this to everyone, young and old. It's truly a life-changing read. :)
"I'd rather spend whatever short time I have here with you than hang among the stars watching life go on without me. Watching you go on without me."