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3.38  ·  Rating details ·  626 ratings  ·  213 reviews
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 c
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Delacorte Press
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Paula M
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Oh my heartttt. Arrows is such a perfect book for this season. Don't get me wrong, I would recommend Arrows anytime of the year but reading it at this month, when it's all about love... it's just perfect. I wouldn't exactly call ARROWS a complete retelling of the famous tale of Cupid and Psyche but I can say that the book was inspired on that particular mythology story. In this tale, our main character is Cupids so
Warning: this review has some mild spoilers, but it's things that you find out in the first couple of chapters so I didn't use tags.

This wasn't completely terrible... but it wasn't that good either.

I almost gave up on this book multiple times, but the one thing it had going for it was that it was short. If this novel had been any longer, I definitely would have DNF'd it.

One of my biggest pet peeves while reading a new book is the predictability of it. If I can predict the majority of events to
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
Laurie Flynn
When I first heard about ARROWS, I had a really bad case of the GIMME GIMMES. Elements of Greek mythology combined with the drama of MTV's Teen Mom? YES, please. (I actually studied Greek mythology in university and I loved watching Teen Mom back when I had cable, so it sounded beyond amazing to me.) So when I got a chance to sign up and read the ARC, I snapped to it. And ARROWS was everything I had hoped for and much, much more.

ARROWS is the story of Karma, who gets shot by a Cupid arrow and f
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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A surprisingly fun and unique story makes Arrows a book that you will want to add to your February to-be-read list. This book has a really interesting storyline that will draw you in and keep you flipping pages all night long. Also, the mixing of genres and a determined main character gives Arrows an added element of excitement in this debut novel.

With a storyline this distinct, Arrows offers a lot to the reader. It is like no other book out there and the pacing is
Amber Smith
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, sweet-sixteens
A well written, enchanting, and inventive reimagining of myth, ARROWS has a little something for everyone. Holding fantasy and realism in perfect balance, this book is a portrayal of young love at its best and worst. Melissa Gorzelanczyk has written a novel that is full of fun, heart, and sweetness, while still managing to tackle serious issues like teen pregnancy, self-esteem, family, and the importance of not giving up. Both protagonists—Karma, a gifted dancer and teen mom, and Aaryn, an earth ...more
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Cupid must have struck me with an arrow because I fell for this book so quickly and devoured it in two sittings! :)

Aaryn is the son of Eros, the original cupid, and for Aaryn's final test before becoming a full cupid he must strike a couple with an arrow each to solidify their love. He accidentally only brings one arrow and doesn't realize his mistake until he has already shot out of the people, Karma. She ends up pregnant and in love with her slacker boyfriend Danny who doesn't return the same
S.M. Parker
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
No one can argue that love is complicated. Add a cupid’s mistake to the mix and complications abound. Gorzelanczyk’s debut explores a unique take on the cupid story, which is both clever and compelling. But more than a love story, this debut explores the theme of self-love and self-worth. It is a story about finding one’s voice and creating one’s own destination, despite all the complications. Or maybe because of them. I particularl
Rahul Kanakia
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got an ARC of this book through an ARC tour (which contained no expectation of a positive review).

I was a little dubious at first about the premise. Mostly because if Karma's magically in love with this dude, Danny, then where's the room for character development? Either she breaks the spell and it's hokey because the rules of the magic have been broken, or she continues to be in love with him and it's static.

However, while reading the book I realized, oh duh, this is exactly what the book is
Jessica Cluess
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun, original fantasy romance with a unique twist. I loved that Karma's predicament--being a teen mom with a deadbeat boyfriend--came from a Cupid's arrow mix up. Arryn, the offending cupid, and Karma are both such well drawn, incredibly sweet characters. The struggles of a teen mom aren't something we see a lot of in YA fiction, and it was handled with such grace and maturity here. I was rooting for Karma and Arryn from the beginning. This book is just lovely, and I can't wait for other peopl ...more
Krista Regester
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Arrows is a story of love - kind of.

The premise revolves around a teen mom Karma, her baby-daddy and "boyfriend" Danny, and the guy that considerably messed up their lives, Aaryn. This book started out on a positive and light note, with Aaryn (a real life cupid god) aiming an arrow at Karma and Danny to make them fall madly in love forever. Unfortunately, there was a missing arrow that left Danny out of the equation.

Sounds innocent enough right? Well, wrong. This mistake resulted in Karma getti
When it comes to this book I had a few mixed feelings. This one certainly had its flaws, but I think it deserves the four stars simply because I had so much fun reading it and enjoyed the time it gave me. And I can be as critical as I like, but when it comes down to rating a book, enjoyment is what factors into it more than anything else.

This book follows Karma who initially wanted to be a ballerina. She was shot by a love arrow and fell in love with her boyfriend – although he wasn’t shot too s
I meant to post a review a while ago. Oops.

I… am so disappointed? Ever since I’d heard about this book, I’d been beyond excited for it. I haven’t read many contemporary books with a mythology take on it, let alone one that leans toward the whole Cupid and arrows ordeal, so Arrows was a big deal for me.

And I have never been so let down before.

This was a debut and I’m kind of ashamed to say that it shows. The pacing felt waaaay off, jumping from a day to day basis then spanning out into giant week
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Actual Rating: 3.5*

Lots of good stuff in this one with only a few complaints, but it didn't really take away from the story. I am part of the blog tour so you can see my full review in a couple days!

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Crina (Reading Addict)
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To be honest I had some expectations about this one, because the cover is very cute and original, and also the synopsis is intriguing and funny, and it promises you somehow a very cute, light, fluffy and lovely read.

I don't say it was bad or I didn't enjoy it but it was a bit too predictible for me, the plot wasn't as complex as I wanted it, sometimes I felt like things got repetitive and nothing was moving and the characters were a bit maybe uni - dimensional. Als
Jeff Zentner
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most wonderful things about YA books is how they're not afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves and dive into the heady rush of love with all of its ups and downs. And I can think of no better example of this than ARROWS. This book is filled with delirious love and raw heartbreak, tempered always with hope, a hefty dose of humor, and wisdom. I'm always impressed when people write beautifully outside of their own experience, and Gorzelanczyk writes from the POV of a teenage boy pi ...more
Sonya Mukherjee
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the good fortune to get my hands on an advance copy of ARROWS, and what a delight! This is both a lovely, passionate romance and, at the same time, a peek at how love can sometimes go terribly wrong. Greek gods, magic, and ballet are beautifully, seamlessly interwoven with serious, important themes and questions about relationships and responsibilities. Karma is torn between her deep love for Danny and her growing suspicions that he isn’t good for her, while Aaryn struggles with his respon ...more
Tara Sim
This book explores the pain and joy of love, following your dreams, and making difficult choices. I liked the setup of the arrows and old fashioned love vs. modern love, and the dancing scenes were lovely. The theme of deserving better is a very true and relevant message in this book.
4 stars.
Greek Mythology books aren't something i gravitate towards but for some reason this one ,with it's beautiful cover and the exploration of issues like teen pregnancy & abusive relationships made me even more intrigued about it.

I'm actually really surprised by how much i liked it considering it's Melissa Gorzelanczyk's debut novel.Indeed i loved the writing ,it was addicting & compelling ,in fact i think i finished it in two sittings tops which shows how much i enjoyed it.

I loved the two m
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the opportunity to read an ARC of ARROWS by Melissa Gorzelanczyk. I thought the premise was so unique: the story of cupid meets Teen Mom. And that's exactly what it was! There was drama and romance and a lot of tough decisions that had to be made. I think teens will really like this book, especially as they face difficult decisions in their own relationships (though maybe not involving cupid!) I could absolutely see this book being made into a TV show! It was a great read. :) ...more
Mishma Nixon
When I first heard about Arrows, my initial thought was that it would be a picture perfect Valentine's Day read! The cover was adorable, the premise so unique and cute, and I knew that it would be a great feel good contemporary. After reading the book, I still feel the same, though, I've also realized that more than cute and romantic, the book was also deep, realistic and had a strong message, which I loved.

Karma was a dance prodigy with a clear future set in front of her. She was brilliant and
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
Actual rating: 3.5 stars


When I first read the synopsis for this novel, I was immediately intrigued. Greek myth is a guilty pleasure of mine, and having reading Cupid books like this on Wattpad, I knew that this book would be for me. Indeed, Melissa wrote a promising novel with an intriguing plot.

Back when Aaryn was younger, he was sent down to Earth. He was tasked to shoot Karma and Danny, but only managed to shoot Karma, leaving the relationship in shambles. Now the Assembly has fo
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cp-books
I am a cheating cheater who cheats, because Melissa is my CP, so obviously I love this book! I feel super shiny & privileged to have read this long ago... if you love Greek mythology, small town Americana, romance & ballet (YUS), definitely pick up Arrows.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so fun, but on top of that, surprised me with its depth. It was an extraordinarily quick read, which was a great way to break up my TBR. Sometimes you just need a book you can power through in one or two sittings to help you feel productive and to get you out of a reading slump, and I think this is the perfect book for that.

The main characters are all really well fleshed out. Karma is believable and tragic, swept away in a love that's not returned, or at least not in the way that s
Tine’s Reviews
The story is in two point of views by Aaryn and Karma. Aaryn is the son of Cupid and Psyche, and his final test is to shoot two lovers. While Phoebe and Aaryn is in prom, he chose Karma and her boyfriend Danny. He shot Karma but didn’t shot Danny. We all know the consequences if you shot the arrow to the only one and you didn’t find a match, well, the one who was shot will be madly in love. Then, one year later, Karma has a daughter and the dad is Danny. Danny is completely jerk who’s always hur ...more
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Arrows follows both Aaryn, a new cupid, and Karma, girl who got struck by cupid's bow. Only, Aaryn made a big error. He should've shot both Karma and her boyfriend Danny with arrows. But, he only shot Karma changing her future and love life!

I really enjoyed Arrows and Melissa Gorzelanczyk's writing. The book was super fast paced and easy to finish within a day. And, even though i'm no expert on mythology, I do love reading different takes on it and learning about the Gods and Godesses. This take
Brooks Benjamin
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

We all know cupid. Or at least we think we do. Melissa Gorzelanczyk takes the bow-toting icon out of the diapers and into a pair of well-worn jeans and a V-neck shirt. But she keeps the arrows. And it's the arrows that get this cupid into some serious trouble.

Aaryn's job is simple. Seal the romantic fate of Karma and Danny with two quick shots. But due to an arrow glitch, Aaryn only manages to hit Karma. So now she's stuck with all
Olivia Hinebaugh
I absolutely devoured this book. Melissa wrote something so special here. I'll admit, I could not picture how Teen Mom meets Greek mythology was going to go. But it worked so well. It was a great way to describe being in love with someone who is all wrong for you. It's hard to read about Karma's relationship with the father of her baby. He's so wrong for her and so bad for her but she's blinded by love. (No thanks to Aaryn's arrow!) I was rooting for Karma so hard. Also, Aaryn. Aayrn, Aayrn, Aar ...more
Kathy MacMillan
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Things I predict will happen when you read this book:
1) You will want to punch Danny. Often. Seriously, rarely have I felt so violent toward a fictional character. He is a detestable and unfortunately entirely realistic villain.

2) You will be pulling for Karma to wake up and realize what an abusive relationship she's in.

3) You will recognize the dynamics of Karma and Danny's relationship and be reminded uncomforta
Amy Allgeyer
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lighthearted and fun, but with a pretty true and unflinching depiction of what happens when teen love turns into unexpected/unwanted parenthood. I enjoyed seeing Aaryn fall into a relationship he knew he couldn't have. Karma, smart and driven but stupid about all things Danny-related, seemed exactly like a person operating under the effect of a powerful love spell. And I loved hating Danny. An enjoyable, engrossing, super-fun read!
(I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
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Melissa Gorzelanczyk is a former magazine editor and columnist who believes love is everything. A dreamer for life, Melissa has been writing books since she was nine years old when she penned her first story about a beloved black horse. She is a member of the Class of 2k16, the SCBWI and The Sweet Sixteens. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and family.

She is represented by Carrie

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