(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Simon and Schuster on September 30th 2014
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Greek & Roman, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
True’s matchmaking skills are the stuff of legend! The second novel in Kieran Scott’s delightful teen romance series that TeenVogue.com called “the next Twilight.”True is not exactly loving New Jersey. Banished from Mount Olympus and tasked with helping couples find love without using her powers, the goddess-formerly-known-as-Cupid is having a tough time. Especially now that True’s immortal love, Orion, has also appeared at her New Jersey high school—but with no memory of their relationship. To distract herself from seeing Orion flirt with another girl, True focuses her efforts on making a match: Peter and Claudia. Peter is the star quarterback and the most popular guy in school. But he’s insecure about his future, so he preemptively dumps Claudia, his girlfriend. (If she won’t want to be with him later, why stay together now?) Claudia doesn’t take the breakup too well, and she’s ready to show the quarterback of their rival school just how ready she is to get over it. But True sees something in these two seniors. She believes they should be together—but can she help them find their way back to each other (and get herself closer to home)? Or have things already spun too far out of control?
“Every last one of them thought I was a freak. Including the love of my life.”
The ending of Only Everything left me speechless, and I was forever grateful that I had the next book in the series. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, not only would I suggest it because I am someone who can’t read books out of sequence, but I recommend it because it developed the relationship with True (Eros) and Orion. Since the first book included multiple flashbacks of their love, I had a basic idea of what True would give up if she didn’t complete her mission; to add insult to injury, Orion couldn’t remember any of those precious moments. Instead of letting that devastating turn of events get to her, though, True knew she had to focus on what she had been sent to do: find three couples and get her Orion back. One down, two to do; her next project: a couple that’s meant to be together, even though they’re fighting to stay apart.
“’Love is one of the most powerful, audacious emotions in the universe’…’And you harness it.’”
The name of the second couple had a wonderful ring to it: Peter Marrott and Claudia Catalfo. They fit well together, just like their names, and they began their story as a couple. Unfortunately, they broke up near the beginning of the book, and True made it her job to mend the fragile pieces of their relationship. Unlike the first couple, Charlie and Katrina, Peter and Claudia had already found their way to each other and had a successful relationship for over a year. Discovering one another, learning each other’s likes and dislikes, and falling in love had already happened—they had to find their way back to each other, knowing even more about the other person, some good and some bad.
I have a thing for the name Peter. I really like that name, and I really liked Peter Marrott in Complete Nothing. Like the first book, True narrates part of the story, and the couple she’s connecting each have their own voices. Through the eyes of True, the rest of the school, and somewhat Claudia, Peter had it all: the popularity, position as quarterback, and the girl of his dreams. As anyone well knows, nothing is as it seems on the outside, and Peter did a decent job of keeping up the charade. Since the divorce, he had a difficult time getting close to people, afraid of attachment, and terrified of being left alone. Combined with someone who cared deeply for him, it created a resilient strain on the most positive thing in his life. While there are moments where I felt like strangling him, Scott showed his fear of loneliness and what he believed to be betrayal so that I could relate to him. Whereas I wanted to push him to go after what he wanted, I also had to sit back and wonder if that’s how it would transpire: him ignoring the things telling him no in favor of those pushing him forward. Peter showed weakness in someone that everyone else held on a pedestal, uncertainty in a role model that everyone expected to have it together, and mistrust for the girl that had held his heart for such a long time.
Claudia had already planned out her entire life. She had the college picked, the dance company (hopefully) within her grasp, and the perfect guy to be there every step of the way—until he wasn’t. Raw and unfettered, her side of the story spoke of heartbreak in a completely different manner than Peter’s. Whereas Peter was afraid of his emotions, Claudia gave it her all. Adding another guy in the mix created some necessary tension. I found it difficult to not disagree with some of the choices that she made because of the way that Peter responded to the new guy in her life. While this couple—then not-couple—might have seemed unapproachable at first, they were like anyone else.
The only qualm I have with the series so far is that I didn’t get much more of Charlie or Katrina. They played a integral role in the first installment, for obvious reasons, but didn’t have much of a presence. However, in each book True broadens her horizons and focuses on the task at hand, so it was understandable why the other couple, once matched, didn’t have as much of a presence.
The True Love trilogy has my undivided attention. Each story, each character has unique attributes that keep the story alive. True constantly changes from page to page, dealing with her own issues and still managing to help others find love. Once again, Scott ends with a jaw-dropper, and the last book in the series is bound to be full of twist and turns, the magic of love and the mayhem of it all.
“Here I was, with my friends and the boy I loved, eating lunch, playing with my new cell phone. For five whole seconds, I felt like a normal teenage girl.”