Arrows by Lara Hues

Arrows by Lara Hues
Publisher: Lycaon Press
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (137 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Forget love at first sight. I’m doomed to love at every sight.

Much like a Greek siren with the curse of broken-hearted suitors scattered throughout her past, Emalie goes away to college hoping to leave her old habits behind and find real love. To her immense displeasure, her habitual wearing of sunglasses as a means to protect potential “prey” of her powers proves to be ineffective. Almost immediately, a boy named Quincy sees her blue, beautiful eyes, and as though they are Cupid’s arrows, he is struck with love. But why isn’t he acting crazy with infatuation?

To make matters worse, another classmate named Tony kidnaps her for a game with some friends and she must use her eyes to escape the dangerous encounter. The downside to the escape: Tony falls in love with her. Struggling against her feelings of vulnerability and the belief that she is a victim of circumstance unable to influence the plot of her life, she must make a choice. She can either continue a life of captive, possessive love with Tony or take a leap, risk her secrets, and pursue her goal of finding love unsolicited by her cursed eyes.

There’s a difference between loving someone for who you imagine them to be and who they actually are . Will Emalie ever know the latter kind of love?

The friendship between Emalie and Molly, a girl she meets on campus, made me smile. Their personalities are quite different from one another, but they share enough interests that it made sense for them to spend so much time together. I especially appreciated how supportive they were of one another’s goals. They’re a good team.

Emalie was an enigma. At times she came across as someone who was insecure about her biracial heritage and special ability. In other chapters, though, she seemed to be proud of them. She changed her mind quickly about other topics as well for reasons that I never quite understood. I’d expect this behavior from someone several years younger than her, but it was a little odd to see from a character in her late teens. I would have liked to have a lot more information about why her opinions about the opposite sex and her identity shifted so rapidly.

It was really funny to see how guys reacted to Emalie when she accidentally made eye contact with them. I expected a lot of things from this book, but laughing so often definitely wasn’t one of them. There is something to be said for approaching these topics with a playful sense of humor, though, and I appreciated the author’s light touch when it came to these reactions.

Arrows is a good choice for anyone in the mood for a sweet romance.

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