Only Everything by Kieran Scott [Teen & young Audio Book]
High school romance is tough—even for a bona fide love goddess. Can Cupid succeed as a mortal matchmaker?
When Eros (aka Cupid) is expelled from Olympus for defying Zeus after falling in love with Orion, she is banished to what she believes to be hell. We call it New Jersey. If she ever wants to go back to the comforts of her old life, she will have to find love for three couples—without using her powers.
Eros, now calling herself True, immediately identifies her first project in Charlie and believes finding him love will be a piece of cake. Charlie is new at school and eager to break out of his old image of band geek, so it’s lucky for him when he falls in with the right crowd on his first day. But music is still his passion. That is, until he meets Katrina…
Katrina is floundering after the death of her father and takes refuge with a boy who, while not entirely supportive, will be there when she needs him, unlike her mother. Too bad True thinks any girl Charlie talks to is perfect for him. Can she get out of her own way and help Charlie and Katrina connect, or will she be stuck in New Jersey forever?
Reviewed Only Everything by Becca Packer
I am always hesitant to pick up one of Kieran Scott’s audio books. I will buy them without any hesitation, and then they will sit on my shelf where I will stare at them for weeks before actually picking them up and listening them. Her books are always wonderful; I never have any doubt that once I start learning I won’t be able to stop until the last page—and it is on the last page that I instantly regret listening the audio book without having access to the next in the series. I continue to hope that one day I will not have these angry feelings towards her cliffhangers, but time and time again I slam the book down on the floor or table and walk away, cursing everything and everyone. (You know who you are, Tristan.)
And of course this same thing happened with Only Everything.
I want to say I was honoured to have received an ARC copy of Only Everything from Kieran Scottl but now I have to wait an extra two months for the sequel Complete Nothing, due out in September.
Now on to my review of the book and not my rantings of the pain these books cause me.
Only Everything is told from the point of view of three characters: True/Eros, Charlie, and Katrina.
Each completely different people, with very different background audio stories.
True is the daughter of Aphrodite and Ares. Most people know her as Eros, or the name she truly despises: Cupid. She has made a horrible mistake by falling in love with a human. Orion has fallen from the stars and only Eros knows because it was kind of her fault. She hides him away on a lonely island in Maine, where she visits him frequently to teach him about life on Earth in the 21st century, and because she has fallen in love with him. When Zeus and Ares find out they threaten to kill him, but Eros strikes a deal with the two gods. She will live on Earth without her powers and help three couples fall in love. If she succeeds Orion gets to live and they can be together, if she fails… well, not everyone can have a happily ever after when gods are involved.
Charlie is the first friend Eros meets on Earth—well, at least the first niceperson Eros meets on Earth. He is new to school and having moved around multiple times because of his father’s job, he knows what it is like to be the new kid in school. Charlie doesn’t really fit in with his dad and brothers; they are all football legends and Charlie would much rather play the drums than throw a football around. Surprisingly on his first day of school, he manages to make it in with varsity jocks and finds himself getting along with them more than the band people he was hoping to make friends with.
And then there is our last main character, Katrina. She has it rough. Her dad was killed in a horrible motorway accident the year before, and because of this her once-perfect academic record is full of blemishes. Instead of being in accelerated classes, she finds herself in classes with people who don’t really feel like learning and make fun of those who do. You know, standard high school classes. Her boyfriend, Ty, is a jerk who needed a good punch to the jugular several times throughout the novel. Her mom has been horrible to live with since her father passed away, and Katrina prefers to spend her days at Ty’s instead of at her home. However, over the summer she did find an escape at the library, which is where her want to learn returned to her.
As the novel continues on, you learn that Charlie just wants to make his dad proud of him and Katrina wants to feel like someone loves her.
Eros keeps messing everything up by setting Charlie up with girls who are horrible matches for him and by not really knowing how a typical teenager acts. She pretends to know what goes on in Earth, but she honestly has no clue at all.
I loved this audio book. I loved the typical high school romance and the anger felt at the two main characters being with the wrong person.
I did roll my eyes at how clueless Eros was a lot of the time because she was so clueless, taking whatever she wanted from people and dressing quite questionably. I had to keep reminding myself that she was experiencing culture shock and it was like all those times I went to a foreign country and had no idea about their customs and traditions. You can only pretend so much before someone has to help you out a bit.
The ending was so perfect and I was all excited for a happily ever after—one down, three to go—and then that last page happened… ugh!!!!
After all the hype behind Percy Jackson and seeing all these new series come out about going to battle with gods or gods coming to Earth to kidnap girls and make them their brides, it is refreshing to listen an Audio book that is about a goddess/god trying to help people find love. It is like the Percy Jackson for the romantics in all of us, except better.
I think you will be doing yourself a great disadvantage if you do not choose to read this series. It is destined to be the next big thing, and if you don’t believe me check out the review from Teen Vogue.
Jump on the bandwagon before it is the cool thing to do, and while you are waiting for this book release check out any of her other audio books. The Shadowlands trilogy, She’s so/He so trilogy, or the series that got me hooked on this author Private… although most of the aforementioned are written under Kieran’s pen name, Kate Brian.
Plus, Kieran Scott is probably one of the friendliest authors you will ever meet. She is always responding to my dumb tweets and Facebook messages—and put one of my ideas in her audio books (it was an idea for a Halloween costume, but still, that is pretty awesome). She loves her fans and is always willing to chat to with them.