CUPID'S MATCH BY LAUREN PALPHREYMAN - BOOK REVIEW

I'm not really quite sure what you would call this book in terms of genre - it's kind of a contemporary with some magical realism and fantasy elements mixed in, but also like not necessarily this world? Maybe urban fantasy? Either way, it was a pretty unique story!

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, Cupid's Match by Lauren Palphreyman. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.



This book follows Lila, a teen who is being harassed by the Cupids Matchmaking Service. In a world where you get one match - one soul mate - the Cupids find your match. Lila, however, doesn't need the Cupids. She has a boyfriend, and besides, she doesn't believe in all that soul mate non-sense. It turns out that the Cupids are actually real cupids, and Lila's match - THE Cupid - should never have been in the system; he breaks the cardinal rule of the Cupids - no Cupid can have a match. Except, somehow he does, and he wants her.

At first glance, the premise of this book sounds really interesting and quite unique. To be honest, I was just kind of along for the ride and enjoyed the story until I sat down to write this review and realized that there are a couple of plot-holes in the whole Cupid industry. Why are the Cupids necessary for matchmaking? Are there other organizations that do so or just Cupids? How did they come to be? And why do all the cupids in the book have names that start with C? Okay, that last one was more of just a pet peeve, but still. I'm left with some (minor) questions about the logistics.

I guess the main point of this book is the romance between Lila and Cupid. I don't know, other than the whole forbidden romance thing, I wasn't really feeling it for most of the book - and to be honest, I don't think Lila was either. And then all of a sudden, boom, in love. Not that it came out of nowhere, just that it felt a little out of place with the rest of the story. I knew it was coming but I just wasn't sure I wanted it to.

Overall, this book kind of felt like if Rick Riordan leaned hard into the romance aspect of his mythology-based books - take that as you wish.