Marcus is a Cupid. Lena is a Reaper. Opposites attract in the exciting new Switched At First Kiss series by the acclaimed author of The Dirt Diary.
Dared to kiss the adorkable Marcus Torelli at a party, Lena thinks it's the perfect opportunity to cross First Kiss off her list of "Things to Accomplish Before I Turn Fourteen."
It's only when she gets sent on an assignment the next day she realizes something went horribly wrong. That ZING she felt wasn't the thrill of her first kiss—she and Marcus have swapped powers! Lena is not your average eighth grader, she's a soul collector with an serious job to do. And Marcus turns out to be a supernatural matchmaker (like cupid, but without the diaper).
Now logical Lena finds herself with the love touch, and sweet, sentimental Marcus has death at his fingertips. The truth is that Lena should never have taken that dare…because one little kiss has Lena and Marcus in a whole lotta trouble.
Praise for Anna Staniszewski's The Dirt Diary:
"Holy fried onion rings! Fun from beginning to end."—Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of 11 Birthdays and The Candymakers
"I LOVED it...sweet, sensitive, and delicious!"—Erin Dionne, author of Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies
great summer read for ages 11 and up.
A new series from new to me author Anna Stanizewski brings a nice mix of ancient mythology and magic to the life of a not-so-ordinary middle schooler. Twisting together the myths of Cupid and the Grim Reaper works to great effect in this story, adding humor, several ‘oops’ moments and a wonderful developing friendship between our two protagonists.
Lena is a reaper (yes – as in Grim) without the scythe or black cloak. She’s well-adjusted and comfortable in her life, well, as comfortable as anyone her age ever is… but she wants to be kissed before she turns 14. She’s not prone to faerie tale inspired romantic dreams: her family has given her a solid foundation of practicality that is seen in her approach to life, friends and her powers. She’s thoughtful, funny, practical and most of all, completely unaware of the crush that Marcus has.
Marcus is a Cupid, or cupid-like: a supernatural matchmaker. He’s shy and quiet: a believer in the ‘magic’ of love, partly from his parents’ influence, a dynamic that is very different from Lena’s home. Marcus is completely adorable: he’s that awkwardly unsure boy: a touch tongue tied, and now learning to communicate with his new friend, Lena, the girl he shared a first kiss with.
Anna Stanizewski uses twists, myth and solidly built characters to tell the story with humor and a sense of being there as the characters deal with all of the changes to their own lives as a first kiss turns into a monumental obstacle. With their powers switched and their understanding of the worlds they knew now changed, Lena and Marcus have a wonderful trajectory in their story, keeping readers ready for every new development.
With an ending that just doesn’t quite answer all the questions, there are opportunities for more story to come. I’m curious to see where the next installment leads, and think this is a great summer read for ages 11 and up.
I received an eARC copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I'm With Awesome!
O My G! I'm with Cupid ROCKS! I saw the second book at a book store and I stared at it for a minute. Then I picked it up and read the back. Honestly, I didn't think I would care for it! But when I saw it at my book fare a month ago, I was like, " I saw the second book at a book store like, two years ago!" At first I wasn't sure I should get it, then I had second thoughts and couldn't help myself! So I bought it and I am SO Glad! It is like, the BEST book ever! I am about to read the second book! #ImWithAwesome!
I'm With Cupid
I absolutely loved this book!! I just cannot put it down! At home I would have to be forced to stop reading and I'm not a big fan of doing it! I recommend this book to anybody at my school struggling to find a book! I definitely can't wait until Match Me If You Can comes out!