Arrows Blog Tour | Top 10 Favorite (Mostly Tragic) Love Stories of Greek Myth + Giveaway

Hello everyone,
I am so excited to be part of the Arrows blog tour, which was organized by the awesome Tika of Fangirl Confessions. You can read my review of Arrows here.

Arrows is the story of the son of Eros and Psyche, Aaryn. During his final test to join the ranks of a full-time cupid, he was supposed to shot a love arrow at both Karma and her boyfriend Danny but realized too late that he only had one working arrow. He shot Karma but not Danny, and his mistake changed the course of Karma's life forever.

A modern cupid story set in present-day Wisconsin combining the fantastical elements of Greek mythology with the contemporary drama of MTV's Teen Mom.

People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow.

Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind.

A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?

This fast-paced debut novel explores the internal & external conflicts of a girl who finds herself inexplicably drawn to a boy who seemingly doesn't reciprocate her feelings, touching on the issues of love, sex and responsibility, with a heroine struggling to control her destiny--perfect for fans of Katie McGarry's novels and MTV’s 16 and Pregnant.

Arrows is a modern cupid story so I thought it'd be fun to feature 10 of my favorite Greek (mostly tragic) love stories and couples.

Ceyx and Alcyone
via Wikipedia
Alcyone and Ceyx had a happy marriage. So happy and blissful, in fact, that they referred to each other as "Zeus" and "Hera," which angered the real Zeus and Hera. While Ceyx was at sea, Zeus hurled a thunderbolt at his ship and Ceyx drowned. He appeared to Alcyone as a ghost telling her what happened and she was so upset and tormented that she threw herself into the sea to join him. The gods took pity on them and transformed them into kingfishers (a type of bird).

Hero and Leander
via Wikipedia
The story of Hero and Leander is very tragic. Hero was a priestess of Aphrodite and Leander was from Abydos--basically, they live on opposite sides of the Hellespont (a narrow stretch of sea). At night, Hero would hand a torch so Leander could swim across the strait, using the torch's light to guide him. During a stormy night, the torch blew out and Leander lost his way and drowned. When Hero found out what happened, she drowned herself to be with her love.

Orpheus and Eurydice
via Wikipedia

Orpheus's wife Eurydice is a tree nymph (a dryad) who attracted the attentions of Aristaeus (the god of shepherd and cheese-making). Trying to get away from Aristaeus, she stepped on a poisonous snake and was forced into the Underworld. Orpheus went after his wife, and after a lot of obstacles, finally got Hades to release Eurydice with the condition that he not look back as they make their way out the Underworld. But, he looked back and he lost Eurydice forever. Another very tragic love story.

Philemon and Baucis
via Wikipedia
Philemon and Baucis's story is one of the happiest. They were an old married couple who, despite being poor, took in and comforted strangers into their home. Two of these "strangers" they invited into their home were actually Zeus and Hermes in disguise. They decided to reward Philemon and Baucis because before them, they were treated rudely by other mortals. They were gifted a grand temple and the gods granted their wish that if one of them dies, the other would as well. Upon their death, they were both transformed into trees (Philemon to an oak and Baucis to a linden tree). Their boughs intertwined to symbolize everlasting love.

Acis and Galatea
via Wikipedia
Acis, a river god, loved Galatea, a nymph. But Polyphemus, a cyclopes, also loved Galatea. But while Polyphemus was large and ugly, Acis was young and handsome so Galatea preferred him and they have a secret affair. One day Polyphemus found them together and he smashed Acis with a large boulder. But it didn't matter because Galatea turned Acis into an immortal river spirit like herself.

My other favorites Greek myth love stories include stories about Cupid/Eros and Psyche (Aaryn's parents in Arrows), Hades and Persephone, Apollo and Daphne (they're mentioned in Arrows because their tragic story kind of parallel Karma's), Artemis and Actaeon, and Zeus and Hera (they're a volatile couple but their story is definitely an interesting one).

Which tragic (or not so tragic) Greek myth love story is your favorite? How excited are you about Arrows? Inquiring minds want to know.

Arrows is already out in stores! Don't forget to add Arrows to your TBR list and stop by my review of Arrows and read all about my thoughts on Melissa Gorzelanczyk​'s fantastic debut novel. Follow the rest of the blog tour here for more Arrows goodness.

Happy reading,

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