Aiko (The Heartstrings Series #1) by Brooke May – Review by Sarah Oakes

Aiko (Heartstrings Book 1)Aiko by Brooke May
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about trying again. Aiko is a cupid that always seems to cause disaster. After so long of being a disappointment to her family, she is surprised when they give her another chance. She is given the assignment of a man called Alejandro who is unlucky in love. She struggles at first but soon finds her feet.But when things get complicated, can she achieve the impossible?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns that I just couldn’t put down. Well developed characters like Aiko with her resilience but self doubts underneath or Alejandro stubborn but caring underneath. Great cast of supporting characters like the understanding Briella or the supportive Mala or the critcisng Seraphina.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the sense of colour throughout witg the pink dresses or purple eyes or red kimono bold and vibrant and eye catching and wonderfully written. Or the sense of up the cupids home with its clouds and gates for a sense of magic and mystery. Or the colourful scenes at the start with the bright tulips and beautiful garden and the music for the feel or romance gone wrong.
A great example of world building with a series of fantasy creatures coexisting alongside humanity with their own rules and laws and societies. I loved the use of the cupids as something different than other fabtays novels using angels. These were given the respect they deserve and true to their Greek origins. I also enjoyed the tale of an unsuccessful cupid, adding a sense of humanity to the character and making her struggles emotive. I also loved the hints to history like the library and troy adding a historical side to the novel, a wonderful addition. Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.

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