February 15, 2011

Book Review: Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors

Mad Love
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (January 4, 2011)
Hardcover: 336 Pages
Genre: YA Fantasy/Mythology (Cupid)
Book from Publisher*

From Goodreads. When you're the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life should be pretty good. But 16-year-old Alice Amorous has been living a lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. After putting on a brave front for months, time is running out. The next book is overdue, and the Queen can't write it. Alice needs a story for her mother—and she needs one fast.

That's when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid, who insists that Alice write about the greatest love story in history: his tragic relationship with Psyche. As Alice begins to hear Errol's voice in her head and see things she can't explain, she must face the truth—that she's either inherited her mother's madness, or Errol is for real.

Review by Kate
MAD LOVE, by Suzanne Selfors, is an adorable story about a girl who is shut down from the world until a little help from a non-stereotypical Cupid enters her life. When I was first offered to read this, I read through the synopsis and I thought it was a fresh idea and wanted to give it a shot. Well, after reading I know I got a lot more than I expected.

I had no idea that I would get so attached to these characters. Selfors made her characters have many layers and each chapter brought something new about them. I loved (loved!) Alice as the MC. She is a strong teenage female character, but her emotional flaws concerning her personal life and her mother made her very real. The strange dynamic between Alice, Tony, and Errol was interesting to say the least. Each of the male roles was clearly defined in Alice's life, but they were always stepping on each others toes.

The mythology of Cupid and Psyche was right up my alley. I love Greek mythology and the inclusion of that in the book made me love it even more. Errol set out to have the greatest love story written and as the story unfolded I truly think it was. Selfors brought the idea of Cupid to life in hot-teenage boy form and I applaud her for the creativity. The way his arrows brought about passionate love was hilarious and ingenious to say the least. And the antidote was equally amusing.

Behind the romance, a few mental issues were approached in some of the characters. Alice's mother's mental illness was an important part of molding Alice into the girl she is. Her ability to grow up so quickly showed a lot of strength for such a young girl. And Alice's summer-neighbor Realm battled an eating disorder that others just put off as being angsty. Although the illnesses weren't the main focus of the story, the powerfulness of these diseases added another layer to the characters and story.

Overall, such a great book! This book has romance and love in many different ways. If you are looking for a little bit of mythology and cute boys, this is the book for you!

Suzanne Selfors Website

*FTC Disclosure: I received this finished copy from the publisher. I do not receive payment of any kind in exchange for a review. I do not receive monetary compensation from any book links in my review.

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