Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sarah's Review on Mad Love

Mad Love
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: January 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Source: Bought
Rating: Reachable
Extras: Trailer
I don't believe in Cupid.

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.
This review was updated on May 10, 2012
The cover made me laugh for some odd reason. I like the “I don’t believe in Cupid” written multiple times.
But what I wouldn't say was that my mother had changed so much, she could no longer sign her own name. Belinda Amorous, the Queen of Romance, could no longer do much of anything. 

And that was the secret. 
Love makes us do crazy things, but I don’t think Alice could picture her life becoming more complicated when the God of Love asks for her help.

I really like this book. Alice’s mom is an adult romance novelist, and her books are famous. She is known as the Queen of Romance. The only problem is now, the Queen of Romance is in asylum. Not wanting to ruin her mom’s reputation, Alice tells the publishers and everyone else, that her mom is traveling to find inspiration for her next novel.

But publishers have a deadline, and Alice doesn’t think her mom will recover. The bills need to be paid and the only person who can write the next book is Alice. Alice is in way over her head. There is no way she can come up with a story by the deadline. So, guess who comes in to offer her a story? Errol, who is also known as the God of Love, Cupid. He’s dying but before he dies, he wants her help. He wants her to write his tragic love story of him and Psyche.

Alice doesn’t agree at first because she thinks his crazy. But as the story plays out, Alice helps Cupid, and Cupid helps her. In the end, I got all teary-eyed over Cupid.

Alice was such a fun, strong character. Her being able to stand on her own for so long, it would be hard for most teenagers. She had to grow up fast and take on a  lot of responsibilities. I couldn't help but feel bad for her and wished I could helped her out.

My favorite scene in this book was Alice thinking she got struck by lightning, but what really happens is Errol shot her. . . with you know. . .his arrow. Her going crazy over Errol was hilarious.
Suzanne Selfors has a new book coming out in 2012 titled The Sweetest Spell. I will definitely be checking that one out.

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