Mad Love Review

Posted February 14, 2011 in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Mad Love ReviewMad Love by Suzanne Selfors
Genres: Young Adult
Published by Walker/Bloomsbury Childrens on January 4, 2011
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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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.

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Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors was a tasty entertaining read that I enjoyed. We enter the world of Alice Amorous, the daughter of the famous Queen of Romance, number one bestselling author of romance books. Now we think that Alice has this fabulous glamorous life being the daughter of a very successful celebrity but we quickly find out that that is far from the truth. While trying to keep appearances that everything is ok in her world, Alice is really the one taking care of all the responsibilities like paying the bills and house work while her mother is off getting treated for an illness.

Things go from bad to worse when the publishing company demands the new manuscript from Alice’s mother or the return of the book advancement check they sent. When a mysterious handsome guy shows up demanding that Alice writes his book and that he is Errol the true cupid Alice’s life turns upside down. Will Alice be able to keep her mother’s illness from the world? Will she find a solution for the publishing company? Will she believe Errol is really cupid and write his story before it’s too late? Well, you’ll have to read Mad Love to find out. 

I liked the storyline that Suzanne Selfors came up with in investigating the true story behind Cupid & Psyche. I really didn’t know much about them so the story behind the two Roman myths really intrigued me. Alice was a nice character and I sympathized with all the things that were going on in her life. She was relatable and down to earth. Though this was Alice’s story I really wanted to know more about Errol and I felt that he could have been better integrated into the story. Then being the hooded creepy guy popping up all the time.  Towards the ending when everything was coming out into the open is when it really grabbed my interest and I felt the pacing at the end should have happen throughout the story.

All in all I enjoyed Suzanne Selfors’ Mad Love and how she showcased all the different faces of love. Plus writing about the topic of being able to find who you really are and not let fear stop you from your dreams. Readers looking for a light entertaining read all about life and love with a sprinkle of intensity should give Mad Love a read.

3 Stars

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