"Mad Love" Review and Blog Tour

"Mad Love"
by Suzanne Selfors

Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Release Date: Jan 4, 2011
Source: sent by publisher

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from goodreads.com:

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.

My Review: 

This fantasy reminded me a lot of one of my favorite movies, "Don Juan DeMarco." As in the movie, a troubled legendary character comes to life seeking help from the main character, but really ends up helping the main character even more.

Errol, aka Eros, aka Cupid, was just too lovable. Sure he had a bad boy vibe that I rarely fall for, but he was just so tragic, I really wanted to help him. I loved Alice's relationship with Errol, it wasn't romantic, but there was chemistry bubbling under the surface. It was great to see how complex their friendship was and how much they cared about each other even though they weren't in love.

Tony couldn't be any more of my type of guy. A super hot, sweet guy, and he has glasses! The jealousy between Tony and Errol was cute and never over the top. I loved that ultimately he understood Alice's friendship with Errol and never got possessive or creepy.

Alice was a great lead character and she was so well written that you could really understand her feelings about protecting her mother and having to hold it all together. But she was never hopelessly alone because she always had the support of her neighbors who were basically her family.

I love a unique story and this one really fits the bill. The author knows how to make the fantasy world of Cupid believable while still dealing with real world problems and issues.


Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5
Setting: 4/5
Romance: 4/5

Uniqueness: 5/5
Cover: 3/5
Writing: 4/5



Bottom Line:  I loved this story and the characters really made this book a keeper for me.


16 comments:

Cynthia said...

I want this book soooo bad!!! I'm glad you enjoyed it now I want it even more. Great review! =)

Sarah said...

This sounds really good!!! I'll have to see if I can get it from my library. Thanks for the review!

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

Oh, I want this book bad!
I'm glad you liked it, you have edged it a bit up.

I might splurge and buy it soon. it's just so irresistible to me! LOL

Thanks for the awesome review.

Missie said...

Ever since I saw the cover for this one, I've been curious about it.

Love your review. Everything about this book sounds like a fresh spin. A hot boy with glasses, and a non creepy friendship! This is definitely going on my TBR.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sounds fab. I can't wait to try it :) Great review.

Lady Kay said...

Just wanted to say thank you for coming over to my blog! It's always fun to see/meet new folk. Happy Wednesday!

BookGeek said...

I am honestly not much of a romance genre reader, but I do love a good romance in a book. I like how this one sounds too - a little fantasy and tension. Awesome review!

Nina said...

I never read about a character with glasses before. I think.. :) This sounds like a great read, got to add it to my tbr list.

Julie said...

I'm glad you liked it! It's in my TBR pile. I can't wait to read it now. I think the cover is so pretty. What interested me the most is that Alice's mother is a romance writer and she has to come up with her next story! How fun is that?

Blodeuedd said...

Great review :) Sounds cute. It took me a few lines but then I remembered that I had seen this before..a WoW perhaps

Khadija said...

I really enjoyed Mad Love, even the sad but hopeful ending. Great review!

New post for Debut Author Incites is up :)

http://blackfingernailedreviews.blogspot.com/

Cait said...

This looks great! A really fresh and exciting concept, thanks for sharing

Kayla said...

This book looks so good. Thanks for the review.

Liz. R said...

I've seen this book a lot but never actually read a review for it. It sounds great though! I like Greek mythology so the fact that this has a mixture of romance, myth and fantasy really appeals to me. Thanks for the lovely review!

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Great review, Carrie! I've been wanting to read this forever...can't believe it's out, and I've yet to read it haha :)

....Petty Witter said...

Good to read of a hot guy who wears glasses. Not too sure about this one, for some reason it reminds me of Gods Behaving Badly which I had very mixed feelings about.

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