Friday, February 11, 2011

Review: Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors & Giveaway

Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors
Release Date: January 4, 2011
Genre: YA

The Story: (from Bloomsbury Kids) Writing her own love story could drive a girl insane!

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: I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked up Mad Love. I'm not a big fan of reading the cover synopsis of books because I like the element of surprise too much to get a lot of details before I start. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised with this one.

The story kicks off with Alice doing an awful lot of lying to protect her mother and immediately my interest was piqued. We soon find out that although Alice is only sixteen, she's been running her household for months because her mother is suffering from bipolar disorder. As if that isn't bad enough, Alice gets hit with more and more bad news until finally she decides she's going to have to take matters into own hands - literally. The publishing company that her mother works for is threatening to sue if a book isn't produced in a month's time. Knowing that there is no money, Alice settles on writing the book for her mother. It's romance, anyone can write a romance novel, right? So, this plot line in and of itself, could make for a great book but that's not all this book has to offer.Let's add in a little paranormal and mythological stuff too while we're at it. 

See, there's this guy. You've probably heard of him - Cupid. Yeah, you know, that cute little baby that's all chubby and shoots people with arrows to make them fall in love? Well, what if he wasn't a cute little baby but instead a gorgeous, smoldering sixteen year old who has been suffering for centuries upon centuries without his true love, Psyche? What if that sexy Cupid, who is otherwise known as Errol, found Alice and decided she was the one to tell his story? His true love story? Okay, so now that sounds great too, right?

Now, let's add in Tony. The sweet, handsome, intelligent new guy in town. He's nice and charming and considerate and did I mention handsome? I was so excited when he was described as wearing glasses. There is definitely a shortage of hot fictional guys with glasses. I cannot be alone in thinking this, right? Glasses can be so attractive on a guy. Oh, and he falls for the emotionally unavailable Alice. Keeps getting better, doesn't it?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Having personal experience with individuals that have bipolar disorder, I was supremely impressed with Selfors' accuracy in the ways the disease can present itself. I have seen the affect this disorder can have on someone first hand and I was very pleased with the way the author wrote this into the story line. It all rang true to me and again, I will just say I was impressed.

I will be the first to admit that I'm not much a historian nor do I know much about mythology in general but I loved this take on Cupid. Picturing him as a smoldering love interest as compared to a chubby infant, well, there really is no comparison, is there? And Tony, he was a rock for Alice, even when didn't realize she really needed a rock. The secondary characters in Mad Love were very well written as well. I absolutely loved Mrs. Bobot, Reverend Ruttles and Archibald. Archibald I especially had a soft spot for. There were also plenty of scenes that offered comedic relief from Alice's not-so-great life. :-)

So, I guess what I'm saying is I loved this book and I loved that I was surprised by it. I am very excited to have found a new author I can look forward to reading.

My Rating:



Thanks to the wonderful people at Bloomsbury we are offering one individual a chance to win two of Suzanne's books: Mad Love and Coffeehouse Angel!

Giveaway Rules:
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  • Giveaway ends Sunday, February 20, 2011 at midnight EST.


You can learn more about Suzanne and her books by checking out her website: HERE.

53 comments:

  1. This sounds like a really emotional read with a good story behind it. Plus the cover is so adorable! Plus the twist on Cupid is ingenious.

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  2. I'd love to read this. I think I read an exerpt before and it sounded good.

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  3. I am really into emotional books and this won looks like it will really get me.

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  4. Sounds like a good read. I can't wait to read this book.

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  5. Thanks for another great review!

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  6. It is interesting that the book starts out with a girl covering for her mom because of a mental illness. I would love to read this book.

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  7. This books sounds really interesting. Can't wait to read it. : )

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  8. I have wanted to read this book for a long time. I love the concept and I think it is really different than anything else out right now. :)

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  9. I love Selfors's middle grade novels, so I would love to try these!

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  10. I've heard good stuff lately about this book :) Definitely looking forward to reading it!

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway girls!!

    This sounds really good!! I would love to read this...different than my regular vampire/werewolf book, my goal to to expan my types of reading this year!! Too many good stories out there to go untouched!!

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  12. This sounds great! I want to see Alice's story unfold, how she deals with ehr mothers illness and all the stressors that seem to pile on her shoulders. I also want to see how Cupid becomes the one romantically linked, instead of doing the linking, you know?

    Hana
    midnightoil84[at][yahoo][dot][com]

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  13. I haven't seen this one yet, thanks for the great review!

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  14. Honestly, I wasn't really interested in this one, until I read your review. It sounds like something I would love! Thanks for the review!

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  15. By the cover of this book I probably wouldn't have picked it up for reading. After the review, however, I have changed my mind! I would love to have the opportunity to read this book! Thanks!

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  16. I was so turned off from this book initially because of the cover, but with this interview - I think I will like it! Thanks! :)

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  17. Honestly I love both ideas for the storylines. Plus Cupid having a love interest would be interesting to read about.
    Thanks :)

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  18. I've been seeing this around lately, and it's perfect for Valentine's Day coming up! :)

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  19. Honestly, this book keeps getting past me and I don't know why! It sounds very interesting and I think I may just love it. Thanks so much for your review! It has put this book back on my radar, and I'll definitely put it on my TBR right this second...

    Thanks for the giveaway as well!

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  20. I keep seeing "Mad Love" absolutely everywhere, and I keep thinking about picking it up, and then I never do. I just can't resist anything with hints of ancient mythology in it. Not to mention, it's probably got one of my favorite covers out there right now. ;D Thanks for hosting a giveaway for it! (And I haven't heard much about Coffeehouse Angel, so I'm going to look it up right now!)

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  21. This book sounds so intriguing and I really want to read it now. Plus the cover is great!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  22. I had no idea that this book had mythology in it. I love mythology and folklore! Can't wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!
    lexie.bookbug(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  23. I've been hearing some good things about this so I'm definitely wanting to read it. It sounds pretty interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. I borrowed this from the library a week or so ago, I really have to get to it. Great review!!

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  25. This is honestly the first time I've heard anything about this book. Where have I been? Thanks for bringing this book to my attention!

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  26. This book seems really unique and interesting, and Coffeehouse Angel has been on TBR List for quite a while now...
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. I'd just heard about this book a few days ago. And now that I've read the review, it sound like a pretty good read! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. I have both of these books on my TBR list, I have yet to read them. Plus I have Mad Love on my Valentine's Day post for Monday. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  29. I would love to win these books because a friend of mine introduced me to Suzanne Selfors by lending me a copy of Coffeehouse Angel. I would love to get my own copy and read Mad Love as well!

    Brush Up On Your Reading

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  30. I've heard lots of good things about Mad Love and would love to have it so I could review it for my book blog. I also think that if people liked Mad Love, I'm sure that her other book Coffeehouse Angel would be good too!

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  31. I haven't heard of this one before but it sounds like I need to put it on my TBR list. Thanks for the contest.

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  32. Actually I like reading most genres. Mad Love sounds like a change from what I've been reading lately. It also sounds fun and I like two guys "fighting" over girl.

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  33. Thanks so much for the giveaway, first off.

    I heard about Mad Love a little while back, and it piqued my interest then. Your review has definitely made me want to read it for myself.

    I'm always looking for new material since I'm getting ready to start my own YA book blog.

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  34. i have heard a lot of good things about this book and some bad but I'm super excited about it!

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  35. Mad Love sounds like a good read but Errol's name should be Eros.

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  36. Looks like an awsome book! Includes my two favorite things writing books and romance! Can't wait to read it! I loved her other book too, hope this one is just as good!

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  37. I enjoy reading young adult books.

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  38. I want to read these books because they both sound interesting, and I've never read anything by Suzanne Selfors. Also, the Mad Love cover is pretty hard to resist! :)

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  39. i am interested in winning this book because i am stuck on romantic books and this seems like an awesome read :)

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  40. I am hoping to have my opinion of YA romances changed from a slightly negative view point to a positive one, plus Mad Love sounds like it could be a really funny read. ^_^

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  41. I love mythology, romance and books that go deeper than the average ya read. Thanks!

    msdarcy22 at aol dot com

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  42. I would so love to read this book
    that cover makes it look that interesting and twisted romantic in a way too

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  43. What a darling sounding story! I love stories that can tackle light and heavy topics both!

    bchild5(at)aol(dot)com

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  44. I loved Suzanne Selfor's other books. This one looks so charming and romantic-- a good combonation!

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  45. sounds like a really good book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  46. I have seen soooo many good reviews about this book. Normally this wouldn't be the type of story I would gravitate to at the bookstore....but the cover is so cute and after hearing all the wonderful things...I would love to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

    TaraTagli at gmail dot com

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  47. OOPS!!! I accidently signed up again!!! SOrry about that!!! Please delete one of my entries!! SHould have looked at the comments first!!

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  48. I have been recommended this book by several readers and would love a chance to win read and review them. thank you.

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  49. I need néed new books and always have trouble picking them out!

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  50. Im making a love book for my boyfriend for valentines day, but what kind of things could i put into it?

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