- By Suzanne Selfors

Mad Love

  • Title: Mad Love
  • Author: Suzanne Selfors
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Mad Love 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 year old Alice Amorous has been living a lie ever s

    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 wWriting 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.

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    1. A Week in YA Kissing Books - Haiku Mini Review #3Cupid wearing blackWants his true story writtenDo I smell clam juice?Well this was… not really what I expected. I’ll freely admit that I picked this up because I was looking for brain-sugar. A pick-me up / temporary high after a mentally and emotionally gruelling week. I mean, look at that cover. I know I’m not supposed to judge, but doesn’t it shout “I AM FAIRY FLOSS!”, as if it’s so sweet it could rot your teeth? It’s about a gir [...]

    2. Mad Love's main character is Alice Amorous, and I thought she made a fine heroine. She was a good combination of sass and sweetness, and I thought she held her own very well against all the crazies around her. She's a character that really does seem to have it all together: when she makes a mistake or shows a lapse in good judgment, it's more because of her circumstances than who she is as a person. There was something very cheer-worthy about her, and I had a pretty easy time relating to her. Un [...]

    3. I am an official fan of Selfors. She always write stories that have a magical element in them, but sets them with modern characters and/or settings. What's that genre called? Magical realism I think, well she is good at it.Alice Amorous is the daughter of the Queen of the Romance, Belinda Amorous. She writes what people would call "trashy" romance novels, but she has a knack for it and has loads of fans. Her mom is successful, but there has always been something that has been odd about her. They [...]

    4. 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 su [...]

    5. -POTENTIAL SPOILERS- Well, that was certainly interesting. Suzanne Selfor's writing gets very mixed reviews, and I can honestly see why. Her stories are very strange indeed, setting fantasy or magical creatures and events in the real world, in very contemporary settings, yet in my opinion, it works. They are very plausible, which is always my biggest problem with reading stories like this: they aren't made plausible in the slightest. Anyway, I really liked this. While it's not my favorite novel [...]

    6. In a lot of ways, Mad Love surprised me. I was expecting a cutesy love story without much depth to it. Yet that is not what I got. Mad Love tells the tale of Alice and Errol. Alice is the daughter of the Queen of Romance. Whereas Errol is the original King of Romance, Cupid. And no, he is a little kid running around with a quiver of arrows. These two come together when Alice is forced to masquerade as the Queen of Romance while her mother is secretly seeking treatment for a mental illness.Mad Lo [...]

    7. No he dormido,pero lo terminé el mismo día. Un libro muy ameno y divertido. Me dió mucha pena con Alice y toda la situación que estaba viviendo con su mamá.Una historia muy fantasiosa,divertidafrescante y sobretodo muy juvenil,pero muy bien escrita. La autora tratò temas serios con el debido respeto y dignidad. Me reí en cantidad con varias situaciones del libro.Si quieres pasar un rato agradable con una lectura ligera y divertida;este es el libro!

    8. It is a nice story. A bit boring sometimes. I really think Alice was a re encarnation of Phyque but she wasn't :( However, I like the couple that she and Tony made and although Errol dies everyone have their happily ever after. After all, anyone knows that a happy end is the first rule when you write a romantic novel ;)

    9. Original review at inkscratchers/If i had to sum up this book in one word, it would be FUN. The book is sort of magical realism, real characters, magical element. It's completely different to every other magical book out there because it's magic in the real world, not magic in a new world or a parallel world like in urban fantasy, as well as this, the main characters doesn't have any powers or anything, which is good.This book is really cute, I knew it would be from the front cover because it's [...]

    10. My Thoughts: I really enjoyed Coffeehouse Angel by Selfors so I was excited to read Mad Love. I just had to see what else Suzanne had in store for us. We are introduced to Alice who is a famous author's daughter. She hides tons of secrets about her mother. Everyone thinks her mother is off working on her latest novel while Alice and the people who live in her building know the truth. The truth is that The Queen Of Romance is having mental problems. Alice goes to her mom's signing in her place an [...]

    11. Romantic and fun, Mad Love warms you’re heart with it’s touching mood and story of love, regret, and hope. There was the ups and downs but overall, it was filled with fun and intensity.Mad Love starts out slow; the fact that it took some time for the main character to get convinced that someone is a cupid was a bit wearisome. Although, the pace of the plot picks up and we’re introduced to even more characters and more problems are thrown in, keeping the tension at the right level.Throughou [...]

    12. I'll start off by saying that I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't.Part of my dislike for MAD LOVE may be my own fault. I think I was expecting a bit more from this novel, but it's really quite fluffy and juvenile, which may have caught me off guard.Secondly, I did not like Alice. At all. Her character personality grated on my nerves. I wanted to feel sympathetic towards her situation, but she seemed too self-centered for me to do so. Yes, her life is a bit of a mess and it's u [...]

    13. Although Alice's life might seem normal from the outside, she has a secret - her mother, the famous romance novelist Belinda Amorous, is undergoing treatement for bipolar disorder. Alice has gotten used to taking care of herself while her mother's in the hospital, but when she meets a guy who tries to convince her that he's Cupid (yes, THAT Cupid), and who asks her to write his life story, she begins to worry she may have inherited her mother's madness.Self-aware and kind of meta (for example, t [...]

    14. 3.5 out of 5 ratingThis was a pretty okay book. It wasn't super great, but it wasn't horrible either. I think it did have a very important underlying theme though. And it's in an interesting category: YA Contemporary with a little bit of mythology thrown in.As for the characters, I liked them but I didn't really connect with them. They seemed a little distant. I felt so bad for Alice. Trying to be the parent while keeping her mother's secret from the rest of the world. And Errol was off and on f [...]

    15. Belinda Amorous writes romance books some days. A lot of romance books. Other days, she settles into a deep sadness. Those days, she doesn't move around very much. Alice is her daughter trying to pay the bills and keep her mother's bipolar disorder away from the press. But the publishing company is waiting for a book that hasn't been written, and Alice needs to come up with a new novel - soon. In comes Errol, also known as Cupid, asking for his love story to be told. As Alice writes down Errol's [...]

    16. Sixteen-year-old Alice Amorous is dealing with things that a girl her age shouldn't have to deal with. Her mother, famous romance writer Belinda "Queen of Romance," is bipolar and in treatment, but she doesn't want anyone to know, so Alice must lie to keep the secret. She lives alone with the support of neighbors in her apartment building, and she forges her mother's signature for book signings and tries to communicate for her with the publisher. When the publisher threatens to take back an adva [...]

    17. This book was nothing how I imagine it to beAt first it was a pleasant surprise, then It just went down hill from there, rather disappointing really. This book was less modernization of the "Greek myth" (from what was advertised) to be more of "a young girl dealing with a bipolar mom" kind of book. The mythology itself played less of a story arc in the overall plot (to me) it just hung around in the background.

    18. Just in time for Valentine's Day!This book is the story of Cupid with his true love to Psyche story to be told, the true version this time.The main character Alice is the daughter of a popular romance writer who is admitted to a mental hospital for her bipolar and related problems. Alice has to write a novel to fulfill her mom's contract or owe the publishing company the huge advance on the book. Cupid comes along seeming like a complete nutter claiming it's her destiny to write his story. Witho [...]

    19. Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors was a quick, cute read. A good mix of mystery, romance and real life issues with a little mythology mixed in. The book held my interest through out but I never really connected with the characters.I like how this book tackles the real life problem of bipolar depression. Alice has been dealing with her mother's depression and erratic behavior for years. Her mother is now secretly staying in a mental institution and her next book is overdue. Enter Errol who has a story [...]

    20. Mad Love es mi ultimo libro del reto que me propuse este año. Así que se merece una buena critica. No es mal libro, pero no es el mejor. Pensé que cupido iba a quedar con ella, pero esta fue la historia con un final triste. Alice vivió una vida dura, por la enfermedad que sufre su madre, es una chica fuerte, y obsesionada con un chico como la común adolescente. Pero falto algo mas, algo que hiciera saltar las chispa, Errol me parecio perfecto; me encanto la parte que le tiro una flecha a Al [...]

    21. i thought this book was super good!!!!! it has susppence and romance and i just couldnt put it down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it took me less than 24 hours to read, i read till 3 in the morning then started reading again at 5:15 in the morning!!!!!!

    22. This book is AWESOME. By all means i recommend it. If you are a person who likes romance stories, you will find this book ideal for your taste. The period of time of the story is modern days and it places you in a world of fantasy but reality at the same time.

    23. 3.5Terminado de leer 22/02/2014Este es de esos que son razonables. Sabe lo que es, y es honesto al respecto. Lo que además le hace ver bien.

    24. Selfors, S. (2011). Mad Love. New York: Walker & Company.323 pages. Appetizer: Alice has been telling a lot of lies lately. She's had to. The biggest lie is that her mom, a semi-famous romance author, is "overseas," researching her next book. The reality is far less glamorous, and despite being tired of the lies, Alice does everything she can to maintain her family's secrets. This becomes almost impossible though, when the family savings are close to gone, her mom's publisher is demanding th [...]

    25. Mad Love 4/5 stars This book was so cute. And obviously perfectly appropriate for the Valentines season. The Plot:Was very well put together, it took a while before stuff really started happening but eventually once the ball got rolling it was very exciting to follow. I loved getting both the story in present day and the past and felt like all the characters were really fleshed out.Characters:Alice-I don't know why but I didn't really care for Alice the first half of the book, even though she wa [...]

    26. A simple and sweet read. Totally recommend it for people who likes light reading with a tinge of love and romance.

    27. Is it magic or madness? A young adult contemporary fantasy about Cupid in SeattleSixteen-year-old Alice Amorous is the daughter of bestselling romance author, Belinda Amorous. Due to her mother's suffering from years of untreated bipolar disorder, Alice's family life has been highly unstable, leading to the present crisis of her mother being institutionalized for catatonic depression. Alice has no father to step in and take care of her, because she's the product of a one-night stand occurring du [...]

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