Saturday, May 26, 2012

Review: The Cupid War by Timothy Carter

The Cupid War: All Love Is Warfare
The Cupid War by Timothy Carter
Release Date: August 8, 2011
Format: Paperback, 229 pages
Publisher: Flux
Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review

Description from Goodreads:
Ricky Fallon spends his afterlife as a Cupid, helping people fall in love. The job would be cool if it weren't for the dorky pink bodysuits, his jerky boss, and attacks from joy-sucking shadowy entities called Suicides. When Fallon discovers a dangerous new breed of Suicide, a terrific battle erupts. Can Ricky save the girl he's falling for?
The Cupid War was a book that really intrigued me. Personally, I haven't seen many books that are about Cupid, though I have an odd adoration for him. I'd explain why here, but it would take too long and is beside the point. If you want to know, contact me or something. Back to the point: the fact that this book is about Cupid caught my attention right away. Then, after I read the description, I knew I had to read this book. Let me tell you -- I really liked this book.
One aspect I loved about this book was how completely UNIQUE it is. This is a million times different than any Cupid love story you have ever read before. Tim puts a whole new twist on Cupid that was immensely interesting and completely amusing. The description of this book only skims the very sparse surface, so I wasn't really expecting all that much as far as what being "a Cupid" meant. Let me tell you now--it means more than you'd think.
Another thing I enjoyed while reading this book was the interactions, especially the ones between Fallon and Louis, his boss. They made me laugh, which (as I've mentioned before) is never a bad thing. A sense of humor in a character--and a book, for that matter--always holds my attention. Plus, it adds a little to the dialogue. In reality, people crack jokes all the time. (Or at least, the people I know do . . . myself included.)
Character rundown: Why, first we have Ricky Fallon. He actually likes to be called Fallon, though, so we'll respect his wishes. AH RICKY FALLON. I swear, Fallon was such a sweet guy. All he wanted to do was help others and keep what happened to him from happening to someone else. He is a very kind character and I loved the story through his mind. He's quick-witted, too. Which is great because not-bright main characters can be . . . not fun. Next we have Trina, Fallon's favorite human ;) Trina is a totally normal, plain girl. Not the kind of girl you'll notice unless she has some sort of . . . special power. What I personally liked about Trina was that she was incredinly strong-willed. She didn't cower to torment or bullying. Solidarity, my dear girl.
Sweetness. Well, I believe I just told you that Fallon is a sweet, sweet boy. Totally un-self-centered and nice. (Well, until you zap him, then he gets angry.) So when he meets Trina and then finds that he likes her . . . well, he is so selfless. That is all I must say. It is so endearing.
The ending. The ending was a very good conclusion to this story, in my opinon. It didn't drag on or leave me wanting at all. Actually, the ending made me happy. I positively LOVED the last line of the book. Obviously, I'm not going to tell y'all what it is, but it seriously made me go "AWWWW!" because I have grown to adore Ricky Fallon just as I adore other book characters. I loved how he felt and how he was doing at the end. My point: a very good way to finish the story.
Overall, I really liked this book. It was so much different from a lot of books I read these days. Not predictable, but not a brain-pain either. A wonderful story that piqued my interest and held it, once I got past the beginning stages of the book where we find out what the snap is going on. Pretty much, once we met Trina, the book completely held my attention from then on. Honestly, The Cupid War could be a nice way for anyone to switch up the same-old-same-old.
Thank y'all for reading my review and thank you to Tim for sending me this copy to review. I truly enjoyed it!
Have a great Saturday, Friends!

1 comment:

  1. Lovely review, Jessica! I can't thank you enough.

    Oh, wait, yes I can. ;)

    Looking forward to reading more of your reviews. Maybe you could recommend some stuff to me!

    If you'd be willing to review my other YA books, Evil & Epoch, just say the word!


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