The Cupid War by Timothy Carter

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The Cupid War by Timothy Carter

Publisher: Flux
Publication Date: August 8, 2011
Pages: 229
Source: by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Ricky Fallon had decided against killing himself — just before slipping off a bridge to his death. Now he's a Cupid in the afterlife, 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. To save the girl he's falling for — oh, and prevent total world domination — Fallon uses a secret weapon to kick some serious Suicide butt. --Goodreads
When he fell off the bridge to his death, he was assigned as a Cupid. Yeah, that’s right. He was going to make people fall in love. However, Ricky’s afterlife is anything but sweet. His boss, Louis, is not very nice. And a bunch of Suicides are after him. Fallon discovers a new form of Suicide and it is up to his new Love skills to save the girl of his dreams from a Suicide’s fate.

I love, love, love this book! It is one of my new favorites. At first, I wasn’t really sure I would like this strange book with a sarcastic attitude. But it definitely worked. This book is perfect for a quick summer read. It is simple, yet entertaining and it will keep you wanting more to the very end.

I’ve never read any of Timothy Carter’s previous works, and I might just have to because Carter created his characters so believable that I cannot get them out of my head. Fallon had an attitude, which I would have found annoying if it wasn’t for his circumstance. This depressed, suicidal boy dies and they make him Cupid. Well, isn’t that just frustrating for him. I was surprised how well he caught a hang of the inner workings of the job. Trina also had a bit of an attitude, but she came off very likable.

The plot was predictable at times. But the plot was so much fun, it didn’t seem to matter if I knew what was going to happen. Carter’s whole perspective of Love, how it is a source of food, was fantastic. I have never read a book about Cupids before and the plot was definitely original.

The ending was adorable. It was a beautiful, paranormal tale. I wished there was a bit more depth to the novel. Still it was amusing, hilarious, and entertaining. If you’re looking for something fun to read on the beach, you need to pick up The Cupid War.


Cover: 4
Characters: 5
Writing Style: 5
Ending: 5
Plot: 4
Overall: 5

Rated PG-13 for scary themes, nudity.

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