Wednesday, 15 June 2011

12+: Mad Love - Suzanne Selfors

Release Date: 13/06/11


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 hospitalised for mental illness. After putting on a brave face 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.


If you want a story of discovery that delves into issues that scare many a person then this title is for you. Whilst the mental illness is confined to the heroine’s mother, it is an issue that many are forced to face every day. It is wonderfully descriptive, its clearly well thought out and the overall arc is something that gives the reader a story that not only contains hope but allows the reader to learn through the telling.

Add to this a whole host of supporting cast that bring the book to life, a larger than life experience blended with mythology and it’s one that really was a joy to read. I’ll definitely be looking forward to Suzanne’s next title.

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