Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review: The Cupid War by Timothy Carter

The Cupid War: All Love Is Warfare
The Cupid War by Timothy Carter
Publication Date: August 8th 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 229
Ricky Fallon had decided not to kill himself after all--moments before accidentally slipping off a bridge and plunging to his death. Now he's a Cupid in the afterlife, helping high school students 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 Suicide in human form, a terrific battle erupts. Before the Suicide can become too powerful, Fallon has to convince his fellow Cupids of the extraordinary threat, protect the girl he's falling for . . . and foil the Suicides' evil scheme to spread despair to all humanity.
~My Review~
I knew this wasn’t going to be fluffy and overly romantic as the Cupids were having a battle against suicides but I wasn’t forewarned for the attitude the main character had. I mean yes, I get why sometimes he was on edge but he wasn’t on edge throughout the book yet he still had a chip on his shoulder. But I do have to say I love his rebellion. If it wasn’t for that then the Cupids wouldn’t have found out about their latest threats.
Pretty much shoving aside the bit of Fallon’s bad attitude into the corner of my brain, I was able to get wrapped into my first look see into the world of Cupids as I have never read about them before. I loved the suits they had to wear (a pink skin tight suit that left nothing for the imagination with a red heart on their chest, placed over the spot to where their hearts are ha-ha), loved what love looked to them (big red Jell-O cubes) which was also their payment and what kept them alive, loved how they gave love to humans (by sticking their hands into the humans heart, seeing what interest them, and then shots sparks of love into their hearts), and finally the way the Cupids worked in our world and how they lived in another plane as if they were ghost. How they can see us but we can’t see them except for certain people that have a higher hearing power.
Enter in Fallon’s love interest. I won’t say her name but she’s pretty much close to the first girl he meets after his death. She’s able to hear the Cupids and the only one, at least around him that can. She’s a freak in school as everybody knows about her ability she has. And for the most part, she is proud of it except when the mean girls of the school are around. For then I feel a little sympathy towards her but other than that she is one tough cookie, which makes me love her and which makes her stand out better to me than the main character does.
I did like the blooming romance they had going on, especially when they talked in class and she was writing her part of the conversation on a piece of notebook paper, but I kind of rolled my eyes that it’s another paranormal where the main character is going after someone that isn’t like them.
Overall, I did enjoy the plot, the book. The way the suicides are love’s enemy, the way Cupids work, the sense of humor that flows throughout this book, and how in the end Fallon was actually good for the Cupids.
However there was one big thing that bugged me which is that the main character was knocked out for a month. So a month went by and when he finally awake I felt just as much confused as Fallon had. Like we missed so much, too much, and it rubbed me the wrong way. And I see, when time like that gets skipped over and things could have happen sooner than later, is starting to turn into a pet peeve of mine when authors do that. I feel like they didn’t know what to do within that time, where I’m sure there is so much they could have done, but they just don’t and skip right over it. And that’s starting to get to me just a bit. But other than that, having to warm up to the main character’s attitude and sort of seeing whom the bad guy was halfway through the book, it was a fun ride of a read. It’s a book I am glad I picked up around Valentine’s Day. 
~Cover Talk~
I absolutely love the cover. For some reason I am drawn to these kinds. The simplicity, the little splash of red, the way it looks like a drawing, these just seem to catch my eye. And I actually have two other books that have the same theme to their covers and they are just so cute!
Happy Reading Everybody!


  1. @BookCupid- Haha, yea. Which is another reason why I was drawn to it haha :)

    Thanks for stopping by!