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. (via Goodreads)
Y’all, I like romance and I like quirky, original characters. This book should have been a home run! Unfortunately, I failed to connect with either the characters or the story.
Alice had to deal with a lot over the course of the book, and as the story opens – we are introduced to all the stress she carries on her shoulders. Normally that would make the reader sympathetic of her plight and invested in reading until she gets to a happier place in her life. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make myself get interested in her story. I did like skateboarder dude (in fact, he was my fave character), the love interest, but he wasn’t prominent enough to carry the book on his own.
One thing I did appreciate was the mental problems of Alice’s mother. I don’t want to talk about it too much and spoil anything, but I thought her disease was handled very well. I saw in Suzanne’s author notes that she has experience with that disease in her family, so it’s awesome she made it a part of the book.
I didn’t care for the plot at all. I never felt anything at all for Errol unfortunately. I was really surprised when I failed to connect with his story! The writing and overall characterization wasn’t necessarily sub-standard…there was just something that didn’t hit with me personally.
So…even though this wasn’t a book for me, I think younger readers might appreciate it more. I want to give the copy that Bloomsbury gave me for review (it is a finished copy) to someone that wants to read and enjoy it…so I’m giving it away! Just fill out the form below and I’ll contact the winner on February 27th. Since I’m paying for shipping I’ll have to make it US only. Sorry!