Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: The Cupid War
Author: Timothy Carter
Release Date: August 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 13 and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 14 and up
Year/Setting: Present day/Canada
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Timothy's Website/Blog: www.timothycarterworld.com
From the author who says that he writes, "Far-Fetched Fiction," comes yet another title that - although the story is more than a bit out ‘there’ - is also a story that is comical, fun, and teaches some extremely important lessons if you only give it a chance.
Ricky Fallon is a young man who was actually headed to a bridge one night to commit suicide. He wanted to just get out from under everything - especially his overly annoying friend, Susan. Talk about clingy - this girl would NOT leave Ricky alone for one minute during the day. Becky is Ricky’s girlfriend, yet he can hardly spend any time with her because Susan is ALWAYS there complaining about something. His mother ran out on Ricky, his dad, and his sister, and all Ricky’s dad ever tells him is to not "turn out like his mother."
Once at the bridge though, Ricky has no desire whatsoever to end it all. Unfortunately, when he trips and falls, he really has no choice. Ricky is dead, and is suddenly in a world with a man named Bud - not a very nice guy to be around - who has placed him in an odd outfit with a red heart on the front and is training him to be a cupid. Ricky will be one of the ones to go back to earth and try to help others fall in love and find happiness. Ricky has a very bad attitude, and doesn’t understand why he has to do garbage like this - and work off his ‘bad’ karma before being allowed to go to the ‘big guy’ in the sky. But, Bud makes it very clear that Ricky has no choice.
Soon, Ricky is back in his hometown where he not only has to spread the love, but he also stumbles across evil beings called Suicides. These creatures are the ones that attach themselves to humans and take away their spirit, energy, and completely throw them into a depression (Think the ‘Dementors’ in Harry Potter). Soon it is the Cupids vs. the Suicides, and the reader will find themselves having a whole lot of fun.
I must say this is the Tim Burton of authors. Not a Master of Horror like Stephen King, but a quirky author with a whole heck of a lot of strange ideas that, when they hit paper, become stories that are seriously great adventures and totally memorable experiences. Have Fun With This One!
Until next time,
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