The Cupid War by Timothy Carter
Publication Date: August 8, 2011
Published by Flux
Dark entities known as Suicides attack the living, causing depression in people and feeding on their negative emotions. Their enemies are the Cupids, who make people fall in love. My main character, Ricky Fallon, becomes a Cupid after his death, and learns that he’d been the victim of a Suicide during his life. He is assigned to a high school, where he must bring couples together while protecting them from Suicide attacks. I wanted to suggest a supernatural cause for mood disorders, the way I suggested in EVIL? that Fallen Angels were responsible for religious fanaticism. That way, I could turn depression into an enemy that can be fought and beaten.
Why I Chose This:
I love the concept of this novel! Suicides and Cupids? I have searched for novels about Cupids a year ago and came up with found only one: Stupid Cupid. I was looking for something paranormal. And this – The Cupid War – is exactly what I was hoping to find! Plus, there are fallen angels here. What more can I ask for?
The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
While Nick Gardner’s family is falling apart, his best friend, Scooter, is dying from a freak disease. The Scoot’s final wish is that Nick and their quirky classmate, Jaycee Amato, deliver a prized first-edition copy of Of Mice and Men to the Scoot’s father. There’s just one problem: the Scoot’s father walked out years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. So, guided by Steinbeck’s life lessons, and with only the vaguest of plans, Nick and Jaycee set off to find him.
Characters you’ll want to become friends with and a narrative voice that sparkles with wit make this a truly original coming-of-age story.
Why I Chose This:
This sounds like a good novel that explores family dynamics especially during hard times. I think I would enjoy this. Another contemporary novel to add in out TBR and for our Debut Author Challenge list! People said that this is a cute and sweet story – with 4/5 and 5/5 ratings! Of course, that made me more excited to read this.
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