The Cupid War

The Cupid War

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by Timothy Carter

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

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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.

Timothy Carter’s Evil? was named to ALA’s 2010 Rainbow Project list for GLBTQ Books for Children and Teens

“Full of funny scenes, humorous dialogue, an interesting cast of characters, and plenty of entertainment. Once again, Timothy Carter has penned a winner.”—CM: CANADIAN REVIEW OF MATERIALS

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—In an opening scene both tragic and guiltily hilarious, Ricky Fallon decides not to kill himself and accidentally falls off a bridge anyway. He becomes a Cupid, which he is told will be his assignment until his karma is in balance. Ricky is taught to spread love and fight "Suicides," who spread sadness and depression. Soon, he finds himself in the middle of a war between the Cupids and the Suicides. While the story's narrative is at times obvious and too literal, these could be strengths when suggesting the title to lower-level readers. The plot is engaging, and the characters are original, which is refreshing. Reluctant readers will especially like the humor, fast pace, and easy vocabulary.—Kristina Weber, Bernotas Middle School, Crystal Lake, IL
Kirkus Reviews

Life was bad enough for Canadian teen Ricky Fallon; who knew death came with pink spandex?

Fallon actually planned to off himself. He was on the Pape Street Bridge ready to jump because his girl dumped him, his dad was a prick and his "best friend" Susan was the most clingy, depressing person on the planet. He changed his mind...and slipped. Fallon wakes to find Bud, a Soul Reaper, ready to take him to—his new job. Souls with Karma to work out become Cupids, genital-free, Love-eating spirits who exist to increase the supply of Love in the world by getting the living to couple-up. Fallon's new boss Louis is a huge jerk. Bad enough that he's got to suffer that (and the heart-emblazoned spandex), but, with little training, Fallon also has to avoid Suicides, the dangerous, misery-eating antitheses of Cupids. When he finds Susan has attached herself to a new unfortunate, Fallon suspects there's something more than meets the eye to that downer-girl. Can he save her new target (and maybe the world)? Carter's newest is a darkly humorous, fantastical frolic. Fallon's snark is tempered by his conflicted feelings about his runaway mother. Other characters aren't as well-rounded, but the unique afterlife and a surprisingly spiritual twist will keep pages turning.

Fans of funky unconventional fantasy will lap it up and roar for more. (Humorous fantasy. 12 & up)

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Product Details

Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Timothy Carter’s short stories have appeared in several magazines throughout Canada, the United States, and Ireland. He is the author of Epoch and Evil? He patiently awaits the end of the world in Toronto, Canada.

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Cupid War 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book I didn't do homework I was so stuck in this book
StalkinTheBooks More than 1 year ago
The Cupid War is a very unique novel with a quirky cast of characters and an unusual plot. While it wasn't everything I was hoping for, it was still a fun read. The novel starts off in a very dark place with Fallon wanting to kill himself. After his accidental death, Fallon is thrown into the life of a Cupid, someone who must help people fall in love, a task he's not all to happy with. He soon discovers that without Cupids in the world, dark entities called Suicides would destroy the world of love. Part of his job is to make sure that doesn't happen. At times Fallon can be quite unlikable, I think this has more to do with his circumstance then attitude but at times I felt he was too much of a smart mouth. Since the novel jumps ahead several times, it really feels as though Fallon masters his cupid training very fast and I actually would have preferred to see more of how he developed those skills. I really enjoyed the character of Trina. I like how she has a bit of an attitude like Fallon but isn't as abrasive. My favorite parts of the novel were her and Fallon's interactions. The fact that she can hear him and the others Cupids allows for some really funny banter between the two. Although I felt the plot was a bit too obvious, I still found it fun to read. I think the subject matter might turn some people off but I give the author a lot of credit for trying to tackle an issue which is quite sensitive to a lot of people. I think its lovely to think of a world where depression can be cause/explained by a supernatural creature. The ending to the novel was surprisingly sweet and I'm glad the author tied up all the loose ends. The Cupid War is a quick, easy read for anyone looking for something a little bit funny, a little bit dark and a little bit different.
MissysReadsAndReviews More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I'm pretty shocked at the lack of publicity and reviews for this book - especially considering just how good it is. Maybe it's the synopsis for the book or the actual subject matter. Whatever it is, it shouldn't be a deterrence because this book is one of the most entertaining reads that I have gotten my hands on this year. One of the things I liked most about this book was the snarky attitude. There's definitely a lot of sass and it really works well in this story. Ricky has a bit of a gloom-and-doom lookout on life (or the lack there of) and, although it would probably be annoying coming from someone in an ordinary story, it really works well for Ricky and his unfortunate circumstances. Trina was also a character with a lot of sass and I fell in love with her almost immediately. She's definitely one of my favorite characters [aside from Ricky] in this novel. The plot of this story was amazingly unique and well thought out, even if it was a little predictable at times. I think my only complaint to this entire book is that I felt there could have been more in the book - or maybe I was just having so much fun I wished there was more to enjoy? Either way, The Cupid War is an engaging yet light read that will keep you entertained from the very beginning to the very suiting ending. It's a definite recommendation from me to my paranormal YA readers.