A Mad Wicked Folly
Author: Sharon Biggs Waller
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Format: ARC, Paperback, 448 pages
Release Date: January 23, 2013
Source: Gifted to me from Kate @ Ex Libris
Rating: 5 Stars
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to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909,
where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means
everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers.
Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be
an artist–a nearly impossible dream for a girl.
After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her
French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off
to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind:
her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in
the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who
may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante
balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must
figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?
the amazing Kate @ Ex Libris threw this ARC into my TBTB Santa box because she
is so amazing. I had heard little to nothing about this book, but read the
synopsis and thought it sounded pretty good. Let me tell you, it was. I have
just been starting to dip my toe into the historical fiction genre and man what
was wrong with me before? I should’ve been reading historical fiction a long
time ago. The fashion, the history, the characters. I just can’t. I love it.
follows the story of Victoria, a girl who wants nothing more than to become a
successful artist. But that’s nearly impossible for a girl to do. A good woman
is supposed to get married, have babies, and attend to all household and social
obligations. Bleh. I would have died during this time period. Anyway, Victoria
poses nude for an art class she is secretly taking and of course major scandal
ensues. Her parents make it nearly impossible for her to pursue her art, but
she is bound and determined.
really enjoyed Victoria’s character. She thought out of the box (for the time
period) and didn’t just go through the motions of life that she was supposed
to. Victoria was ballsy from the start, but yet, still tentative and unsure of herself. But she develops into this amazing character and is nearly unrecognizable by the end. I loved watching her journey. I loved watching her learn to make
her own decisions, to not take the easy way out, and to live her life for the
only person who matters: herself.
suffragette movement is in full swing during this time period and I loved reading
about it. I haven’t read too much about the suffragette movement (except for
what I was forced to in history classes), but reading about it in this book put
it into a whole new perspective. These women are incredibly brave. The things
that they do to fight for the rights that I now have, I don’t know if I could
have done. You can certainly tell that the author did her research here. She
references several different horrors these women experienced and wrote about it
in such a way that I was rallying and cheering for them from my couch.
I can’t wait anymore. Can we talk about the romance? Oh. My. God. I can’t tell
you the last time my heart raced so much. This romance was so scandalous and so
forbidden and it just made it all the more juicy. Will was so freaking swoony.
I think it’s the uniform; he’s a police constable. A man in power always gets
me. But seriously he’s sweet, charismatic, a family man, a writer. Yeah, that’s
right, I said he’s a writer. There was one scene that I just sat there gaping,
heart pounding so loud I swear I could hear it. This romance was intense,
slow-burning and absolutely incredible. If you don’t read this book for
anything else, read it for the romance.
plot is slow. There’s not much action going on, but I didn’t mind. (Yes, me the
action-loving girl.) The story was just so rich and so well-developed that I
couldn’t put it down. Even during chapters when not too much happened. I cried
over these poor girls’ struggle. I cried over Victoria’s internal struggle with
herself. Her battle over who she was and who she wanted to be in the world. In
a word, this book was astounding. This is one that I will definitely reread and
will most certainly be purchasing a finished copy of. Thanks again Kate for
giving me this fantastic book! Happy reading all!