Today is the day all of you have been waiting for: the grand finale of our A MAD, WICKED FOLLY three blog hop! On each of our blogs you’ll be able to see what we thought of this wonderful historical fiction novel set in the early 1900s London.
Also, and I’m sure this is the part you’re most excited about, we have a MASSIVE giveaway going on! I’m not even kidding. We have 3 prize packs, tons of chances to enter. It’s awesome, if I may say so myself.
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
Released: January 23, 2014
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
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?
I’m not the biggest historical fiction fan out there but there’s something about this book that screamed to me. I was big into art during high school and I’m all for women’s rights. Maybe that’s what drew me in? Or it’s probably the fact that Vicky was a freaking awesome main character. She was willing to go behind her family’s back to chase after her dream. She couldn’t care less about being seen as a scandalous girl. She couldn’t care less that women going to college was not a thing. She wasn’t going to take no for an answer and I loved that attitude!
The plot was just as equally awesome. You can tell that Waller did her research, and did it well. I obviously didn’t live during this time period but I could envision everything just as if I did live during that time. She portrayed the suffragettes exactly as how I imagine they were: struggling, protesting, being mistreated, and going to extreme measures to get their point across. Being a female back then must have been hard, and I can see why it was so important to voice their opinions. I applauded every character Waller created who were active in the movement and applauded Vicky even more for stepping up.
Waller has created a winner in A MAD, WICKED FOLLY. Not only is the story line of a teenage girl forced to come live at home after posing nude, having an arranged marriage planned to stop the scandalous talk, pursuing her dreams of becoming an artist even if her parents and the rest of the country are against her, and joining the suffragette movement appealing and very well-done, it also has a great message and shows a very important time in history told from someone who is experiencing it firsthand. Vicky has lived her life with everyone telling her no, but that doesn’t stop her from chasing her dreams. I think it’s so very important that people walk away with that. That no matter who tells you you can’t, brush it off your shoulders, and dive head first into proving them wrong.
If you’re looking for a historical fiction novel that has been researched extremely well, portrays the time period perfectly, and has a fantastic and diverse cast of characters, you’ve got to read this book! You’ll fall in love with Vicky’s personality, spunk, and determination. You’ll find yourself rooting for her to keep pushing the envelope and chasing after what she wants to do, and being brave enough to say no to her parent’s very privileged ways. There’s a very cute and perfect male character in this book that you can’t help but wish ends up with Vicky, need I say more? A MAD, WICKED FOLLY does not disappoint!
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And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the giveaway!
Grand prize: Hardcover of Mad Wicked Folly, Downton Abbey DVD, A suffragette bracelet
Second prize: Hardcover of Mad Wicked Folly, Iron Jawed Angels DVD, A suffragette bracelet
Third prize: Hardcover of Mad Wicked Folly, General MWF swag