Publisher: Penguin | Viking Juvenile
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Stand Alone
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review | Blog Tour
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Welcome 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?
A Mad, Wicked Folly is one wicked powerhouse! Do not be fooled by this books hefty 448 pages. They will fly by quickly and you will be begging for more!
I absolutely loved every nook and cranny of this novel's package. Let's start with the stunning and influential characters; Victoria was a lovely character to read and watch grow. We are introduced to her as a young socialite pursuing her dreams in secret, to then becoming a strong independent and brave woman! It was an absolute pleasure to watch her transformation.
Waller crafted an outstanding portrait of 1900's London. It it quite a feat to paint such a vivid picture. Waller's bold writing style and world building gave me the opportunity to see and smell the London that lay inside these pages, and the beautiful artistic touches in between.
It has been a while since I have been so moved by a female main character. She made me want to jump up on my soapbox and give voice to my beliefs and opinions. She was so moving and so very inspiring.
I loved every single millisecond of this novel. The entire reading experience is a mad, wicked adventure!
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