Review: A Mad, Wicked Folly

Apr •  6 •  2014

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Review: A Mad, Wicked FollyA Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Viking Juvenile on January 23rd 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Historical/Contemporary
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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?

Wanting to read something in another time period and hearing so many rave reviews about this book, I picked it up for a rainy day read. And it was perfect.

Plot: This story is in the 1900’s where women and beginning to fight for their rights in society. One thing about this plot is that it is filled with great diversity in what women went through back in the day. From social stigma to arranged marriages. This plot never felt boring.

Love: I really like this area. Back in the day women got their social status and money from the man they marry. So naturally they had to marry up whether they liked the man or not. It really neat to explore the pressure to marry “up” and how society looked down on a man who did not have money. The comments that where made as well as the degrading names really brought this area to life for the reader.

Ending: The ending is so good that I’m wondering if there will be a second book. I sure hope so. It ended with a cliff hanger that certainly makes me want more.

If you enjoy historical with a coming of age story about a young women fighting for her place in society, then you must read this book! It jammed-packed with amazing women all changing the world one step at a time. I can’t wait to see what will happen next. A Mad,Wicked Folly is a sensational read!

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Apr 7, 2014

    This time period always fascinates me. Where human worth is determined solely on social status and wealth. I’m not super excited about the cliffhanger ending (nooooooo!), but the rest of the story sounds fantastic. Looking forward to this one Savy!

  2. So glad you liked this one, Savy! I really enjoyed getting to explore that time period and never got bored reading it either. I hope there is another book, there is definitely room for one!

  3. I haven’t heard of this one and this sounds fab! I have been enjoying the historical fiction YA that I’ve been reading lately. So need to add this to the list.

  4. Candace
    Apr 9, 2014

    This sounds exactly up my alley! I’ve been curious about this but hadn’t heard much about it yet.