Blog Tour: ‘A Mad, Wicked Folly’ by Sharon Biggs Waller Review and Giveaway

Blog Tour: ‘A Mad, Wicked Folly’ by Sharon Biggs Waller Review and Giveaway

I received this book for free from blog tours, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: ‘A Mad, Wicked Folly’ by Sharon Biggs Waller Review and GiveawayA Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
Published by Penguin on January 23rd, 2014
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: ARC
Source: blog tours, requested from publisher
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?

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The description on the back of A Mad, Wicked Folly doesn’t do this book any justice. It’s a must-read for any female who wants to educate themselves in the suffragette movement. A time in history where women were subjected to such inequality.


I can’t believe the way it was back then. How women were meant to such harsh conditions. To think that you needed a man to get by? It’s appalling! I can completely understand how Vicky would have felt. She was independent or wanted to be. I’m so glad she did what she wanted. Admirable in a character! I love the scene where Vicky realizes all these standards could change for her niece. That she wanted to do something about it to show her what could be done. After Vicky, I just loved Will. He was supportive, kind and such a gentleman. He’s another character that I truly loved.


The setting is perfect. The dialogue read just like the Edwardian era it was set in. I love that. Only because I didn’t find any modern words while they were talking. It’s very hard to keep the character and their dialogue set in an another time, I though Walker did a wonderful job expressing the character’s emotions and thoughts. Loved the vivid rich details of the clothing as well. It’s not every day you have to wear a corset. So well written and it might have been slow (only to gain more character development) in the beginning, but the pages fly by.


I loved everything about this book. The way you’re fully immersed in Vicky’s world. And how different everything is. I pictured all the dialogue in British accents even!


Even if you’re not a historical fiction fan, you will be after reading this.


I decided that my artistic senses had terrible taste in muses. (78)
You, like many women, are overly emotional, and have no ability to judge a matter well enough to form an opinion. (121)
I felt like a marionette on a string where my father was concerned; helpless to do anything on my own, and with one twitch of the cord he could spin me in any direction he wished. (165)
She knows where she belongs, where she fits in. No one tells her what to do or how to spend her days. She’s completely and utterly free. (190)
I love watching your face as you draw. It’s all aglow, like someone has switched a light on inside you. (256)
If I’m not drawing every day, then I don’t feel alive. (257)
‘Women who are unwilling to fight for the vote are unworthy of it.’ (316)
My mother couldn’t rely on herself, even in a crisis. In that moment, I think I hated Mamma for her weakness.
But the thing is, such tenacity would be admired in a man. Father came round to my choice because he saw how determined I was, and that reminded him of his own start. Vicky tried the same thing, and everyone saw it as bad behavior. (368)
The world doesn’t work the same way for women. (368)
I may have had only one option in my father’s world, but there was plenty of options left in another. (369)

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  1. Lauren @ Lose Time Reading

    January 26, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Historical Fiction <3 Oh, and the cover is BEAUTIFUl and I haven't heard a single negative thing about it! Definitely on my must read list this year!

  2. Monica T

    January 25, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    I love historical fiction and the plot of this book sounds really interesting. Also I love how it is set in London, England with a starving female artist!

  3. Rachelia (Bookish Comforts)

    January 25, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    I’ve been hearing such good things about this book! It combines all my favourite things. I can’t wait to read it!

  4. Amber

    January 23, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    I really love historical fiction, especially those that take place in Europe… and I’m also all for females standing up for themselves in female-supressing societies… Girl power~

  5. Bibliotaphe Closet (@ZaraAlexis)

    January 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Who doesn’t love the aspiring artist who’s willing to rebel in order to fulfill a dream? Plus, the opulence and the potential romance is always fun to read. I’d love to add this to my collection. Thanks!

  6. Sam

    January 21, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    I already had it on Goodreads because it looks good. And your 5/5 rating and review make me wat to read it even more!

  7. Jaime Lynn

    January 21, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    I don’t usually read historical fiction, but the more I keep hearing about this amazing story the more I think I may break that little rule. Maybe this one would be the one to make me love historical fiction like so many others!

  8. Nova Lee @ Out of Time

    January 21, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    I don’t like historical fiction, but I trust your judgement! I like the idea of this girl going against all odds and doing what she wants. Reminds me a bit like Landry Park! 😀 Great review!

  9. Allison Grace

    January 21, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    I really want to read this book because it sounds so interesting, and personally for me, I don’t really see much historical YA being hyped so much, and it’s one of my favourite genres (I am a HUGE history nerd!). I’ve seen a lot of reviews & I’ve read the synopsis for this book, and it is on the top of my TBR pile! I really need more YA historical on my shelf for 2014!

  10. Cyn

    January 21, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    I’m so excited for this book! Glad to hear you enjoyed it! I already love historicals, and from what I gathered this is a book that has a really strong female lead! Lovely review (:

  11. SweetMarie83

    January 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    This book sounds so fantastic. I love historic fiction (I’m hosting a historic fiction reading challenge this year), and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set during this time. Vicky sounds like the type of strong, feisty character I’d really like. Great review, Giselle!

  12. Michelle N

    January 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    I would love to read this book because it sounds very intriguing.
    Most books I read are contemporary. I don’t think I’ve ever read a historical novel before and this sounds like a great read according to its description and your review. I would love to delve into the suffragette movement and learn more about it.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  13. mernie

    January 21, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    this book sounds amazing. cant wait to read it.

  14. Kady

    January 21, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    I love historical fiction – add in a strong female lead and boarding schools and it just sounds amazing!

  15. Megan R

    January 21, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    This book sounds really good! I don’t read a ton of historical fiction, but when I do, I really enjoy it! Plus it’s so important for women’s rights.

  16. Julia

    January 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Glad you liked it! I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while!

    • Julia

      January 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Oh! And I want to read this book because I just love books set in Edwardian London!

  17. Heather Currie

    January 21, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Not only do I love historical fiction, but I love England Historical Fiction! I have heard such great reviews on this book that I can’t help but be intrigued by it! I especially became more interested because you loved it so much Giselle, and we seem to have similar taste in books (based on previous reviews you’ve done).

  18. Chris Schmor

    January 21, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Your review is enticing.

  19. Samantha @ Reading-AndCoffee

    January 21, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    All I’ve heard about this book has been such good things. I’ve just started getting into historical fiction, and this one is definitely on my TBR. Love your review and thanks for sharing!

  20. Elaine Jasvins

    January 21, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    I love the fact it is about choosing between what is expected of you and following your heart. The fact that it is an historical fiction,is even better.

  21. Sandra Furlotte

    January 21, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    I would so like to read this book.

  22. Kristie

    January 21, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    I love all books that are historical fiction. This book has me really excited for it. I think the reason that historical fiction is so intriguing is the rebellions, especially involving women.

  23. Grace Li

    January 21, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    I would read this because I really enjoy historical fiction, and since I am learning about the suffragette movements in class this semester, the book would fit right in. (I can pretend I am reading it for school hehe)

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