Immense Like: A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller


I just recently taught a lesson in my library to a digital arts class about book cover design. One of the things we discussed was the things that draw us individually to book covers and I shared with them about my love for covers with pretty gowns on the front.  It’s a sign of how girly I really am! I am almost always drawn to a cover that has a gorgeous dress on the cover whether it be fantasy, historical fiction, or another genre.

Knowing this, it’s no surprise why I first picked up A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller.


Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Walleroverwhelmingly 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?

My Thoughts

Historical fiction is a genre that I usually always enjoy, being the history nerd that I am and I was pretty much immediately a fan of A Mad, Wicked Folly when I began listening to the audiobook. The story introduces us to Vicky, a student in Paris taking secret art classes to further her love for drawing. Vicky makes a choice regarding her art which immediately sends her back to her enraged parents in England who swiftly engage her to a wealthy man still willing to have her. In the meantime we see the political atmosphere in England, specifically London getting more and more tense as the Women’s Suffrage Movement is gaining speed. What I love about this book is that you see Vicky’s small-scale revolution in her own private life set up against the backdrop of a much larger, although similar, social revolution.

As a main character Vicky is believable, if not naive. Throughout the whole book Vicky is struggling. She wants to please herself and pursue her own interests and talents, but is stuck in the mire of society’s constraints. Her actions are often incredibly naive, but who can really blame her when all she knows is the way in which is brought up which was in a world of black and whites. As Vicky begins to mature she starts to see that the world is full of grays as well and that decisions and right versus wrong is not always so cut-and-dry. I liked her immensely!

What I also liked immensely is the romance! Ohhhh the romance! There is a small love triangle in A Mad, Wicked Folly and it is pretty common with its rich guy versus poor guy theme, but that doesn’t alter how enjoyable it is. This romance was one of the sweetest I’d read in a while and was one of the best things about this book!

I also have to say that I learned so much from this book! After finishing it, I immediately went online to find more information regarding the Suffragist Movement in the United Kingdom! There were parts of the suffragette experience examined in this story that sickened and shocked me and I had to figure out what was fiction and what was fact. In my mind, if you’re lead to research more about a specific topic after finishing historical fiction, the author has done his/her job! Tidbit: the title of the book was inspired by a quote from Queen Victoria calling politicians to speak out against Woman’s Suffrage…interesting!

See?! There is more to A Mad, Wicked Folly book than a pretty gown on the cover! There is have romance, suffragettes, Victorian England, art, and self discovery! Due to the detailed and pretty disturbing accounts of specific suffragette experiences, I (highly) recommend this one to fans of YA historical fiction who are 8th grade and older. I just liked this whole book immensely!


Author: Sharon Biggs Waller

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (January 23, 2014)

Format: Audiobook (Listening Library Audio)

Length: 11 hours and 13 minutes

Series: Standalone






Reading Queue: September

The Reading QueueWell hello there!

It is already September 1st! Time is flying and I’m just beginning my second trimester! School started a few weeks ago and I’ve had very little energy leftover when I get home, so that explains why you haven’t heard from me in a while.

Although I haven’t been blogging, I have been reading and I plan on reading more! Thus, it’s time for Reading Queue (hosted by yours truly and Books A True Story)! So, let’s see how I did for August.

How I Did In August

In August, I was struggling with morning sickness, starting a new school year and a massive lack of energy! In the midst of all that, I did manage to read 6 books.

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

Second Helpings (Jessica Darling #2) by Megan McCafferty

Infestation by Timothy J Bradley Mark of the Dragonfly

Infestation by Timothy J. Bradley

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Teslas Attic by Neal Shusterman A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

Tesla’s Attic (The Accerarati #1) by Neal Shusterman

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller


My September Reading Queue

The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe by Dan Poblocki Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Every Day After by Laura Golden

The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe by Dan Poblocki

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Every Day After by Laura Golden

Champion by Marie Lu Sisters by Raina Telegemeier 

Champion by Marie Lu

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Codename by Chris Rylander The Key and the Flame by Claire Caterer

Codename Zero by Chris Rylander

The Key and the Flame by Claire M. Caterer


What tasty books are on your Reading Queue in September? Feel free to link up with us, I love to check out what others are reading!