Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Before I Read A Mad, Wicked Folly

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.

Release: January 23, 2014 from Viking Juvinile
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?
I love everything about this cover: the cheery yellow dress, the serene sky, the beautiful buildings. I would pick up A Mad, Wicked Folly based on its face alone because the image indicates a plot filled with fascinating historical details.

However, my favorite aspect of this cover is how mature it looks. When I first stumbled upon Waller's debut, I thought it was an adult book, and I did not realize it was young adult until the protagonist's age jumped out at me from the summary. This sophisticated photograph stands out against other covers of its genre, hopefully luring older demographics into the world of teen fiction. And anything that can introduce grown-ups to our books has triumphed for young adult literature in general.


  1. Love! You always introduce me to so many pretty covers and wonderful-sounding books that I wouldn't ever normally see, but I'm always so interested in. While the last name Darling may be overused and I hate the name Vicky (my future sis-in-law is Victoria, so I like the full name), this sounds amazing. The cover is great because it really does look mature, but I think still appeals to the eye for younger readers such as ourselves. And that pop of yellow!

    1. I agree with you about the name! I've seen the name Darling before (but I still love it for being so whimsical sounding) and I prefer Victoria over Vicky. The former is much prettier and sounds more historically accurate. And yes, the cover could appeal to anyone. Its beauty knows no age restrictions. :)

  2. London + early 20th century? LOVE. I have a weakness for books set in England, especially ones that are set in the early 20th century for some reason. Add art and suffragette movement on top of that and I'm sold. The cover is super nice, too. Too bad it comes out in January of next year!

    1. This setting does sound wonderful, and I am excited for the feminist aspect as well! It will be painful to wait, but I hope you enjoy the book when you do get your hands on it!


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