Mad Review

Title: Mad
Author: Chloé Esposito
Series: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy #1
Publisher: Dutton Books
Publication Date: 13 June 2017
Source: Penguin Random House South Africa
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Rating: 3 Stars
Reading Timeline: 03 July 2017 - 04 July 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:

Alvie Knightly is a trainwreck: aimless, haphazard, and pretty much constantly drunk. Alvie's existence is made even more futile in contrast to that of her identical and perfect twin sister, Beth. Alvie lives on social media, eats kebabs for breakfast, and gets stopped at security when the sex tau in her carry-on starts buzzing. Beth is married to a hot, rich Italian, dotes on her beautiful baby boy, and has always been their mother's favorite. The twins' days of having anything in common besides their looks are long gone.

When Beth sends Alvie a frist-class plane ticket to visit he ran Italy, Alvie is reluctant to go. But when she gets fired from the job she hates and her flatmates kick her out on the street, a luxury villa in glitzy Taormina suddenly sounds more appealing. Beth asks Alvie to swap places with her for just a few hours so she can go out unnoticed by her husband. Alvie jumps at the chance to take over her sister's life--if only temporarily. But when the night ends with Beth dead at the bottom of the pool, Alvie realizes that this is her chance to change her life. 

Alvie quickly discovers that living Beth's life is harder than she thought. What was her sister hiding from her husband? And why did Beth invite her to Italy at all? As Alvie digs deeper, she uncovers Mafia connections, secret lovers, attractive hitmen, and one extremely corrupt priest, all of whom are starting to catch on to her charade. Now Alvie has to rely on all the skills that made her unemployable--a turned-to-11 sex drive, a love of guns, lying to her mother--if she wants to keep her million-dollar prize. She is uncensored, unhinged, and unforgettable.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I don't typically read these types of books because they haven't really interested me before. But when I was sent an excerpt of this book, I just had to jump on this wagon. It sounded like it was going to be one hell of a ride. It was sure as hell going to be interesting. I also thought, what do I have to loose? Getting older has made me realize that the genres I used to avoid now seem way more interesting and worth a shot. So here I am, branching out and experiencing the whole bookverse one new genre at a time.

I just wanted to thank Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book to review! I am so excited to jump straight on into it! Just a small little disclaimer for those reading this. I received this book for free. No money from my pocket was spent in getting this book. Please note that in no way does this affect my opinion. All thoughts still remain my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing in this book was not complicated at all. It was easy to fall into and easy to get out of. The author's writing can be best described as conversational. It constantly felt like the protagonist was telling us what was happening. This meant that the author wasn't exactly showing us what was happening.

Plot Thoughts:

I pretty much took this book way to light. I was constantly laughing at the absurdity of some situations and felt like the book was very light hearted instead of it being seriously occasionally. The plot was definitely interesting. There were moments where I was completely engrossed in the story and then there were moments where every little thing distracted me. But overall it wasn't too bad.

Character Thoughts:

The main character. Gosh, I feel as if I have a lot hate relationship with her. Because she so funny and just goes with the wind but still remains confident. Then she complains about not having the perfect life but she doesn't try anything to make it better. Instead she dreams for and trashes her sister's life. I don't know. I'm gonna sit on the fence with this one. If I am completely honest, whilst I liked her, I thought she was a complete psychopath. She would brush off her pyromania and the fact that she wants to kill things occasionally as her just making mistakes. It is kind of disturbing.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was funny on some occasions and definitely interesting but it probably won't find its way onto my favorite Adult Fiction pile. I think that this was a good introduction to the genre for me. I am a huge, if not gigantic, YA reader. So whilst reading this book, I was confronted with some things that no one really wants to talk about in YA. It was good exposure and I cannot wait to read more books in this genre. Thank you so much to Penguin Random House South Africa for providing me a copy of this book to review!

Yours in Reading,



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