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Book Title: Mafiosa|
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The author of the book: Catherine Doyle
Edition: Chicken House
Date of issue: January 5th 2017
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Mafiosa was by far my most anticipated instalment for 2017. So imagine how ecstatic I was to find it on my doorstep on January 30th, a couple of days before the official release date. I swear, I didn't make the Godfather an offer he couldn't refuse. So, I sat down and went through this in a breeze before the year had even ended.
The fact that the sequel Inferno remains my favourite book in the series means that not everything about Mafiosa went according to plan. For the most part, Mafiosa was the addictive, gripping, and action-packed rollercoaster I hoped it would be. Sadly, there were a couple of things that interfered with my complete satisfaction with this final instalment.
But first, let's gush and swoon a little, shall we?
❀ Luca. I don't think there's a universe in which I wouldn't unconditionally love this guy, alright? He's a romantic geek who doesn't belong into the family and the underworld he was born into. I loved that he didn't just trail behind Sophie like a puppy, but that he stood his ground when she acted out (I'll get to that in a sec). Also, since when has all the self-blame become so sexy, huh? I don't know how Doyle does it, but she does it. Do I think she overdid it with the nerdiness and soft gooeyness of a mafia underboss? Yes, a little. But I just don't care. This guy is responsible for so many beautiful and powerful scenes in this book, and this series wouldn't be the same without him.
❀ The side characters. These little shits were so enjoyable (ok, except for Nic, but he was bound to go down as the buzzkill). Valentino, for example, has some of his best moments. He finally lets a small portion of his guard down with Sophie, which is actually one of the cutest bonding moments in the book. Some further history on the blood war is brought to light, providing an explanation for how the feud started in the first place. You won't believe it but I also really liked Gino, the precious little weirdo. And Millie, of course, but she gets her own bullet point.
❀ The romance. Mafiosa doesn't just hand it to you on a silver plate. You get to suffer halfway through the book, watching your ship sail on rough seas. (But pssst, there are plenty of make-out scenes to make up for it. You're welcome, ladies). The flaring tension between Luca and his brother make for an entertaining ride. (view spoiler)[I think I almost opened a bottle of champagne when Luca seized the opportunity to spit his love for Sophie in Nic's face. Best. Scene. Ever. (hide spoiler)]
❀ The plot twists. Holy Mother of God, this woman knows how to smack you over the back of the head with plot twists. I mean, some of them she hinted at; others she attacked you with from behind before you could even anticipate it. The first book Vendetta was so predictable, but the sequels were a bouquet of twists (I'll take that over actual flowers for Valentine's Day anytime).
❀ The female friendship. Oh, it was strong in this series in general, but never as empowering as in Mafiosa. There's a point where Millie says to Sophie that they are the true love story here, and I just fistbumped the air. No, their friendship wasn't perfect. They hid things and lied to each other. But Millie is that one in a million friend that'll see you get sucked into quicksand and jump in after you to get you out. In the first book, I thought she was going to be this two-dimensional cardboard character, and though we don't get a huge amount of characterization, Doyle successfully instrumentalized her to prove a point: Female friendships rule.
Now, after throwing all the positive aspects of Mafiosa your way, I'll move on to the disappointments of this book. Sadly, they exist.
➽ Sophie. This girl and me, we have a bumpy history. I was hesitant about liking her in book one. I rooted for her in book two. But in the finale, she irked me. It's like she'd been replaced with a different person. She used to see right through Nic's bullshit about revenge solving all the problems, but in Mafiosa, she held a grudge so big it distorted her perspective on things. Now, I'm not saying grief doesn't mess with your head, because it does, but I would've expected her to some reason. Instead, she was a stubborn little shit throughout the book, ending up making me so angry. The ending was somewhat redeeming for the crap she pulled before, I guess, but was this really necessary?
➽ Retribution. This is me ranting about a spoilery twist, so don't click on that spoiler button unless you've read the book. I've given you a fair warning. (view spoiler)[Sophie's father killing Jack was a fitting retribution for the death of his wife and his daughter's mother, I think. But then Nic shoots the guy and EVERYONE IS OK WITH IT??? WHAT EVEN??? Sure, someone yells at him for being an idiot, but that's all. That is fucking all. I was so angry with this turn of events. I would've been alright with his death per se, but not how it was handled. Nic got away with a lot of things in this series, but this is where I draw the line. (hide spoiler)]
➽ Reality check. You know, a lot of things in this series were unrealistic, but the small things I easily ignored. Mafiosa, however, pulled a stunt that is highly unlikely to happen in real life because that's just not how organised crime works. (view spoiler)[The mafia flourishes on a foundation of complete and utter devotion. There are members that run – we call them pentiti, which comes from the Italian word for "remorseful" – and they go into hiding, change their names, alter their appearance with plastic surgery, and whatever the hell ensures their safety. That Luca, who became the capomafia after Valentino's death, would run away from his duties to be with Sophie and then show up at a broadway show a few months later is highly unlikely: 1) He'd be dead. You betray the mafia, you never show your face in the same city (or the same continent, for that matter) again, and 2) This doesn't fit his character at all. Yes, he's in love, but his loyality to his family was something that defined him. He wouldn't leave them for slaughter. Not in my Luca universe, at least. (hide spoiler)] I was expecting Doyle to pull something like this to make her envisioned ending work, but you cannot bend the rules of the mafia nor the characters' traits to achieve a certain storyline. From where I'm standing, Mafiosa ended with an unrealistic bang which was foreseeable but still disappointing.
Inferno was perfection. Mafiosa was good, if a little overdramatic. Hence, I cannot give this 5 stars which breaks my heart because I was ready to praise this book from the rooftops.
The Blood for Blood series I'd recommend if a YA contemporary Romeo & Juliet storyline with a mafia setting sounds like your cup of tea. The writing is rather simple, which makes this an light guilty pleasure read inbetween dense fantasy sagas. The books' content cannot grasp the entirety nor the impact of organised crime, but that was alright with me, because the series was clearly meant to entertain, not to educate. This series is highly addictive, and as a debut author, Catherine Doyle made immense progress with each book. Inferno will forever remain one of my all-time favourites.
Edit Dec 8, 2016 The short story from Luca's POV is out. And now excuse me while I go CLUTCH MY SWOONING HEARTTT
Edit Aug 1, 2016 A blood war rages on the streets of Chicago. Bring it the fuck on.
Edit Mar 15, 2016 WE HAVE A COVER AND IT'S PURPLE. The title, though. Least imaginative title of the series but ok I'll probably get over it whatever
This is how I imagine Sophie in book #3:
"Hey Felice, can I get a black-ribboned jar of that sweet honey of yours? I need to send a message. Actually, make that three jars."
She will also put that switchblade to good use.
(Catherine Doyle imagined Sophie as Chloe Grace Moretz, so – even though she is clearly too young here – can we just relish in the perfectness of this gif for a moment?)
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Read information about the authorCatherine Doyle grew up in the West of Ireland, and currently lives in Dublin. She holds a first-class BA in Psychology and a first-class MA in Publishing. She is the author of the Blood for Blood trilogy, which is often described as Romeo and Juliet meets the Godfather, and was inspired by her love of modern cinema. Aside from more conventional interests in movies, running and travelling, Catherine also enjoys orchestrating elaborate pranks on her long-suffering friends and being almost entirely nocturnal.
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