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review 2017-09-10 21:27
Pure madness, Chick- Lit with an edge…
Mad: A Novel (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy) - Chloé Esposito

 

 

Book Title:  Mad

Author:  Chloe Esposito

Narration:  Emily Atack

Series:  Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

Genre:  Humor, Mystery, Dark Chick Lit

Setting:  London & Sicily

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4.7/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style): 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4.2/5  Cliffhanger:  pretty much does…

Total:  4.3/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

Alvina may have the female version of a famous chipmunk for a name…but you should not underestimate her.  She's a lively, seriously funny, albeit slutty, take-no-shit from anybody kind of woman.  She can swear like a sailor…she puts me to shame, even.  She's really not very likable…and yet I found myself somehow liking her anyway…it might have a lot to do with her wicked sense of humor. 

 

Alvina is actually brought to life in the audio version.  Emily Atack can tell a story, she even had a way of speaking in a lower, subdued voice when she spoke the inner dialogue, that was fantastically done.  Usually, with most narrators, I have a difficult time telling if something is said out loud or if it's inner dialogue, when listening on audio. 

 

 

Will I continue this series I will try…another audio added to my tbr.

 

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review 2017-06-06 02:51
Mad/Chloé Esposito
Mad: A Novel (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy) - Chloé Esposito

In this compulsively readable debut, set between London and Sicily over one blood-drenched week in the dead of summer, an identical twin reveals the crazy lies and twists she'll go through to not only steal her sister's perfect life, but to keep on living it.

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 toy 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 first-class plane ticket to visit her in Italy, Alvie is reluctant to go. But when she gets fired from the job she hates and her flatmates kick her out on the streets, 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.

 

My mouth hung open throughout the reading of this book, which definitely pushed its limits.

 

I laughed out loud so many times while reading this and my boyfriend probably has a bruise from the amount of times I poked him in order to get his attention because I just had to share the amount of hilarious things that were written.

 

Alvie is abrasive. She's over the top. She's ridiculous. She's absurd. You're not meant to like her. I loved her--I loved to hate her, really. I cannot fathom so much as contemplating the actions that she took or having her priorities and desires, but she sure cracked me up.

 

I felt like the latter half kind of got too much for me--I enjoyed the lighter side of things, but the mafia did get involved, there were guns, and there was blood. I laughed less and was open-mouthed more with incredulity at the absurd events that were taking place. Very few of the characters in this book were actually as they seemed or as I had predicted them to be.

 

The plot similarly became ridiculous. The book started off as a more explicit sort of Kinsella novel with a less likable protagonist and much stranger scenarios, but then turned into a kind of mystery, then to a thriller, then just to an absurdist telling of a story.

 

Put your judgemental side away and read this book right now--it's sure to have you in hysterics. I'm cautiously but eagerly anticipating the next book.

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-05-07 16:25
Mad! Its insane...
Mad: A Novel (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy) - Chloé Esposito

This book was insane for all the right reasons – I banged through it, once you meet Alvie Knightly you won’t want to turn your back on her, no way!

Mad is a whole pile of fun, sexy, sassy, murderous and intensely funny at times, I sat there reading it giggling away to myself I’m fairly sure people around me thought I might be mad. What? Sssh…

 

Anyway, Alvie has a twin. She hates her twin. Alvie is also a bit crap at life but kind of takes it all in her stride. Off she goes to visit her sister in Italy, her sister with the gorgeous husband, tons of cash and beautiful home, a baby and the life Alvie feels she should be living. When circumstances turn slightly, well, mad, Alvie seizes her chance to step into those high high heels.

 

This novel cracks along with frenetic, addictive style, beautifully descriptive in hot and heavy fashion, the author sets the scene, pops Alvie into it and off we go on a purely brilliant ride. Alvie has no filtered thoughts, finds she has a violent streak, observes life with a wittily intelligent outlook and manages to get into a whole load of trouble, using only her intuitive impulses to keep herself out of the danger zone. It is highly entertaining, first page to last, also quite bloody, gorgeously racy and beautifully provocative. I loved it.

 

So glad this is a trilogy. Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know. I’m in it all the way. Bring on book 2.

 

Alvina Knightly: Uncensored. Unhinged. Unforgettable.

 

Yep – you got that right.

 

Highly Recommended.

 

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