REVIEW: MAFIOSA BY CATHERINE DOYLE

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Title: Mafiosa
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
My Rating: 5 stars

 

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“I believe that you’re smart and funny and brave and determined. I believe that you’re loyal and kind. I believe that you’re a good person, in your heart. In your soul. You’re right about one thing, though. I don’t believe that you’re an assassin. I don’t think you can kill someone and be OK with it. And that is not an insult, Sophie. That I believe you’re too good and too kind to hurt someone, no matter how much they’ve hurt you. That your heart is too big. That your empathy runs too deep. That’s why I believe in you. I believe in you more than I could ever explain, and you expect me to stand by and watch while you destroy yourself right in front of my eyes.”

Rules about the Blood for Blood series:
-If anyone is remotely happy for even one second, prepare for something horrible to happen.
-Every installment in the series must have more guns than the last.
-Don’t try to understand the Mafia hierarchy or family tree, you’ll just die of confusion.
-Luca is bae, but nobody will ever outshine Millie when it comes to love and friendship goals.

This book was DARK. But it was also a book about trying to find the tiny bit of light when you feel like you’re totally surrounded by darkness, and it had a strong message that no matter how far you fall down, it’s never too late to pick yourself back up. Hate breeds hate, and revenge is never sweet. Grief can cloud your judgment, and making good on a vendetta will probably leave you feeling emptier than you were before. I’m not sure what the final death count was, but I will say that we lose about HALF of the characters, so be prepared for major things to happen.

Cons:
-Not enough Luca. (And I’m not saying that in a “he wasn’t on every page” way, he was MIA quite a lot this time.)
-Felice.

Pros:
-A masquerade ball, duffel bags full of guns, secret identities revealed.
-Luca! Love notes, dancing, watching the stars, spontaneous surprises, professions of love, etc!
-Twists and turns, character development, loads of suspense. NO CHARACTER IS SAFE.
MILLIE (yes, again, lol) She is such a good friend; there was a moment where I thought she would decide to leave Sophie and when she (very passionately) didn’t leave and outwardly advocated for Sophie it had me in tears.

‘I love you, Soph.’ She pulled back from me, her eyes wide and searching. ‘I’ll see you really soon.’
‘I know,’ I said, forcing my smile. ‘And I love you too.’
She tapped my nose, and dropped her voice to a conspiratorial whisper. ‘We’re the real love story here. You know that, don’t you?’
I wiped a tear from her cheek. ‘I know that, Mil. I’ve always known that.’
“As I’ve always said, Soph, you’re my real true love.’
She grabbed my hand and squeezed it.
‘There’s no love as real as that of a girl and her best friend.’”

 

How am I already done with these books? And how can I be more like Millie? I wasn’t sure what I was going to get when I started reading, and I’m really happy with how everything played out. My only real issue with the series was how young the characters were and how hard it was to picture them in these situations, but once I got past that I was able to sit back and enjoy the series for its better parts. There was sooo much suspense and I didn’t even have time to guess what would happen next before we were propelled right into it.

I’ve become so wrapped up in the world of the Falcones while reading this series, and I’m really sad that it’s come to an end. I didn’t expect to like this series as much as I did, especially after the first book, but it snuck up on me and I’m sure it’ll stick with me for a while. Towards the end of the book things started getting really grim, and with about 20 pages left I started to get worried that there was no way this book was going to end how I wanted it to. But somehow Catherine Doyle did it- everything ended all tied up with a little bow, and although there was tons of murder and pain and death, we were given a little bit of light in the darkness to hold onto. In Catherine Doyle’s parting words: “Phew! We made it! Well … most of us.”

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  1. Just read all your reviews on the ‘Blood for Blood’ series and I am so glad to see someone had the same thoughts that I had. Definitely one of the most surprising series I have read in 2018.

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