Friday, 6 January 2017

ARC Review: Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle

'When truth is buried it grows, it chokes, it gathers such an explosive force that on the day it bursts out it blows up everything with it.' Emile Zola.

Shortly put, in Mafiosa, everything blows up. Thanks to Jazz Bartlett and Chicken House Books for the review copy.

A blood war rages on the streets of Chicago.

Protected by an infamous mafia family, Sophie is living a dangerous lie, pretending to lead a normal life. But the deceit can’t last for ever. Her heart belongs to a killer and Sophie’s the prime target of a rival clan. She’s determined to seek revenge on her mother’s murderers, but can she pay the price – can she be a mafiosa?

The third and final instalment in the explosive YA Blood for Blood series which started with Vendetta and Inferno.

I don't mean literally, of course. It's not 'Sophie and co were at Falcone Manor. Then it blew up.' That would be quite shocking of course, but all told a little short and unsatisfying. Theoretically however, in the sense of relationships, families, and the mafia hierarchy, everything blows up.

The truth of Sophie's heritage - a heritage she has disavowed - and the shocking conclusion to Inferno has put the Falcones on high alert. They're ready for a war, one which now seems unavoidable. They know it won't be clean. They know blood will be shed. They know their lives will never be the same. Yet within that there is another war brewing; a war of love between brothers.

Nic is certain he can win Sophie back; Luca won't let that happen, but he also won't wholly commit to Sophie when he knows what's coming. Brotherly bonds find themselves twisted and fractured at a time when they're needed the most. Death doesn't discriminate between the good and the evil; it comes for the Falcones with a cold hand.

Mafiosa provides an explosive, heart-stopping ending to the wholly fabulous Blood for Blood trilogy, and cements Catherine Doyle as one of my favourite YA authors. It receives a well deserved 5 stars. Mafiosa is out today and I urge you not to wait to finish this phenomenal saga. You won't regret it!

If you have read Mafiosa, feel free to message me on Twitter and of course do let me know your favourite Falcone in the comments below.

As always, do feel free to leave a comment below, or message me on Twitter, and thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

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