I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher for free, in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect the content of my review in any form.
Author: Catherine Doyle
Published by: Chicken House Books on 5th January 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Series: Blood for Blood #3
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?
(Sorry not sorry, for the J-Hope GIFs. They're the most accurate reaction GIFs I found.)
OK. This is, perhaps, the fifth time I'm attempting to write this review. Up until now, it's mostly been me fangirling, sobbing, raging and throwing out paragraphs of words that make absolutely no sense at all because they're just a mix of capitalised letters. Not even in English.
It's just... taking me longer to write this review than the former two books in this series because this is it. The end. Finale. Fin. Done and dusted. What am I supposed to do now? WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?! How could my favourite series of all time... be over now? I cannot bear to let go of these characters that I have grown to love and cherish so much. It's been one heck of a roller-coaster and thrill of a journey. One I shall not forget, for many lifetimes.
It's been emotional. The tears were real. The feels were real. I wasn't ready.
Mafiosa is the cherry on top of a delicious cream cake that you have been greatly anticipating since you set your eyes on it. Not only do you expect for it to be great, but you'll want to savour it, and you know you'll love it. Mafiosa is the most satisfying, electrifying conclusion to a fantastical and thrilling journey that will set hearts on fire, and quite literally, break it at the same time. I was not prepared for the endless waves of carefully thought-out plot twists, the sizzling slow-burn romance and the downpour of tears that would follow.
It's hard. It's hard to talk about this book without giving too much away. It's truly best to go into this series a little blind, without knowing what to expect other than the fact that it's going to be purely awesome. Catherine Doyle's flawless and engaging writing meshes well with her dynamic cast of characters that are set to capture your little hearts. Her master creativity skills doesn't even stop there - it only gets better, more engrossing and intense. I've never felt more alive than when I do when reading her books. Catherine Doyle is a majestic storyteller.
This series will take you places you never thought existed. It's an adventure worth exploring and worth remembering. Each book raised the bar that much more, the stakes becoming higher, the need for more becoming almost feral. I devoured this series and it'll always remain as one of the greatest trilogies to have ever been written. It's made me fall in love with YA, and more importantly, reading, all over again and that feeling is the best in the world.
I will never not recommend this series and book push it onto fellow readers - it's one of those special unicorns and I'm eternally grateful to Cat for giving the world such a precious gift. (Although, I will NEVER forgive you for crushing my heart. You know why...)
If you wish to be graced by one of the greatest protagonist's ever written, Sophie Gracewell, then you will need to read this series. Read it. FOR LUCA FALCONE WHO FOREVER HAS MY HEART AND BLACK SOUL. For the adrenaline, the chaos and for the great storytelling. For one of the most beautiful YA friendships ever written, one of the best romances with burning chemistry that will send you reeling, and the way it explores family relationships. Everything was beautiful. I'll never get over it.
Well played, Catherine Doyle.