Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle


25059637Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 400
Publisher: Chicken House Books
Source: Chicken House Books
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5 books
Buy the book: Waterstones, Amazon, The Book Depository
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 bingeread the first two books in this series earlier this year and I have been dying for the sequel ever since so obviously, as soon as I got it through my postbox I started reading it. I couldn’t put it down. Within less than 24 hours, I was finished and I was an emotional mess.

Catherine Doyle has this insane ability to take a hold of my heart and give it as much pain as possible in one book. There was plot twist after plot twist after plot twist after plot twist. It was actually insane. Everytime that I told myself only one more chapter, a new development in the story would happen and I just couldn’t let go of the book.

Her writing is extraordinary. A vast majority of the sentences felt poetic and they were beautiful. If I was able to even put the book down for one minute then I would have put tabs on every other page for the stunning writing.

Despite the intriguing plot and beautiful writing, the best thing about this book and the whole trilogy is the wide range of characters. Sometimes it was harder to keep a hold of who everyone was (but that was mainly my fault for not re-reading the other two before this one so my memory was slightly hazy) but the main characters were always memorable. Luca is still my favourite, followed by Millie. Sophie was an amazing main character and I loved how she had flaws and she wasn’t just automatically this kick-ass heroine.

Whilst the love story is definitely swoon worthy and one of my favourite love stories ever, the friendship in this is so important. In YA romance novels, friendship is often overlooked but not in this series. At one point, Millie even tells Sophie that they are the true love story in this whole thing and I completely agree.

So as you can see, I loved this book. However, there was one flaw for me and that was the ending. It was too open for me. I wanted to know more about how it all went down and also what happens after the epilogue because I don’t think it’s a ‘happily ever after’ ending. More was clearly going to happen in their lives so I’m holding out hopes for another.

If you haven’t read this trilogy then I strongly recommend that you go pick it up. I was wary at the start as it has been compared to Romeo and Juliet (which I’m not a fan of) but I’m happy I picked it up because it is now one of my favourite trilogies. This is a great conclusion to an awesome series.


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