Book Review: A Certain Sort of Madness by Nicki Chapelway

Good afternoon, Arrowheads! Are you in the mood for a modern day Alice in Wonderland type novel? If so, sit back and relax as I introduce you to and review Nicki Chapelway’s newest fantasy release, A Certain Sort of Madness!


The world of Amar is back with an all-new cast of characters in A Certain Sort of Madness. This time around, we begin in England and meet Alicia, a character similar in nature to Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Although I didn’t quite relate to Alicia’s story as much as that of Miss Chapelway’s A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses, this story stands strong on its own merit. I’ll now review the highlights and lowlights of the novel:

Olivia: My favorite part of this book overall were Olivia’s (Alicia’s step-cousin) chapters. Olivia is the polar opposite of Alicia and has an over-the-top personality that offers comic relief in the midst of the dangerous circumstances the characters face in Amar.
Cast of Characters: I really liked Hector from the beginning, and how protective he becomes of a new friend the characters meet in another realm. Olivia was my favorite character, and I shipped her hard with a certain male character. Though I didn’t particularly like Eugene at first, he eventually grew on me.
World Building: It is apparent to the reader that Miss Chapelway has taken the time to create a believable and descriptive world in the Amar universe, complete with different species, realms, and towns.

Lowlights :
Pacing: The first few chapters started out slow for me. It wasn’t until I reached Olivia’s first chapter that I became invested in the story.
Lack of Connection to Alicia: The above bullet point is due to my lack of connection with the main character, Alicia. Though we have similar personalities, I felt she was too naive and trusting at times. However, I enjoyed the story of her connection to the Amar realm and feel that other readers could better connect to her.

Overall, I think the author has written a solid first installment to her second Amar series. I’m interested to see where she’ll take the series next! 🙂

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.

Thank you to the author for providing me a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required to receive the ebook.

That’s it for today, Arrowheads! Be sure to check back regularly this month as I prepare for the release of my newest book, Speak Your Mind!

Later Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

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As an author and blogger, my goal is to teach writers that there is a way to write realistic, thought-provoking, redemptive Christian fiction that honors God while not sugarcoating the realities of the world. 

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