The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1)
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1) Details

TitleThe Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 27th, 2017
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
ISBN-139780062382801
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Lgbt, Romance

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1) Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    As we sail across the Channel toward Calais, this is what I’m thinking of—Percy and me and England sinking into the sea behind us, and also French lads and their tight breeches and, zounds, I can’t wait to get to Paris. I am also maybe a tiny bit drunk. This book is wonderful! Just so so much fun. It's light, it's silly, and I just couldn't stop giggling to myself from start to finish. It reminds me of My Lady Jane, but with lots of gay love and drunken shenanigans.Henry Montague, or "Monty" to As we sail across the Channel toward Calais, this is what I’m thinking of—Percy and me and England sinking into the sea behind us, and also French lads and their tight breeches and, zounds, I can’t wait to get to Paris. I am also maybe a tiny bit drunk. This book is wonderful! Just so so much fun. It's light, it's silly, and I just couldn't stop giggling to myself from start to finish. It reminds me of My Lady Jane, but with lots of gay love and drunken shenanigans.Henry Montague, or "Monty" to those close to him, is about to set out on a Grand Tour of Europe with his sister and best friend, Percy. From Paris, through Marseilles, Barcelona, and Venice, to finally arrive on the beautiful island of Santorini. I'm jealous just thinking about it. He had initially planned a trip full of drink, love affairs, and merriment, but his father is trying to ruin his plans by sending Mr Lockwood to watch over him and put a stop to any scandalous behaviour. So, of course, Monty being Monty, the trip is full of drink, love affairs, and merriment. Only, he gets way more than he bargained for.Pirates and highwaymen make appearances on the journey, and they all seem out to ruin Monty's good time. And if that wasn't enough, Monty's not-so-platonic feelings for his good friend Percy just won't go away. The great tragic love story of Percy and me is neither great nor truly a love story, and is tragic only for its single-sidedness. It is also not an epic monolith that has plagued me since boyhood, as might be expected. Rather, it is simply the tale of how two people can be important to each other their whole lives, and then, one morning, quite without meaning to, one of them wakes to find that importance has been magnified into a sudden and intense desire to put his tongue in the other’s mouth. Humour is highly subjective, but I found it hilarious. There's just something so delightful about watching British high society men being buffoons. Monty's narration is immature and silly, often sarcastic, and yet he is so damn lovable. Of course, his ridiculous actions land the group in trouble again and again, but it is very entertaining to watch.I really enjoyed this historical romantic comedy. The whirlwind of European tourism served as an exciting backdrop for the rest of the action and romance. Monty and Percy have the perfect amount of sexual tension/love angst and I ship them so hard. And the ending made me smile so freaking much.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Regan
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 So much fun!
  • Mackenzi
    January 1, 1970
    IDK sounds kinda dumb.
  • Kat O'Keeffe
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! Really liked this one! It was fun and hilarious and romantic and I didn't want it to end! Monty's voice had me completely hooked from the beginning--I enjoyed his character so much, and I loved how he grew over the course of the book. I did feel that some aspects of the plot were a bit shaky, but if you can suspend your disbelief a little and just go with it, it is such a fun ride and I would definitely recommend it!
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  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    “I don’t think it’s a good idea to go courting trouble, is all.”“We’re not courting trouble,” I say. “Flirting with it, at most.” I honest to god wish this book would take human form and come fall in love with me.This book was so pure it wasn't made for earth. I feel like my capacity to love just grew. My heart is going !!!! in my chest. My feelings for this book are the reddest red, very vibrant, very bright. This was better than shaking hands with dumbledore, better than winning the house cup “I don’t think it’s a good idea to go courting trouble, is all.”“We’re not courting trouble,” I say. “Flirting with it, at most.” I honest to god wish this book would take human form and come fall in love with me.This book was so pure it wasn't made for earth. I feel like my capacity to love just grew. My heart is going !!!! in my chest. My feelings for this book are the reddest red, very vibrant, very bright. This was better than shaking hands with dumbledore, better than winning the house cup, better than drarry actually being canon!!So here are some reasons why you should cancel all relationships from today onward to focus on this book:✨ a historical fiction that isn't mostly about straight white people ✨ the most entertaining historical road trip ever✨ before I die, I want to go on a similar tour, preferably with whoever my future person ends up being. if you're my soulmate please start the itinerary ✨ the "grumpy jerk and actual real life moonbeam are best friends" trope ✨ the "mutual seemingly unrequited pining" trope✨ the "friends to lovers" trope✨ the "we have to share a bed but we're both going to pretend we're not happy about this situation" trope  ✨ henry montague - the most lovable bisexual dickhead on the earth whose smile could distinguish a million stars and realign planets and could topple nations with the force of the power unleashed and who's literally such a moron ohm y god✨ he's the kind of person who would get himself into a bad situation and just continue to dig his own grave rather than ask for help✨ and I'm sorry to break this to you monty, but it seems as if I have cared about you so hard that you are now officially my son. I'm not happy about this either. In fact, I am very disappointed in you✨ percy newton - actual ray of sunshine and the embodiment of every moment anyone has looked at the sunset and had a Moment thinking about how lucky they are to witness the beauty of nature✨ I’m sure he can harness the sun's warmth and power and bring harmony to human relations and begin an age of peace✨ he’s of a good heart and I love him so much I wish I could wrap him in blankets and hold his hand and do that little thumb rubby thingy I just hope he's content!!✨ the kind of OTP that will occupy a very large % of your thoughts ✨ thank you for blinding me with your love ...I might have lost my vision but now I Understand ✨ no seriously, if you're interested in seeing me have a complete breakdown, just give me an otp where person A spends 90% of their productive time looking at person B with softness and wonder while person B is completely unaware.... just to find out later that their feelings are reciprocated after long months/years of longing and suffering✨ felicity “ladies haven’t the luxury of being squeamish about blood” montague- the most badass, soft and gentle but also cutthroat girl and who's also THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND DESERVING MERMAID IN THE SEVEN SEAS AND ALSO THE SEAS THAT WE ARE UNAWARE OF ON OTHER PLANETS✨ a disabled MC whose disability doesn't define him or make him any less worthy or desirable✨ PIRATES✨ the MCs fall hostages to said pirates but they end up bonding over a game of dice because at this point why not really??✨ and together they, let's see:✨ dupe the french navy, turn up corpses and sink an entire bloody island✨ also at one point, henry montague runs naked from the french palace after being caught with a woman in a duke's chambers ✨ did I mention that he stole a valuable object from the french king and actually thought that running in the streets of marseille with only said object (literally only he's goddamn naked) was the most brilliant idea in all recorded human time??✨ anyway, please bury my body where henry montague first went streaking in the gardens of versailles✨ but mostly because this is a historical fiction that acknowledges the fact that people of color, disabled people and queer people existed in the 18th century and acknowledges all the hardships they have faced.re-read 17-23/08/17: the audiobook was everything.
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  • Emma Giordano
    January 1, 1970
    Y'ALLTHISDANGBOOKCW: child abuse, alcoholism, abelism, racismI absolutely loved The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. It blew away all of my expectations. I went in expecting a cutesy YA m/m romance novel set in the 1700s, but it was so much more! This novel is full of action, adventure, feminism, a sassy narrator, high stakes, (AND a cutest m/m romance).I loved all the main characters - they are a terrific trio. Monty is particularly interesting to me because his addictions and recklessnes Y'ALLTHISDANGBOOKCW: child abuse, alcoholism, abelism, racismI absolutely loved The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. It blew away all of my expectations. I went in expecting a cutesy YA m/m romance novel set in the 1700s, but it was so much more! This novel is full of action, adventure, feminism, a sassy narrator, high stakes, (AND a cutest m/m romance).I loved all the main characters - they are a terrific trio. Monty is particularly interesting to me because his addictions and recklessness make him potentially unlikable, but his sass, quick wit, and vulnerability make him impossible to love. Percy is such a mush - he is a precious lil bean who deserves the world for his kindheartedness. Also, kudos to the author for including epilepsy representation. I've grown up in a household with a parent who gets seizures and it's an immensely difficult thing to experience, but I'm especially pleased it was addressed within an 18th century context. Additionally, Felicity is a badass. I am SO HERE FOR women breaking societal norms and pursuing careers in fields like medicine. She is the Hermione of Monty and Percy and they would never have accomplished their feats without her. That being said, each character plays a crucial role in the strength of their relationship and they are all essential to the success of their endeavors. I'm not normally a historical fiction reader, but this novel is truly unique. The super comedic relief and the high-intensity action makes it entirely different from most historical YA novels I've read in the past. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a new novel with gay/bisexual characters, setting in 18th century Europe, intense action, and hysterical writing. So worth the hype!!
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  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't even the words to summarise how much I ABSOLUTELY FREAKING ADORE THIS BOOK. I can't even stop gushing about it!! Everything was beyond perfect and I. am. in. love. It was sassy and hilarious and fast moving (like how did I read 500+ pages in a day?!) and so adorable I cannot even. I just cannot. Honestly as soon as this is out I'm BUYING IT AND THEN HUGGING IT and then putting it on my Favourite Books Of Ever Shelf.Unfortunately it doesn't come out till June. Erm, so sorry about me gus I haven't even the words to summarise how much I ABSOLUTELY FREAKING ADORE THIS BOOK. I can't even stop gushing about it!! Everything was beyond perfect and I. am. in. love. It was sassy and hilarious and fast moving (like how did I read 500+ pages in a day?!) and so adorable I cannot even. I just cannot. Honestly as soon as this is out I'm BUYING IT AND THEN HUGGING IT and then putting it on my Favourite Books Of Ever Shelf.Unfortunately it doesn't come out till June. Erm, so sorry about me gushing so early!! I'm just going to do a smol review now and come back and re-read and shout at you more on release day!!But just know: it is 5000% PERFECTION and one of the best books of life. You're going to need it. YOU ARE.WHY I LOVE IT SO MUCH:• it's seriously downright hilarious, sassy, and adorable• Monty has the most engaging and winning voice ever• he's also a complete ass and an absolute privileged bastard at times, but you know what??? his friends CALL HIM OUT on it, and he (after throwing an offended tantrum) listens and learns• speaking of which: diversity• diversity sO MUCH. Including a bisexual narrator, featuring m/m romance, disability, ethnicity diversity, anxiety, and PTSD.• And it's all SO well represented and SO well covered and NOTHING is just brushed over flippantly.• my heart BROKE in so many places• like literally smashed into small tiny pieces and I haven't felt so in love or so protective of characters for a LONG TIME• (ok that's a total lie...I haven't since last week when I read A Conjuring of Light but hush now)• it reminded me of The Lies of Locke Lamora which is one of my favourite books!!• it features a tour of the Continent, with stop overs in places like Paris, Spain, and Greece!• it's historical fiction and yet still had the most engaging tone and didn't feel dry or anything (which I often find HF to be)• it has a smidge of magic• there's a violin• there are PIRATES• Felicity (whom seems to be canon asexual) is a bookworm, absolutely intelligent, will stab you with a spork if you cross her, and is 500% done with your shennanigans before you start• The trio of Monty, Percy, and Felicity is MY OFFICIAL FAVOURITE.• The unrequited romance of Monty/Percy is SO CUTE but yet SO ANGSTY I wanted to slap their heads together but I also ship them so bad it's ridiculous.• I love this book so so much.• IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRUSHING ME WITH FEELS AND ADORATION!!!!• BEST NOVEL OF LIFE.--REREAD #2: Nov, 2017This book is abso-freaking-loutely one of the best I have ever read in my life. And YES I've read it twice in one year and I think this time it made me laugh out loud so many times I practically fell on my face. And it also basically made me cry. How can a book be this good?! HOW??!?Never going to get over how honouring and respectful it is towards diversities. I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING. This is the book I needed when I was a smol teen. It is hilarious and queer and neurodiverse and full of absolutely astronomically funny moments. And I think I'm just going to keep reading it forever. <3Percy and Monty are THE ABSOLUTE CUTEST SHIP OF ANGST AND LOVE. I adore them so much.Also the audiobook? A+ THE NARRATOR IS AMAZING.
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  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*This was so fun and cute! So much love!!!
  • Zoë
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5
  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    A M A Z I N G
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    this was such a fun reread. I used this book to flirt with someone. my cat still hates audiobooks. I read literally over half this book in an hour and a half. I stand by my review. ✨✨ “Are you going to give me the fornication without the intention of procreation is of the devil and a crime lecture? I believe I could recite it from memory by now.”“Monty-”“Perhaps I am trying to procreate with all these lads and I’m just very misinformed about the whole process. If only Eton hadn’t thrown me out.” this was such a fun reread. I used this book to flirt with someone. my cat still hates audiobooks. I read literally over half this book in an hour and a half. I stand by my review. ✨✨ “Are you going to give me the fornication without the intention of procreation is of the devil and a crime lecture? I believe I could recite it from memory by now.”“Monty-”“Perhaps I am trying to procreate with all these lads and I’m just very misinformed about the whole process. If only Eton hadn’t thrown me out.” Wow, so I expected cute, but I did not expect so-unfortunately-personally-relevant-that-I-sort-of-cried. This book is adorable and this book is also the funniest thing I’ve ever read, but it means the world to me, and I'm going to explain why. Okay, so first of all, THIS MADE ME SO HAPPY. I literally do Not remember the last time I enjoyed reading a book so much. Even my reading slump couldn't conquer this book. After I got off my slump-creating kindle and on to the hardcover copy I read at the bookstore, I read this in less than 24 hours. YES. The great tragic love story of Percy and me is neither great nor truly a love story, and is tragic only for its single-sidedness. It is also not an epic monolith that has plagued me since boyhood, as might be expected. Rather, it is simply the tale of how two people can be important to each other their whole lives, and then, one morning, quite without meaning to, one of them wakes to find that importance has been magnified into a sudden and intense desire to put his tongue in the other’s mouth. Just to be clear: I love pretty much everything about this book. It's fantastically paced, especially for such a long book - I mean, it broke my reading slump. It's hilarious - I laughed out loud multiple times. The romance is adorable and has some of the best development I've read in YA. Monty's character development was 10/10. The holy trinity at the center of the book is a ton of fun. Maybe I'll even talk more about this later and add something to this review. But you know what? You can find a thousand reviews about how cool everything in this book is. I want to talk about why this book was worth reading for me. There are two things - no, three things - about this book that I think are really special. First of all, Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is hilarious, but not so light as to be flimsy. Not to shade every other book ever but this is 1) my niche category of favorite book and 2) a balance I think most books fail at; either we get books that are nothing but fluff, or books that are nothing but tragedy. This book is neither. It's dark, but it's also hopeful. When a book feels too light, it's escapist; when it feels too dark, it's depressing. This book made me feel like the universe doesn't suck too much. Just because people are survivors of abuse or trauma doesn't mean we always need to be in a world of angst.Secondly - I feel like such a pretentious asshole - I love the themes here about not needing to be cured to be an important person. You have no idea how rare it is for chronically ill / disabled / neuroatypical people to be treated as whole, to be treated as real. This book really explores the fact that Percy doesn't want to be cured; he just wants to be treated like a full person. I have never read a book that even mentioned this feeling. It was... perfect. God, I can't put every emotion I felt about this into a full sentence. Just... if you're looking for this theme, please pick this book up. Third, and maybe most important; this is historical fiction about people who don't get historical fiction. People love to declaim about how the historical fiction genre doesn't need diversity because, apparently, the only people who existed back then were white, straight, and abled. Which is serious bullshit. People like us have always existed; we just don't get books, especially historical fiction. Seeing representation like this in historical fiction is seriously new and it means the fucking WORLD to me. VERDICT: This is a cute historical romcom focusing on people who don't get historical fiction because the world used to hate us. It's adorable and hilarious and important and I had so much fun reading it. Blog | Goodreads| Twitter | Youtube
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  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    January 1, 1970
    ”Love may be a grand thing, but goddamn if it doesn’t take up more than its fair share of space inside a man.”This was a buddy read with my one and only precious Gem!!! <333To say this book had me from the very first page certainly would be an understatement…because it actually got me right after the very first sentence! ;-PThe way Monty told his story was just too hilarious and I was barely a few pages in when I already laughed so hard that my husband gave me a raised eyebrow! *lol* (and the ”Love may be a grand thing, but goddamn if it doesn’t take up more than its fair share of space inside a man.”This was a buddy read with my one and only precious Gem!!! <333To say this book had me from the very first page certainly would be an understatement…because it actually got me right after the very first sentence! ;-PThe way Monty told his story was just too hilarious and I was barely a few pages in when I already laughed so hard that my husband gave me a raised eyebrow! *lol* (and the stink eye because he was watching a report and my uncontrollable giggling disturbed his quiet! XD)Well anyway, what I’m actually trying to tell you is that I loved this book!!!I adored the characters and I really liked the fact that it turned out to be some huge adventure! When I read “The Gentleman’s Guide” I was never bored and considering the fact that we’re talking about a book with more than 500 pages this definitely speaks volumes about how much I enjoyed it! It was such a rollercoaster of emotions and sometimes my feelings actually had a more than just hard time to adjust. One moment I’d be all like “Awww this is so damn cute” and the next moment I’d be close to crying because the characters background stories affected me so much! I guess it’s safe to say that this book gave me all the feels and if you’re looking for a funny book that also has its serious moments “The Gentleman’s Guide of Vice and Virtue” definitely should be your first choice! ;-)This said I’m finally ready to continue with the actual review! So here I go:The plot:Monty and Percy have known each other for years and aren’t just best friends but also want to make their “Grand Tour” in Europe. Everything is already planned and their destinations are merely waiting for them. So far so good, right? Nope! First of all Monty has a long time crush on Percy, secondly Felicity, Monty’s little sister is going to join them and thirdly they have a bear-leader who can’t take a joke! Considering it all their “Grand Tour” actually sound like it’s going to be a boring disaster and it is! Well, at least until Monty gets seduced by a mysterious woman and steals an important object from her chamber in Versailles. After that their carefully planned tour goes straight to hell and an adventurous chase through the metropolises of Europe begins! ;-)The characters: Also known as my spoiler section! So beware, if you really don’t want to be spoiled, you better retreat now! ;-P Monty:”No visitations to any dens of iniquity,” he goes on, “or sordid establishments of any kind. No caterwauling, no inappropriate relations with the opposite sex. No fornication. No slothfulness, or excessive sleeping late.”It’s beginning to feel like he’s shuffling his way through the seven deadly sins, in ascending order of my favourites.Henry Montague broke my freaking heart!!! This boy was so broken and damaged that it almost physically hurt to read about his past! I swear whenever I found out another bit of it, I had an overwhelming urge to hug and cradle him and the more I got to know him, the more I felt a sudden need to strangle his damned father! At the beginning of the book you only see Monty’s mask, the spoiled and irresponsible son of an English Gentleman, who’s drinking, partying and fornicating whenever he feels like it! BUT the longer you read, the more you realise that Monty’s behaviour is nothing but a way to deal with his past! To say the relationship with his father is rocky certainly would have been the understatement and I swear when I read that he beat the shit out of his son I was so angry that I gripped my book! ”If he could beat this out of me, I would have let him long ago.”To read this sentence was so damn painful! Because it doesn’t just describe how Monty feels but also what he thinks about himself! His father made him feel like he’s a worthless piece of sh** just because he’s bisexual and this is soo wrong on so many different levels that I can’t help but have to despise him for it! ”Felicity reaches out like she’s going to touch my face, but all I can feel is Helena slapping me and the thief-taker raising his hand just to see me flinch and then it’s my father, and all the while me with no power to fight back or protect myself against any of them.And I begin to cry.”To see how Monty struggled caused my heart to ache and whenever he flinched away from someone, no matter if it was Helena’s father, the thief-taker or Scipio, I felt such an overwhelming sympathy that I just wanted him to be happy!!! But oh, how Mackenzi Lee tortured me!!! She hurt my precious boy and then she hurt him even more and when I thought I couldn’t take it anymore she put the final nail in my coffin!!! MACKENZI LEE why did you have to hurt Monty so much??? He deserved happiness but all he got was even more pain!! T_T Well at least until the end… XD”I’ll not torment myself with a half-naked Percy any more than is absolutely necessary. Entirely clothed Percy is almost more than I can bear.”Well, anyway! I loved how much Monty crushed on Percy and to read his thoughts was so funny, heart-breaking, adorable, delightful and I don’t even know what else! *lol*Just amazing!! XDPercy:”Percy’s ill.It’s seeping through me like a poison, leaving me jumbled up and numb. Percy’s ill and will never be well again and is being sent away to die in a sanatorium because of it. And, close on its heels, a second thought that leaves me nearly as cold – Percy didn’t trust me enough to tell me so.”Poor sweet and caring Percy! When I found out that he has epilepsy I was at least as devastated as Monty and the mere idea of him spending the rest of his life in an asylum was more than just revolting!!! I can’t believe people actually did things like that but I know Mackenzi Lee had a realistic approach and oriented herself on the reality of that time. Still, it was horrible that such things happened and I’m really glad that medical science improved over those last few centuries! =) Unfortunately Percy’s illness isn’t the only thing he has to deal with, the actuality he’s of African heritage causing more than its fine share of troubles as well! I cringed whenever someone made a racist remark and there were moments when I just wanted to knock the stuffing out of those ignorant and stupid people! What made it even worse was that Percy was so used to being treated like that and didn’t even think about putting up a fight. Monty and Felicity did though and I only loved them even more for it! XD Felicity:”It’s true – Felicity is not a broken horse. A finishing school will kick the spirit straight out of her, and while I’ve never been particularly fond of my sister, the thought of a quiet, simpering, cross-stitching, tea-sipping Felicity feels like a slash through a painting.”Ohhh Felictiy was such an awesome character!!! I loved that self-confident and sassy girl! Plus she loved to read and tackled her problems head-on! If Monty and Percy wouldn’t have had Felicity they probably would have even died on their very first day! *lol* She definitely had guts and apparently she was even a better thief than the two boys. XD I heard that there’s going to be second book that’s written from Felicity’s POV and I’m already looking forward to read it! ”Ladies haven’t the luxury of being squeamish about blood,” she replies, and Percy and I go fantastically red in unison.The relationships:Monty & Felicity:”I’m sorry,” she says.“What for?”“You’ve had a rough go.”“Everyone has a rough go. I’ve had it far easier than most people.”“Maybe. But that doesn’t mean your feelings matter less.”I absolutely loved and adored their conversations!!! They were so sweet and honest and they actually sounded like real siblings! I have an older sister and I swear I really found myself and her in Monty’s and Felicity’s relationship! XD The teasing and the seriousness when it comes to certain topics and the attempt to understand each other!! The fact that they cared even though they didn’t want the other to know and always tried to keep it on a light note! I swear I never ever read such a realistic approach and I think Makenzi Lee did an amazing job at picturing the relationship between siblings! ;-)”What are you doing? Oh no, are you trying to get along with me? Do we have to get along now?”“What? No. Of course not.”“Thank God.”“Get along. Don’t be absurd.”Percy & Monty:”It is impossible to explain how you can love someone so much that it’s difficult to be around him. And with Percy sitting there, half in shadow, his hair loose and his long legs and those eyes I could have lived and died in, it feels like there’s a space inside me that is so bright it burns.”What can I say about those two? I loved the way Monty thought about Percy and I loved how they treated each other. They were so gentle and careful and even though they both wanted the same thing they had so many misunderstandings that it was more than just infuriating to watch. It was pure torture to read about them when they quarrelled, but oh god how much I loved it when they were close to each other. There was so much tension in the air, so much anticipation…. I just wanted them to kiss and end up in bed! *lol* ”He reaches out, almost as though he can’t help himself, and puts his thumb on my jawline. The tips of his fingers brush the hollow of my throat, and I feel the touch so deep I half expect that when he moves, I’ll be left with an imprint there, as though I am a thing fashioned from clay in a potter’s hands.””It’s like being set aflame. More than that – it’s like stars exploding, heavens on fire. Kissing Percy is an incendiary thing.”Final conclusion:“The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” was a wonderful journey and kept me thoroughly entertained. It was heart-breaking, adorable and hilarious and if there’s one thing I didn’t like, then it’s the simple fact that the book unfortunately had to end! *lol* ”We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with lacquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.”
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  • Clau R.
    January 1, 1970
    Monty, Percy and Felicity are my new golden trio.PS. Also, Felicity is GOALS. I love her and I want to be like her when I grow up. Seriously, one of my favorite female characters ever.
  • Wendy Darling
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars Boys fighting pirates and their feelings for each other in 18th century Paris and Venice! *swoon*We hosted the official cover reveal this morning, accompanied by an early ARC giveaway and the MOST ADORABLE video by the author talking about why she wrote the book. She touches on wanting to address frustrating historical tropes and the lack of queer representation, as well as how "strong" femininity is defined. Oh, and there are pirates and villains and a swoonworthy romance, too!http:// 4.5 stars Boys fighting pirates and their feelings for each other in 18th century Paris and Venice! *swoon*We hosted the official cover reveal this morning, accompanied by an early ARC giveaway and the MOST ADORABLE video by the author talking about why she wrote the book. She touches on wanting to address frustrating historical tropes and the lack of queer representation, as well as how "strong" femininity is defined. Oh, and there are pirates and villains and a swoonworthy romance, too!http://www.themidnightgarden.net/2016...PLEASE read the amazing excerpt on that post if you're considering the book. The witty dialogue and intimacy of the first chapter made me fall in love with it, and I'm fairly certain it'll whip you into a frenzy of longing as well. As Mackenzi says, this is the big gay 18th century road trip novel you didn't know you wanted!Also, I loved the book enough to write a blurb for the ARC. :) Here's a sneak peek: https://www.instagram.com/p/BK7MhzCAHER/
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  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    January 1, 1970
    “If you go behind my back, I swear to God, I’ll skin you alive—”“I won’t—”“—murder you, then alchemically raise you from the dead so I can murder you again—” TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR: homophobia, epilepsy, racism and racial slurs, ableism, PTSD, alcoholism, parental abuse, BUT SPEAKING OF 2017 LIFESAVERS This book is a strong contender because it was really, really good and bought up so many important themes and issues and was also just really fun, adventurous, different from the usual and had ... “If you go behind my back, I swear to God, I’ll skin you alive—”“I won’t—”“—murder you, then alchemically raise you from the dead so I can murder you again—” TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR: homophobia, epilepsy, racism and racial slurs, ableism, PTSD, alcoholism, parental abuse, BUT SPEAKING OF 2017 LIFESAVERS This book is a strong contender because it was really, really good and bought up so many important themes and issues and was also just really fun, adventurous, different from the usual and had ... my favourite .. PIRATES. Seriously, can you ever go wrong with pirates in books? And then everyone turns to stare at me, the Viscount of Disley, standing in the courtyard, with his hair askew and a woman’s powder smeared across his face like flour. And, also, without a stitch of clothing on. And then, because Fortune is a heartless bitch, I hear someone behind me say, “Monty?” So for those of you who don't know this is a book set in the 18th Century (NOT: During the Victorian era for anyone confused like ME) and follows three main character - Henry Montague (Monty), his best friend Percy, and Felicity Montague (Henry's little sister) Percy and Henry are taking "The Tour" (18th Century Gap Year) across "The Continent" - Henry's father hopes the year will settle him done, and that after the tour he will return ready to take control of his fathers estate. But what was supposed to be a tour of Venice, Florence, Rome, Berlin and Geneva goes pretty wrong when the trio are attacked by Highwayman. An intricate plot involving theft, alchemy, and life after death is soon revealed and our trio find themselves right in the heart of it. While the plot is really fun, and adventurous, it is the characters that make up this book. They are complex people, both in themselves and their relationships with eachother, but also in the ways they interact and exist within their society and how their different marginilisations effects their perspective. Henry is a bisexual man who's drowned his own self-loathing and feelings of inadequacy in vice - alcohol, poor behaviour and sex. Throughout the novel he must attempt to overcome those vices, whilst also growing into his own self and accepting the negative effects his actions have had upon those around him. There are other facets to his characterisation but at these are spoilers I will not say much here. I personally really liked his arc, and I thought there was noticeable and good development when you compare him at the beginning and end of the novel. Felicity is such a badass ! She's a massive bookworm with a passion for knowledge. She's both quick-witted and capable and takes no nonsense. I absolutely adores her character and the way she plays against Henry as a kind of opposite. She is also asexual. I literally adore her character, she reminds me of Hermione in many ways, she was a brilliant, well rounded and well written female character. Felicity deals with and suffers through sexism ingrained in the time period, and throughout her storyline she undermines and subverts the expectations and assumptions made about her due to her gender - even from those closest to her. You know how I said I won't accept any underdeveloped female character or damsel in distress anymore because Wonder Woman changed the game - yeah well Felicity compares to Wonder Woman thats how much I literally adore her. Percy is gay, biracial and epileptic and experiences systematic oppression, overt racism, ableism and marginalisation. Due to the time period, this is exaggerated - but what I liked is that although these marginilisations existed, and Percy is dealing with them, they are never normalised or validated. Characters within the story challenge the assumptions made about Percy - but what I also like is it was shown these characters were privileged and often made harmful comments and this was called out too. Percy is also just a really kind person, but someone who stands up for themselves and doesn't let the strong-will people around him push him around. I loved his character and the nuances embedded within his characterisation. I adored the representation in this book - In her notes, Mackenzi Lee made the comment she wanted to point out that disabled, queer and poc, and strong women have always existed with agency in history - and that their stories have often been untold or erased but they deserve to be. I loved that these characters existence within the setting was normalised, but simultaneously their struggles as marginalised people was highlighted and challenged. This book shows how history is so steeped in oppression and how so much of that still leaks into society today. (view spoiler)[ for 99.9% of this book I was worried that Percy's epilepsy would fall into that ableist trope where the character gets a magical cure for their illness. I was so glad this book didn't do that, leading to one of my favourite quotes of the book. (hide spoiler)]I want to recommend this review about the representation of Percy's epilepsy! "And I don’t think I have to be well to be happy. God.” On a small, little note: If you're looking for a super realistic historical fiction elements of this are not entirely accurate. I personally didn't mind this, but it's a note for those of you who might. Reading it kind of felt like Clockwork Angel. You're pretty sure thats NOT how it would have gone down at the time but you enjoy it anyway. But there are plenty of historical elements to love. Much of the politics, culture, lgbt+ elements, race relations and pirates and people are steeped in the real history of the time and since I love history especially at this time that was a massive plus for me. It added another element of nuance to what is already a great historical fiction. I also wish the ending had been less abrupt and had gone into more details of what happened after the events of the book. I felt a little short-changed, and I really think a longer style epilogue might have been nice. Some of the characters stories were left a little in the wind and I would have liked to know what happened to them. All this aside, I think this book is really just fun. The idea of an 18th Century Tour is completely new to me, and it's definitely not something we're getting an abundance of in YA. So this book genuinely has completely new elements I've never read in other stories. On top of that, Mackenzi Lee is able to perfectly demonstrate how diversity can be included within any setting - and that historical narratives have no excuse for their allocishet ablebodied whiteness. This book is so fun, we get to see so many places around Europe from an 18th Century perspective, and pirates, highway men attacks, alchemy and magic added so much adventure to it. The dialogue was full of banter and play and it carried along the story really quickly. The plotting didn't feel off to me and I felt like it was continuously well paced. I was reaching for this book all the time because I was invested both character and plot wise - I read it much faster and enjoyed it much more then I thought I would. Ohhh and the ANGST. There are so many tropes I love - friends to lovers, "we both like eachother but won't admit it", "it's obvious to everyone but us", and then just the "cradles you while you're injured trope" which really gets me everytime. You angst emo's are gonna be happy, especially if your angst emo also likes a soft happy ending and relationship. “My hand is absolutely broken.”“It’s not broken,” Felicity says, and the exasperation behind her voice makes me feel better.“I think it might be.”“It’s not.”“We should sleep,” Percy says. I seriously really hope you guys don't sleep on this one !!!! It's such a good exploration of hos history and oppression intersect, but also it's just such a fun and unique YA book set in such an interesting time period I wish I knew more about. I could not recommend it more, I genuinely am so happy I've read it and will definitely buy myself the final copy when it comes out. I am so excited to see where Mackenzi Lee takes her inventive stories next. 4.5 stars in total ! Thankyou to HarperCollins who provided me with this free arc in exchange for my review. All opinions here are my own
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  • emi
    January 1, 1970
    2.75/5 stars “God bless the book people for their boundless knowledge absorbed from having words instead of friends.” I thought I was the biggest disappointment in life, but I guess I’ve been proven wrong with my reading choices lately. If it wasn’t for my sister sending me videos of her hedgehog right now, I think I’d be lying in a puddle of my own tears questioning every decision I have ever made in the past two months. I’ll still probably do that later though. Wait, what? I'm giving this h 2.75/5 stars “God bless the book people for their boundless knowledge absorbed from having words instead of friends.” I thought I was the biggest disappointment in life, but I guess I’ve been proven wrong with my reading choices lately. If it wasn’t for my sister sending me videos of her hedgehog right now, I think I’d be lying in a puddle of my own tears questioning every decision I have ever made in the past two months. I’ll still probably do that later though. Wait, what? I'm giving this highly praised, 4.36 average rating book three stars and calling it a disappointment? Now you're probably asking yourself "But Emi, you gave this three stars? How is it a disappointment?" Okay, you are probably not asking yourself that, but I need you to pretend you are, okay? And usually, I would agree with you. Three starred books are normally just average and average books aren't usually such major let downs. They usually just get shoved to some forgot part of my bookshelves, never to be seen again. But this book was suppose to be the easiest five stars I have ever given. I was suppose to revel in its glory and proclaim my unworthiness of it. I was suppose shout my love of it from as many rooftops as I can convince myself to climb upon. Hahahahahhahahahahah I can't even remember a time when I was so open to throwing five stars its way. I know it exists though. Can I go back to it? Please. It was a much happier time. If it wasn't for the characters and humor, I would have DNFd this book two days ago. The even worse thing was this started out so great. By page five I was ready to give it all the stars. Diverse, relatable cast? Jokes so funny they almost rival my own? A grand tour across Europe? Doesn't it sound amazing? Doesn't it sound like it is gonna be amazing? Hahaha that's only the first 150 or so pages of this book. Then Monty steals something he shouldn't at a party and becomes a wanted criminal. (view spoiler)[Like I understand why you'd assume Monty stole this thing, but it was stolen at a party. Literally, anyone could have snuck into that room and taken it???? But France just assumed he took it and pursued him. They were right and stuff, but literally, anyone could have taken that box. Also, what the hell was that box? The explanation was vague af. I still don't get what the importance was? Something about eating hearts? Idk. (hide spoiler)] No more fun trip across Europe watching Monty get into as much innocent trouble (view spoiler)[ and by innocent I mean like kissing people and not stealing from some lord of France (hide spoiler)] as he possibly could. This book is now a heist novel about a heist I couldn't care less about. I mean if there's no breaking into highly guarded ice courts, I literally don't care at all. It was like someone was making cookies and they threw in the perfect amount of sugar and salt and flower flour and then at the very end decided to add raisins instead of chocolate chips and fucking ruined the entire thing. If it wasn't for two out of three three main characters, I'd have probably given this two stars. Let's talk about them? Shall we?Monty. Monty. Monty Monty Monty. There are great, strong and willing protagonists that grow and learn throughout the course of their novel and then there's Monty. Monty was the most immature, narcissistic character I have ever read about. At first, I quite liked him, thought he was incredibly relatable. He told bad jokes, was incredibly useless, and fell in love with anything that moved. I'm practically describing myself there. Except, I'm not as egocentric and impulsive as Monty is. I don't think anyone is? But then after about 50 or so pages of this, I started to get incredibly annoyed. Then, when his stupid impulsive decision catalyzed the destruction of my enjoyment of this book, I was #done with him.Monty, the entire book:Percy. Not to be confused with my boyfriend #3, Percy Jackson. Also, the best character to ever exist in a historical fiction novel. He's a biracial and epileptic man living in the 19th century. I wish he was the narrator. I'd love to see more of his perspective on life and more into his everyday actions. Not only that, he wasn't anywhere near as annoying as Monty. He wasn't annoying at all. He was amazing. Everytime he spoke, it was a flood of relief that not everyone in this book is a naurcistic asshole. Felicity. The second best character to ever exist in a historical fiction novel. I wish I was as smart as her? And as capable? And there's going to be an entire sequel focused on her? Hopefully, that won't let me down as much as this book did. Also, can we talk about Monty and Felicity's relationship? Name the last time you've read a book where a brother and sister have a realistic relationship full of bickering, annoyance, and love like a normal brother and sister? Not any of the incest shit that's been happening lately. #HealthySiblingRelationshipsInYANovels2k17 #OnlyGoodThingToComeOutOfMontyBut unfortunately, not even Percy and Felicity could save this novel from crashing and burning. Maybe they should have left Monty at home where he belongs and gone on a gap year across Europe without him. I actually considered giving this book four stars up until about page 350ish, even though I was struggling to even finish, just because I was going to do whatever I could to avoid disappointment again, but then even more raisins were added to the mix. (view spoiler)[ The piratespirvateers happened and I pretty much had to hold myself back from throwing this book into the closest fireplace I could find. What was the point? They added nothing to the story? They weren't funny? In fact, they made this book just become unrealistic to me. I hated the pirates so much. I'd stab this book if I could. (hide spoiler)] Why did that have to happen???? Why????Actually, why did any of this book after page 200 have to happen???? Why????But now this book is over and I can hide it on the bottom of my bookshelf and proceed to read even more disappointing books, since that's all I seem to be doing with my life right now. This book just so wasn't for me, as you might be able to tell, but don't let me discourage you from picking it up. Most reviews I see being written about this book are pretty positive. But if you don't like it, don't say I didn't warn you.
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  • Shreya (☆High Lady of The Night Court☆)
    January 1, 1970
    MYHEARTMYHEARTMYHEARTMYHEARTI absolutely LOVED this book and everything it stand for. I love the way the author created these characters and articulated their thoughts in such a marvelous way. I was in love with Felicity, Monty, and Percy before the second chapter even ended and only grew to like them more as the story progressed. I’m not sure what I was expecting from this book but it definitely was not this. I knew I was going to love this book the second I started it and it met all my expecta MYHEARTMYHEARTMYHEARTMYHEARTI absolutely LOVED this book and everything it stand for. I love the way the author created these characters and articulated their thoughts in such a marvelous way. I was in love with Felicity, Monty, and Percy before the second chapter even ended and only grew to like them more as the story progressed. I’m not sure what I was expecting from this book but it definitely was not this. I knew I was going to love this book the second I started it and it met all my expectations, which were pretty high to begin with considering the amazing things I’ve heard about it. I read the blurb for this book on Goodreads and started reading it with a perspective that it was going to be this easy to get through, funny read and I did get that feel from it, but it was also so much more. This book is tagged Historical Fiction, Romance, and LGBT, even though they are accurate, they make the book seem kind of superficial but there is actually a lot of emotional depth to this book if you look for it.Our main characters, Monty, Percy, and Felicity make the most heartwarming trio possible. Henry Montague is an Earl’s son, yet he is the opposite of what you would consider to be a ‘lord’. He spends him time drinking, chasing after both women and men, and just about anything else that will tarnish his father’s reputation. Monty is so deeply in love with his best friend, Percy, to the point where it hurts to be around him as he is unable to tell him he’s in love with him. Through this book we get to see their relationship progress and it is so adorable because neither of them are sure if the other likes them and they are 2 very emotionally volatile people. Putting the nature of their relationship aside, their friendship and the fact that they stand by the other’s side no matter what, really hits you in the gut. It clearly reflects the value of friendship and how much it means to every single one of us to always have a friend to laugh with, to have fun with, to lean on, to confide in, to go so crazy with to the point where anyone else would put the both of you in a mental hospital, no matter what comes your way.The book deals with a lot of issues in the 18th century society such as racism and sexism. In the racism point of view, the author clearly shows how blacks were abused and dishonored and how they were never treated above the position of a servant. The sexism aspect we see clearly with Felicity as we see over and over again that women were not given the opportunities men were and that they considered to be inferior to the man. In such a situation, seeing Felicity’s dreams and how she will always defend and argue in favor of the position of women in society, is inspiring. Felicity is without a doubt my favorite character. Felicity goes against the picture of what an ideal ‘lady’ would be in that time period. She’s a total bad ass. She is capable beyond measure and can take care of herself. She stands against how women are treated and embodies a true feminist. She is a bookworm, which only gave me reason to love her more. I mean come on, when we were first introduced to her, she was eating breakfast with a book standing up with the support of a jam pot with a fork wedged in it to keep it standing. How can we not love this girl?!It’s a funny, clever, charming, delightful story and I loved it. I must say, I don’t really read much Historical Fiction but this book was amazing. All the hype surrounding this book was justified and if you are a person who enjoys reading Historical Fiction or a fun contemporary book I definitely recommend it to you.
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    "The world could have been a blank canvas and I still would have been exactly this livid with happiness, just to be with him."The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is a wild and vivid tale of treachery, love and friendship set against the backdrop of Europe in the 18 hundreds.Plot:Henry Montague loves alcohol, romantic adventures and long, sleepless nights out. His father, however, despises exactly that, and everything Henry stands for. He sends him on one last trip, a so called Grand Tour ar "The world could have been a blank canvas and I still would have been exactly this livid with happiness, just to be with him."The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is a wild and vivid tale of treachery, love and friendship set against the backdrop of Europe in the 18 hundreds.Plot:Henry Montague loves alcohol, romantic adventures and long, sleepless nights out. His father, however, despises exactly that, and everything Henry stands for. He sends him on one last trip, a so called Grand Tour around Europe, where he is to visit famous cities and attend philosophical lectures, just to strip off his youthful and irresponsible behaviour and take over his father's estate afterwards.Henry however, has something completely different in mind. He is going to enjoy this trip to the fullest, drink some more wine, roam the streets with his childhood friend Percy, and fool around with the prettiest of the prettiest.Before the journey can start however, all of his plans come to an end: a Guardian will be there to watch over them and make sure Henry behaves, otherwise he shall not return to England at all, and be stripped of all the priviliges his father's money and position gave him.With a huge crush on Percy, his seemingly narrow-minded sister Felicity and the more than obnoxious guardian, he sulkingly sets out on an adventure, he couldn't have imagined in his wildest dreams.Characters:Henry/Monty is the cliché jock: handsome, rich, cheeky and arrogant. So exactly the guy we all love to fall for. However, over the course of this wild adventure some character developement is to be expected, though it wasn't executed as well as I would have wished for. In the end, I wasn't convinced that Henry actually learned from his mistakes and really outgrew his foolishness and arrogance. Just because the author said he did, doesn't mean this character development actually happened.Percy, his best friend ever since they were little kids, is a very intruiging character. He outweighs Henry's ignorance and he's the reasonable and decent voice of the pair. He may support and love his best friend, but he has his own battles to fight, and seems unsure if Henry is willing and able to fight them with him.Felicity, is the true gem and Queen of this book. I completely and utterly rooted for her, and it was she who convinced me that this book was more than just a simple YA love story. Her strength, confidence and intelligence saved Henry and Percy several times. She's basically their own Hermione Granger.Writing:Let me be honest: I expected a little more. The novel's summary makes it appear, that we will get to see all these amazing cities, experience their 18th century flair and culture. If that is what you are here for, you should find another book. The author's focus is on the plot and the characters, rather then the history of Paris, Venice and such. It's not that this part is completely left out, it just moves into the background and is of less importance than you might expect.The story itself is rather predictable and would have been easily solved, if the main characters just sat down for once and talked in earnest.I also wished for a different ending. (view spoiler)[It was to open and uncertain for my taste. The conflicts that the characters had to deal with, regarding their future as a same sex couple or as a female doctor/pirate did not convince me as a reader. Furthermore, I wanted Henry to face his father, share his opinion, and take a stand, rather then send a single letter, that included a threat to deface his father in front of the society. For me, this was too easy and not satisfying enough. (hide spoiler)].The author still manages to spin an amazing and entertaining tale, due to her humour and and feminist conviction.Feminism, Diversity, and LGBTQ+ topics:Here come the reasons why this book is worth its four stars!You might think it's impossible or difficult to put together a diverse and colourful cast in a young adult novel set in the 18 hundreds, where the rich and and powerful were exclusively white and male. But Mackenzie Lee proves the opposite. Here we have a biracial, gay (or bi- or pansexual, I'm not entirely sure) upperclassman and an independent, forward-thinking teenage girl that puts every man in this book to shame with her intelligence and fierceness. I loved how Felictiy showed bravery and brains, where Henry lacked both. I loved how she educated Percy and and Henry and showed them, that, just because she's a woman, doesn't mean she holds her tongue and looks pretty all day long. No, a woman is so much more than an accessoire that gives status to a man.In a nutshell: an entertaining adventure for everyone who loves slow burning gay romance, but also evidence, that equality has no boundaries, neither in literature, nor in life.---------------------------Did I hear "Paris", "Rome" and "Venice"?Did someone mention Gentlemen and grand tour of Europe?Did someone say something about a hedonistic hurrah and flirt?Did someone say...gay?Find more of my books on Instagram>
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    This is not a book I was interested in reading, but since it came in my Owlcrate box I will give it a try. I hope I like it! The Owlcrate stuff was awesome though ♥I was right. It wasn't for me. There are some parts that I enjoyed but for the most part, it wasn't for me. But, I didn't pick this book to read, Owlcrate did it for me 😄I did like Felicity's character because she fought against being the woman they were supposed to be back then. Go Felicity! I'm happy for the majority of people that This is not a book I was interested in reading, but since it came in my Owlcrate box I will give it a try. I hope I like it! The Owlcrate stuff was awesome though ♥I was right. It wasn't for me. There are some parts that I enjoyed but for the most part, it wasn't for me. But, I didn't pick this book to read, Owlcrate did it for me 😄I did like Felicity's character because she fought against being the woman they were supposed to be back then. Go Felicity! I'm happy for the majority of people that loved the book ❤️
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  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    January 1, 1970
    “We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with laquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.”What I knew before reading this book: 1) it was hist-fic, and 2) it was cute as hell. What I knew after reading this book: it is nonstop shenanigans and I adored every single damn page.This is my first time reading Mackenzi Lee's writing, and I really enjoyed it. With Monty as the narrator, it felt every bit the “We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with laquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.”What I knew before reading this book: 1) it was hist-fic, and 2) it was cute as hell. What I knew after reading this book: it is nonstop shenanigans and I adored every single damn page.This is my first time reading Mackenzi Lee's writing, and I really enjoyed it. With Monty as the narrator, it felt every bit the part of being stuck inside the head of a wild, reckless teen boy in the 18th century. When he ached, I ached for him; when he laughed, I smiled.✘ PLOTHenry "Monty" Montague is expected to be refined, intelligent, brave, and "manly" - not this gambling, alcoholic, wild playboy whose days are filled less with helping run his father's estates and more with chasing skirts (and trousers). In a last-ditch effort to reform him, Lord Montague sends Monty on a Tour: a year-long trip to see the world, take in a bit of culture, and curb his wicked ways. Unfortunately for Lord Montague, he's allowed the inclusion of Percy - Monty's very best friend, whom he is helplessly in love with.✘ CHARACTERSSpeaking of characters, Gentleman's Guide is full to the brim with lovable folks:• There’s Monty, our narrator. He’s arrogant, self-centered, and rude, which feels like the bulk of his personality traits in the beginning of the story; however, it’s soon shown that he has been through tremendous hardships that have formed the behaviors he displays. There’s such character growth and development present in his story, and by the end, I was amazed at how far he had come.• Percy, Monty’s best friend and our resident love interest. He’s so precious, kindhearted, and loving, and my heart broke for him every time anyone had a cruel word to say about his dark skin and biracial blood.• Felicity Montague: Monty’s little sister, who joins them on their Tour. She begins the story as a bit of a brat, but we quickly learn that it’s her defense against being expected to perform as a “lady” when all she really wants to do is practice medicine. She is full of clever quips and remarks - see for yourself:“Just thinking about all that blood." I nearly shudder. "Doesn't it make you a bit squeamish?""Ladies haven't the luxury of being squeamish about blood," she replies, and Percy and I go fantastically red in unison.• There’s also a motley crew of side characters in varying degrees of wonderfulness (and awfulness), but I’ll just take a moment to mention my favorite: Scipio, the pirate captain. Scipio is such a sweet character, and I wish we could have had even more time to spend with him throughout the story, because I feel like he had so much more to teach Monty.✘ WHAT I LIKEDThis story is just fun. It has its heartbreaking moments - quite a few of them, in fact - but at its core, it's an adventure story, a love story, a story of growth and self-acceptance, and so much more.Mackenzi has a way of making social remarks in such a down-to-earth, understandable way. There are a handful of discussions on homosexuality/bisexuality, as well as gender roles - such as Felicity's desire to practice medicine, meanwhile Monty has no desires to be lord of his father's estates. Monty also describes himself as being small in stature more than once, pointing out how much the insults to his height and form have damaged his self-view.More than anything, I loved the discussions regarding racism in the 18th century - especially because the discussions usually felt so relevant to modern times, too. We see Percy treated poorly time and time again for his dark skin, and it's always addressed, but my favorite exchange was actually during a scene in which Monty uses his white, English appearance to get Scipio and the rest of the crew out of trouble. I won't spoil anything, but at the end of the exchange, Monty essentially asks for an apology/thank-you, and Scipio wrecks the White Savior Complex before it can even begin:“There is nothing good about watching another man claim your ship because your skin is too dark to do it yourself," he says, each word a glancing wound. "So in future, you needn't demand apologies on my behalf.”I had been increasingly worried that Monty's status as the only white guy around was going to become problematic, but nope - more than once, he was humbled and brought to the realization that his efforts didn't always come from as healthy of a place as he thought they did.The final thing I want to bring attention to is Percy's epilepsy, and how Mackenzi Lee handled it; she showed how backwards the general views on misunderstood ailments were at the time (such as people believing epilepsy was caused by demonic possession or mental illness), but there are also some really great tidbits here and there about living with a lifelong illness. I won't spoil anything for you, but Percy's stance on his condition towards the end of the book was so authentic and heartwarming.✘ WHAT I DISLIKEDI literally only had one complaint about the entire book, and it's not really a complaint as much as it is a note to the editor: in several instances, pieces of dialogue are placed in closed quotations, with no indication to who is speaking. Maybe part of it is due to the fact that I read a lot of this book late at night while being very tired, but I kept having to go back and reread paragraphs to try and make sense of who said what.✘ FINAL VERDICTThis book is beyond wonderful, and I think that everyone needs to read it. It's a delightful adventure story written around an adorable romance and it's just fun. If you pick this one up, you're in for a hell of a good ride.✘ CONTENT WARNINGSHomophobia, ableism, racism, alcoholism, PTSD, severe parental abuse. If any of these are triggers for you, please proceed with caution. ♡
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  • ❄️Nani❄️
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 ⭐ The more times you read it the better it gets. Yet another FANTASTIC re read. Monty, my roguish booze-hound seductive charmer, oh, how I love thee!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ORIGINAL REVIEWI think I ended this book with a migraine because I was grinning and laughing like an idiot the whole way through that it slowly took its toll on my brain. ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT!WONDERFUL. Just wonderful! So delightfully heartwarming and hilarious. The Gentleman’s Guide follows our main lead Mont 4.5 ⭐️ The more times you read it the better it gets. Yet another FANTASTIC re read. Monty, my roguish booze-hound seductive charmer, oh, how I love thee!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ORIGINAL REVIEWI think I ended this book with a migraine because I was grinning and laughing like an idiot the whole way through that it slowly took its toll on my brain. ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT!WONDERFUL. Just wonderful! So delightfully heartwarming and hilarious. The Gentleman’s Guide follows our main lead Monty who sets out on a grand tour around Europe with his best friend Percy and younger sister Felicity before taking over the family estate and... things basically go downhills from there.I cannot stress how hilarious this book is. Monty’s narration on the situations they find themselves in, the banter and insults they throw at each other and the way the author weaves in a range of themes and topics like disability, women’s place in society, abuse, race and sexuality with such intellect and compassion – while inserting humour and lightheartedness made this one of the most enjoyable reads of 2017 for me. ✨ Monty: A hilarious (sensing a theme here?), fun-loving Bi-sexual British lord in love with his best friend, Percy. He is an absolute delight who, not only happens to be utterly and completely useless in times of crisis, more often than not, he IS the cause of most of their troubles.✨ Percy: A ray of sunshine and the most patient, sweet and loving guy who constantly has to deal with the backlash of his racial status. ✨ Felicity is simply a clever gem. She is sassy, brilliant and a resourceful girl whose role is more like the protector of the group rather than 'Monty’s tag-along younger sister.'There’s so much depth and layers to these characters. Percy, having to deal with racial discrimination, Felicity not being able to do what she really wants, as opposed to what society dictates she must do, Monty-though clueless at the start and somewhat shallow, slowly having to confront his privileges over these two people that he loves in terms of their social standing as well as having to confront his own issues and realising certain things about himself and his growth over the course of the book was all beautifully written.And the romance! 😍 Guys, if nothing else, the heavy dose of romance alone, that’s simply heartwarming and gush-worthy should more than suffice to encourage you to give this a try.Monty’s inner monologue about Percy... ahhhh holy crap, it was like sparks were flying through the pages!💕Seriously – Go get your hearts all warm and fuzzy. ❤️
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  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsRe-read:Bumping my rating up because I forgot how great the discussion of chronic illness is here. Honestly some of the best representation I've seen. "It isn’t easy and it isn’t very enjoyable but this is what I’ve got to live with. This is who I am, and I don’t think I’m insane. I don’t think I should be locked up and I don’t think I need to be cured of it for my life to be good." Otherwise I pretty much stand by my original review:----------------- 4 StarsOriginal Review: “I swear 4.5 StarsRe-read:Bumping my rating up because I forgot how great the discussion of chronic illness is here. Honestly some of the best representation I've seen. "It isn’t easy and it isn’t very enjoyable but this is what I’ve got to live with. This is who I am, and I don’t think I’m insane. I don’t think I should be locked up and I don’t think I need to be cured of it for my life to be good." Otherwise I pretty much stand by my original review:----------------- 4 StarsOriginal Review: “I swear, you would play the coquette with a well-upholstered sofa.” "First, I would not. And second, how handsome is this sofa?” Hey look, historical fiction that isn’t all pain, bloodshed and boring people! (Also not just old white men!)Taking place in the early 1700s, Mackenzi Lee's latest focuses on Henry Montague (or Monty) and his parent's last ditch attempt to 'tame' him. Monty sets off on his coming-of-age tour of Europe with his sister (Felicity) and his best friend (Percy). They get detoured by highwaymen and end up in a scheme involving Alchemists and the French Aristocracy in a plot that rivals any adventure flick. But also a lot of introspection, as Monty struggles with finding his place and dealing with his massive crush on Percy. Pros: This is just so much fun. The story is bizarre and different, and takes you to several different lands as everything slowly starts to come together. It’s all a bit of roller-coaster ride, but really engrossing and hard to put down. It’s simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking? Like in one scene we have Monty calling a horse a leggy sausage then the next we have someone discussing the ramifications of chronic illness. Both the serious and silly topics are handled well.Especially the discussion of sexuality. Like damn. At one point Felicity and Monty sit down and discuss his penchant for attractive men and the whole discussion blew me away. It fits perfectly into the historical context, so they both really lack language we have now—like orientation and sexuality. But despite matching their characters and the time-period, everything they discuss feels so relevant. This is so tropey but does it so well. I will never tire of the mutual-pining and oh-no-we-have-to-share-a-bed tropes and I won’t even apologize for it. I want to be Felicity when I grow up. She’s seriously such a strong character and I love her. We discover half-way through the book that she’s interested in medicine, though it’s not ‘appropriate’ for women at the time. She has a really sharp wit about her and her functioning as the group’s quasi-doctor was an incredibly fun touch. ”Ladies haven’t the luxury of being squeamish about blood.”Other wonderful things this book contains• Bisexual representation• A man running naked through Versailles • Prominent gay POC• A baby referred to as “The Goblin”• Epilepsy representation• Privateers turned pirates• A minor-fantasy-sci-fi-sorta element Al of these elements are told through a very strong narrative. Not only does the writing reflect the voice very well, but it accurately sets the historical tone without coming across dry or boring. Cons Coming in at 525+ pages, I couldn’t help but feel this was just too long. As much as I enjoyed the wacky adventures and how it all unfolds, this takes a good 20% to get going, and then the real plot only kicks in around 40%. Overall, the writing is excellent but there were several paragraphs and sentences that could have been more concise, especially towards the end. There also was a pattern of repeating words that just felt really clunky. Examples: “No one but me had had to see her to realize…”“We’re breathing so hard it seems a miracle that that alone doesn’t give us away.” I think I expected a little more for Monty's character development? It's certainly there-- in bits and pieces that rush together at the end. As much as we are told he's changed, I don't feel we were properly shown. Though he has lovable traits, he still seems incredible selfish, and I'm not certain why they put up with him at times. In Conclusion Really fun, LGBT-themed, historical adventure. Though not without some pacing and structure issues.
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  • rachel • typed truths
    January 1, 1970
    me, sobbing in a public bathroom: you bastards told me this book was funny
  • Warda
    January 1, 1970
    [EDIT: Despite the flaws this book had, when a book - or the characters in this case - pop into your head quite frequently, a book deserves 5 stars.]--------------------------THIS BOOK! THESE CHARACTERS! IT WAS SO DELICIOUSLY GAY, PEOPLE! *heart eyes**chants* MERCY! MERCY! I promised myself that I'd review this properly, but what the hell, fuck it. My heart is a wreck and so full of love! So full of Monty and Percy! I need more of them two SO DAMN BADLY!!!!!! Their story can't be over! *SOBS*The [EDIT: Despite the flaws this book had, when a book - or the characters in this case - pop into your head quite frequently, a book deserves 5 stars.]--------------------------THIS BOOK! THESE CHARACTERS! IT WAS SO DELICIOUSLY GAY, PEOPLE! *heart eyes**chants* MERCY! MERCY! I promised myself that I'd review this properly, but what the hell, fuck it. My heart is a wreck and so full of love! So full of Monty and Percy! I need more of them two SO DAMN BADLY!!!!!! Their story can't be over! *SOBS*The main reason I am not giving it a 5 stars, is just that the plot wasn't as gripping as I wanted it to be, personally. There was progression, but it wasn't mind blowing. I just didn't care for what they stole, the power it had, them being chased due to the robbery and neither did I care for how it wrapped up. The characters and their development is what kept me reading and the story going.I WAS JUST FEELING MEH ABOUT IT BECAUSE I WANTED MORE MONTY AND PERCY INTERACTION AND CONVERSATIONS AND JUST MORE AND MORE OF THEM TWO!Gosh, I don't even know what the fuck I am saying anymore. But read this book for the LGBTQ characters, for the underlying, important themes floating throughout the story, such as the damaging consequences abuse can have on the victim's psyche, racism, the issues surrounding sexuality and misogyny. Just read it. Also, the writing... *moment of silence*
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    4.6/5 Stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐“We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with laquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.”I underestimated this book immensely. I thought it would be a light-hearted, fluffy, cute, funny and romantic gay love story set in the 18th century England but it was so much more than that. It was deep, it was heart wrenching, it was profound, it was adventurous, it was emotional, it was so 4.6/5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️“We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with laquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.”I underestimated this book immensely. I thought it would be a light-hearted, fluffy, cute, funny and romantic gay love story set in the 18th century England but it was so much more than that. It was deep, it was heart wrenching, it was profound, it was adventurous, it was emotional, it was so many things I never thought it would be. It contained strong, weak, flawed, clever and real characters who made mistakes who came back from them and corrected them. In addition, it touched difficult topics such as homophobia, sexism, racism, house violence which were exceptionally prominent at the time.Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.I read this book in 3 sittings which doesn't happen too often for me. The pace of this book was so quick, there was always something happening to keep me on my toes, I couldn't leave it down. I like books with quick pace that don't let me get bored by them and leave them down for another time. This was one of them. The author also succeeded in making the protagonist feel real. Monty, a rich privileged rake, a fuck-everyone-and-everything-that-walks-on-this-earth bugger, a weak selfish and dramatic bitch who makes the worst and also the best decisions at the same time. Monty, a man in love with his best friend, Percy, a not so little wounded puppy that needs love, Monty a man who will shake up the earth to save his beloved Percy. I loved and hated at times this character with my whole being. I wanted to protect him and also slap him in the face for making bad decisions and saying the wrong shit all the time. I love characters like that. Raw characters who think vile thoughts and do selfish things like we humans do. Thank you, author, for this character.We also got Felicity. My personal role model, a warrior of her time, a clever bitch who will fuck you up with a single stare. I abso-fucking-lutely adored her. She is a girl too smart, too mature and too independent for her time and age who is trying to overthrow stereotypes surrounding women of the time and become a doctor. I'm so glad the next book will be about her, I can't wait to read her adventures.I also appreciated, as a Greek girl, the Santorini mentions at the end and I'm so glad they're gonna stay there! It makes me really happy when they make Greek mentions in books, television and movies, it makes my Greek heart die a little. Last but certainly not least, the ship I shipped in this book since the first sentence, Monty and Percy. MY LITTLE SHIPPER HEART IS DYING BECAUSE OF THEM. I wanted to kill them both for making such ill-fated decisions and stepping away from each other! LIKE YOU'RE BOTH IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER JUST SAY IT OR I WILL SAY IT FOR YOU!!! This ship was a mad train from the beginning to the end and I was so glad we got to experience their relationship. Ok, if I continue with this review I will literally pass the 16912 characters left as of now, so I will leave it here. This book was spectacular and I will definitely order the next one in the series! AND TILL THE NEXT ONE K BYE!
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  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    goodness me, that was quite the ride! i had no idea this was historical fiction, so i went into this totally expecting ‘lads on tour’ but instead got ‘the journey of the century.’ and i completely underestimated how great this book would be - while it gave me fun summer road trip among friends vibes, it was so much more than that. i actually felt like i learnt a lot whilst reading this, and it also had some really deep and touching moments. the adventure, the romance, the wonderful cities and pl goodness me, that was quite the ride! i had no idea this was historical fiction, so i went into this totally expecting ‘lads on tour’ but instead got ‘the journey of the century.’ and i completely underestimated how great this book would be - while it gave me fun summer road trip among friends vibes, it was so much more than that. i actually felt like i learnt a lot whilst reading this, and it also had some really deep and touching moments. the adventure, the romance, the wonderful cities and places - i just really enjoyed it all. <3 4.5 stars
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  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    Just when you think that no one is writing anything original, along comes a book that is so different in many ways that you wonder how the author came up with the idea in the first place, and how they were able to sell it to a publisher. Mackenzi Lee's The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is one of those books. What a sensational story, with characters I won't soon forget!In 18th century England, Henry "Monty" Montague has grown up a son of privilege. His father is a lord with a sizable es Just when you think that no one is writing anything original, along comes a book that is so different in many ways that you wonder how the author came up with the idea in the first place, and how they were able to sell it to a publisher. Mackenzi Lee's The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is one of those books. What a sensational story, with characters I won't soon forget!In 18th century England, Henry "Monty" Montague has grown up a son of privilege. His father is a lord with a sizable estate and business concerns, all of which he expects Monty to take over sometime soon. The thing is, Monty is more than a bit of a rake—a lovable one at times, but a rake nonetheless—one who is far too fond of carousing, drinking, causing trouble, and finding himself in romantic situations with a large number of young men...and women. All of this and he's not quite 18 yet!Monty and his best friend, Percy (with whom Monty is more than a little besotted) are scheduled to have one last hurrah—a Grand Tour of Europe, where they will see the sites and have their last gasps of fun, after which Monty will begin working alongside his father and becoming a responsible adult, while Percy will leave for law school in Holland. But Monty's father has tired of his son's escapades and sharply curtails what his son has planned, sending along a teacher/chaperone of sorts who will monitor all of their activities. And then his father makes the ultimate threat—embarrass the family one more time, or get caught with another young man, and Monty will be disinherited."I'm too useless to make a life on my own, no matter how odious the one selected for me is. I'm well shackled to my father, no way to escape or want things for myself."While at first his father's restrictions put a damper on the Grand Tour, it's not long before Monty and Percy begin to sneak away and enjoy themselves, under the watchful and jealous eye of Monty's younger sister, Felicity, who is supposed to be dropped off at finishing school along the way, despite her desire to pursue an educational and career path open only to men in those days."It occurs to me then that perhaps getting my little sister drunk and explaining why I screw boys is not the most responsible move on my part."The more time Monty and Percy spend together, the more he wants to divulge his feelings for his best friend, despite his father's warnings. Yet one of the many things Monty is clumsy at is expressing his feelings, and more often than not, he winds up pushing Percy away, which is precisely what he doesn't want. One night, in a pique of jealousy and mischief, Monty makes a rash decision that puts the trio in danger, and sends them fleeing through France into Spain and Italy, throwing them into untenable situation after untenable situation, and forcing them to do—and say—things they never thought they would.Along the way they will reveal and uncover secrets about one another which may forever change their relationships and their futures, and Monty, in particular, will finally begin to understand what life is like for those not born into privilege. But will these discoveries be enough to free them from danger and change the course of their lives? The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is both a rollicking adventure and an emotional book about finding what makes you happy (or whom), and accepting who you are and where your life should lead. It's also a book about coming to terms with the world around you and finally acting like an adult when you've been coddled and indulged for far too long to really understand the challenges other people face. Despite the setting and the characters' backgrounds, this is book with universal themes, and one that is just so wonderfully told that it made me laugh, smile, and, of course, get a little teary-eyed more than a few times, too.I seriously loved this book. The characters Lee has created, from Monty, Percy, and Felicity to those they encounter along the way, are all fascinating in different ways. Monty does get annoying from time to time, and you wish he'd just do and say what he needs to, but I just couldn't get enough of him. I would love to see this as a movie, because I think these characters and their story would be as fascinating to watch unfold as it was to read. I can't wait to see what Lee comes up with next.I really don't have any more words to express how I felt about this book. Maybe Meryl Streep can help.
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  • amy
    January 1, 1970
    there's nothing like your most anticipated read of the year actually coming up to your expectationsThis book singlehandedly saved 2017 pass it on “The stars dust gold leafing on his skin. And we are looking at each other, just looking, and I swear there are whole lifetimes lived in those small, shared moments.” I'm declaring Monty and Percy's official ship name to be #mercy because lord have mERCY ON MY SOULwhere to begin.............where to begin.......Plot:This book is basically about Two Gu there's nothing like your most anticipated read of the year actually coming up to your expectationsThis book singlehandedly saved 2017 pass it on “The stars dust gold leafing on his skin. And we are looking at each other, just looking, and I swear there are whole lifetimes lived in those small, shared moments.” I'm declaring Monty and Percy's official ship name to be #mercy because lord have mERCY ON MY SOULwhere to begin.............where to begin.......Plot:This book is basically about Two Guys Being Dudes That Have a Totally 100% Heterosexual Relationship except that one of them starts to have very homosexual feelings for the other. "It is simply the tale of how two people can be important to each other their whole lives, and then, one morning, quite without meaning to, one of them wakes to find that importance has been magnified into a sudden and intense desire to put his tongue in the other's mouth." yeah. that. Except that it's so much more than just that. Percy and Monty decide to go on a Tour through Europe, save that there are "far more thrilling heroics than advertised" and, you know, shit goes south. (spoiler: they meet pirates. yes, you heard me right. Pirates!!! even tho they are the "worst pirates in the history of the Mediterranean", pirates are pirates and pirates are great say it with me!!!)Characters:• Henry "Monty" Montague, a bisexual legendfuck i know he's a bastard at times, but he's a hilarious one at that. I literally laughed out loud in the middle of a train when he referred to his horse as "more of a leggy sausage", Monty Why Are You Like This Montyanyways, his narration was 11/10 on point praise jesus hallelujah and so was his character development. ((dam, that character development tho))also, he's very relatable at times, and you can't argue with that "I'm short on a plan but have an abundance of panic." me. in every situation every day all day forever until the end of timeMonty is just literally That Character that's a little problematic at times, but at the same time you just want to hold him very tight and tell him everything is going to be alright.• Percy Newton, aka my brand-new actual son(is he a human or a puppy??? scientists are clueless)I don't even know how to form words that describe Percy Newton in its entirety because he is..... he is.......... a Dante Quintana. A Soft Boi!!! One of those precious gems!!He also has epilepsy and absolutely everything in this book is handled perfectly, including his sickness. "Yes, I'm ill. I'm an epileptic - that's my lot. It isn't easy and it isn't very enjoyable but it is what I've got to live with. This is who I am, and I don't think I'm insane. I don't think I should be locked up and I don't think I need to be cured of it for my life to be good." I legit want to adopt him so I can finally give him the love and attention he deserves and give him a home that makes him feel warm and safe and happy...... someone hand me the adoption papers, right now• Felicity Montagueyes???????? yes????????????????? so much yesGetting The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy feels like the Ultimate Blessing and I can't thank the universe and especially Mackenzi Lee enough for giving me a reason to live until 2018 so she can save my sorry ass once againanyways i've been waiting for this "men are such babies" slytherclaw-ass lady all my life and i'm so glad she's the glue holding this glorious trio togetheralso, her relationship with Monty is 900% me and my brother (except we don't have as many issues) and I'm not gonna lie, all their sibling moments warmed my black hole inside my chest a little "'What are you doing? Oh no, are you trying to get along with me? Do we have to get along now?''What? No. Of course not.''Thank God''Get along. Don't be absurd.'" • #Mercy(That's their official ship name, get over it)The Romance was possibly my favorite aspect of this book, purely because it was so well executed. I don't even know what else to say besides that it WILL 100% MEET ALL YOUR EXPECTATIONS and if not i'll give you a refund i promise everything about Monty x Percy felt natural and beautiful and soft and i'm sure that pairing will steal all your hearts "There's not a thing on God's green earth that has the power to disarm me quite like two inches of Percy's skin." Fetch me a couch, for I nearly swoon. (No, I'm never going to stop quoting this book my last words on my deathbed will literally be Monty's letter @ his dumbass father i swear i'll recite the entirety of it)• Scipio also known as Monty's literal actual physical dad honestly i'm getting strong David Wymack vibes from this guy and i just want to say............ thank u. i love you, man.Writing:I've officially fallen in love with Mackenzie Lee and I'm probably going to spend all my money on all the books she's ever written and will writeThe writing was, simply put, fantastic. Honestly, the "my horse is more of a leggy sausage" sentence >>>> the entirety of the love interest, i'm sorry but it's the complete truthAll in all, this book was adventurous, refreshing, hilarious and just..... spexcellent. Everything I wanted. Everything I needed.Thank you, Mackenzie Lee. I owe you, man. Just hmu and i'll buy you a beer or somethingaka book of the fucking yearExcuse me while I go reread this until I stop breathing oxygen and start inhaling exclusively the words that make up The Gentleman's Guide of Vice and Virtue lmao goodbye_______________________ • buddy read with sil, prag and em
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  • Ashley Nuckles
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! I LOVED THIS BOOK. 1. Monty and Percy. Cmon. 2. Felicity is such a badass. In the 18th century. CMON. & overall, it was just a wonderfully funny and adorable adventure story!
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