Sunday, July 1, 2018

REVIEW: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 9:00 AM
Disclaimer: None! I bought this on my own!
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Recommended Age: 15+ (sex, drugs…. Uhhhh…. Violens? Also violence and LGBT+ goodness)
Pages: 513

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.

Let’s start this review off with “I’m watching Mackenzi Lee on YouTube and I’ve discovered my twin/soulmate/second-half in her”. Seriously, I love her. And I also love her book! I’ve never read a historical fiction book that was an entertaining as this book! The world building was fantastic and the characters felt so alive. The plot was entertaining and very accurate to the time period and the book was also paced perfectly. I love how Lee wasn’t afraid to keep the novel below the 350ish page “limit” that most YA books seems to try to achieve. I enjoy longer novels when they need to be longer and I feel that a lot of books need to be over that soft limit, but they’re afraid of losing people’s interest in going over it. Lee also made history and the time period come alive and I feel that this book could be easily used in a history class to help bring history to life.

The only complaint I have is that 1) The book is over and I really want to know what happens next and 2) I really REALLY REEEEAAALLLYYYYYY want the next book in the series. I’m not sure if this next book is all about Monty’s sister Felicity or if Monty will reappear, but I neeeddddddd.

Verdict: I have a new hero and her name is Mackenzi Lee.


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