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June 4, 2017

Cuteness Aplenty | The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue Review| SST TOUR

 

 

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on June 27th 2017
Pages: 528
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An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.
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.
Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

Ah, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I have been excited about this book for a long time and I was so happy that I was privileged enough to be able to read an early copy and review for you today for one of the first stops for the Sunday Street Team. I recently saw a specific way of reviewing that I absolutely love on Hardback Horders on Youtube. She gives words that came to her when she read the book and I think that is just the perfect way to start reviewing in a way that I hope is enjoyable for you to read. So, without further ado here are the words I thought of when reading Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue:

 

Cute: One of the first words that came to mind when I was reading this book was how cute it was. I felt my heart melting like a warm piece of chocolate at every word. I loved the relationships between Monty, Percy, and Monty’s younger sister Felicity. The banter between Felicity and Monty at times made me laugh out loud many times.

Frustrating: One of the things that I found frustrating about this book is that Monty was a difficult character to like. I completely understand that I am not supposed to like every character but I guess I find this most frustrating because his perspective was the only one we were privy too. He was funny and endearing at first but then as the story went on I could not help but want to take him by the shoulders and shake the little cinnamon roll.  I wanted him to grow up and learn at the end of the story but it felt like that might not have been the case. It was all….very frustrating!

A Hidden Depth: When I first was attracted to this book I knew that it was going to be a fun romp around Europe. What I was not expecting how Lee intertwines such depth to the story that it sneaks up on you and you can’t help but love it. She covers so many diverse topics in the 18th century; bisexual representation, a character dealing with the difficulties of being biracial, disabilities, abuse, PTSD, and sexism. Oh, wow.

I recommend this book for those who want a fun and fast read that has such a hidden depth that you can’t help but love. There are frustrating parts and I wish that the ending was more solid but I think that everyone should give this one a chance!

 

About the Author:

Mackenzi Lee is a bookseller, history nerd, and the author of THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE, THIS MONSTROUS THING (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins), and the forthcoming SEMPER AUGUSTUS (Flatiron Books, 2018). She holds an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently calls Boston home.

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