The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published June 27th, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, YA, LGBT
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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.
This was “abso-bloody-lutely” fantastic!
I love this book so much! I got the audiobook because I couldn’t get the physical copy yet… Although I am desperate to get my hands on one because this book is fantastic! But the audiobook is for sure an amazing one and I guarantee you that I am extra picky with those!
When I got this book I just saw that there were some good reviews on it and that it had a tour through Europe and it fitted just perfectly in the topic travel of a challenge I’m doing, so I just got it… But I didn’t expect it to be this good!
I loved everything in this book! The setting, the characters and the writing (which was amazingly narrated by Christian Coulson) made it fantastic! But for me, the best part about it is that I was expecting something more serious and instead I got Monty… The funniest and silliest character ever!
This book is set in the 18th century in Europe and it follows Monty, a lord who couldn’t act less like it. He passes his days drunk, having parties, passing his times with boys and girls alike and with absolutely no respect for rules. He is normally with Percy, his best friend, who so happens to be black. He is the opposite of him and mainly goes with him to keep an eye on things and because he loves him in any way possible. And then we have Felicity. She is Monty’s sister and the opposite of what a lady should be in this century. She loves medicine and she can’t execute for the mere fact that she is a girl.
So when they go on their tour, Monty’s dad decides to try to ruin it, sending Mr. Lockwood with them to make boundaries. But we are talking about Monty… So it’s just impossible to let that happen!
In this time, many things were not tolerated or understood. Being gay, black or just not follow the “rules of society” were no-nos. Black persons are not easily tolerated or respected and many are slaves. Being gay is not natural. And a girl should act like a girl and a boy like a boy and they have different paths to follow. I think that by this you can already imagine how much fun this crew is right?!
They stumble upon everything imaginable in their tour and their life starts shaping in a different way. They change, they learn and they bound. It was heart-warming, sad, beautiful, funny, incredible. It was everything.
This book has pirates, highwaymen, and everything you can imagine. Everything tries to ruin their trip. But they just get stronger and my feeling got stronger with it!
I loved Monty’s and Percy’s relationship and I ship them like crazy! I loved Felicity and how strong of a character she was. I loved the sarcastic humor and how much fun everything was. And to top it off I loved the writing/narration.
If you ain’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it! It’s just incredibly funny and emotional and the end was just perfect, and for me unexpected!
Quotes worth reading:
“God bless the book people for their boundless knowledge absorbed from having words instead of friends.”
“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.”
“We’re not courting trouble,” I say. “Flirting with it, at most.”
Have you read this book yet? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below! If not, go read it ASAP! (: