A beautiful romp through 18th century Europe Simultaneously hilarious heartbreaking it thankfully all comes together happily by the end The moral notes o come across a little strong at times a black man a gay man a woman walk into a bar it sounds like the beginning of a horrible non joke but I rather have an author who includes these characters than be stuck reading yet another story about perfect privileged white peopleOnly complaint is around the main character s lack of agency There were a bunch of times When I Really Wanted Monty To Sit I really wanted Monty to sit and act But I can understand how that idn t really fit into his characterAll up a solid 4 stars solid recommendation uick witted sweet funny one moment and heart wrenching the next One of the best books I ve read this year I loved this book so much First up the humour is wicked I laughed out loud so many times I lost count I adored the relationship between Monty and Percy SO MUCH So much I have a hangover and wish I could see what happened to them next Their characters were well Holy Crap The World is Ending The Anunnaki Chronicles developed and I thought the arcs were well executed and I felt for all the characters The sister was brilliant as a secondary character tooThe reason this is 4 stars instead of 5 is for a couple of reasons I think it was a little slow in places I also thought the ending was rushed and would have liked a bit of an epilogue The climax of the main relationship while resolvedoesn t feel 100% satisfactory because it s resolved and then the book ends abruptly There s not enough closure for meI love the world building and historical setting I thought some of the political and racial issues in the book were well Stand and Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership, and Hip Hop Culture done though they made me slightly uncomfortable because of how they played out Though these would be true to that eraI thought the exploration of the character s sexuality was brilliant Particularly brilliant given the era and setting of the novelThis book is so close to 5 stars I adored it and would highly recommend this to anyone after a good uality story This was a fun rollicking story that had the potential to be great Unfortunately it just fell short which I believe wasue in large part to the editing Things like tense changes sentence fragments and jarring word choices eg water scraping a thread of hair etc prevented me from immersing myself in the story The pacing was a bit one note too so the final showdown was no tense than the first It was also obvious that the author was from the US the proper British The Wrong Complexion for Protection dialogue was peppered with American slang which stuck out a mileDespite these complaints it was an enjoyable read overall I wish the editor had been thorough but it s worth a read if you enjoy the genre Well written adventure story with some captivating themes Monty was possibly a bit too flawed for too long for my personal taste His onlyraw card was that I was supposed to feel sorry for him and I A Black Woman's Civil War Memoirs: Reminiscences of My Life in Camp With the 33rd U.S. Colored Troops, Late 1st South Carolina Volunteers did but I wanted from him I guess Felicity was awesome though Looking forward to reading about her It s never a good sign when a feways after finishing a book I m struggling to remember what it was about in order to o it justice in a review The Gentleman s Guide to Vice and Virtue is one of those books unfortunately It s entertaining enough and I enjoyed reading it but it also suffered from a main character who is to me anyway usually annoying than charming and a
tendency to throw everything but the kitchen sink in to the plot just in caseThe basic to throw everything but the kitchen sink in to the plot just in caseThe basic is that our main character Monty is about to epart on his Grand Tour in the way that all well heeled young men of the Regency period were wont to Children of the Sun do in his case accompanied by his best friend and unreuited love interest Percy They ve also been given the task ofepositing Monty s sister at a finishing school on the way and given strict instructions about what they can and can t Approaches To Academic Reading And Writing do Likewise at the end of their time together Percy is supposed to be going off to university in Holland and Monty is already bemoaning that separationAfter Monty follows hisick into trouble in Paris as well as proving himself to be than a little light fingered trouble starts to follow them The trio end up separated from their chaperone and on the run as well as a few things about Percy coming into the open This is where for me the A Kirkus Prizenominee and Stonewall Honor winner with 5 starred reviewsA New York Times bestseller Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR and the New York Public LibraryThe ueer teen historical you idnt know was missing from your lifeTeen VogueA stunning powerhouse of a storySchool Library JournalA gleeful romp through historyALA BooklistA young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friendsecret crush An 18th century romantic adventure for the modern age written byThis Monst.
CHARACTERS ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Mackenzi LeeBle Monty and Percy have a conversation fairly early on that eals with Monty s abuse his father and the impact it is having on him that 3 page conversation is possibly one of my favourite passages in the book It is honest and brutal and the core of their whole eal It is fantastic writing The sectioning by location was a very clever way to break the book up at over 500 pages it isn t small but the sections make targeted reading easy The inclusion of brief notes on the grand tour politics epilepsy race relations in eighteenth century Europe and ueer culture was intelligent HelpfulI M Going To Refer To This In Public As m going to refer to this in "public as purple pride or team purple book from now on Purple is "as purple pride or team purple book from now on Purple is colour of epilepsy awareness and has extremely strong meaning in the bisexual community Gentleman s Guide flies the flag for both camps without fear and tells a young audience it is okay you aren t broken there are othersIt is so easy to see why The Gentleman s Guide to Vice and Virtue has had so much praise it is well written historical fiction for young adults ealing with a medical condition and My Hero Academia Series Volume 1 - 20 Books Collection Set by Kouhei Horikoshi diverse sexuality This is one for the epileptics to read and enjoy you will see something of yourself and for anyone who wants to try to understand There isefinitely something here for historical fiction fans too Ms Lee has Alcohol Addiction Recovery done a wonderful job with her research while making it so readable I felt this bookidn t start well and I wondered if I Mars Journey d made a bad choice but it uickly improved into an action packed adventure Set in the early 1700 s this novel follows two highborn young men best friends I think of about 18 20 years of age and the younger sister of one of them on a Grand Tour of Europe as theyid in that period Very enjoyable reading though the first couple of pages almost put me off The seuel to this book is next on my reading list This book was everything that I hoped it would be and I read it alongside listening to the audiobook and let me tell you Christian Coulson can talk to me with that gorgeous voice of his all Beating the Odds - From shocking childhood abuse to the embrace of a loving family, one mans true story of courage and redemption day and I will never grow tired of itThe story itself was amazing An adventure A romance It had pirates It made me so happy to see such a wonderful bi character in Monty There was also gay rep and I m certain there was a sexual rep which I hope will be made clear in The Lady s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy There was a strong female a character with epilepsy one of the main trio was a POC and Ion t think this book took a single wrong step It s tied with Strange The Dreamer as my favourite book of 2017I ve got so much praise for this book I might even read it again soon I cannot wait for the next adventure Let s be honest this is very much my kind of book I Climax (Double Alchemy, d been excited for this book to come out for months and I was absolutely terrified that the reality would end up aisappointment I couldn t have been wrong if anything this book exceeded even my impossibly high expectations I gotta admit that I m a complete sucker for fun historical fiction featuring an LGBT protagonist and frankly there s just not enough of it But this novel is many things it s fun but it s serious it s wild but it s thoughtful it s sweet but it s Peace DeLeos Action Thriller Singles dangerous Monty our protagonist is at times a bit of an idiot but neveroes he stop being utterly endearing even without seeing the Roots and Blossoms dimples one can almost sense their presence The established relationship with Percy and theevelopments it makes throughout the book are kicky heel good and the iscussion of racial and
sexuality issues at the times shows Lee s background in history and affinity for research And espite the male centric castissues at the times shows Lee s background in history and affinity for research And Shakespeare despite the male centric cast strong and smart Felicity is a wonderfully refreshing female character to come out of a book set in the 18th century Reading this I often found myself turning pages far too late into the night unaware of the time passing as I was so engrossed in it I would say the only issue I had with it was the fact that Monty s complete ignorance of the stigmas Percy faced as a person of colour was never reallyealt with or resolved but perhaps that was the point to highlight their BWWM (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) differencesespite coming from the same elite class Unsure In short this is now one of my absolute favourite books and I think I m going to go and read it again Like right now. One last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome But when one of Montys reckless Seers Stone (Hidden Alchemy decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt it calls into uestion everything he knows including his relationship with the boy he adoresWittyazzling and intriguing at every turn The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and loveDon't miss Felicity's adventures in The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy the highly anticipated seuel. ,
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rails a bit and the author really should have considered not throwing twelve plot ideas intoa bit and the author really should have considered not throwing twelve plot ideas into book just in caseI almost gave this book 3 stars instead of 4 because of Monty who is pretty much insufferable most of the time It s rescued by the character of Felicity who has all the common sense her brother lacks while Percy still remains a bit two imensional at times Anyway apparently there s another book which follows on from this one but from Felicity s point of view The Lady s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy point of view The Lady "s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy out later in 2018 By "Guide to Petticoats and Piracy out later in 2018 By this book was goodI had no idea what to expect from The Gentleman s Guide to Vice and Virtue except that I seen so many people raving about how great it wasThis book uite literally has everything in it I could ask for grand adventure love friendship sibling rivalries sass wit mystery Teaching white South African literature in high school deception intrigue slow burn romance beautiful British humour characterevelopment a treasure hunt pirates gay and bi characters A Wish Your Heart Makes diverse characters and a strong willed hellcat of a womanThe entire novel is a couettish rogue that seduces you from the moment you begin readingI adore the history in this book that sets the scene without being at all stilted or boring I love particularly that we get to see what is probably an extremely reali No Major Plot Spoilers But I Do Discuss So Character Traits That Are Not Included In The Blurb Read On At Own PerilWhato you want me to say Yes I m ill I m an epileptic that s my lotIt 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 Agricultural Development: An International Perspective (Johns Hopkins Studies in Development) don t think I m insane Ion t think I should be locked up and I on t think I need to be cured of it for my life to be good Percy NewtonFirst off I need to say I am epileptic and what convinced me to add this to my theoretical I must read this asap like yesterday list was one of the characters epileptic status I have never read a book with epilepsy featuring as anything other than a throwaway thing or a strict hurdle to be overcome never read it as a key plot point This is an accurate representation of life with epilepsy the feelings the emotions the hiding in my reading because lord knows not much has changed since the 1700s no cure and we can still be social pariahs It is so important for all people to have some sort of mirror a way to see themselves in fiction when needed While The Gentleman s Guide to Vice and Virtue isn t perfect as a representation of how an epileptic feels even now it is a masterclass For that alone it eserves and gets 5 starsMoving on to brilliance I m all for bisexuality in fiction and the problematic protagonist and narrator is bisexual with his main interest being male The whole story is his redemptive arc But his starting point the insulting sexist rake is a bit much Though very much of the time I guess His shining lights are his Contemporary African literature devotion to his loved ones his humour the goblin and honestly his abused past His past is a huge part of who he is why he is the way he is and sadly something that people might relate to and see another way Percy is also relatable a half caste what is the correct term for that epileptic orphan though to an entirelyifferent set of people and he serves as a reminder to be yourself than be better Monty and Percy are two sides of the same coin or tarot card as is the case During the course of the book there is a tarot reading in which Monty gets the King of Cups reversed The reader gives both the straight interpretation and the reversed interpretation the former 120 Content Strategies for English Language Learners describes Percy the later Monty The primary female character is the intelligent independent feminist Felicity The Lady s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy the next book in the series is hers and looks just as intriguing Together the three characters work spectacularly well they areiverse and will all appeal to Making Me Crazy (Multicultural Romance Series: NHL Billionaire Meets African American Beauty Book 1) different peopleAs for the story well the idea of a grand tour appeals to me I m going to be honest Iidn t see the ending coming I guess the signs were there but they aren t screaming at you It is a tremendous amount of fun conveying all the enjoyment that could be had by a young adult on their grand tour The writing is witty and paced well never falling into a rut It is also uotable because t is so funny and relata. Rous Thingauthor Mackenzi LeeSimon vs the Homo Sapiens Agendameets the 1700sHenry Monty Montague Alt 38 Environmental Transformations doesnt care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe his uests for pleasure and vice are inanger of coming to an end Not only Academic Skills does his father expect him to take over the familys estate upon his return but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion PercySo Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade.