SPOILER FREE REVIEW
Book one in the Guide duology,
Genre: Young Adult – Historical fiction
Target Audience: 15+
Rating: A+ (100%)
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Hilarious and cute and amazing! This book was a fabulous adventure that had you perched on the edge of your seat.
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 honestly have no idea where to start. This book was all ’round perfection. I absolutely fell in love with this story and everything that happened from the beginning until the very end. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time just wishing I could push through this book faster but at the very same time trying to keep my reading slow so I didn’t devour this wonderful novel too fast.
Originally, I listened to the audiobook because I was told that it was fabulous – and let me tell you – IT WAS FABULOUS. The narrator of the story, Christian Coulson was absolutely perfect. He honestly was able to bring so, so, so much to this story that it brought this already fantastic novel one step further.
The three main characters in this novel contrast differently from one another in such a way that it works. It builds the story, adding another intricate layer. Monty is exactly what you expect from someone with great promise and pressure pressed into them their entire life, forced to pretend to be someone they’re not. He’s an absolute mess. Percy is exactly who you expect him to be as a biracial character, treated poorly for the colour of his skin – he’s sweet and caring and an all around amazing person. Felicity is exactly who you wouldn’t expect her to be as a woman from 18th Century. She’s obsessed with reading, she’s got a back bone and doesn’t cower to anyone. Ultimately, she’s a freakin’ boss.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a hilarious roadtrip novel, set to get your heart racing, and the tears flowing. Emotion will beat you black and blue throughout the entire duration, leaving you with a huge grin on your face in the meantime. I devoured every single word of this novel and have to keep convincing myself to read other books instead of picking this sucker back up. This is easily my favourite historical novel. (Because it’s awesome, duh.)
EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS!
I found no flaws with the plot. I found no flaws with anything. It kept my attention, it made me feel, I never wished it to end. What more could I ask for? (Except for another book from Mackenzi Lee?– WHICH IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING! There’s a sequel <3)
Absolute perfection. I bet my Goodreads rating is a big shock, huh?
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 10/10
Enjoyment Factor: 10/10