Bookish Review by Majestic Lori
July 15, 2017
Title: The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice & Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
(Side note: I’m squealing internally from the amount of excitement of this being my first book review on this blog & is one of my favorite books of the year. Ok I’m lame & happy ok, now back to the review☺️)
I was scrolling through my Goodreads account a few months ago and stumbled upon the novel, “The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice & Virtue” by Mackenzi Lee, I quickly listed it on my “To Be Read” list because it sparked my interest by the traveling, time period, and LQBTQ mention.
I’m Bisexual and it feels amazing to know that within the YA community we are expressed and I felt more connected to the protagonist because of his sexuality that reflects my own.
To be honest, before this novel was released it was receiving spectacular reviews, and I HAD to figure out why!
This novel sets in the 18th Century England with a protagonist, Henry Montague later given a nickname “Monty” who speaks in a first person view. Monty can be labeled as a Bisexual or Pansexual protagonist in modern terms which is also stated by the author. We are introduced to Monty’s bestfriend, Percy who becomes his love interest throughout the novel, and Monty’s sister, Felicity who is a bookworm.
All three are embarking on a trip across Europe for an entire year, and halfway in the journey they are to deliver Felicity to her school just in time for the semester. Monty has a mischief behavior that often leads to conflict and he also faces his family’s inheritance that weighs heavily on his shoulders. Monty is a clear representation of a flawed character, but someone who is lovable.
This adventure is a fast paced filled novel that consists of friendship, love, courage, diverse characters, alchemy, evolving from adolescent stages, and acknowledging your aspirations to follow it. Mackenzi Lee has truly astonished me by her excellent illustrated storyline and characters you can’t help but fall in love with.
By the end of this fun filled novel you can’t help but read again! I promise you, you won’t be disappointed!
Thank you for taking time to read this review! Have a lovely day you magical beings!🦄✨