Monday, September 18th 2017

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and VirtueThe Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on June 27th 2017
Pages: 513

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 slow burn almost did me in. It was so good and so angsty. My only disappointment was that I didn’t get a raunchy scene in the end. But I will survive. This book reminded me of another one of my favorites, My Lady Jane but with more debauchery. I found this book to be quite hilarious and laughed out loud several times as well as groaned at the angst. I loved it. It is a wonderful historical romantic comedy.


Thursday, January 12th 2017

Favorite Book of 2016

Favorite Book of 2016My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Published by HarperTeen on June 7th 2016
Pages: 491

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.
At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.

I LOVED this book. It was just so much fun! I did know a little bit about the time period before I read this book as I used to be obsessed with The Tudors and then wanted to read anything that had to do with those people/characters.

With that being said, you cannot go into this book expecting it to be historically accurate. At all. Literally, at all. But it is hilarious. This book had me laughing out loud. In public.

The characters are great and the plot is awesome. I really hope these ladies write more books together.