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Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) by Mackenzi Lee

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Historical fiction (LGBT)


This book wasn’t really in my planned list for this year but I kept hearing good things about it so I decided to check it out. The first 3 chapters were pretty good and the writing was witty and fun to read.

Among the characters, Percy and Felicity are my favorite. As for Monty, who is the main protagonist, I liked him at first, even found his antics amusing. But I’m sorry to say they got old real fast. Monty was a jerk and after the first 3 chapters, I found it hard to like him. He was too self-absorbed and seemed to only care for himself. He just kept making life harder for himself and others.

His backstory, however, made me feel sorry for him and I figure the bad things that happen to you and scar you and shape your life in a certain direction are the reasons why he was so messed up. I guess I would have liked it better if he weren’t such a jerk but I did understand why he was one. It’s hard to be strong, to be a good person when no one gives you a good foundation to grow on.

That said, for some people, no matter how much crap life dumps on them, no matter how much other people hurt them and put them down, they don’t let that break them. I tried to like Monty but I hated how he was determined to throw his life down the gutter.

As for the story itself, all the many incidents as the gang trekked across Europe turned out to be just a tad too much. Instead of amusing, it all appeared tiresome. Even the ending was kind of flat – though Monty did redeem himself in the end enough to maybe deserve Percy. Overall I’d say this book wasn’t for me, but maybe others will enjoy it more.

Synopsis: 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'm a die-hard bibliophile and I'm also an introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy) I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami.

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