Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

tggtvavReview by: Paige

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, LGBT

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.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Meant to Read in 2017

…But Didn’t Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish

33158561Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

I was so, so close to managing to squeeze this book into 2017 at the very end, but alas I didn’t get to it. However, the love for this novel is so deep, and from the 15 pages I did manage to read, I can see why. McLemore’s writing is so enchanting, her setting so engrossing and her characters enthralling. I can’t wait to unravel all this book has to offer, even if I am doing it a bit later than intended.

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas32320750

I’m a huge fan of thrillers, and this was on my radar for so long that I was actually recommending it to people before I had even read it myself. And the people who took my advice loved it so much that I knew I would have to get to it sooner rather than later. And with Thomas releasing one of my most anticipated stories this year, I’m eagerly looking forward to getting my hands on this.

32571395One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

I’m always a fan of ensemble casts, and when you have to suss out a traitor among those characters, I’m all in. Though I don’t believe I truly favor any one sub-genre of YA, I’m definitely more partial to thrillers, so why I keep pushing this off is beyond me. This seems right up my alley, so I know that this year I’ll finally find the time to conquer it.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater30025336

I was a huge fan of The Raven Cycle for a lot of reasons, and I honestly think Maggie Stiefvater is one of the most incredible authors out there right now. She presents such compelling characters and plots, with just the right amount of humor and romance to offset the objectively dark storyline. Friends of mine have already read and adored this, and if it comes even close to reaching The Raven Cycle’s level of intense and enthralling prose, it will be a success.

32075671The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

It’s so disheartening that I never got around to this novel in 2017. It was one of the most highly praised (and well deserving, at that) titles, and marked a real change in how diverse stories are received by their audiences. Having not read it yet, I can’t even fathom how important and poignant it must be, as its impact is left entirely to experience. However, I know that once I get around to it, I’ll be just as moved as all the readers before me.

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel30689335

Though the reviews for this book have been incredibly mixed, and justifiably so considering the subject matter and dark tone, it’s been on my list and in the back of my mind for some time. If anything, the mixed response has only made me want to read it more, so I can see for myself just what dark and twisted secrets are kept within this family. Meg was a huge fan of Engel’s previous work The Book of Ivy, but I’ve yet to read anything by her, and this seems like the perfect one for me to begin with.

33385229They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

I’ve yet to read a Silvera novel, which seems insane at this point. His books are so adored, and I’m always looking for good LGBT+ novels, and I have a little too much of an affinity for tragedy and doomed romance, so I can’t believe I haven’t gotten to this yet. I’m so looking forward to it, and I hope it’s as spectacular as everyone else seems to believe.

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum33158541

I requested an ARC of this book a long time ago, but after being denied, I pushed it to the back of my mind and said I would save it for later. However, every time I see it pop up on my Goodreads shelves, all it takes it another peek at the summary to remind me how desperately I want to read this and how splendid it seems.

30249925This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

Some people hate strange books simply because they’re strange. I am not one of those people. If a book leaves me confused, questioning what I’ve read and experience, so much the better for it, because that means a story was compelling enough for it to linger in my mind for days after. Friends and fellow bloggers seem split on whether this was fantastic or terrible, and I can’t wait to make that judgment for myself this year.

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon31305526

I’ve heard incredible things about the captivating, gorgeous writing, incredible atmosphere, and well-rounded, slow-burn romance within this novel that I know I need to get to it sooner rather than later. Contemporary novels may not always be my first choice, but when they are as dense and glorious as this one is said to be, I’m utterly unable to put them down. I’m so looking forward to this that every time I read another review, it moves higher up my list.


What books did you all miss out on this year, and what are you looking forward to finally tackling in 2018? Let us know!

Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air #1)

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Review by: Paige

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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