The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

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Henry "Monty" Montague was bred to be a gentleman. His passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men, have earned the disapproval of his father. His quest for pleasures and vices have led to one last hedonistic hurrah as Monty, his best friend and crush Percy, and Monty's sister Felicity begin a Grand Tour of Europe. When a reckless decision turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything Monty knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062382801
0062382802
9780062693112
0062693115
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lee
Characteristics: 513 pages : map ; 22 cm

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AL_TIEGAN Oct 10, 2017

The characters in this novel are absolutely wonderful! Monty is fantastically flawed, Percy is steadfastly loyal, and Felicity is defiantly medically inclined. The trio goes out to Tour the Continent before having to settle into the different roles in their lives, but things go horribly wrong, as they tend to do around Monty. Rather than taking the full Tour as scheduled, full of art and symphonies and hob-nobbing, the trio is thrown off course after an encounter with highwaymen looking for a box Monty stole from the Duke of Bourbon. This leads them on a trail to encounter an apothecary, an alchemist, a secretive brother and sister, pirates, and a sinking tomb. A great tale of daring adventure, intrigue, love, and family.

AL_JENNY Oct 05, 2017

I adored this book. It was an absolute hoot! Romance, adventure, and lots of laughs!

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lostintheshelves
Oct 02, 2017

This is a pleasant, fun, fast YA read about a flawed young nobleman who learns some badly-needed lessons about his own power and privilege that easily apply to life today, and I applaud it having a bisexual man as protagonist. That said, I was distracted by how much Monty, the main character, felt less like an eighteenth-century nobleman or even an actual man, but like the kind of queer man a female writer produces for female readers--in other words, a slash trope. I also found the story bogged down in Barcelona and that the mix of medical and historic accuracy with supernatural elements didn't quite work (and I say this as someone who usually loves historical fantasy). A lot of young people and slash fans will love this novel, but as an avid adult YA reader, I found it works less for an adult audience.

VaughanPLAlyssia Sep 11, 2017

There’s only one word to describe this book: A-DOR-A-BLE. The concept is great; I think everyone who learns about the European Grand Tour tradition falls in love with it, and it’s a concept RIPE for hijinks (why don’t more people write about it??). At heart this is an adventure story, and there’s never a dull moment. The writing is clever and vibrant, and Monty has one of the most fun voices I’ve read in YA. He’s a jerk with terrible impulse control, but he’s somehow still so lovable, which is a credit to the author. The characters are all well-drawn and believable, and their chemistry with each other is perfect, especially Monty and Felicity’s sibling relationship. Also kudos for the representation of mixed-race people in high society at the time! This is a subject that few people know about or write about, so I hope it sparks some curiosity in readers. There’s also a little more smuttiness than I anticipated (not a complaint!), so if that’s your thing, you’re in luck.

I deducted half a star because I think Percy was a little too obviously in love with Monty—it strained credulity that Monty wouldn’t pick up on it. Their romantic tension dragged on a liiitttllee too long, but it did pay off.

Fans of this book should read up on Lord Byron, a real-life 19th century poet/scoundrel who could give Monty a run for his money!

lindsay_r Aug 21, 2017

This is by far the most fun book I have read in a good long while. Look no further for romance, ridiculous adventures, and large amounts of sass. See also: 18th century Europe, pirates, and very poor decisions.

TSCPL_LissaS Aug 15, 2017

The most beautiful part of being in a community of readers is when someone knows you well enough to message a book title and says "I read about this book and thought you would love it."

I LOVED IT.

All the other description and reviews will help you decide if this is a perfect book for you. But if you are on the fence about trying this book and enjoy regency era romances, teen romances, gay romances, well developed characters, funny dialogue, meaningful glances between people, ALL of the subtext, and also both planned and very unexpected adventures - then I highly recommend it.

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aimiller
Jul 26, 2017

So right off the bat: I finished this ~500 page book in a single day, which is something I have not done for a very, very long time. The book snatched me right up, and as frustrating as I sometimes found Monty (which was, I'm sure, absolutely intentional!) I absolutely had to know what was going to happen to him at each stage of the book. I really loved the entire thing, and all of the characters are so fleshed out and well done, I'm just in awe. What an incredible addition to the world of historical fiction! I want a lot more books just like it.

EvaELPL Jul 25, 2017

A wonderfully fun and surprisingly moving historical YA read, this follows Monty, his best friend Percy (who he may or may not be secretly in love with), and his sister Felicity as their Grand Tour of Europe turns into a twisting adventure full of scheming dukes, alchemists, pirates, puzzles, plagues, and more. The plot is engrossing and smartly paced, but the real heart of the book is in the characters. I loved how thoughtfully and yet effortlessly this book tackles issues of race, sexuality, class, sexism, privilege, and more, all with a sense of hope and a focus on what a happy ending for everyone might look like. Lee sets the bar high for thoughtful representation and skillful writing in YA literature here.

AL_KATI Jul 24, 2017

Absolutely one of the best books I have read this year. The plot is fast and fun, the characters are so well-developed that they feel like friends, and the writing is great. I loved this!

PinesandPrejudice Jul 20, 2017

I adored this book. It was adventurous, courageous, funny, friendly, heart-breaking, and intense. With well-developed, well-rounded and interesting characters to boot.

The two issues I had with the book were 1) the classic three's company set up which was very Harry/Ron/Hermione-ish and 2) The back and forth between Percy and Monty took up at least more than a 100 pages than it should have. It was too obvious and I had a hard time believing the characters would be so daft toward their feelings for each other when it is obvious to literally EVERY ONE.

Monty had such a great voice and one you don't often get in YA, especially when it's so well-developed. It's hard to love an asshole but that's exactly what you end up doing. Felicity is one of my new favorite heroines and I am so happy she is getting her own book! And Percy, Percy is too Hufflepuff for his own good but you can't help but adore him. Also, I want to learn more about Scipio in Felicity's book because I am obsessed with that man.

It is a great book with flawed, beautiful characters and an action-packed story that barely lets you breathe. I enjoyed it, thoroughly.

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