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Review: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Why I Chose This Book:

I had been looking forward to this book for months. It’s not very often that we get historical fiction books in YA, not to mention LGBTQ+ books in YA historical fiction. So when this book finally hit the shelves, I was there ready to hand over my life savings just so I could own this book.

by Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: June 27th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+


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. (Goodreads)

Review: Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Why I chose this book: This book popped up on my Goodreads dash several times before I gave it a look. Realistic fiction is one of my favorite YA genres, and I have lately been in a fantasy black hole. This book was also on my summer reading list, and one of the few I've left to knock out.

Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publish Date: May 14, 2014
Format: Kindle
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary/ Realistic Fiction
B&N || Amazon || Indiebound

Some secrets are too good to keep. 

Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat. 

Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.

Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe. 

Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.

But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go? (Goodreads)

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
Let’s be honest here. I am not immune to hype, but I do try so hard. Of course, it’s not difficult for very long. When the hype gets huge, and all the fanboys and fangirls get to hashtagging, I get disgusted. I was repulsed by this series and all the sickening hype, but then I saw the movie trailer, and I knew it was time to stop fighting it. I never feel good about an adaptation unless I’ve read the book first, so after buying it, then stacking it on my bookshelf for a few months, I decided I better get this out of the way. I opened this book with the cautious reluctancy of a germaphobe at the supermarket. For once, the hype did not disappoint.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publish Date: February 28th, 2012
Format: Paperback 
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Buy: B&N || Amazon || Indiebound 

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her. (Goodreads)
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