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

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
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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.

What I thought

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a young adult historical fiction novel.  In this story you follow Monty who is accompanied by his best friend Percy and his sister Felicity on on his grand tour. When he returns home he will be expected to take over his family’s estate.

I loved this book.  At first I was not sold on it, but as I heard others talk about it I wanted to give it a try. I am very happy that I did.  There were times that I found myself laughing out loud to some of the witty things that were said.  I loved how this story touched on so many things. One of the undertones was abuse, and they way that it was handled by the other characters was on point not once did they excuse it. For personal reasons this meant a lot to me. Those around Monty repeatedly told him it wasn’t okay even when he said he deserved it. I know that the abuse in this book is never talked about when people review it, but it explains a lot of what Monty does and how he thinks about himself. Yes he is in love with his best friend but he thinks that he does not deserve him so he does really stupid things that makes you want to shake him and say just stop and open your eyes. (yes I realize shaking him isn’t right but you know what I mean).

The love story is a slow burn and I really enjoyed it.  You know from the beginning that they are in love with each other but they do not know this, so you get to watch the whole thing bloom. The transformation is just beautiful.

I absolutely loved Facility, she was the perfect balance for Monty. He could be so over the top and she was so down to earth. I really can not wait for the next book in this world since she is the lead in it.

My Rating: /5

5 Stars

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Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Cover Buys, August 15, 2015

Good Morning!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and now managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group.

This weeks theme is a freebie: Top 5 Cover Buys

Top 5 Cover Buys

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton
That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

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20 Questions Book Tag

I was nominated by Of All the Books in All the Libraries to do this tag.  If you have not checked them out please do.

1. HOW MANY BOOKS IS TOO MANY BOOKS IN A SERIES?

I prefer 3 to 4 books.

2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?

I am not a fan.

3. HARDCOPY OR PAPERBACK?

Paperbacks.

4. FAVOURITE BOOK?

Pride & Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

5. LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

6. LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?

Yes. I am a sucker for them.

7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISH?

The Colour Of Magic

The Colour Of Magic by Terry Pratchett

8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?

Notes of Magic

Notes of Magic by Jessica Bucher

9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?

Blackmoore 

Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

10. OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?

Macbeth

Macbeth by William Shakespeare (1606)

11. NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?

Furyborn

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

12. FAVOURITE AUTHOR?

Gail Carriger

13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?

Physical books – Buying
Audio books – Borrow

14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE SEEMS TO LIKE?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

15. BOOKMARKS OR DOGEARS?

Bookmarks

16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS REREAD?

Pride & Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

17. CAN YOU READ WHILE HEARING MUSIC?

Yes.  I have a talent of blocking out everything around me while I am reading.

18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POVS?

Most books that I read have multiple POVS but I find it refreshing to just live in one persons head.

19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?

Multiple days.  I wish I had the time to read a book in one sitting.

20. ONE BOOK YOU READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER.

That Inevitable Victorian Thing.png

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

I Tag:

Brittany @Perfectly Tolerable

Madame Writer

Books in Bloom

Pauliina @ The Bookaholic Dreamer

No pressure if you do not want to do it.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? August 13, 2018

It's Monday What are you reading.pngGood Morning!

It’s the start of another week.  It’s Monday! What are you Reading is hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind.

Last Weeks Books:
Notes of Magic

Notes of Magic by Jessica Bucher
4 Stars
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Taq, a young fiddler, comes to Prague with dreams of joining the Bohemians—a band of immortal, magic-wielding street performers. With a mission to right past wrongs, things don’t go as planned when he meets the beautiful performer, Katia. Now, he must decide if revealing his secret is worth losing her heart.

Katia has spent one hundred years chained to the city, broken-hearted and silent,
waiting for her chance to be free. But with an impending threat on Bohemia itself and a mysterious newcomer, peace is starting look farther than ever. Now she must decide if she should trust Taq or put her faith in the one who broke her heart—the tyrannical Magistrate of Bohemia.
Curses can be broken, but at what cost?

a wrinkle in time
A Wrinkle in Time
 by Madeleine L’Engle
3 Stars
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It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.

Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

Wolf-Speaker
Wolf-Speaker
 by Tamora Pierce
4 Stars
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When humans start cutting down trees and digging holes in peaceful Dunlath Valley, the wolves know that something is wrong. They send a messenger to the only human who will listen — Daine, a fourteen-year-old girl with the unpredictable power of wild magic. Daine and her closest companions heed the wolves’ cry for help. But the challenge they are about to face in the valley is greater than they can possibly imagine…

 

 

The Bell Jar
The Bell Jar
 by Sylvia Plath
3 Stars
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The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under — maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that Esther’s insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.

 

Catwoman
Catwoman: Soulstealer
 by Sarah J. Maas
5 Stars
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When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has…

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.

Competence
Competence 
by Gail Carriger
5 Stars
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Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fishtail.

When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life’s most challenging questions:
Can the perfect book club give a man back his soul?
Will her brother ever stop wearing his idiotic velvet fez?
And can the amount of lard in Christmas pudding save an entire species?

Current Reads:
The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity
The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity

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What if the fae were still here, living among us? Perhaps living in secret, doing their best to pass for human? Or perhaps their existence is acknowledged, but they’re still struggling to fit in. How have they survived? Are they outcasts clinging to the edges of society, or do their powers ensure success in the mortal realm? Here are fourteen fabulous tales-ranging from humor to dark fantasy-that explore how the creatures of fae are fitting into the modern world.

From a mortal who offers to do internet marketing for Oberon…to a woman bent on reclaiming her baby from the Queen of the fae…to a dyad grove menaced by urban expansion…to a Selkie in need of a new home and career…these are original looks at how the world of the imagination can survive and perhaps even thrive in the everyday mortal lands.

The Coven Princess
The Coven Princess
 by Lily Luchesi
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Your blood does not define you.
Harley Torrance’s parents were killed in a home invasion when she was three. Adopted by a nice couple, Harley begins to develop strange powers. At fourteen she brews a potion so strong it gains the attention of the Coven King, and changes her world forever.
She’s not human, she’s a witch.
Now a part of the magical community, Harley must learn to control her powers lest the Darkness already in her blood overcomes her. Can she dampen her lust for power in order to stop the Dark from taking over the Coven and killing everyone in their way?

 

What are your reading plans this week? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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The Liebster Award

Liebster Award

I was nominated by Meaghan @ The Words Gremlin, thank you so much, Meaghan, for nominating me!  If you have not checked her out please do.

The Liebster Award

THE RULES

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, provide a link to their blog and display the award.
  • Answer 11 questions they asked you.
  • Come up with your own 11 questions
  • Tag 11 bloggers and don’t forget to tell them.

What’s your least favorite book of all time?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

If you could paint your room right now, this very moment, what color(s) would you choose?

Olive with brown accents

Have you ever had a pen pal?

When I was in school they tried to set us up with penpals but they never wrote back 😦

What song is stuck in your head at the moment?

Holy Diver – Killswitch Engage

If you had to go on an epic quest of some sort, who would be the first character you would ask to go with you?

Kelsier from The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Is there a book you would like to see as a video game? Or video game you’d love to see as a book?

Is there a Mistborn video game yet?

What’s the first book you can ever remember reading?

The Christmas Kitten

The Christmas Kitten by Virginia Holt

Is your handwriting messy or neat?

This honestly depends on my mood.

You’ve been granted three wishes! What’s the first thing that comes to mind to wish for? Not what you would wish for, but the very first thing you think of.

Debt free (yes really this consumes my thoughts always)
Ice cream
Smoke and Sacrifice I am waiting on it to drop in price before I get it (what can I say I’m cheap)

What’s a book that you think is super underrated and needs more love?

The Falconer

The Falconer by Elizabeth May
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What’s the coolest mug that you own?

purple mug


I TAG

Maddie // Munch Reviews

Asha @ A Cat, A Book and a Cup of Tea

Book Orbit

Aspiring Librarian

MY QUESTIONS

  1. When asked for a reading recommendation what book(s) to you list?
  2. Do you like to buy your books online or in a bookstore?
  3. Tea or Coffee?
  4. What other hobbies do you have other than blogging?
  5. What is your blogging schedule? We don’t want to miss a post!
  6. Do you have social media accounts? If so what is your names so we can follow you?
  7. What is your favorite time of day?
  8. What is your favorite Disney Movie?
  9. Who is your favorite Author?
  10. Do you tab your books? What do you use and do you have a system? (I use book darts)
  11. What book are you currently reading now?

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Reviews

Review: Notes of Magic by Jessica Bucher

Notes of Magic
Notes of Magic
by Jessica Bucher
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Synopsis
Enchanted city. Old magic. New threat.

Taq, a young fiddler, comes to Prague with dreams of joining the Bohemians—a band of immortal, magic-wielding street performers. With a mission to right past wrongs, things don’t go as planned when he meets the beautiful performer, Katia. Now, he must decide if revealing his secret is worth losing her heart.

Katia has spent one hundred years chained to the city, broken-hearted and silent,
waiting for her chance to be free. But with an impending threat on Bohemia itself and a mysterious newcomer, peace is starting look farther than ever. Now she must decide if she should trust Taq or put her faith in the one who broke her heart—the tyrannical Magistrate of Bohemia.
Curses can be broken, but at what cost?

What I thought
I received an e-copy of the story for an honest review.  I enjoyed it so much that I purchased a physical copy. 

Notes of Magic is the first book in a young adult fantasy series. The story takes place in a futuristic Prague. People with Magic come to Prague (Bohemia) for the Magistrate’s protection. The Bohemians trade 100 years of their life for protection and Immortality during that time, in exchange, they perform on the city streets using their gifts whether they be by performing magic tricks or playing music. The two main POV’s are Katia and Taq. Taq had traveled to Bohemia to make things right. Katia is not happy and is counting down her remaining days until she is free.  The last thing either of them expected was to fall for each other.

I loved the atmosphere of old-world Prague. The love story is very cute. Katia is very naive but if you were stuck at 17 for 99 years…and the Bohemians as a whole are very sheltered by their leader (The Magistrate). The Magistrate shelters them out of fear because of what he went through what he had to endure. The one main downfall that I had with the book is the story is sold as being steampunk; however, it only has one character that has any steampunk elements and these were the only steampunk elements present in the story. I was really bumbed out about it because that was what really sold me on the book.  I really hope that there are more steampunk characters in the future books in this series.

All in All, it was still a good read and I will be continuing on with book 2.

My Rating: /5

4 Stars

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Friday-Face-Off: A Cover with a Mask

Good Morning!

I have been seeing this meme going around and thought it would be fun to do. Friday Face-Off was by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog. The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favorite.

Theme:  A Cover with a Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

FFO - The Man in the Iron Mask

My favorite cover is…

The Man in the Iron Mask

What do you think? Do you agree with my choice?

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