Books, General

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue | Review

Title: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Author: Mackenzi Lee

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 16 Apr 18 – 21 Apr 18

Publication date: 10 August 2017

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, YA

Description:

A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi LeeSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are 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.

So Monty 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, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love. Continue reading “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue | Review”

Books, General

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Book Quotes

Do you get a more wonderfully perfect topic than analysing your favourite words from literature and compiling them into one post? No, I don’t think you do either. I absolutely adored this week’s challenge of finding my favourite book quotes, the only problem came from narrowing them down.

For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here. The lovely folks at Broke and Bookish teamed together to create this awesome weekly prompt, which is now hosted by the wonderful Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl. Quite simply, you list the top ten of the topic prompt.

This week, I have elected to do something that I usually dislike. I don’t like leaving a choice without some words of explanation and reasoning, however, in a week all about words, I have decided to let the quotes themselves do the talking:

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
– Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

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“Dreams is full of mystery and magic…..Do not try to understand them.”
– Roald Dahl, The BFG

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“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
– J K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”
– V E Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic

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“Not all those who wander are lost”
– J R R Tolkien, Lord of the Rings

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“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
– Neil Gaiman, Coraline

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
– Dr. Seuss, Oh The Places You’ll Go

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“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”
– Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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“A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: We must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

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“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.”
― Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography


It is no surprise that I value adventure so highly when you look at the over-arching theme within these quotes, after all, “books are a uniquely portable form of magic.” 

What are you favourite book quotes?