2/ Read a book about something you want to do.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee
I cheated a little with this challenge as I had already started reading this book before the Readathon started. I am really busy with finishing my dissertation and trying to pack up to move house. So I knew I wouldn’t have time to finish 7 complete books unless I listened to an Audiobook. This was the only one that I wanted to read, however, I was already 4 hours into the book when the challenge started.
It made it very easy for me to do other things while listening to an audiobook and its one of the reasons that I was able to read while also getting the other things done that I needed to. It was really good to listen to this when travelling as I get travel sick if I physically read something. Although, if I’m listening to something it doesn’t happen. This is why Audiobooks have been so great for me recently.
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 travelling 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.
The emotion within the narrator’s voice was spectacular. Although I was slightly apprehensive when I started listening to this book at the beginning I slowly got used to the British accent and the way it was a historical Young Adult book. I loved the style of narration and I was hooked very quickly on the plot. I don’t know how my experience would have been if I had read a physical version of this book but I certainly will pick up a physical copy when I have the time as It is such a good read.
I didn’t believe everyone who recommended this book to me when they said the Audiobook is amazing. However, after listening to it and the different emotions that come through the voice, it is worth the hype. The romance and mystery within this book is great, it is not a normal historical read. The cover is also amazing, it is one of the reasons I wanted to pick this up in the first place.
This book is a five-star read and I really hope there are more adventures to be had with this trio of characters. After my initial doubts, I certainly was proved wrong and I absolutely loved it. I also didn’t realise how long this book was until about halfway through the novel. So that is a great thing for me, I normally am slightly afraid by longer books as they take a long while to get through and I’m trying to cut down my tbr quickly.
As always, happy reading xxx