Number of pages: 513
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 3
I wish I had listened to the audiobook. I’ve never actually listened to an audiobook, but based on the preview for this one, I think I would have given this a higher rating if I had listened to it instead of read it.
This is a really solid read. The characters are well done and the setting seems well-researched (especially after reading the authors note). I’m not denying that. However, my main issue with this book is that I went into it looking for a fun book filled with shenanigans, and I finished it feeling sad. I read this in the middle of exams. It should have been very hard to get me to feel worse than I already did. Yet somehow this book managed to do it. I mainly ended up feeling sorry for Monty instead of laughing at his jokes, and that isn’t really what I read this for.
Let me preface my next point with this: I am normally not a fan of female MCs in YA historical fiction because they always feel like the embodiment of the author’s 2017 views, which is just not realistic. I did however love Felicity. She felt true to her time, while still being an interesting character. When Monty comes out to her she doesn’t automatically accept him and tell him everything will be fine. Instead, she talks about sin for a while and says doesn’t really understand it, because that’s the reaction she would have generally grow up surrounded by. They didn’t have Pride back then as we have it now. Instead they had a very powerful church telling them people like Monty and Percy are evil. She’s also strong willed and generally brilliant, and I can’t wait to read from her perspective in The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.
Overall, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was a solid read, but it wasn’t as fun and light-hearted as I wanted it to be. It has therefore earned 3 stars out of 5.