Genres: Historical, Young Adult
by Katherine Tegen Books
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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.
Henry “Monty” Montague has one year left before he has to put aside partying and drinking and take over his father’s business, so he plans one last trip to tour Europe with his best friend Percy and his younger sister Felicity before they all start the next step in their lives. Even though Monty and friends have a chaperone and their year all mapped out, they deviate from the plan rather quickly. Instead of partying all the time (what Monty would like) or going to lectures and museums (what their guide would like), the three young ones end up on the run and even come face to face with pirates.
I picked this book up because of the hype surrounding it, and I’m glad I did because it’s great and I really enjoyed it. It was a little overhyped, so some parts did not meet my expectations, but it was still a fun book with a great adventure. The beginning started off a little slow and took a while to get into, but once I was about a third of the way in I did not want to put it down!
All of the characters were great, but Felicity was by far my favorite. She is smart, witty, and fearless. At the beginning we don’t know much about her because Monty doesn’t really know his sister, but as the book progresses the two learn more about each other and have a closer relationship. I absolutely loved Felicity’s perseverance. Despite the restrictions on women during this time period, Felicity wants to study medicine and become a doctor, so she secretly reads medical textbooks and sneaks away to attend medical lectures. Even though she is interested in a job she isn’t “supposed” to do, she keeps studying and practicing, and is a big help to everyone. Felicity is also fearless, not only is she studying something unheard of for a woman, she stands up for herself and Monty so often! There were countless moments where Monty wanted to hide or was too afraid to say anything, but Felicity was right there speaking up even if it was a dangerous situation. I was so excited to hear that Mackenzi Lee’s next book will be about Felicity, I can’t wait to read it!
Overall I really enjoyed this book, and recommend it to anyone who wants to read a fast paced adventure book.