Breaking the Spine
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Published: June 27, 2017 by Balzar + Bray (HarperCollins)
Synopsis: An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.
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.
Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.
Why I'm Waiting:
I really loved Mackenzi's debut, This Monstrous Thing! It was one of my favorite debuts of 2015 and that was a year full of amazing debuts for me. It was a really fantastic retelling too. I loved how the author played around with the original story of Frankenstein, the historical setting, and the fact that she added characters like Mary Shelley herself. I've been excited to see what Mackenzi has up her sleeve next and I am so pumped for this book.
For one thing I love the fact that it's historical fiction set during throughout Europe in the 18th Century. I'm not a huge fan of road trip stories but I love the idea of a Grand Tour. I've read some classics that involve something similar which I have enjoyed so I'm interested to see a more modern take on the concept.
But I'm even more interested in this because of the LGBT romances. There is not a lot of historical fiction with LGBT elements and it's not a new concept so I'm excited to explore it from that perspective. It usually makes for interesting character development and even more interesting conflicts because of the views of gays and lesbians at the time. I think Mackenzi will do a great job with it too.
I'm also really interested in this book because reading the synopsis I think there is going to be some really interesting adventures. Like I said, I'm not a huge fan of road trips but I love manhunts, pirates, highwaymen, and hedonism. I'm excited.