Blog Tour: Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee {ARC Review}

Hello everyone! Today, I’m reviewing Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee through the Sunday Street Team for its release on June 27th. Without any delay, let’s get into the review!

I received the ARC through Edelweiss in order to review it for the blog tour. This in no way influences my opinion. 

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 ha29283884ven’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.

How can I even form words to describe the joy I felt while reading Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue? If you don’t already have this book on your radar, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

I really didn’t know what to expect going into the book. I thought that it would maybe be a fluffy, historical fiction novel written like a typical contemporary. I thought maybe there’d be some romance sewn in between. Flat 4/5 stars. OOOHHH NO. Not at all! I was totally wrong.

First off, the writing style was wonderful. Mackenzie Lee’s writing style was magnificent. It fit very well within the world; it especially worked well with Monty’s narration. Monty is constantly plotting mischief and being sassy 24/7 and the writing DEFINITELY showed that. The plot was very thought out and surprisingly intense! I really thought that it would be like a contemporary (minimal plot, mostly driven by characters). Again, I was very wrong because there were many times where the suspense was so strong I just had to keep reading.

Speaking of characters, LET’S TALK ABOUT THE CAST OF GENTLEMEN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE. They each had very distinct personalities that really worked well together. The dynamic between the main three (Felicity, Monty, and Percy) really made me enjoy the story. Felicity, Monty’s sister, is now one of my favorite characters. The story definitely didn’t let her step out of the spotlight behind Monty and Percy, and I really loved that.

The cast of characters were also very diverse (racial rep, disability rep, and more that I know I’m forgetting). It was woven into the story really well. I thought the rep was really well researched, but I’m not within these marginalization (if you are, please leave your review in the comments! I’ll add the links here).

The only issue and I say issue very lightly is that the beginning was a bit slow. I really think, though, that that was my fault more than the novel’s. I took my time reading it towards the beginning, and I feel like it made the book feel a bit slower before the 15% mark.

Overall, I LOVED Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. It is definitely a book you need to keep on your radar of upcoming releases.

So, What Do I Rate Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue?

★★★★★/5 Stars

Buy Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Amazon- US || Amazon – UK || Barnes & Nobles || The Book Depository

About The Author

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Mackenzi Lee is a bookseller, history nerd, and the author of THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE, THIS MONSTROUS THING (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins), and the forthcoming SEMPER AUGUSTUS (Flatiron Books, 2018). She holds an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently calls Boston home.

Website: http://www.mackenzilee.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/themackenzilee

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7327341.Mackenzi_Lee

Pinterest: https://in.pinterest.com/themackenzilee/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themackenzilee

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themackenzilee/

Tour Stops for Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue Blog Tour

6/4 Tour Blogs Stops

Character Profiles – Blame It On The Books

Review –  Bookishly Thinking

Review –  Charmingly Simple

Interview – The Hermit Librarian

6/11 Tour Blogs Stops

Review – Tween to Teen Book Reviews

Interview – Sarcasm and Lemons

Unique Post (Ships to Travel With) – Roecker Reviews

Interview –  Books Buying Beauty

Review – The Ultimate Fangirl

6/18 Tour Blogs Stops

Review – Books and Ladders

Interview –  Book Stack Amber

Review –  YA and Wine

Review – A Thousand Words A Million Books

Unique Post (Characters in Social Media) – Live Love Read YA

6/25 Tour Blog Stops

Interview – Hopeful Reads

Review – Olivia’s Catastrophe

Review – Bayy in Wonderland

Review – Curly Hair Bibliophile

Unique Post (Mood Board) – A Book and A Cup of Coffee

Have you preordered Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue? Or were you able to read it as an ARC?

-Liv

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Blog Tour: Interview with Sierra Abrams (Author of The Color Project)

Hello everyone! Today, I’m thrilled to have Sierra Abrams on my blog today in honor of The Color Project‘s blog tour! There will be more information about Sierra and The Color Project towards the end. Let’s get into the interview!

1. Hi Sierra! Before we start the interview, can you briefly introduce yourself and The Color Project? 

Hi Liv! Thank you so so much for having me on your blog today! ❤ I’m Sierra and I wrote a book called THE COLOR PROJECT. It’s about a charity in a small town and how it affects the local community, as seen through the eyes of a girl experiencing her own personal tragedy while she volunteers at the charity.

 2. What was your inspiration behind The Color Project?

So many things that happened to me as a teenager. Most of them are spoilery things, but I can say that I wanted to read about more books set in San Diego!

 3. What is Bee’s Hogwarts house and why?

Bee is like me in almost EVERY respect….except her Hogwarts house. I’m a Ravenclaw, but she’s a Gryffindor. You wouldn’t think she is at first – she’s afraid of a lot of things – but I think that’s exactly what makes her a Gryffindor. She learns to do the hard, scary things anyway.

4. What is your writing process like?

A hectic, chaotic swirl of mad cackling, scribbling, drinking the tears of beta readers, and stirring my cauldron.

5. Which character was your favorite to write? Why?

I think, from this book, Suzie was my favorite to write. Suzie is Levi’s mom – you meet her about 1/4 of the way in – and she is just a LOVE BUG. She’s pushing through her sadness over her divorce in her own unique way that made me both laugh and want to join in. And she’s the BEST mom to Levi. Almost everything she said just clicked with me.

6. How long does it take you to write a first draft?

First drafts are a wild card in the sense of time. Some are 5 weeks. Some are 365 days. I never, ever know.

7. What inspired you to become a writer? Have you always enjoyed books as a child?

I fell in love with books at age 2, but I didn’t start reading for myself until I was 8. I got a set of HEARTLAND books for my birthday and just about melted out of love for them. I had already started writing, however – and I was taking it seriously, might I add – so this only fueled me to want to write more.

8. Do you have any upcoming projects that you’d like to talk about (if you can)?

I do!! I can’t say much about it, but I recently announced my second novel in my newsletter. It’s a New Adult contemporary set to release in the Fall of 2018, and you can already add it to Goodreads. 🙂 Thank you again so much for having me!! ❤

Thanks again to Sierra for such a wonderful interview!

Check Out The Color Project

Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

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Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.

Links To Buy The Color Project

Amazon    Barnes & Noble   Book Depository  

About The Author

Author PicAt 7 years old, Sierra Abrams decided that one day she would publish a book. For over a decade, in between exploring other career options, she kept coming back to that very first dream. Now her life consists of writing books of all kinds… Kissing books, angsty books, killing books, whimsical books, and sometimes books that are all of the above. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, traveling, consuming sushi, or daydreaming about Henry Cavill.

Check Out Her Social Media Links 

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday June 19
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST – Interview – Brittany´sBookRambles

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST – Review – ReadsandThoughts

Tuesday June 20
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST – Excerpt of The Color Project – TheYABookTraveler

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST – Review – TheHermitLibrarian   

Wednesday June 21
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST – Review – YAandWine

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST -Guest Post – LimeLightLiterature

Thursday June 22
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST – Review – AvdReader

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST – DIY: The Color Project Bookmarks – LoisReadsBooks

Friday June 23
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST – Excerpt of The Color Project – TheReader&The Chef

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST – Mini Review & Favorite Quotes – TheLifeOfABookNerdAddict

Saturday June 24
In The Morning at 8:00 AM EST – Interview – CurlyHairBibliophile  

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST – Mood Board – WonderfullyBookish

Sunday June 25
In The Morning at 8:00 AM ESTReview – MorrissaReads

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST – Guest Post – AThousandWordsAMillionBooks

Monday June 26

In The Morning at 8:00 AM ESTWays To Support Your Favorite CausesTalesOfTheRavenousReader

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST – Review – InkDin

Tuesday June 27

In The Morning at 8:00 AM ESTReview – ILoveBooksGirl

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST –  Interview – Brooke-Reports

Wednesday June 28

In The Morning at 8:00 AM ESTBook Hangover  – FablesandFae

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST –  Guest Post – Tiffthebooknerd

Thursday June 29

In The Morning at 8:00 AM ESTReview – BookWyrmingThoughts

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST – Excerpt – SimplyNicollette

Friday June 30

In The Morning at 8:00 AM ESTReview – LittleRedsReviews

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST –  Creative Post – LostInEverAfter

Saturday July 1st

In The Afternoon at 1:00 PM EST –  Interview – ANewLookOnBooks

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Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee {ARC Review}

I was sent an e-ARC of Tash Hearts Tolstoy in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion. 

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After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” 

Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

How can I describe my absolute admiration for this book? Tash Hearts Tolstoy exceeded all expectations I had. I’m actually having a difficult time writing this review because I just don’t know how I’ll describe it. I apologize in advance if this review is a bit jumbled.

I have fallen madly in love with Tash Hearts Tolstoy. It is a fluffy, YA contemporary that needs to be added to your TBRs IMMEDIATELY.

One thing unique about this novel is Natasha–Tash–is asexual. I have personally never read a book that features a asexual protagonist. I wrote a thread about Tash Hearts Tolstoy and what it means to me if you’d like to read it.   

I really can’t express how much I enjoyed this book. Tash Hearts Tolstoy talks about many issues, not only Tash’s sexuality. It also discusses friendships, rising to fame, family, and relationships. While Tash’s asexuality is very present in this novel, it is not the focal point. The book also explains that you can be in relationships and have romantic feelings if you are ace which is a myth that gets tossed around quite frequently.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy is just so much fun. The book is set while Tash and her friends are working on a web series. All of the characters were unique and easy to remember which is a problem I have frequently.

Tash is definitely not a perfect character which is something I really liked. In books, the characters are often seen as perfect beings. That isn’t how real humans work, though. They make mistakes and sometimes let emotions get the best of them. Tash definitely felt real. She didn’t always do or say the right things, but Tash learned from her mistakes and had strong character development by the end.

The storyline was adorable. Honestly, it reminded me of a Wattpad story in all the best ways. It was addicting and somewhat realistic but a bit idealistic. The writing style was also simple but still having the addicting style like I said before. There were many parts that were so funny I literally laughed out loud. It was overall just a heart-warming, wonderful novel.

After reading this review, you can probably tell that I LOVED Tash Hearts Tolstoy. You need to buy it as soon as you can. Read it. Love it.

So, what do I rate Tash Hearts Tolstoy?

★★★★★/5 Stars

Have you read Tash Hearts Tolstoy? Is it on your TBR yet? 

-Liv

Interview with Kayla Olson (Author of The Sandcastle Empire)

Hello everyone! I’m so thrilled to have a wonderful guest on my blog today. Kayla Olson, author of The Sandcastle Empire, has agreed to do an interview and I’m SO excited about it. I won’t say anything else because I just want to get straight to the interview. Let’s get started!

1. Hey, Kayla! Before we begin the interview, can you briefly introduce yourself and The Sandcastle Empire?

Hi, Liv, and thanks so much for having me! The Sandcastle Empire is a near-future sci-fi thriller/survival story about four girls who set off for an island in hopes of finding freedom there—only to find it more dangerous than the war-torn world they’ve left behind. As for me, I love coffee and chocolate and the beach…but would not want to be stranded on one! (That said, if I ever were stranded on one, coffee and chocolate would help considerably with the whole survival aspect.)

2. When you were young, did you want to grow up to be an author? 

I’ve always been an avid reader, but when I was young, I never quite knew how to approach being an author as a viable career. I was more of a journaler back then—but I did get into that because I dreamed of having my words written in a real, actual, book with a bound spine and a hard cover! It wasn’t until after college that I started writing fiction. Fortunately, by then, the internet was full of amazing resources on how to pursue the path to publication.

3. What is your writing process like? Do you have any specific things you need to do before you can begin writing?

Ooh, great question—I always love talking about process, and hearing how other people work, too. For me, whenever I get an idea, I always open a brand new Scrivener file and do my best to get the first page written. I’m a big believer in finishing what you’re working on (and these days, I have contracts and deadlines, so I can’t really switch projects based on feeling alone), so it helps to get the first line and the voice down for any shiny new ideas that hit me while I’m knee deep in drafting/revising something else! Having the first line and the voice ready to go helps immensely when it comes time to focus on the shiny new idea—it makes it much easier for me to slip into the project, even months or years after that initial spark.

4. (Cliche Question) How did you come up with the idea behind The Sandcastle Empire? 

I was having a particularly strong longing for a beach vacation, which coincided with some particularly strong nostalgia for the TV show Lost—the island setting came first, but quickly morphed from ohhh, I wish I was at the beach to I *must* write this story about this mysterious beach/island I never, ever want to visit!

5. What about Young Adult made you decide to write for teens?

Being a teen is such a huge time for developing relationships, empathy, and worldview—I remember that time of my life so clearly, and naturally gravitated toward writing about those years when I decided to focus on writing books instead of music. I also simply loved reading YA, so it made sense to write in the category I knew and loved so much!

6. Do you have any other passions besides writing and books? Do your interests influence your writing in any way?

Music was my first passion, and in fact, I think everyone—family and friends alike—expected me to go that route. I’ve always been a big fan of lyrics (think Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, Sandra McCracken) and wrote a good handful of my own songs back in college. My background of writing/loving poetry and lyrics definitely influenced the way I approach words on the page!

7. Do you have any projects you are currently working on (if you are allowed to talk about it)?

I do! As you suspected, though, I’m not able to share specifics quite yet—I will say that it’s another YA sci-fi/survival story, with another tight-knit cast, and a good bit of mystery/intrigue there, too. It’s very different from The Sandcastle Empire, but still very me. I can’t wait to share more details about it—it’s planned for Fall 2018, again with HarperTeen, so watch my Instagram (@authorkaylaolson) or Twitter (@olsonkayla) feeds for more!

Thanks again, Kayla, for allowing me to interview you. It was a pleasure!

Check Out The Sandcastle Empire

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32051724-the-sandcastle-empire

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sandcastle-Empire-Kayla-Olson/dp/0062484877/ref=sr_1_2_twi_har_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474650236&sr=1-2&keywords=The+Sandcastle+Empire

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-sandcastle-empire-kayla-olson/1124588986ean=9780062484871&st=AFF&2sid=HarperCollins%20Publishers%20LLC_7310909_NA&sourceId=AFFHarperCollins%20Publishers%20LLCM000023

Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062484871&aff=hcweb

Books-A-Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/9780062484871?AID=10747236&PID=7310909

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Sandcastle-Empire-Kayl-Olson/9780062484871?ref=grid-view

Are you excited to read The Sandcastle Empire? Is it on your TBR or have you already pre-ordered it?

-Liv

May Wrap-Up

Hello everyone! May is over! May felt like such a long month. Sadly, I didn’t read as many books as I would have liked to. I only read three books, but I had a very busy month. Without delay, let’s get into the month of May!

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I had to return Fahrenheit 451 to my English teacher, and We Are Okay is packed in a box. My kindle represents the two missing books.

Books I Read in The Month of May

  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour ★★★★/5
  • Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott ★★★★/5 [link]
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ★★★★/5

What Did I Do In The Month of May?

  • I turned 16! It was my birthday on May 10.
  • It was also my dad’s birthday!
  • School’s finally over! My last day was May 23.
  • I reached my goal of 1,000 Twitter followers! I actually now have 1,300 followers!
  • Two of my best friends graduated! I’m so proud of them :).

What’s In-Store for June? 

  • I’m going to London! I’ll be gone June 5-12. I’ve been saving up for this trip since I was eleven.
  • I’m going to a book signing in Irving, TX on June 15! I’ll be very jet lagged, but I wouldn’t miss it! It’s a panel with authors like Stephanie Garber and Kayla Olson.
  • I’m moving to Pennsylvania. We’re moving around June 26. We don’t have a definite date yet!

What (Might) I Be Reading in June ?

  • The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
  • Tash Hearts Tolstory by Kathryn Ormsbee
  • Queen of Geeks by Jen Wilde

What are you planning on reading in the month of June?

-Liv