I'll write a real review for this soon, but since I just finished it this morning I'll have to do a little more pondering before I write. Otherwise it'll just be an entire review filled with something along the lines of...
OMG PERCY AND MONTY ARE SO CUTE AND FELICITY IS A BADASS AND PIRATES GUYS! PIRATES. BUT ALSO ROMANCE AND AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
So, yeah. I'll sit for a bit and figure out what I want to write. I LOVED this book though. It was so brilliantly written, overall. The plot was great, the characters were stellar, the attention to detail in the settings was amazing. Ugh. I love Mackenzie Lee. I do. I don't care who knows it.
I need much more Monty and Percy very very soon.
I hereby profess my undying love for Henry Montague, and his rakish ways! The banter and tension between him and Percy is giving me life this week, since it hasn't exactly been the best of weeks by any measure. The fact that today is Friday and that I can probably do nothing this evening but lay around and read is the only thing keeping me together.
That, and Felicity's boundless wit and venom:
“Just thinking about all that blood." I nearly shudder. "Doesn't it make you a bit squeamish?"
"Ladies haven't the luxury of being squeamish about blood," she replies, and Percy and I go fantastically red in unison.
I do love this book though. Endlessly. I think it's destined for the favorites shelf.
It might be impossible for me to completely sum up why I love this book so much, but I will definitely try. I think this was one of my most anticipated releases this year and there was so much hype surrounding it. I'm so glad it lived up to the hype.
This book really shines with the characters. From the very beginning I fell in love with Monty, Percy, and Felicity, all for different reasons. Monty is hilarious and snarky in a way that makes me die laughing. His struggle with self worth and coming to realize he is worth something was done so well. Percy is sweet and I love how he deals with his illness. I feel like most books don't take the stance that Percy has with illnesses and I loved it because it just seemed so much more realistic. Felicity is the gem of this book, she's one of the only female characters and she's badass. I loved the group dynamic throughout the book because it was so realistic. I can't get enough of the three of them.
The romance made my heart melt. I love Monty and Percy's relationship as friends and I really enjoyed seeing it develop into more than that. Even though the book starts out with Monty's feelings already there, it doesn't feel like fake feelings or a forced romance. It's sweet, but they also have issues that they have to work through. There's tension, but it's not because of their sexuality, even though that would have been a problem during their time.
The plot was very interesting to me and ties in really well with Percy's illness and Monty's desire to cure him, even though he doesn't necessarily want that. Their adventure was never boring because after one thing happened, something else was already lined up. It was a fast paced read, so the 500 pages didn't feel that long at all. I actually wanted more because I just loved the story so much.
I can't say enough good things about this book. I'm so excited for the sequel that's supposed to be narrated by Felicity. I have a feeling that one is going to be even better.