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review 2018-01-22 17:29
Rebel
Rebel - Rhys Ford

*This might be slightly spoilery so proceed at your own risk.*

 

 

This was certainly the case with this book.  There was a lot that just didn't work for me on this but at the same time, there were some positives...mainly the Brothers.

 

While this, I guess, is a romance, I would probably equate this more about the brothers than about the relationship.  And saying that, makes a lot of my issues easier to deal with.

 

Because, for me the issues were in how Rey was handled.  He wasn't.  This is a character who at a young age woke up to his house burning because his father attempted to kill he and his mother. After being saved, there is no explaination on how this character dealt with this and ultimately became a fire firefighter.  Would there not have been any PTSD?  Maybe not, and yet nothing is explained.  

 

We were given Rey's POV but it was no where close to 50% of the book...my guess would be maybe 25%.  This made the balance off for me, as I never really felt a connection to him or this relationship, again reiterating that this is a series about the brothers and not the couples.

 

While I loved Jules, the situation that occured after Rey and Gus broke up seemed not to bother Rey at all.  And at some point it seemed that in the 3 years following this, neither man slept with anyone else?  Maybe I read this wrong, but this seemed off to me.  Rey's 180 degree switch in how he viewed Gus also seemed rather abrupt.

 

I have no concept of a time line, the age of all parties and when certain situations happened in relation to others.  These boys came to live with each other at varying points but how this relates to certain moments in their lives was difficult to follow.  I am hoping maybe more of this is explained as the series progresses.

 

The writing overall did not gel with me at all.  I found myself having to reread paragraphs and lines multiple times to understand what was being said.  After a while, this became quite annoying, and not how I understand this author's other books to be.

 

All that said, the brothers are intriguing and I find each of them very unique and worthy of their own book, which I will most definitely read.  

 

 

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review 2018-01-15 17:28
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

It is impossible to explain how you can love someone so much that it’s difficult to be around him. And with Percy sitting there, half in shadow, his hair loose and his long legs and those eyes I could have lived and died in, it feels like there’s a space inside me that is so bright it burns.

 

This book is absolutely beautiful.  And for this to be on mainstream shelves makes me very happy.  I fell in love with all of these characters, and Monty's inner voice was heartbreaking and frustrating at the same time.  A character who for the most part grows into a man over the course of this adventure, despite the demons this boy carries. The writing is simply magnificient.

 

Perhaps he can’t understand it, the way that house will always be haunted for me, even if my father were gone from it. I can’t imagine living in it for the rest of my life, throwing parties in its parlors and filling the cabinets with my papers, all the while ignoring the dark spot on the dining room floor that’s never washed away, where I tore my chin open when my father knocked me to the ground with a single well-swung fist; or the hearth that chipped my tooth when I was thrown into it. There are bodies buried beneath the flagstones of my parents’ estate, and some graves never green.

 

 

I do wish we had also gotten sweet Percy's POV or a final scene between Monty and his father. I can only hope that we will get a third book to this series and perhaps a continuation of these boys as they grow further in their love for one another and continue to grow into the men they have become, standing on their own in a world so unaccepting of their love.

 

 

Felicity's story it seems is next. I am quite excited to see her continued adventures, perhaps with the "pirates" as she also looks to stand as a woman of purpose in a time where socially her worth has been predetermined.

 

 

 

Such amazingly developed fan art to accompany this beautiful journey.

 

Highly recommended.

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text 2018-01-13 16:06
Reading progress update: I've read 83%.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

It is remarkable how much courage it takes to kiss someone, even when you are almost certain that person would very much like to be kissed by you. Doubt will knock you from the sky every time.

 

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text 2018-01-12 14:27
Reading progress update: I've read 49%.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

It is impossible to explain how you can love someone so much that it’s difficult to be around him. And with Percy sitting there, half in shadow, his hair loose and his long legs and those eyes I could have lived and died in, it feels like there’s a space inside me that is so bright it burns.

 

The writing...gaaaaaahhhh

 

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text 2018-01-10 14:00
Reading progress update: I've read 38%.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

 

Yes I am officially a mess.  

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