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New Review!- The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

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The following Review is by Teen Advisory Board President, Ava.

Ava is 14 years old and her favorite books include Under a Painted Sky, Outrun the Moon, and Graceling. 

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

"In Mackenzie Lee’s novel The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Henry “Monty” Montague, the protagonist, sets out on a final adventure around Europe with his friend and his sister. But when a gang of bandits attack them, the Grand Tour soon becomes a mission to end the evils that threaten their lives. At the same time, Monty must deal with his developing feelings for his best friend, who he may never see again.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is for fans of My Lady Jane. With larger than life characters, Lee knows how to make them realistic, illustrating both strengths and flaws that make them human. The character arcs flow smoothly and satisfy even the most reluctant of readers. 

Lee perfectly fits together words into action-packed sentences. The vivid descriptions of the character traits and setting paint clear pictures when read and never cease to stop until the very last page. I especially love the dialogue! Wit is sprinkled throughout the pages in the characters’ speech, and no extraneous words clog up the sentences.

Overall, if you want a book with great characters often underrepresented in YA, look no further! Lee is a great writer, and I will read any book she throws my way!"

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Viture is in stores now! 
 

New Review!- All We Can Do Is Wait

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Teen Advisory Board Member Emily Reviews All We Can Do Is Wait

Emily is 14 and her favorite books include, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

All We Can Do Is Wait by Richard Lawson

All We Can Do Is Wait by Richard Lawson 

"In the aftermath of the collapse of a bridge, a group of teens meet in the waiting room of Massachusetts General Hospital. Jason and Alexa are siblings, whose relationship is rocky at best. Scott’s relationship with his girlfriend, Aimee, is… complicated, but he knows if he can just talk to her then everything will be okay. Skyler’s sister, Kate, has been her support system ever since her mom abandoned the two of them. As for Morgan, well, her dad hasn’t been okay for awhile. As these teens come to grips with the tragedy that has been forced upon them, tension is high, and age-old secrets and guilt will resurface.

 

All We Can Do Is Wait is heart-wrenching as you watch each character begin to grieve, regardless of how the victim they were waiting for turns out in the end. Every character is complex, engaging, and likeable. The story is told like a thriller, with each character’s backstory being revealed as the story progresses. As the reader gets closer and closer to the big reveal, secrets and guilt surface, causing each character to react in different ways. Alexis, Jason, Skyler, Scott, and Morgan each have their own developed backstory, and, since the story is told through flashbacks while simultaneously moving through the present, each person’s reaction is justified by their history. All We Can Do Is Wait covers important topics, like love, loss, and growing up, and readers will be quickly drawn to the main characters."

 

 All We Can Do is Wait available February 6th 


 

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