The Lady's Guide To Petticoats And Piracy by Mackenzi LeeThe Lady's Guide To Petticoats And Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

The Lady's Guide To Petticoats And Piracy

byMackenzi Lee

Hardcover | October 2, 2018

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In this highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor—even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it. A must-have for fans of Mackenzi Lee’s extraordinary and Stonewall Honor-winning novel.

A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

Title:The Lady's Guide To Petticoats And PiracyFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.41 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.41 inPublished:October 2, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062795325

ISBN - 13:9780062795328


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty fun Lots of shenanigans, very awesomely humorous dialogue and writing, and diverse characters. I felt like this story lacked in some areas; the plot would either drag on or feel like it was overseeing some things. Also, I was promised romance and did not get it. Mainly, this book isn't as fun as its prequel, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. However, it is very fun to see the old protagonists appear and be adorable.
Date published: 2019-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What I was hoping for from a Felicity-centred novel, plus dragons. This was one of my most looked forward to books this year. I loved Felicity in Gentleman's Guide and I was SO EXCITED when it was announced! For some reason, this one felt a little bit slower to start than Gentleman's Guide did, although that may have been partly because I was juggling it with classes for a bit before I had a chance to sit down and read though it. Or possibly because, while they're both characters that tend to barrel headlong into chaos, Monty is slightly more impulsive than his sister, it seems. (Although... not by much.) Anyway. The writing was still clever and funny, and, once I got into my stride with the book, I really enjoyed it. There was a little bit of the frantic feeling that The fantasy element of the historical fantasy is stronger in this one than it was in Gentleman's Guide, and also features so much of what was fantastic about the first book, with it's own unique twist, introduced by Felicity herself. She's ambitious and impetuous and very clever; a vividly crafted narrator and also a fantastically flawed character. One of the really interesting things was that, for all of their differences, in a lot of ways she's very like her brother. The rest of the cast, both new and old, was pretty fantastic! It was really great to see Felicity forging relationships with both Sim and Johanna, despite their differences (and, in fact, finding out they share more similarities than she thought, and that those differences aren't always a bad thing) was fantastic. It was lovely to see Monty and Percy again too, and to get maybe a little more closure on their story, and just to see them through Felicity's eyes was fun too. Something I found really funny that the events of Gentleman's Guide were in a way almost in Felicity's periphery by this point. Like she looks back and goes "oh yeah there was also that one time we got chased across Europe, but now onward to my story." Something Mackenzi Lee has a real talent for is handling a medley of tougher issues (in Felicity's case, mainly her struggles with the sexism she faces preventing her from being who she wants to be, as well as her moments of doubt in her own self-worth) while also writing a fun adventure novel. I really appreciated how Mackenzi Lee handled having a number of queer characters in a time and place when terminology was incredibly limited and same-sex relationships were broadly viewed as unnatural (and illegal... things were not excellent, suffice to say). This is explored more in Gentleman's Guide, but definitely makes it's appearances in Lady's Guide as well, being more broadly contextualised in this one. (If that makes sense?) In the case of Felicity's experiences (which in today's terminology would fall toward the asexual end of the spectrum), I found Mackenzi Lee wrote around the lack of descriptive terminology very well, cutting through to the experience itself, without ever giving the impression that the lack of an existing term meant a lack of that particular experience. This book also touches on other issues of the social climate in Felicity's world. The discrimination that Sim faces as a Muslim, and a woman of colour (in addition to her sexuality) are all addressed and certainly these things help shape her story, all without her being punished for any of those things. The lack of valuation of women (and therefore all things viewed as feminine), and the way it can seep in to how women think about each other and themselves, is explored at length, with all three of the main female characters. European Imperialism, and the damage it had the capacity to do (and did do, let's face it, pretty much whenever it got the opportunity) was also touched on. Felicity has to confront both the barriers her world presents her with, but also the privileges it gives her, and the blinders those privileges can confer. For a book that covers a lot of ground in terms of heavier topics, it also manages to cover a lot of ground physically, taking Felicity and her companions on an adventure that's fantastic to read about. It juggles character development with action, combines fantastic female friendships with a lot of natural history, and overall just contained so many things I like. Mackenzi Lee seems to really like leaving her endings a little bit open... I don't think that there are plans for another book, and the duology feels finished without one but on the other hand... I also definitely wouldn't say no.
Date published: 2019-01-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mini review on GR! Mini review: DNF Trigger Warning: Mention of blood, and losing a bit off a thumb. Mackenzi Lee is a well respected author. When I saw the synopsis for this book I was griped! I was looking forward to reading it! Unfortunately I didn't enjoy it. Felicity was very annoying! I just didn't like her. Also the writing style was grating on my nerves. Maybe Felicity is better as the story continues. I'm just not interested to see that. I do recommend it. I think other's will enjoy it more.
Date published: 2018-10-30

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