Format: Audio-book – Library
Monty is the protagonist you love to hate. He’s a rakish, charming, over-privileged, handsome scoundrel. The weird thing about Henry Montague is– he knows that. Especially the part about being handsome. He has dimples, and don’t you forget it. He also knows he’s kind of terrible. He’s resigned himself to it. If he’s terrible, he may as well just behave terribly, because what else is there to life?
For Monty, there is just a little more to life, and that’s Percy Newton, who’s been his best friend since childhood. Who also might be the love of his life. Potentially. There’s not much to be done about that, since in one year, after they tour “The Continent,” with Monty’s sister, Felicity, Monty is going to have to work with his father and learn to manage the estate. Percy is going off to Holland for law school.
Monty is determined to make the most of his European Tour with Percy. What he doesn’t expect is for his father to assign them a strict chaperone. The threats and violence are more expected from his father, as we learn early on that Monty’s dad is a violent man who’s not afraid to try to beat sense into Monty.
A month into their tour, Monty simply can’t behave anymore, finds a French girl to “Dally” with, gets caught, steals an extremely valuable puzzle box from the Duke of Bourbon, and ends up drunk and naked on the lawn of Versailles. Yep, he’s a champ, all right.
The secret of the puzzle box mixes them up with highwaymen, pirates, scientists, and all kinds of other amazing hi-jinks. This book is an adventure waiting to be experienced. The romance is adorable and well-done. The discussions of Monty’s privilege don’t feel forced or overwrought, and for a book about a rich white boy, it has a beautifully diverse cast. This book was fun, sweet, interesting, and wrapped up nicely. It deserved its place as one of the best YA books of 2017, that’s for sure.
Subjective Hearts: 5/5
Objective Hearts: 4/5
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