The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy 📕Review

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Author: Mackenzi Lee
Series: Montague Siblings
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published: October 2nd, 2018

Hello there, YA classified novel with romance themes I connected with on a soulular level. Wow… such a thing does exist. I’m truly speechless after reading this epic masterpiece. I just can’t describe how much I love this book and its lovingly sarcastic asexual shero, Felicity Montague. But I really want to get a review of this book written so I’m going to try to express my glee in a somewhat coherent fashion. Ahem. To start the words rolling, let’s go with one of my favourite quotes:

“It didn’t make me hear violins or go weak in the knees or want to do any more than that, which I think is the evolutionary point of the kiss. It’s just a thing people do.”

And that gem came after the second kiss that just sort of happened to Felicity. No spoilers, but I’ll say man nor woman can spark that sexual desire thing in Felicity, and that’s okay with her… mostly. She internally struggles with feeling alone in the romance area throughout the story, and girl, I know exactly how you feel. The next lines really got to me, man…

I feel strange suddenly, the old itch of fear that I am a feral girl in a domesticated world, watched by everyone with pity and concern. There are men like Monty, with perverse desires, but they find each other and carve out small corners of the world, and likely women too who find themselves only drawn to the fairer sex. And then there’s me, an island all my own. An island that sometimes feels like a whole continent to rule, and sometimes a cramped spit of land that sailors are marooned upon and left to die.

The author’s fictional 18th century world has surprisingly modern themes when it comes to that love thing! And, unsurprisingly, there are also heartless antiquated opinions on love and life for the characters to deal with. For example, I loved the pairing of Monty (Felicity’s bro) and his boy Percy, the stars of the first book: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (I haven’t read it yet). To Felicity’s annoyance, Monty is often very, um, vocal about what him and his boyfriend like get up to in private. She remarks how if you take away the “blasphemy” aspect of Monty and Percy’s relationship, it confuses her no differently than straight relationships do.

Felicity’s asexuality is just a minor part of the story and her character. In fact, the author never actually mentions the word asexual anywhere. I’ve only been going on about it A LOT because I feel so freaking isolated and alone in this world sometimes (maybe a lot). I can’t describe how awesome it was to connect with this badass character’s romantic struggles, let me tell you. So yes, Felicity’s social isolation is a minor issue. The primary demon she has to face is oppression from insecure alpha males.

Women seriously can’t catch a break in this world. They must be prim and proper, not adventurous or “hysterical”. Felicity doesn’t care! She wants nothing more than to be a doctor, even if certain privileged men refuse to let women into medical colleges. Felicity feels like becoming a doctor is her sole purpose in life. She just won’t quit no matter how many stupid roadblocks are in her way. And damn, she proves to both herself and the world that she can handle the profession, demonstrating her self-taught lifesaving skills on several occasions.

Felicity’s quest to become a doctor takes her all over the map in an overall over-the-top adventure. She travels with cool companions, deals with pirates, and stumbles upon dragons. The important message at the heart of all that entertaining chaos is to never give up on your dreams. Be you, even if the entire world wants you to be someone else.

Yep. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to sail off into the sunset with your sassy best friends by your side. Sexual relationships don’t have to be mandatory for everyone.

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stack o’ Books Emojis – 📚📚📚📚📚

Check it out on Goodreads if you’re interested in learning more.

Shout-out to Louise Brady for mentioning this book to me in a comment. Thank you so much!

Thanks for reading!

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12 thoughts on “The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy 📕Review”

  1. You’re welcome, and thanks for the shoutout 😀
    I still haven’t found anything that compares to Lady’s Guide, and unfortunately the latest book I’m reading, Vicious, which is about supervillains and sounded so awesome, is probably going to be a DNF! Might start Behind the Throne instead 🙂

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  2. Ok, I’m not normally fan of romantical YA stuff, but I’m going to put this one on my shelf to read! I need some mooshy mooshy in my life right now, and this may sate that need. Thank you for the lovely read!

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  3. I read the first one and loved it and Felicity’s character. She owns up to her homophobic biases with her brother, which is mostly based on what the culture of the time thinks. What I love about that book is all three main characters have to contend with their own bigotry and oppression, and Monty being white, male, AND a lord is SO clueless about what Percy and Fe are dealing with as half-black and female respectively. Granted Monty doesn’t get off scot free in the least since he’s bisexual and his dad is his biggest bully. I was so impressed with how the author made it realistic for both its era and ours. I’m definitely checking out Felicity’s story.

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    1. Okay… I definitely need to get around to reading the first book now! I jumped on this one because I was told the MC was a badass ace female, haha.

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      1. Tbh the main character of the first book Monty (Fe’s brother) is the least interesting character and he’s the narrator lol. He IS interesting, but I’m more into Fe and Percy’s plights. I was super impressed with how the author handled LGBTQ stuff paired with race stuff AND disabilities because Percy’s mom was from Barbados and his father died, leaving him to be raised by his uncle and aunt who…say some pretty awful stuff to him. There are points where I wanted to smack Monty for being SO damn obtuse. I liked Felicity almost immediately. She was not there for anyone’s shit.

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