eARC Review: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, by Mackenzi Lee

ladys guide to petticoats and piracy mackenzi lee

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

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I have received this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Can I just start by saying I absolutely love this cover? I’m so smitten by covers with historical-looking people with modern font on it (like My Lady Jane), is that strange?

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy has far more adventure than the Gentleman’s Guide, and I loved Felicity’s story so much. Her personality, her passion for medicine were so inspirational, but I was surprised to find myself absolutely loving Johanna too! Although to be fair I suspected early that I might like her when she showed up with a big, drooling dog. She was such a great person, so soft and strong and loving and but with iron will. Gosh, I love them both.

And I now have a crush on Sim, as well. She’s a Muslim pirate, all sharp retorts and secrets. I truly liked how rough her edges were, how it still revealed a soft inside.

I loved the role of Percy and Monty on this book, which is much smaller than the first one. They’re so cute and in love and gushy, but also so sobered (literally, in Monty’s case) and grown up from the first book.

This book, much like the first one, is character-centered, and it was lovely to see the personal growth of each one. It is, however, very fast paced. I flew through the pages, and so much happens. There is always something going on, even during the least adventurous parts of the plot, so it really kept me hooked. I also appreciate that the fantastical elements in this story were more flashed out and better integrated with the rest of the story than it was done for Gentleman’s Guide. The book in general felt better executed.

I was going to say in this review (as I think I said already on my review of the Gentleman’s Guide), that the characters felt too modern, with modern ideas and modern words to express such ideas. While I still think the speech felt a bit too modern, I had to swallow my complaints upon reading the Author’s Notes on the real women the main characters of this book were based on. Really, don’t skip that, it was such a great addition to the book!

I might be a bit in love with this book, I must say, and all its awesome characters.

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