The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy ft. aro ace rep!!

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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by Mackenzi Lee

Historical YA ~Feminist~ Fiction ft. Aro Ace Rep

4/5 stars

512 pages

Pub. October 2nd 2018

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My skin has taken a peachy glow of happiness. This book was just so amazing and Monty & Percy were there??!! + girls who love and support each other’s goals with everlasting friendship.

“Half my heart is hunger. My being is constructed by an aching to know the answers to every mystery of the frail ligaments that connected us to life and death. That wanting feels like part of me. It has seeped into my skin like mercury injected into a vein to trace its shape through the body. One drop colored my whole being. It was the only way I could see myself.”

She is my new icon for having goals and refusing to give up and having bad*ss friendships.

I love her. I want to be her friend.

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Felicity @ every school that turns her away bc she has periods

Bossy Feminism GIF

felicity @ everyone on earth

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The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the plot. I didn’t like GGVV’s either, so maybe it’s just Mackenzi Lee’s style I can’t vibe with? In both books, things are too low-key Rube Goldberg and not very grounded on a specific (realistic?) purpose.

I’m an organization freak.



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One of my favorite things about this book is it’s focus on friendships. Felicity is aromantic and asexual, and we get ~hardcore friendship~!!!! Since platonic relationships are my favorite thing in the whole world, this was so great for me c:

Felicity’s amazing female friendships were front and center, and everyone was a badass girl with dreams and goals. Including an amazing pirate lesbian (or bi?) Muslim POC. I wanted to hold her closely and never let her go. I mean gosh!!!??? HER BIO!!!

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And Mackenzi Lee makes sure to *show* the rep instead of just saying it exists. Felicity communicates her disinterest in romance and sex, and actively shows what she wants (or doesn’t want).

“Close seems too small a word for my childhood friend; Johanna an only child with an absent mother and farther often abroad, and I with parents who I was sure sometimes forgot my name, found a whole world within each other.”

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And Felicity’s shining star determination at life??!! She never gives up on her dreams. This book is really a love story between Felicity and her goal to be a physician, and she refuses to let her patriarchal society take this from her.

She’s passionate and a true hero to us all. How Monty feels about Percy, Felicity feels about medicine. It was really inspiring for me, being in college, ((I’ve evolved into a disenchanted sloth)), to read a character so into her career.

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But as much as I love Felicity, she’s definitely not flawless, and she has the Montague selfishness that I openly adore. Both she and Monty can be (roguishly) self-centered (they are my moonbeams) which leads to prejudices Felicity has to work past.

For example, she believes that being soft/cute/fluffy = being weak, which made me want to throw peanuts at her because NO. Soft is ~not~ weak. But she learns from her mistakes and emerges better than before.

It’s remarkable how being in the presence of books, even those you’ve never read, can have a calming effect, like walking into a crowded party and finding it full of people you know.”

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Although Felicity is important and lovely and I adore her, Monty is my true love and I melted every time he made an appearance. ~Every time he made an appearance **with Percy**~


  • Comforting + doting on one another when sick/injured
  • Being cute together while laughing and cuddling
  • a continuation of the “legs under the table” series
  • And Monty being an adorable, charming af, and supportive big brother???????? HE SUPPORTS FELICITY SO MUCH
  • Percy *canon* being half of Monty’s heart.
  • Percy assuring everyone that he’s “spoken for”
  • Monty being dramatic ((and sweet and endearing)) and needed All The Attentionโ„ข๏ธ

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“Monty leans over and gives a gentle nip at Percy’s jaw, then presses a kiss to the same spot. “Oh, he loves it when I’m filthy.”

“Thank you, I’ve been consistently employed since we arrived in London,” Monty says. Percy coughs, and he adds, “Somewhat consistently.”

“But there he is, swaggering into the room in way that would have been ridiculous had he not been so good-looking”

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Everyone should read Felicity’s book, especially if you loved her in book 1!! She stays just as ambitious and snarky and perfect.

*BUT I wish we could have an entire series from Monty’s POV.

((because it was so bittersweet to hear Felicity say, “and then Monty leaned and whispered into Percy’s hear and said something I could not hear”))


Are you excited for Felicity???

What’s your favorite historical book?



30 thoughts on “The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy ft. aro ace rep!!

  1. Winged Cynic says:

    “….and she has the Montague selfishness that I openly adore.” Hahaha YASSS, I love these siblings’ kookery too! And gosh, this book sounds absolutely amazing. Your choice of quote to show why Felicity isn’t interested in romance is very subtle yet masterful, and it actually made me think for a moment.

    Oh, and I absolutely agree! I would not mind having an entire series from Monty (hopefully the next book will be him again?) because he’s such a silly and lovable character; his romance with Percy was really cute too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Amazing review! I simply can’t wait to read this book now! โค

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      aww tysm!!!! โค๏ธAll I want is more Monty I miss his PoV with all my heart??? HE WAS JUST SO RIDICULOUSLY LOVABLE ๐Ÿ˜ญ also I agree sm, Mackenzi Lee does so well explaining ace aro feelings, I think a lot of ppl donโ€™t understand what that looks like + itโ€™s so rare to find in books

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  2. Ellyn says:

    It’s so great to hear that you enjoyed this and that the rep is actually shown on the page. I’m still not sure if I’ll pick this one up because the author is problematic af and her plots are kind of everywhere but if I see it at the library or something I might give it ago.

    Great review (as always!) โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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      • Ellyn says:

        Lol yeah she’s aways saying shady shit on Twitter, you can probably find a bunch of discourse on the internet. Basically, she’ll say something, realise she’s offended half the book community, spologise and then say something else offensive in another month or two. It’s a whole cycle of bad.

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  3. Elizabeth says:

    Oh, have you preordered the book? Because if you do then you get a Percy/Monty novel that sounds absolutely ADORABLE.
    And I def agree that plot is NOT Lee’s strongpoint. I mean, it’s just so murky and sometimes weird? And I like I get what she’s doing, but the bit about dragons and eggs and maps was just too not really realistic.
    BUT I LOVE all the overcoming prejudice and budding friendships. And our new Muslim Lesbian ICON??!!!! Okay, I admit I didn’t *really* ship her and felicity because I shipped Joanna and Felicity because those tow are SO PERFECT for each other. BUT JOANNA KEEPS ALL these guy crushes *breaks my heart*
    And Felicity’s not into actual romance, so none of this will prolly happen. But I know ace people do form relationships? It’s just based on friendships instead of sexual feelings. But Felicity is aromantic instead of just asexual, okay… that’s my long winded thoughts which get complicated, ha!

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      I need to preorder bc I need this novella SO MUCH ๐Ÿ˜ญ and gosh Iโ€™m so glad u noticed the same things abt the plot, I wish she did better bc then her novels would be so amazing?! itโ€™s so frustrating bc her characters are golden stars???? and ksnjxjd I had to keep reminding myself that Felicity is aro bc me & my smol romantic heart WANTED A F/F SHIP ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ž


  4. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    I’m really glad you loved this book Malanie. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m going to have to read your review once I’ve read The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy because this is a book I want to go into blind so I’m avoiding all reviews even if they are non-spoiler-y. Still just seeing how high you rated this one is making me all the more excited to get my hands on it when it’s released! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      tysm Bethhhh!!!! omg Im the same w books Iโ€™m rlly excited about, bc if someone gives a negative review it always makes me less excited to commit to the book, and then Iโ€™m going in ready to be disappointed and itโ€™s a mess ๐Ÿ˜ญ and even itโ€™s a positive review I sometimes want to go in 100% w no perspective. RN Iโ€™m avoiding all reviews for The Wicked King knskdjnd ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ž

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        Thatโ€™s all right. Yeah, and I find with any reviews I can find my opinion influenced by what other people have said, positive or negative. Thereโ€™s something to be said for going in with no perspective. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Oh yeah Iโ€™m doing the same for The Wicked King! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค๏ธ

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  5. Bookchanted says:

    Your review??? SO good??? I havenโ€™t even read the first book yet because I literally canโ€™t find it in ANY book store, but I WANT TO READ IT SO BAD, AND YOUR REVIEW MAKES ME WANT TO GET TO IT FASTER SO THAT I CAN READ THIS BOOK, BECAUSE I AM l.i.v.i.n.g FOR ASEXUAL AND AROMANTIC REP

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  6. insidemylibrarymind says:

    I am so glad you liked this one! I am still a quarter of the way into it, but I loved all the Monty and Percy bits I read so far! I completely agree with you about the plot in GGVV – it was kinda flimsy and I kind of expected for that to happen here. Great review!

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