Mackenzi Lee writes books that are usually historical, often involve impossible things, and generally feature young people with a lot of righteous indignation.

The GentlemAn's Guide to Vice and Virtue

AVAILABLE NOW from Katherine Tegen / HarperCollins

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

Published in Germany by Königskinder Verlag on March 24, 2017 - order here!

Published in Brazil by Record! 

Published in Argentina and Mexico by V&R in September 2017!

Published in the UK on August 10, 2017!

Published in Hungary by Alexandra! 

Published in Romania by Corint

Audiobook narrated by Christian Coulson now available! 

Praise for The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue! 

  • A New York Times Bestseller! 
  • An ABA Indie Bookstore Bestseller! 
  • Winner of the New England Book Award
  • Awarded a Seal of Excellence by RT Book Reviews 
  • ☆ "Austen, Wilde, and Indiana Jones converge in this deliciously anachronistic bonbon." (Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
  • ☆ "Witty, romantic, and exceedingly smart...a stunning powerhouse of a story for every collection." (School Library Journal, Starred Review) 
  • ☆ "Tongue in cheek, wildly engaging...a gleeful romp through history." (Booklist, Starred Review)
  • ☆ "It’s a gloriously swashbuckling affair....sure to leave readers happily starry-eyed." (Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review
  • ☆ "An over-the-top romantic adventure complete with cliff-hanging chapter endings and sometimes outrageous narration. Monty is a licentious, flawed and engaging 18th-century hero." (Shelf Awareness, Starred Review)
  • "Mayhem, adventure, and a swoon-worthy emotional roller-coaster of a romance...A genre tribute, satire, and exemplar in one: trope-filled in the most gleeful way." (Horn Book Magazine) 
  • "Confidently dispels any stereotypes one might have of historical fiction as stuffy and dry. Mackenzi Lee's prose crackles with wit, playful description and social relevance." (Chicago Tribune)
  • “Equal parts rollicking adventure, sweet love story, and tender coming-of-age tale.” (Entertainment Weekly)
  • "The queer teen historical you didn't know was missing from your life." (Teen Vogue)
  • “The most purely fun book I’ve encountered in ages.” (VOX)
  • "An exciting, historical YA...adventure and swooning abound in this epic." (Paste Magazine, named one of the best YA books of 2017)
  • #1 IndieNext pick for summer 2017 (selected by independent booksellers around the country)
  • A Junior Library Guild selection

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This Monstrous Thing

OUT NOW FROM Katherine Tegen / Harper Collins

Paperback coming May 16, 2017

In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…

Praise for This Monstrous Thing:

  • Named one of VOYA's Best Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy titles for Young Adults of 2015-2016
  • Whitney Award finalist, 2015, for Best YA Speculative Fiction and Best Novel by a New Author
  • Winner of the Pen-New England Susan P. Bloom Children's Book Discovery Award 
  • Shortlisted for the Oklahoma Sequoyah Award
  • "In Lee's masterful prose, this macabre novel is charged with unmistakable signs of life." -The Horn Book
  • "[An] accomplished first novel." -Publisher's Weekly
  • "A solid tale that explores what it means to be human. Part homage to a sci-fi original, part re-imagining, plenty of teen torment and trouble—an absorbing read." -Kirkus Reviews
  • " Lee skillfully infuses her adaptation...with fantastical details and a steampunk twist...adeptly paced and well-written…a complex cast of characters allows themes such as loyalty, family, revenge, betrayal, and humanity to be tactfully explored." -School Library Journal
  • "Richly imagined and ingeniously plotted." -BCCB
  • “A compelling and brave retelling of the original science fiction novel. A secret history, a love story, something both old and new.” -Scott Westerfeld, author of ZeroesUglies, and Leviathan

Coming Soon!

Bygone Badass Broads

Coming March 13, 2018 from Abrams Image

Based on Mackenzi Lee’s popular weekly Twitter series of the same name, Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trailblazing women from all over the world. With tales of heroism and cunning, in-depth bios and witty storytelling, Bygone Badass Broads gives new life to these historic female pioneers. Starting in the fifth century BC and continuing to the present, the book takes a closer look at bold and inspiring women who dared to step outside the traditional gender roles of their time.

Coupled with riveting illustrations and Lee’s humorous and conversational storytelling style, this book is an outright celebration of the badass women who paved the way for the rest of us. 

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Coming 2018 from Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins 

A sequel to The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, narrated by Felicity and featuring travel, pirates, and a science girl gang. 

Semper Augustus 

Coming 2018 from Flatiron Books / Macmillan 

Set in 1637 Holland at the height of the Dutch tulip mania, a flower girl in love with her mistress must decide whether or not to dupe her beloved’s father by selling him a false Semper Augustus bulb, the most valuable tulip of its time, in order to save herself and her brother.


  • The Radical Element, an anthology of stories about women in American history whose voices have been ignored, edited by Jessica Spotswood, coming March 13, 2018 from Candlewick Press
  • All Out, an anthology of LGBTQIA+ historical fiction, edited by Saundra Mitchell, coming winter 2018 from Harlequin Teen