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Mackenzi Lee
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The Madness Blooms

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Previously known as: Semper Augustus

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.
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Flatiron Books
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Sep 06, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Releasing February 2020! See you then!
⚔ Silvia ⚓
Jul 06, 2017 marked it as to-read
It's Mackenzi Lee, of fucking course I'll read it.

But also: historical queer girls?? Sign me the fuck up I say
Biz (Formerly Rachael)
Nov 03, 2017 marked it as desperately-waiting-for
Shelves: auto-buy-authors
Elise (TheBookishActress)
so I added this months ago and was desperate for it and now I realize THIS IS MACKENZI LEE'S BOOK.... IM GOING TO PHYSICALLY IMPLODE AT THIS VERY SECOND

this concept was already so flawless and beautiful and INTERESTING and then my favorite gay historical fiction author is writing it like. holy shit
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Mackenzi Lee? Queer girls? Hist-fic?

McKelle George
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read an early copy, and even then: all the stars, all the awards, all the accolades. I adore this book.
Aug 25, 2016 marked it as to-read-later
Shelves: most-anticipated
Historical Fiction? Gender Identity? Dutch Tulipomania?
First Tulip Fever with Alicia Vikander and now this?
Jul 30, 2017 marked it as to-read
Since I've unofficially declared Mackenzi Lee my new bae, I feel inclined to tell people HOW FUCKING AWESOME THIS SOUNDS TOO.

Gimme. Gimme it. Gimme now.
Aug 27, 2017 marked it as to-be-released
dutch lesbians in the 17th century? with flowers?

Jan 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
I literally just SCREAMED when I saw this!! A historical queer YA set in MY COUNTRY?!?!?!? AAAAHHH I CAN'T WAIT
want. Want. WANT.

Eliza Rapsodia
May 13, 2019 marked it as most-anticipated
Shelves: arc

SeokJin represents me so hard
Sabrina Grafenberger
Dec 31, 2017 marked it as to-read
Historical fiction? Queer girls? I can't wait!
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
edit March 2019: ugh it would get pushed back to Jan 2020

omg i need this so badly
Jan 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: coming-soon-20
Lesbians by Mackenzi Lee is a way too exciting prospect.
milou  ☁️
Set in Holland, a lesbian relationship and involves Tulips? Count me in!
Honestly the synopsis sounds very promising and it's Mackenzi Lee so we know this is going to be incredible. The downside is that this won't be released till 2019 and I don't know how patient I truly am.
McKinlay Dennis
May 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
WHAT EVEN IS MY LIFE?! I JUST GOT AN E-ARC OF THIS! saving it for pride month, but omg. blessed.
Mekiah Johnson
I've got some Dutch in my blood, and in my family, one of my family members immigrated from Holland all the way over to America, and I have never heard of a Young Adult book about Holland, so I will give this one a try.
Apr 28, 2018 marked it as to-read
A ya book, set in MY COUNTRY? Hell yes.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, lgbtq
Deliberating between 4 and 4.5☆, I think I'm closer to give this book a 4.5☆.
Really interesting read, very different from The Gentleman's Guide..., more serious and deeper, quite eye-opening but no less good. Tulip-mania set up is really unique, character's development is on point (although I wish there would be something to close up the situation between Lena and Bas and a punishment for a certain character), and Lena's story made me feel sorry for her and for others, who really had to go thr
Jan 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
ohhhhh, i'm sorry, did someone say a new mackenzi lee book starring 17th century dutch lesbians??? i guess it's safe to say you can sign me the fUCK up

and then as if that's not enough, feel free to check out the pinterest board if you really wanna have a nice cry!
Lulu (the library leopard)
To say that I'm excited for this would be a HUGE UNDERSTATEMENT
Julith Perry
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All the stars!
Review coming closer to release date!
Mar 10, 2018 marked it as to-read


I feel like Mackenzi Lee is spoiling us with so many awesomeness and I'm just grateful af
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy shit, Mackenzi Lee, how do you make historical fiction so freaking wonderful!?
Feb 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
Historical fiction with queer girls AND written by the amazing Mackenzi Lee ?? Sign me the f* up!
rated it it was amazing
Sep 13, 2017
Oct 21, 2017 marked it as to-read
A historical story with queer ladies set in my own country? Is this the real life, is this just fantasy? Heck yeah I want to read this!
Iany Mcgrawn
rated it it was amazing
Nov 23, 2018
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Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Simmons College. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the historical fantasy novels THIS MONSTROUS THING, THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE, which won a 2018 Stonewall Honor Award and the New England Book Award, and its sequel, THE LADY'S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY, which debuted at #3 ...more