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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Review: Etiquette & Espionage

Title: Etiquette & Espionage
Series: Finishing School # 1
Genre: Young Adult-Steampunk
Author: Gail Carriger
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Book: Edelweiss

"It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners—and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage—in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.
Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail Carriger's legions of fans have come to adore."

I love this author. Since I adore her adult series, I knew without a doubt that this book must be read!

First off, her writing it about the same as her adult series expect for teens. Talk over tea, handsome gentlemen and of course a secret society under the guise of a school. I love it. Every plot twist and new exploration of the world the author created only lead me deeper into the story. It flowed nicely, never wavering or leaving the reader behind. I really enjoyed the main character Sophronia. Her spunky attitude and quick remarks always had me laughing or snickering.

There's not really a love interest yet still, I'm anxious to see what will happen ext. Sophronia made both  friends and enemies quick. She is a fast learner who will have her work cut out for her.

This is a great steampunk story. With amazing world-building and great adventure, I'm glad that I took this journey. A pleasant and sophisticated adventure, Etiquette & Espionage is quite the story!

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. I've been thinking about reading this one! So happy to read such a positive review--thinking its moving up the TBR pile.

  2. Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed this one too Savy, I just thought it was so much fun:) I would have loved a little more romance (I'm always saying that), but given that she's only 14, it made sense for things to be more focused on her friendships than any actual relationship. Can't wait for book 2!

  3. I really want to read this. I'm glad the writing was about the same. I hate when adult authors dumb down.

  4. I love Steampunk. I love Soulless (and I hope to read her other books soon) so I bet I'm going to love this one too :D


  5. I enjoyed this one too. Had so much fun in this world as well. I can't wait for the next one.

  6. I bought this and am excited to read it. Great review!


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