My TBR Pile~Review of Etiquette and Espionage

November 29, 2014 Book Reviews 10

My TBR Pile~Review of Etiquette and Espionage

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School #1
Genres: Steampunk, YA
Published by Little, Brown for Young Readers Pages: 307
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley

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Also in this series: Curtsies & Conspiracies

t'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. Temminnick 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 the 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.

Also by this author: Curtsies & Conspiracies, Waistcoats & Weaponry, Manners & Mutiny, Soulless, Changeless, Gail Carriger, Prudence

MTBRL1-1024x554Finally a book from my TBR pile that I really enjoyed. I was beginning to worry when the first two I read were flops. I had a feeling I would like this one because this author rocks! I love her adult books and her YA are just as fun.

What I thought of this book.

Etiquette and Espionage is about fourteen-year-old Sophronia who’s quite the tomboy. She is always climbing on things and sneaking around, and this drives her mother crazy. So her mom has decided to send her to a finishing school to work on her manners and make her a lady. What her mother doesn’t know is that this isn’t just any finishing school, but one which teaches you not only to finish but how to fight, throw knives, etc.

Sophronia is a covert recruit which took me a little bit to realize that meant she didn’t know what type of finishing school she was going to. The other recruits all know it’s about learning not only how to act like a lady but how to do it while gaining information. Most of them have had a parent in the school. The boys have a school for evil geniuses.

Sophronia’s curiosity about everything has her wanting to know what the prototype that everyone is talking about. They are getting attacked by flywaymen (yes, I said flywaymen not highwaymen) who are looking for the prototype that one of the girls was supposed to retrieve.  She recruits some very interesting characters along the way.

What I really like about this author’s books is her outlandish names. If these are real names, then I am sure glad I am not British because they crack me up. (Shrimpdittle, Barnaclegoose, etc) It’s set in the same world as her adult series and even mentioned Lord Maccon as one of the girls was raised by wolves. One of the teachers is a werewolf that all the girls drool over and one of the older teachers is a vampire. So it still has that feel of her other stories.

Overall I think if you enjoyed Gail Carriger’s adult novels then you will probably enjoy this young adult series. I know I will be going ahead with the series. I really think this author has the best imagination ever to come up with these stories.

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10 Responses to “My TBR Pile~Review of Etiquette and Espionage”

  1. Lola

    I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I have enjoyed all My To-Be Read List books so far, luckily.
    I have read the first book in this author’s adult series, but never continues with the series. It seems like a fun twist that the main character doesn’t know the real purpose of the school, while everyone else does know it.

    • ladystorm

      I love her adult series but I have only read three of them, I need to finish the series, I had one of them on audio and I think I would like to get the others on audio..I also think this one would be fun on audio. 🙂

  2. Karsyn @ KaKiJoKoJa

    Yay for finally having one that you really enjoyed. Congrats! Yet another book on my TBR, I was thinking about pushing toward the top of the pile. Glad to hear it was a good one. 🙂

    • ladystorm

      I was pretty sure going into this one that I would like it cause I like this author, but I am sure glad I did..lol. 🙂

  3. Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun

    Yay! I’m glad you liked it! So I didn’t know about her adult books before your review – do you feel like having read the adult books (set in the same world) impacted your experience with this? I have Etiquette and Espionage, but now I’m wondering if I should try to read the other books first…

    Love the Christmas look – you just reminded me I need to put up mine 🙂

    • ladystorm

      I really think this could be fun on audio and that is how you have it right? I don’t think you need to read her adult books to enjoy this, it was just because I had read them that I could recognize things. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. 🙂

      Isn’t the Christmas look so adorable..lol.

  4. Lorna

    I am glad this worked for you. I know nothing about this author but you make me want to look some of her books up, thanks for sharing 🙂

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