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
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Also by this author: Curtsies & Conspiracies, Waistcoats & Weaponry, Manners & Mutiny, Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Prudence, Imprudence, Competence, Reticence
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.
Finally 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.