Friday, 3 January 2014

Review: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger


Title: Etiquette & Espionage

Author: Gail Carriger

Series: Finishing School #1

Publisher: Atom

Publication date: 05 Feb 2013

Format: Paperback | 307 pages

Genre: YA | Science Fiction | Steampunk


 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 realises 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.

My thoughts:

I'm a big fan of Gail Carriger's books so when I heard she was writing a YA series I was beyond excited.

I immediately fell in love with all of the characters. I thought Sophronia made a brilliant heroine whilst still being a young girl and acting as such. She had a great personality that made me laugh quite a few times right from the very beginning of the book - I really can't wait to see more of her in the next one.

The plot was a little simpler than I would have liked but enjoyable nonetheless. I found this book enjoyable mostly due to Carriger's impressive writing style. There really is no end to the humour, wacky scenarios and quirky characters in any of her books. 

Overall this is a very quick, light hearted read that will make you giggle. I really enjoyed it just as much as the other books by this author so I sincerely recommend both this read and Gail's other books.

My rating: 8/10

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Finishing School:

  1. Etiquette & Espionage
  2. Curtsies & Conspiracies - 2013
  3. Waistcoats & Weaponry - 2014

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