Book Review: Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1)


Author: Gail Carriger

Genre: YA/Steampunk

Summary: 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.

Review: I read part of Gail’s first series, The Parasol Protectorate, and was extremely excited when I learned she was writing a YA series. She really sold me on Steampunk.

Her character’s are unique and solid within themselves. This is set in a different time, not to mention that there are different creatures in this world as well, but she does a wonderful job at keeping the character’s true to the time, and still very relatable.

Her description is wonderful. I love the steampunky words used to describe the machines and the funny names of the machines themselves. Also, the names of characters are extremely unique. You won’t see them in any other YA novel, that’s for sure!

Overall, I love Carriger’s pith. She gives every chapter a purpose, but she throws a dash of hilarity. Mostly, the pith is all in the language and conversation, which makes reading in this time setting completely lovable! 

Recommendation: A must read!




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