YA Review of Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

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Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Age Range: 12 and up

Grade Level: 7 and up

Series: Finishing School (Book 1)

Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 8, 2013)

Genre: Steampunk/humor

 Source: Bought

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My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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. 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.

Set
in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is
filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail’s legions of
fans have come to adore. 

My Thoughts:

This book was such a fun surprise! I expected to like it, but I didn’t
expect it to be so quirky and funny. It’s a steampunk novel intended for younger YA readers, although older teens will like it too.

The characters are hilarious and they all have distinct personality
traits to make them memorable. I loved Sophronia, Monique, and Soap the
most, but Vieve, Dimity, and Pillover were wonderful additions. I also
loved the setting—an airship suspended over the moors of England
served as a unique and unconventional school where young ladies learn to
“finish” whatever or whomever needs finishing.

If you are looking for a clean, fun book for your teen to read, you’ll definitely want to investigate this series.

Content: a (very) small bit of innuendo

4 STARS

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    Tressa S
    October 28, 2014 at 3:28 am

    So glad you liked it! I was so pleasantly surprised and this one still brings a smile to my face. I love how smart it is while also being quirky and hilarious, and having characters I really liked. Looking forward to the next two!! 😀

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