Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1) by Gail Carriger
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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 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.
This a a cute book. So I first read this in high school, and I remembered the world being really cool. And this is true. The idea for this world is super cool. The setting for this story is a sort of Victorian style world, with elements of steam punk. The main setting we see the story take place in is Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing School, which floats across the English country side on a blimp. At this floating school the students learn, manners and such, but also learn how to be little spies.
I think the idea for this world and the plot would be cool. However I feel like this book though labeled young adult, I defiantly feel like this was more middle grade. So for me, there wasn't much to it. It was kinda cute, but I wasn't scrambling to finish it. I just feel like I grew up out of it. I have heard that she has written books for the higher end of YA so I think I will drop this series and try her more adult series. So yeah. Not terrible but not out of this world crazy.
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