Book Review: Etiquette And Espionage

Etiquette And Espionage CoverBook: Etiquette And Espionage by Gail Carriger

Expected Publication is February 5, 2013|Published by Little, Brown And Company

Paperback|ARC that I borrowed from a friend|307 pages

Series? Yes, Finishing School #1

Genre: YA/Steampunk

Find out more: Goodreads|Barnes And Noble|Amazon|Gail Carriger’s Website

Goodreads 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. 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.

Steampunk is one of the those genres I haven’t read…and realized I needed to after reading this book!  Seriously, this was a fun book to read.

There’s something really charming about Etiquette and Espionage, and there were quite a few times where I couldn’t help but laugh…mostly at the really creative but amusing names.  But Sophronia going to a finishing school (in the sky!) and learning how to curtsy and throw knives at the same time?  Seriously cool!  Seriously, her mother sends her away to finishing school, and her family has no clue

So…steampunk!  Steampunk is pretty cool, and reading a novel that’s steampunk is even better.  There’s just something about steampunk that makes so great for a novel!

The characters are a lot of fun, and Sophronia was an especially great character.  Monique definitely is her nemesis, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for their relationship!  There are so many interesting characters- vampires, werewolves, and the assorted people Sophronia comes across while going to finishing school, as well as her teachers and classmates.  I did feel like I didn’t really get to know the characters very well, but I honestly didn’t mind, and it didn’t occur to me until after finishing the book.  But it’s also the first book in the series, and I am (surprisingly) willing to overlook it.

And a spy school attached to an evil genius school?  I absolutely loved that part.  What would an evil genius school be like?  I don’t know, but I can’t wait to find out more.

Carriger created a really interesting world, and even though it was set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on any important info.

Final Thoughts:

Etiquette And Espionage was definitely a fun read, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.  The characters were really delightful, and I’m sure hijinks will ensue.  Etiquette And Espionage gets 4.5 stars.

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