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Monday, June 24, 2013

Deidra Reviews Etiquette & Espionage

Author: Gail Carriger
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 307
Series: Finishing School #1
Source: Library
Summary: 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.
My Favorite Lines:

“It's no good choosing your first husband from a school for evil geniuses. Much too difficult to kill.” 

Why I Loved It:  Steampunk is one of those genres that I have been hesitant to get into.  I know most of the time you either love it or you don't.  I've dabbled a bit, but for the most part I've kept my distance.  I really loved the look and sound of this book though.  I found my library had gotten it in, so I thought why not??  It was one of the best decisions I have made in my book selections this year.  I really loved the story.

The whole boarding school experience snagged me the most I think.  I love those type of stories.  Maybe because they are always portrayed in a way that's every kid's dream.  Anyways, I felt that the book had a lot of really awesome world building throughout.  Since I have never read her adult series, I didn't get super excited about reading back stories, but if you have apparently it's really cool.

Sophronia made a awesome main character.  She was curious and strong-headed and always into something.  I really enjoyed reading about her adventures.  I really loved her "pet" and her best friend that was such a girl.  Set in the 1800's, the steampunk mix made the book so much more interesting.  There was just such a fun plot.  In the end, it made me request the next book and squeal when I got it.

Low Points:  I really wanted to know more about how the school worked.  What was the background?  What process do the girl's have to go through?  How long?  I just had a lot of questions by the end of the book.

High Points:  There was a super fun plot set in a really cool world mixed with vampires and werewolves.

Who Should Read It:  Steampunk fans and those who really love a good fantasy.
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1 comment:

  1. I've been wary about the whole steampunk genre too, but I just checked this one out from the library and plan to read it soon. This book definitely seems fun, even with all the questions you had about the school. The MC sounds like a lovely character, I love the kinds that are head-strong and all, because I am a bit too, so I can easily relate to them. ;)

    Lovely review, Deidra! I'm even more excited to read this one now. <3

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

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