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REVIEW- Etiquette and Espionage by: Gail Carriger

 

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 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.

 

Overall Reaction:

Wow! I’m SUPER surprised. Going into this book, I had low expectations. Now that I’ve finished the first book, my expectations have been completely raised!

If you are a fan of Victorian Era novels and don’t mind a hint of Steampunk, you’ll have a pleasant experience reading this and I would HIGHLY recommend it!

The characters were a bit cliche, while I do admit this, the author added little twists to each of the characters making them different enough for it not to be boring or the same thing which caused me to overlook their dullness and continue with the plot.

The plot was only okay. While I did favor this story, The plot wasn’t AMAZING. It didn’t suck, it just wasn’t the type of Espionage I was looking for. Instead of FULL BLOWN fight scenes, we got little attack and runs.

One thing I LOVED about this story was  the finishing school that our MC goes too. I loved learning about how to be a spy, and all of the lessons were SUPER interesting, it also made for a very immersive world that kept building on itself chapter by chapter.

The writing style was GRAND! It really helped that the book was told with a voice that sounded like it was EXACTLY In the Victorian Era which totally got me into the mindset making the story more immersive and entertaining.

Overall, I’m fairly excited to read the second installment in this series, Although I’m not DYING of anticipation. It’s clean! The story is GOOD! Plus, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND for readers wanting to start in genre of Steampunk but want to take things slowly at the beginning.

Star Rating: 4/5 Stars

 


REVIEW-Pretties by: Scott Westerfeld

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Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect.

Perfectly wrong.

Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted.

But beneath all the fun — the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom — is a nagging sense that something’s wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally’s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what’s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life — because the authorities don’t intend to let anyone with this information survive.

cooltext133089303484155Well for the most part I really liked the characters.  Tally Youngblood is getting more awesome by each book. She is quick, fast, and her voice is an easy one to read. Overall I really enjoyed her character as well as all the other’s that this book follows!

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Well while I really enjoyed this  book the beginning was dragged around a little but the other half was a bit amazing, I enjoyed it but didn’t enjoy it as much as Uglies the first in the series.

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If the third book says bubbly I will freak out. This book focuses on being inside new pretty town. UGH I swear every time they said that I rolled my eyes. I think this book suffered from middle book syndrome but overall I really enjoyed this book. Sorry for the shortness of the review but I honestly read this so fast I barely remember all of it. But the ending is amazing!

Rating 4/5

 

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Thank’s for reading my review, as always I will post another post soon and until then, read, subscribe, and have a good Christmas break!

-Jared

Paper Things By: Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Recommended Age: 10-16+

Thank You Candlewick Press for providing me with a copy of this book. It means the world to me!

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When forced to choose between staying with her guardian and being with her big brother, Ari chose her big brother. There’s just one problem—Gage doesn’t actually have a place to live.
When Ari’s mother died four years ago, she had two final wishes: that Ari and her older brother, Gage, would stay together always, and that Ari would go to Carter, the middle school for gifted students. So when nineteen-year-old Gage decides he can no longer live with their bossy guardian, Janna, Ari knows she has to go with him. But it’s been two months, and Gage still hasn’t found them an apartment. He and Ari have been “couch surfing,” staying with Gage’s friend in a tiny apartment, crashing with Gage’s girlfriend and two roommates, and if necessary, sneaking into a juvenile shelter to escape the cold Maine nights. But all of this jumping around makes it hard for Ari to keep up with her schoolwork, never mind her friendships, and getting into Carter starts to seem impossible. Will Ari be forced to break one of her promises to Mama? Told in an open, authentic voice, this nuanced story of hiding in plain sight may have readers thinking about homelessness in a whole new way

cooltext133089303484155Well I am actually surprised that I didn’t really like Ari the main character.  I just felt like for a girl who’s eleven she shouldn’t know this much or at some points I didn’t buy that there was just no bad weather or all of that stuff. For the most part I think I imagined Ari to be older maybe thirteen or fourteen but definitely not eleven. I don’t know if it’s just me so if you’ve read this book tell me what you thought!

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cooltext133089343094800Man this book was a wild ride. I loved it and felt a lot of emotions during this book. This is definantly an emotion playing book. Well Not a sobbing, in tears book but you really feel bad at people and in some part you even just want to grab this book and throw it against the wall because your so mad at one of the charaters. But fortuanately I grabbed my book before my other hand threw it. (:  I also loved meeting some of the homeless people and they all seemed really happy. But I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to have a crabby homeless person and then turn nice, just a thought.

cooltext133089378843909Well like I said before the author didn’t really have me convinced that this was an eleven year old speaking or her story. I also I felt like there was a little too much drama But… overall I give this book four stars and would recommend this to almost anybody!

Rating: 4/5

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MY NEW BOOK SUGGESTIONS PAGE!

Hey guys! I want to fill you all in on a few things. First I have fished all of my reviews but you can’t see them. I am going to be posting them soon (They are for the CIA… NOT!!!!).

So I am currently making a book suggestions page, as you can tell from the title. And I need your help to fill it up with suggestions!  To show my point of view I thought it would be fun to roll through the who, what, when, where, and why thing they taught you in what elementary school!

  • who? Um I don’t know how to answer this um… Books! um You! Wait what were we saying again?  (:
  • What? A book suggestions page, why else would we check this out? *Hits Forehead*
  • when? For the rest of you puny Lives MORTALS!!!
  • Where? Um…. I think in *Pause for Dramatic Effect* LOS ANGELES! oh wait I mean dabook.club
  • Why? Cause I need new books in my life!

I want to make this page so that whenever anybody needs good suggestions for books and they feel like they’ve read just about everything they’re wrong because there are new books constantly being published! So if you have a good suggestion, leave a comment below.  If you need a new book to read review the comments below ASAP! So without further ado… leave a comment below!