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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