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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.

Review:

"Carriger's YA debut brings her mix of Victorian paranormal steampunk and winning heroines to a whole new audience...with cleverly Victorian methods of espionage, witty banter, lighthearted silliness, and a ship full of intriguingly quirky people." Booklist (starred review)

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"Carriger deploys laugh-out-loud bon mots on nearly every page....Amid all the fun, the author works in commentary on race and class in a sparkling start to the Finishing School series." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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"[A] delightfully madcap espionage adventure." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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"If spunky Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey happened onto a steampunk set, she might look a lot like Sophronia Angelina Temminnick." ShelfAwareness

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"Blending intrigue and elements of the school story, Carriger introduces teen readers to a supernatural-meets-steampunk world full of action and wit." Horn Book

Synopsis:

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.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger makes her young adult debut with Ettiquette and Espionage, the first book in the Finishing School series.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She survived her early years by reading most of her local library and memorizing Greek battles. Eventually she escaped small-town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. In pursuit of further finishing, Ms. Carriger traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on the biscuits secreted in her handbag. The Finishing School series is Gail's first foray into young adult fiction. In it, she travels back to a time before the Parasol Protectorate, explaining the mysteries of this steampunk world and visiting a few old friends. Gail now resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

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Disquietus, April 27, 2014 (view all comments by Disquietus)
These 3 star reviews are always the hardest to write. It’s easy to gush about books I love, or rant about ones I didn’t, but discussing the ones I just feel indifferent about? SO HARD. Etiquette and Espionage wasn’t a bad book by any means but no matter how hard I tried, it just could not grab my interest.

What I did love about it and what kept me reading was the characters, despite their unfortunate names. Sophronia was a breath of fresh air. Spunky, adventurous, blunt and just so much fun! All of the secondary characters, right down to the malevolent Monique were also very well done and fascinating. I would love to get more history on the schools professors and Headmistress as well.

This was also the first book I’ve read in the Steampunk style, and I actually greatly enjoyed it even though it was a bit of an adjustment. Carriger’s world is fabulously well built, with just the right balance between the traditional Victorian time period and the alternative technologically advanced Steampunky universe. What didn’t work for me was that I felt like nothing was really happening at all. It took 110 pages for me to become invested in the storyline and only about 60 or more pages for me to lose interest again. There is lots of underhanded girl snark and lots of Sophronia exploring the school but not a lot else, which made for a very boring, if well written, read.

However, it was intriguing enough that I will be checking out Carriger’s other books and I will probably read any sequels to this one.
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tmyres77, May 13, 2013 (view all comments by tmyres77)
Sophronia'€™s knack for mechanics and a tendency toward mischief are hardly desirable qualities for a Victorian lady, but they do make her an ideal recruit for Mademoiselle Geraldine'€™s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

When the 14-year-old girl arrives, she quickly discovers her school is unlike any other. Classes taught by werewolves and vampires are merely the beginning. Along with music and dance, Sophronia is schooled in the arts of espionage and intrigue - hardly subjects her mother would approve of, but ones she takes to with passion!

However, Sophronia quickly discovers school isn'€™t all fun and games and soon finds herself immersed in a mystery whilst pursued by flywaymen and shady characters intent on attacking the Academy. Armed with her mechanimal, Bumbersnoot, and a group of steadfast friends, Sophronia sets out to uncover the truth and, hopefully, put a little polish on her finish before returning home for the holidays!

Etiquette & Espionage is a delightful story, and Gail Carriger does a terrific job with her young adult debut. Filled with humor and witty dialogue, the story easily entertains and keeps the reader turning the page. Carriger’s penchant for creative character names is in full force with offerings such as Temminick, Mrs. Barnaclegoose and Dimity Ann Plumleigh-Teignmott, and she delightfully weaves in a few familiar faces (albeit younger!) from her wildly popular Parasol Protectorate series.

If you'€™re a fan of Carriger'€™s earlier books, you wonâ€'t want to miss the newest addition to her colorful universe. And if, somehow, you’ve never heard of steampunk’s comedic genius, this book is a great introduction to a world turned topsy-turvy by treacle tarts, flamboyant vampires, empowered women and flying dirigibles!
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tmyres77, May 13, 2013 (view all comments by tmyres77)
Sophronia'€™s knack for mechanics and a tendency toward mischief are hardly desirable qualities for a Victorian lady, but they do make her an ideal recruit for Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

When the 14-year-old girl arrives, she quickly discovers her school is unlike any other. Classes taught by werewolves and vampires are merely the beginning. Along with music and dance, Sophronia is schooled in the arts of espionage and intrigue �" hardly subjects her mother would approve of, but ones she takes to with passion!

However, Sophronia quickly discovers school isn’t all fun and games and soon finds herself immersed in a mystery whilst pursued by flywaymen and shady characters intent on attacking the Academy. Armed with her mechanimal, Bumbersnoot, and a group of steadfast friends, Sophronia sets out to uncover the truth and, hopefully, put a little polish on her finish before returning home for the holidays!

Etiquette & Espionage is a delightful story, and Gail Carriger does a terrific job with her young adult debut. Filled with humor and witty dialogue, the story easily entertains and keeps the reader turning the page. Carriger’s penchant for creative character names is in full force with offerings such as Temminick, Mrs. Barnaclegoose and Dimity Ann Plumleigh-Teignmott, and she delightfully weaves in a few familiar faces (albeit younger!) from her wildly popular Parasol Protectorate series.

If you’re a fan of Carriger’s earlier books, you won’t want to miss the newest addition to her colorful universe. And if, somehow, you’ve never heard of steampunk’s comedic genius, this book is a great introduction to a world turned topsy-turvy by treacle tarts, flamboyant vampires, empowered women and flying dirigibles!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316190084
Author:
Carriger, Gail
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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Product details pages Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - English 9780316190084 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Carriger's YA debut brings her mix of Victorian paranormal steampunk and winning heroines to a whole new audience...with cleverly Victorian methods of espionage, witty banter, lighthearted silliness, and a ship full of intriguingly quirky people."
"Review" by , "Carriger deploys laugh-out-loud bon mots on nearly every page....Amid all the fun, the author works in commentary on race and class in a sparkling start to the Finishing School series."
"Review" by , "[A] delightfully madcap espionage adventure."
"Review" by , "If spunky Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey happened onto a steampunk set, she might look a lot like Sophronia Angelina Temminnick."
"Review" by , "Blending intrigue and elements of the school story, Carriger introduces teen readers to a supernatural-meets-steampunk world full of action and wit."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger makes her young adult debut with Ettiquette and Espionage, the first book in the Finishing School series.

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