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Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School #1)

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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)

Review:

"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)

Review:

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

Review:

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

Review:

"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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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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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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Sophronia has no desire to go to finishing school where she imagines she will have to learn to act like a lady instead of running around during the day following her curiosity. But her mother says she must go so she is soon on her way to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

It isn’t long before Sophronia discovers that Mademoiselle Geraldine’s is like no other finishing academy she’s heard of. First, she and other students are attacked by flywaymen on the way to the school. Then they are greeted by a werewolf who helps them get on board the school, which consists of several dirigibles tied together and floating above the moors in the English countryside.

In addition to lessons on curtseying and batting her eyelashes, Sophronia also gets lessons on how to poison dinner guests, and creating a discreet diversion to steal a desired object. Never one to follow the rules, Sophronia is soon discovering the places on board where students aren’t allowed to go and getting drawn into the mystery of a missing prototype.

Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing Academy) by Gail Carriger feels like a cross between the magical, inventive worlds of Harry Potter and the Golden Compass. Mechanical maids and butlers cater to the privileged families in society and there are distinct social positions between those who run the ship and those who attend school and teach there.

Sophronia is fascinated by how things work, and there are several mechanical contraptions for her to figure out, including a Dachshund-like “mechanimal” that eats coal to operate, and a filing system on tracks along the ceiling. It’s fun for the reader to discover the curiosities of this world along with Sophronia, who isn’t familiar with much of it because she grew up in the country.

There’s a lighthearted tone to the story, with Sophronia solving mysteries, making friends, getting into and out of trouble and learning new skills that will come in handy I imagine as the series continues. Sophronia and the story of her world are off to a promising start, and I recommend it for readers aged 12 and up.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion in this review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316190084
Author:
Carriger, Gail
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Copyright:
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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