Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
Finishing School Series - Book the First
I absolutely loved the author's Parasol Protectorate series and knew this new series would be awesome. I was not disappointed. The author's wit and talent shines through yet again. Young teen Sophriana is not even close to what any female in her family would call "finished". When a family friend recommends Sophriana be sent to a finishing school, Sophriana's mother immediately complies. But Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy For Young Ladies of Quality is not like any other school for young ladies. Along with learning to curtsy, exercise proper tea etiquette and how to carry a fan, you also learn how to poison, steal, kill, divert and fight. Sophrian is quick to embrace her new life and makes friends and enemy alike at the boarding school. Toss in flywaymen (like highwaymen but in the air), a missing prototype, mystery and the sinister picklemen, and you have a great story. Looking forward to reading the rest in the series.