Etiquette & Espionage

Etiquette & Espionage

Book rating: 05 Hardback Finishing School

By (author) Gail Carriger

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Format: Hardback | 307 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 20mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 2 May 2013
  • ISBN 10: 031619008X
  • ISBN 13: 9780316190084
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 116,901

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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.

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"New York Times "bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London. The Parasol Protectorate books are: "Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, " and "Timeless." "Soulless" won the ALA's Alex Award. A manga adaptation released in Spring 2012 and a young adult series set in the same universe -- the Finishing School series -- launched in Spring 2013. Gail is soon to begin writing a new adult series, The Parasol Protectorate Abroad (2015).

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By Miranda Fink 25 May 2013 5

I am a huge fan of Gail's work. I have her Parasol Protectorate series so I was very excited about this book.
The story is set in Victorian London and about a 14 year old girl named Sophronia. She is always getting into trouble and does not act like a proper lady so her mother ships her off to a finishing school. What her mother does not know is that at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, the girls do not just learn proper etiquette, but also learn espionage, about weapons, and poisons, among other things.
I absolutely loved this book. It was a quick read and I could not put it down. The finishing school is on a FLOATING airship! Yes, amazing. She is always getting into trouble and does not follow the rules. Sophronia is a great heroine. Gail Carriger also kept her wit in this book, which is a reason I fell in love with her books in the first place. If only I could join this finishing school!

By Marcus 17 May 2013 5

I expect nothing but the best from Gail Carriger. After having devoured her Parasol Protectorate novels at the alarmingly fast rate (I'm an alarmingly slow reader) of 5 books in 4 days I knew I was hooked on a world. When I picked up Etiquette and Espionage (Little, Brown 2/13) I was admittedly a little leery but after having spent the last few hours unmoving from my wingback, my tea cold from lack of attention to anything but the story (Miss Carriger's work must be read in an antique chair with tea. No other drink will truly fit) I have come to find that this novel is Just as good as the others. New characters instantly find places in your heart, new mysteries quickly crop up and some old friends make surprising returns in the most unusual places. It seems the sooties are not the only ones inhabiting the boiler room. 5/5

By Talia 08 May 2013 5

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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Praise for the "New York Times "bestselling "Etiquette & Espionage" An ALSC Notable Book for ChildrenA YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults PickA Horn Book Summer Reading List Selection * "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)""