Title: Etiquette &amp; Espionage<br />Author: Gail Carriger<br />Publisher: Little Brown Books<br />Status: Available now<br />*full disclosure: I snagged up an Advanced Reviewer’s Copy It was the happiest day of my life let me tell you!!!<br />Description: (by goodreads.com) “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.”<br />Sophronia Temminnick at 14 is a great trial more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners — and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Her poor mother, desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady, enrolls the lively tomboy in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.But 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.<br />My Review: Endearing &amp; Exciting! <br />Etiquette &amp; Espionage was everything I hoped it was going to be and more! Gail continues to write in her amazing dead-pan type of British humor that doesn’t talk down to her new YA audience. Etiquette &amp; Espionage is set a couple of decades before the Parasol Protectorate. Those who have read the adult series (like me) will have a superb time squeeing over familiar characters but younger versions of several characters.  However, to all those who haven’t read the Parasol Protectorate do not fret, because Gail does an amazing job of introducing everything and everyone so that you will never feel left out.<br />Like the Parasol Protectorate I’m very happy stating that this is also a great gateway novel into the steampunk world. It’s informative enough on all the inventions and machinery to get yourselves familiar with the Steampunk world so that you could journey into other series without feeling too lost! An Example would be ’Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality’ itself (IT FLOATS AROUND LONDON ON A DIRIGIBLE!!!!!!!!!!) <br />I seriously fell hard for this book and this is why I’ve delayed so long in writing the review I wanted to do it justice. I highly recommend it to everyone.<br />My Overall Rating: 7/7

Title: Etiquette & Espionage

Author: Gail Carriger

Publisher: Little Brown Books

Status: Available now

*full disclosure: I snagged up an Advanced Reviewer’s Copy It was the happiest day of my life let me tell you!!!

Description: (by goodreads.com) “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.”

Sophronia Temminnick at 14 is a great trial more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners — and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Her poor mother, desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady, enrolls the lively tomboy in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But 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.

My Review: Endearing & Exciting!

Etiquette & Espionage was everything I hoped it was going to be and more! Gail continues to write in her amazing dead-pan type of British humor that doesn’t talk down to her new YA audience. Etiquette & Espionage is set a couple of decades before the Parasol Protectorate. Those who have read the adult series (like me) will have a superb time squeeing over familiar characters but younger versions of several characters.  However, to all those who haven’t read the Parasol Protectorate do not fret, because Gail does an amazing job of introducing everything and everyone so that you will never feel left out.

Like the Parasol Protectorate I’m very happy stating that this is also a great gateway novel into the steampunk world. It’s informative enough on all the inventions and machinery to get yourselves familiar with the Steampunk world so that you could journey into other series without feeling too lost! An Example would be ’Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality’ itself (IT FLOATS AROUND LONDON ON A DIRIGIBLE!!!!!!!!!!)

I seriously fell hard for this book and this is why I’ve delayed so long in writing the review I wanted to do it justice. I highly recommend it to everyone.

My Overall Rating: 7/7

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Changeless

Title: Changeless
Author: Gail Carriger
Publisher: Orbit
Book Description by Goodreads:
Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears – leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can.

She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.

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My: Review: I. Loved. This. Book.

The whole book was gripping. It was fast paced and suspense fueled each chapter, I couldn’t read this book fast enough! Everyone is back including Ivy Hisselpenny and her horrid hats.

But I was sad and angry by the end because… Conall Maccon You Blithering IDIOT! I love you but, UGH!!!

Okay when I read Soulless I guessed things along the way some were right some were wrong but either way I was impressed and couldn’t stop reading. Where as Changeless completely surprised me! I couldn’t believe who was the real culprit on the dirigible and as Alexia Maccon says “” hindsight is indeed an incredibly thing. I actually liked Sidheag she was just like her “Gramps” but I was so mad at both her and Maccon at the end!! I mean really?! Those idiots! If Preternaturals can take away Supernaturals’ powers and shift them back to human (where they go back to AGE no less) then WHY COULDN’T THAT HAPPEN?! That being said, yes I know you think it’s impossible and you’re hurt but you idiot she loves you! Sorry had to get that out.

Poor Alexia… I hope things go better for her in the next book.

Not a lot of Lyall and I have a huge crush on him so I hope to see more of him in the next book as well.

Aside from Conall’s epic blunder I loved the mystery that surrounded this book! It was fun trying to piece together all the information it reminded me of a Sherlock Holmes tale. (the real book fictional stories not the fictional television program) I mistrusted the person I wanted to trust just as Alexia did and I didn’t think about the person who I should have deemed suspicious. We also find out more about Soulless beings and as a result it gives a new dimension to Alexia’s condition.

Lord Akeldama and Biffy were delicious as always and I’m so happy I have the next book Blameless here because I’d go mad without it!

It kinda sucks that I can only post this on Monday and not today Friday August 31st, because I’m in a place without internet…

There are simply so many  fantastic things to say about this book I don’t know where to begin!  I give it a solid 6/7!

Parasol Protectorate Appreciation

So I know what book I’m going to read next because I hate myself that I put this series off so long.

As you see from above Changeless from the Parasol Protectorate is next. The first book (which I read around 2 years ago >__< sorry Gail Carriger) is Soulless. It’s excellent! I was first introduced to this series by my best friend and what can I say the girl knows what I like.

If you like Tough girls, steampunk and some supernatural elements (werewolves being my favorite.) Then you have to give Soulless a try (especially since none of the vampires glitter instead they’re more up Anne Rice’s ally *wink*.) College kind of got in the way of my books to read for fun but no longer! I can’t wait to finish the rest of this series and the author Gail Carriger is an excellent writer!

I’m going to post the book description for SOULLESS here so if it strikes your fancy you can pick it up with out getting anything spoiled.

Description for Soulless Book 1:

(from goodreads.com)

First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire – and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?