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