Tuesday, December 17, 2013
This one totally had me when I read the tagline at the back of the book: 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.
This teen novel is set in the same fictional world as Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series and features Sophronia, a brash and adventurous teenager who doesn't fit in with her mother's plans for her to be a demure, marriageable young lady. She finds herself whisked off against her will to Madame Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, but on the way there she discovers that the school will not be at all what she expected (and certainly is not what her mother had in mind for her). In fact, she might even find herself liking it there.
Nefarious plots, supernatural creatures, magic, dancing lessons, assassination lessons - what's not to like? Funny, exciting, mostly predictable but still packing a few unexpected twists and turns, this teen novel will appeal to Gallager Girl Academy and Sorcery and Cecelia fans, and to just about anyone, teen or adult, who is looking for an amusing, steampunkish romp with strong female characters and suspense mixed with a bit of silliness.
Books in the Finishing School series:
1. Etiquette and Espionage
2. Curtsies and Conspiracies
Etiquette and Espionage (#1 in the Finishing School series) by Gail Carriger (Little, Brown and Co., 2013)
Also by Gail Carriger: