Title: Etiquette & Espionage
Author: Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School: Book the First
Genre: Teens & YA
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
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.
If you have read the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter you will enjoy the Finishing School series. It is set in the 1850’s steam punk area with vampires and werewolves. Mechanical helpers are all around and take care of things for the rich. They are like staff but unpaid.
Sophronia is a handful for her mother and keeps getting into things were a young lady should not. Mrs. Temminnick, Sophronia’s mumsy, wants to do is ship her off to finishing school. However, Mrs. Temminnick does not know that Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality is more then is seems. Most do not know exactly where it is. (You will find out why reading the book. It is awesome how it is described!) Mrs. Temminnick truly does not know what to do with Sophronia so the finishing school is a god-sent to her. Sophronia does not want to go because she enjoys how she is as a person.
You might have guessed but Sophronia does not get her wish and is sent. Along the way there are some issues such as the person picking her up is not the head mistress and is trying to finish school but misplaces the piece she was suppose to bring to school somewhere. Sophronia is a smart intuitive girl that can make leaps with her noggin that most would not. Sophronia will make friends along the way that help her with the “finishing” part of the school. She does change in ways that I did not like but at least she is doing what she can to make it.
I recommend this series highly since there is paranormal, adventures, and has girls learning about espionage. It was a little slow paced because you need to learn about the school and what it all means for Sophronia. It was also hard to tell how long the time was when it was passing but it was easy to over look it. I just think that most would enjoy since there is a little bit of everything for everyone.