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 the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.A totally different, but equally fantastic female lead, a whole new set of strange circumstances, the same great humour, and sleek writing prowess, and of course, the same Steampunk world her readers have become so enamoured of and voila! A new series that will captivate readers new to Carriger and her die hard fans alike.
25 years before any of the Parasol books take place, on a floating dirigible school, expect to fall in love with the most charming 14 year old ever, Sophronia, and her small group of eclectic friends, some of whom, Parasol Protectorate fans will be ecstatic to "meet". Where Alexia dabbles with Vampires and Werewolves, Sophronia spends times with evil geniuses in training, spy and assassins would-be's and flyaway men, not to mention mechanimals.
The adventure is fast paced, the laughs are age appropriate, but no less savagely witty, and the characters are endlessly endearing. Basically Carriger has scored another winner and I can not wait to see where this series will take it's readers.
If 2013 has done one thing of significance, it is introducing me to Gail Carriger's writing. I will never be the same I tell you! If you haven't read her Parasol Protectorate series, then make sure to move onto it once you finish Etiquette and you find yourself jonesing for more Carriger goodness ASAP.
Etiquette & Espionage, by Gail Carriger
Published by Little Brown, Books for Young Readers, February 5th, 2013
My copy received at the Ontario Book Blogger Meet up
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Read the first few chapters online for a taste test.