Monday, October 14, 2013

{Review} Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Series: Finishing School #1
Publication date: February 5th, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13: 9780316190084
Sophronia is a young, educated, an active mind and the energy to take on the tasks she sets herself into. Sadly, this does not amuse her mother, nor Sophronia’s sisters. As a last resort to correct her unlady like daughter Mrs. Temminick sends her daughter off to Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
Being sent into a school that would teach her how to curtsy or make her a proper lady was always a treat her mother used, but not one that Sophronia’s mother would actually act on. But the school seems to hold more than the key to becoming a true lady, her education is more complete and exciting then she expected.
Etiquette and Espionage was a book hard to put down, an interesting combination of supernatural, Victorian etiquette and a girl that won’t let society limit all that she can be.
For those of you that are expecting a comparison between Finishing School and the Parasol Protectorate, the only thing that I can tell you is what the blurb in goodreads says, they are both set on the same world. This is my first experience with Gail’s work and let me tell that I will be keeping an eye out for her new series as well as getting myself familiarized with her first series.
I am going to be honest there was a part of the book that made me doubt if I was going to read this book ‘til the end, I thought maybe there was some forced multiracial in the book, you know like in the movies when suddenly a non-caucasian characters enters to give “color” to the story. That was my first impression with the characters in the first line it appeared, but after that line I felt bad for thinking that and was relieved that this wasn’t the case.
I love how the story developed at its own passed, it gives you time to know more about the paranormal in this world, about who the characters are, how the technology in this world works and for the story to breath.
As a main character Sophronia is smart, fun, one to take risks and not stuck on herself. And her roommates give you a broader dimension on how this world works, the expectations of society, makes the story more fun and makes you wonder about each of their background stories.


  1. Ah, I love steampunk and this one seems like a huge winner. I am so glad you liked it, now I really want to read it. I love a book that hooks you from the beginning and continues to grab your attention. Seems like this one has everything I love in it!

  2. Glad you like it, I hope you get to enjoy it!!
    Thank you for stopping by :)