“The historical aspects were not entirely there. Though it was a nice story about strong and capable women in a society that is not accepting of women warriors.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Three talented, intelligent young women in Victorian England team up to catch a killer and save the city from a bomber. Nellie is a magician’s assistant, Cora is a lab assistant, and Michiko assists a martial arts con man. When their paths intersect at a party, they pool their resources and share their talents to save the day. A fun, light steampunk novel with lots of gadgets, action, and plot twists!”Susan F wrote this review Thursday, July 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“interesting but not my taste.”littlehen8 wrote this review Sunday, June 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was hoping for more. I know it's YA fiction but I read a lot of YA and often they are quality writing that is great for all ages. This one, not so much. The writing was weak and like other reviewers have said, I was often pulled out of the narrative by the use of modern slang that just didn't work.
I did like the characters and the setting. She spent a lot of time setting up these characters so maybe in future books in what will obviously be a series, there will be more action and less character development.
I'd recommend this book for middle school aged readers.”
“The historical aspects were not entirely there. Though it was a nice story about strong and capable women in a society that is not accepting of women warriors. ”AmK wrote this review Sunday, March 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Nice bit of adventure. Definitely a set-up for future novels. Mystery is Sherlock Holmes-ian with not many clues about the outcome. ”Read Junkee wrote this review Wednesday, February 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I did not enjoy this book... Don't get me wrong it had a kick butt ending and okay story line but i thought that it took to long to get to the more awesome parts. That's not a bad thing especially if you read books fast but if you don't it might take a while for every thing to make sense. Other than that it was a fairly good book with a style that felt like I was watching a movie”Miss_Match wrote this review Monday, February 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is very creative and action-packed, but it depended on a lot of coincidence and that can get a bit annoying. The girls all happen to be assistants to powerful men, they all happen upon a body, and they can all get out of any troublesome situation with ease due to very specific skills they each have. I found the relationship between the three girls thin and the fact that Michiku speaks very little English didn't help the interactions between the characters. One of the mysteries the girls are trying to solve is predictable, but the ending has tons of action. If you are looking for a steampunk book with independent female characters this is an option. ”clockwork-serenity wrote this review Monday, January 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review at: http://booksinthespotlight.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-friday-society.html”Cullengirl l wrote this review Sunday, March 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Premise is wonderful, three girls in a steampunk world working for powerful men in London join forces to battle evil using their unique skills. Unfortunately, I kept getting distracted by modern slang and inconsistencies in the characters' behavior.”Cyra S wrote this review Saturday, January 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This one was a fun read, guys. If you're looking for a good, bubblegum book, this is definitely your read. For some reason, it had me harkening back to the 90s "girl power" thing, I don't know why, but maybe it was our empowered heroines. While there were a few things that bugged me, overall I did enjoy "The Friday Society" and recommend it to those looking for a fun fantasy novel to while away an afternoon with.
Let's start with the characters - I loved all three of our heroines, though I will admit I did have a bit of an issue with the way Michiko was constructed (more on that later). These girls are fun, fun, fun, and very feisty, which made this a joy to read. They won't let anyone tell them what they can and can't do, and I always love it when we have an alternative history with heroines like these. I love how it shows how amazing girls can be, if just given the chance (and even if we're not, when we take that power into our own hands) - and there's not enough of this in YA, not by a long shot. So Kress, I definitely must give you props for that. I think in the end Nellie was my favorite of the three, if just for the parrot sidekick (and her fabulous outfits, oh my), but this rollercoaster of a book really gives you a lot of bang for your buck in so many ways, the characters just being one of them.
That being said, there is the issue of Michiko's character - not only was she unbelievable (even in an alternate history tale), but the way she was constructed was flip-floppy. First she can't understand English, then suddenly in a tough fight, she gets it? That didn't quite wash with me. I also had a problem with the fact that Michiko was pretty much constructed like a foreigner's wet dream - first a kind-of maiko (apprentice geisha), then suddenly taken on as a samurai student? Nope. It doesn't work that way. Girls didn't become samurai - they might have become fighting women for the noble class (see my review for Cole Gibsen's "Katana" for more on that), but since it was pretty obvious that Michiko was definitely not in the noble class, it just didn't work. Even in an alternate timeline comparing to where the Meiji era would have been ending in our timeline and the Taisho era just starting up, the idea that Japan was more or less still stuck in the area between post-Edo and pre-Meiji was kind of mindboggling. I couldn't connect the dots because of how sloppy it was, and it feels like though there was a lot of thought put into her character (which is always appreciated), I could have used a bit more real-life research on the author's part in order to play more with what history has given in us in this timeline when creating a new timeline.
There is also the issue with anachronistic speech within all of the girls' POVs. I don't mind one or two, but this was more or less a constant thing. And while I can see why Kress did what she did in terms of these anachronistic words and terms, it just didn't work well with the book as a whole - and probably should have been edited out.
The world, too, needed a bit more work - though Kress cleverly avoided incomplete worldbuilding as a whole by shrinking things down to what happened at the gala concerning the murder. However, I would have liked a bit more on this alternative London - yeah, we know steam is all the rage, and giving us an idea about what's going on in Cora's lab was good, too, but I feel like this could have been fleshed out a lot more.
However, all in all (aside from my intensely nitpickiness)? This book was a lot of fun, and if there's a next book, I'll most likely be reading it. "The Friday Society" is out now from Dial/Penguin in North America, so be sure to check it out!
(posted to goodreads, shelfari, and birthofanewwitch.wordpress.com)”