“Entertaining ”Rache1611 wrote this review Tuesday, July 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is clearly an exposition to a series, and it felt like it. It was an ok read.”Laura B wrote this review Monday, July 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lots of fun. Great one-liners and sarcastic comments. Sets up this world very nicely. Looking forward to more.”Read Junkee wrote this review Thursday, June 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not all finishing schools release their graduates merely to ornate London society. Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality (wow, what a mouthful!) also teaches them how to gather intelligence and assinate someone should they choose. Enter Sopronia's covert recruitment into the academy, and she is drawn into a world of deceit and finery where she must learn how to conduct operations while practicing good etiquette at the same time, and so begin her misadventures.
The narrative style was rather youthful, younger than I expected given the cover and the age of the narrator. Given that Sophronia is fourteen years old and living in a historical world, I expected her to be more mature. In ways, she is. She uses large words and is very observant of the world. However, her way of talking and behavior reminds me of those of characters in middle-grade books that I've read. It was surprising, but I did grow to love Sophronia's youthful mannerisms as much as I love her as a person. Sophronia is a delight, and she's constantly getting into mishaps. She almost reminds of a young Anne of Green Gables, except that Sophronia often breaks the rules intentionally while Anne doesn't mean to do wrong.
I like how the world building is done so in such a matter of fact manner. Vampires, werewolves, and flywaymen are brought up like you would in passing conversation. They're just there, a part of life. And while some may not be fond of them, they aren't the persecuted minority either. They're treated like real people. In fact, the finishing school has a vampire and a werewolf teaching.
The humor also has to be mentioned. It's what pulls everything together. Combined with the youthful voice and matter of fact way of telling the story, it makes this book what it is. It also lets some of the characters get away with being the cliched, vapid people that they are. (Though there are the exceptions, like Soap and Vieve, two side characters that I really like and expect to see more of in book two.)
On the whole, this is a a quick, enjoyable read that I recommend to those looking for a humorous summer read with some action and adventure.”
“Looking for a refreshing, humorous and thoroughly brilliant read? If so, and really if you have a pulse and enjoy a good laugh now and again, then pick up Gail Carriger's debut YA novel, Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1). One of Goodreads YA Novels of 2013, Etiquette & Espionage proved to be engaging, unique and hilarious through and through! Carringer builds a distinctive set of lovely characters in a beautifully created world!
Carriger's Victorian paranormal steampunk style will keep you engaged and loving each and every page. I mean really, who doesn't crave a strong and intelligent female lead, friends from unexpected places, a bit of paranormal, poofy dresses, an adventure, an adorable pet and of course a light sprinkling of infatuation (but not overly done)? One of my favorite reads of 2013! You will most likely love this book, but don't take my word for it, try it yourself. ”
“This didn't have the draw that the parasol protectorate series has unfortunately. I did not feel the need to find out what happens next or care about the characters. The wit is still there and I understand it is set up, but it was just ehhhh, nothing really exciting, no intrigue, no real plot. ”Zombie Katie wrote this review Sunday, June 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fun steam punk series with likable characters.”jeannemarie1 wrote this review Saturday, June 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another enchanting and hilarious adventure from Gail Carriger, the author of the peerless "Parasol Protectorate" series. This is set in the same universe, but a generation earlier. Just wonderful, as usual.”Sean Hoade wrote this review Tuesday, June 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'd read this just for the cool cover. ”Mrs. Peterson wrote this review Tuesday, June 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sophronia, a less than girly girl in nineteenth century England, is send to a finishing school that teachers finishing- the deadly kind. With werewolves, vampires, and flywaymen, she finds herself in the midst of welcome adventure and a group of whimsical characters that will entertain and inspire in books to come! ”Mrs. O's 6th Grade Shelf wrote this review Sunday, June 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No