The Atomics review Etiquette & Espionage: Keely, Jennifer & Lesley

The Atomics review Etiquette & Espionage: Keely, Jennifer & Lesley

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Etiquette & Espionage, Book One in the brand new Finishing School series by Gail Carriger is out now.

We were inundated with requests from our Atomics reader review programme (aged 12-18 and love books? Sign up here!) and these are the results.

Looks like they loved it as much as we do!

Etiquette & Espionage is an entertaining book, and one that I loved. With the combination of bright personalities and a gripping plot, I was never bored.

Sophronia was an excellent protagonist; she was smart, daring and had an amusing sense of humour. Her best friend, Dimity was at times I thought underused, but was a funny character nevertheless.

My favourite thing about the book was that, unlike with many other young adult books I have read in the past, the main character was not only focused on falling in love. It was refreshing and made for a more enjoyable read to have Sophronia as an independent person from such feelings.

I can’t say I had a least favourite part of the book but towards the beginning I felt it was at times written for a younger reader than myself. Through the rest of the novel though I did not find this and I think people of any age would enjoy the story.

I will certainly be reading the rest of the books in the series and I encourage you to as well, the first one certainly won’t let you down.


I really enjoyed reading Etiquette & Espionage, I was first drawn to this book because it was recommended for people who liked the Gallagher girls series, although I would say they were quite different. Etiquette & Espionage took me into another world, although it felt like it was set in the past. It also seemed quite futuristic giving it a unique twist.

Etiquette & Espionage also features some of my favourite paranormal creatures which really surprised me and just made the book even better for me. In my opinion Sophronia represents all young girls, she starts off quite the tom-boy and as she grows up she becomes more of a lady.

The book is full of lots of twists and turns which always kept me on my feet, this is definitely my kind of book, jammed packed with action, an old world vibe and it features a  lead female who isn’t afraid to show people what she’s made of. I now find myself wishing I could be in Sophronia’s shoes as she learns to become deadly, I think it would be very exciting. I’m quite sad to have finished the book so soon.

I can’t wait until the second book comes out so I can continue to delve into the deadly world of a finishing school. I’d rate it 4/5 and definitely recommend it for anyone who likes things that are a little different and for anyone who likes historical settings.


As soon as I had read the blurb for 'Etiquette & Espionage', I knew that I wanted to read it straight away.

When I started to read the book, however, I found it really confusing; due to the rapid introductions of many new characters (some of which being robots). But in spite of that, I really did enjoy reading this book and following Sophronia's experience at a so-called 'finishing school'.

With its originality and unsuspected plot twists, it was definitely a really good read. Exciting and unlike any book I have read before, it kept me wanting to know what would happen next in the story, so I guess it was hard to put down- as cliched as it sounds. Definitely recommend if a story like 'Alice in Wonderland' (minus the poetry) crossed with 'Night School', mixed with an element of steampunk appeals to you.


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