The Atomics Review Etiquette & Espionage: Lucy, Chloe & Tooba

The Atomics Review Etiquette & Espionage: Lucy, Chloe & Tooba

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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!

I loved this book. I found  it unique and interesting and unputdownable.

I loved the fact that the story was set in another era especially a time period I love. I also especially enjoyed the details the book had, everything was different and individual and this drew me in even more.  I really loved the characters in this book not just the unique names by the personality they expressed. In my opinion I found this book well written, and inspired story line and just the right amount of etiquette and espionage  and I recommend that you should be read it as you won't be able to put it down.


Sophronia is a fourteen year old misfit of the Temminick Bloodline who lacks etiquette and challenges her mother’s patience. I found that the book was hard to get into but I found it easier to read upon Sophronia’s arrival.

I loved Sophronia’s antics and the fact that she was constantly causing mischief, from knocking over a maid and causing trifle to spill all over Mrs. Barnaclegoose and steering a cart, by herself, on the way to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.  She was my favourite character because of this and the fact that she is engaging, funny and smart.

I loved the juxtaposition of becoming a real lady and learning how to take down a werewolf, a vampire or a crazy man using only a wave of a fan or a flick of a hair clip.

I found that even though the book was written in the third person, I was still able to engage with Sophronia’s character on a personal level and the author left me with no doubts to her thoughts and motives. I also liked the historical feel of the book.

Overall, I thought the book was good but a little different to what I usually read. I thoroughly enjoyed it though, and I’m likely to read the others in the series, upon their release.

Huge thank you to Atom Books for introducing me to a book I’d never thought I’d like.


Etiquette and Espionage, is a gripping mysterious adventure about a young un-ladylike Sophronia, who is sent to mademoiselle Geraldine’s finishing academy for young ladies of quality. Although, the ladies sure learn etiquette it comes with a generous helping of espionage!

From the start I was gripped, hooked on by the adventure that followed. The Victorian twist was not really my type, however it suited the genre and theme of this book very well, also the Victorian theme and the adventure goes unusually well than I would have expected!

I also happened to notice the hint of magic and mystery, which was subtle but effective. For example the mechanimals and the un-human beings (I don’t want to give away the magic, you just have to read it for yourself!). The author very cleverly combines the magic into every-day life. It’s not like “whoa! Vampire!! Amaazinngggg!!!!” it’s more “hmm, vampire… oh well! Life goes on!” (Oh no! I just told you, didn’t I!?)

The book is not at all boring, there is always something going on that is arousing curiosity. There is a new expedition in every page, and I mean it! From the start of the book I had a feeling it was going to be a very difficult, Victorian book that I would never understand, and then struggle to write about. However, it was not at all like that! I understood mainly everything and despite the Victorian theme it was pretty easy to read. I recommend this book for all ages not just YA.

Ever since I got the book to review I have been unable to put it down. I love the little touches that the author has included like how the chapters are actually lessons, or the small sarcastic comments. For me it’s the little things that make up a successful book, and this author is definitely on the list! Overall, I think this is a great read, and I will be eagerly waiting for the next book as I felt this one ended too soon.


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