Etiquette & Espionage, Book One in the brand new Finishing School series by Gail Carriger is out now.
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Supernatural mixed with a little James Bond and awesome technology all in the edwardian era. This book hooks you from the start. It was beautifully written and the characters make you wish you were there with them. Sophronia is a young teenager who finds the perfect place for her with a few bumps,vampires and mechanimals along the way. I found the book entertaining and addictive. I can't wait for the next book when I get to see more of Sophronia and her friends.
I don't usually read 'steampunk' books but Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger was pleasant surprise. 14 year old Sophronia Temminnick who, after causing worlds of trouble for her mother, is packed off to finishing school. But her school isn't quite what her mother expected. In addition to teaching Etiquette, they're going to train her to be a spy. And possibly an assassin.
This books is funny, full of adventure, with a fantastic world as well as giving a nice perspective to Victorian life. Most of the book's humor is about how women were excepted to behave in Victorian England showing how women status in society has changed from these times.
As well as steampunk this book has a paranormal twist, with vampires, werewolves and flying pirates. This spices up the plot, but i would have liked it to contain more of these paranormal creatures as they was only mentioned a few times during the book.
The book was a nice change from most other YA books as it wasn't based on love but on adventure and solving the mystery which can sometimes get spoiled if romance is added.
The book is a good read and I would recommend it to all who like adventure, steampunk, paranormal and laughs.
Having never read a book by Gail Carriger previously, I was unsure as what to expect when this book was described to me as a mixture of ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Gallagher Girls’ series. Both of these series I loved, so I was really excited about getting to read Etiquette and Espionage. Now I have to tell you that they were wrong.
This is because Etiquette and Espionage cannot be described as being like another as it is a very individual book. Carriger wrote in an engaging yet unique style which took me a couple of pages to get used to. I love how she brought such different ideas together like the Victorian era, with werewolves and espionage made it at first an unexpected and then an easy to love read. After reading various typical scenarios in books, Etiquette and Espionage is a breath of much needed fresh air.
I enjoyed Sophronia’s refusal to be a proper young lady, as was expected in the Victorian era because she would have rather taken apart mechanicals than spent hours learning to curtsy. Throughout the book Sophrania is on an adventure and I wish I could have joined her at the Finishing Academy as she went along her lessons, which are much more exciting than mine.
I would recommend this book for anyone who is looking for something different to read after being constantly surround by various books, which end up having the same plot.