>> Thursday, February 28, 2013
Author **Gail Carriger**
Publisher **Little, Brown Books for Young Readers**
Release Date **February 5, 2013*
Source **Purchased from B&N**
Summary from Goodreads:
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
Sophronia Temminnick at 14 is a great trial more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners -- and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Her poor mother, desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady, enrolls the lively tomboy in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage -- in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.
I am a huge Gail Carriger fan. Huge. Her adult Parasol Protectorate series was an absolute delight to read, so I was really excited to see that she was branching off into the Young Adult world. I bought Etiquette & Espionage the day it came out and eagerly dove right in. It had almost everything I loved about the Parasol Protectorate, strong and witty female main characters, a fun setting and was set in the same world that I had previously fallen in love with. The steampunk elements are a real treat and they don’t overpower the story. There was just enough to intrigue my interests while not bogging me down with all of the mechanical lingo.
But, and I really do hate to say it, I didn’t love the story. I was never really invested in Sophronia or whatever it was she was doing at the moment and after reading it I had to ask myself what actually happened in the book. It felt more like a second book in a series rather than a first book to me, which makes me hopeful that the next book will pack a little more punch than this one did. I thought the idea of the Finishing School was so much fun, but it really fell short for me.
I ended up rating the book 3 stars on Goodreads, because I do adore the writing and the author’s wit, I just didn’t particularly care for the story. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that my tune will change when I read the next book in the series.