November 29, 2016

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:49 pm by suebe2

Image result for etiquette and espionageEtiquette and Espionage
by Gail Carriger
Little Brown and Company

Sophronia spends more time tampering with the dumb-waiter and other household mechanicals than she does choosing the best dress for any occassion.  Her curtsy is a disgrace.  In fact her mother is desperate when she enrolls the girl in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

It doesn’t take long for Sophronia to discover that something about this school is different and it isn’t just the fact that the school is on a dirigible. One instructor is a handsome werewolf captain.  Another is a stylish vampire.  In addition to learning how best to dress and throw a dinner party, Sophronia also learns about applying poisons and breaking codes.

Following the rules seems to be less important than getting caught and talking your way out of trouble is rewarded while accepting the blame for breaking the rules is punished. For although Sophronia is learning to care for her appearance, she still hasn’t become a follower of rules as she scrambles up and down ladders in search of coal for a mechanical she shouldn’t have on board.  In procuring the coal, the meets a young lady inventor who dresses like a boy and a young man who works among the school’s sooties, shoveling coal into the schools boilers.

Sophronia and her new friends are soon on the trail of a super secret device that will revolutionize modern communication if only it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

I’m not sure how I missed this one because the series isn’t new.  Fortunately my niece recommended it to me.  Fanciful steam punk it has a fast-moving plot — once Sophronia makes it to the Academy.  There is a wide variety of fun characters — some are fun because they are just so awful you can’t help but love despising them.  Others are simply silly.

Going by the cover, I thought it was YA (young adult) but having read the first book I would say middle grade.  While there is some talk of beau’s and trying to attract the attention of a handsome young man, it isn’t as focused or driven as it would be in a young adult novel.

Share this book with girl in your life who is looking for a good science fiction/fantasy read.


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