Review: Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School Series #1) by Gail Carriger


Etiquette & Espionage Blurb

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.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the 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. (Gail Carriger’s Website)

Series: Finishing School #1
 Alternate History, Steampunk, Young Adult

Release Date: 5 February, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Purchase: barnes & noble
ISBN:  9780316190084
Edition: eBook
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Written: 21 September, 2014

Read as a Netgalley book in preparation for the release of the third book.

What on earth are you to do when you’re sent off to a finishing school? Learn to finish everything and everyone who absolutely needs it.

Sophronia Temminnick is the youngest daughter of a country lady who is a bit too curious for her own good. The untimely demise of her family’s new dumbwaiter sets into motion what might be considered a last chance for Sophronia to shape up and stop being a minor embarrassment to her family. Recruited to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, Sophronia finds herself carted off to one of the most unusual places one might find in 1851 England. The school is, by all accounts a floating airship that keeps to a ‘London season’ with it’s hours, and teaches students to both be spies and to finish everything and everyone required.

Bigger things are in the works however, with Picklemen, the government, and the school in a race to find a very specific prototype for long distance communication; the school quickly gains appeal in Sophronia’s eyes. An adventure full of flying mechanical animals, Flyawaymen, and adventure, Sophronia’s first term at this school proves to be a fantastic read.

Carriger’s delivery of her second series brings life to her world, widening and expanding the beautifully crafted world she started in the Soulless series. With vampires, werewolves, and evil geniuses, this story is an exceptionally beautiful story that I’m looking forward to getting to the second book.


About librarianfatale

Miss Powell works as a Youth Services Librarian in a lovely community in Upstate South Carolina. Miss Powell enjoys reading Historical Fiction, YA novels, and Scottish Romance novels. She also runs another blog called A Bibliotaph’s Reviews and will be a contributor to the blog What Your Librarian Reads. Miss Powell enjoys spending her down time at home with her one cat, Gwen, a good book, and a cup of tea. She hopes one day to visit Scotland and perhaps eventually move there. View all posts by librarianfatale

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