Entering back into the Soulless world. I enjoyed it so much I am planning on re-listening to them now.
The main character- she is spunky and funny
not eally, it was a quick listen
That it was a combination of Harriet the Spy and Harry Potter with a dash of Sense & Sensibility. I can't say it was more than the sum of its parts, though. As an adult, I was disappointed. I probably would have enjoyed it as a 12 - 14 year old.
The parallels with Harry Potter - wayward child going off to odd school with odd characters - was a little too much.
Very enthusiastic. The french accents were annoying. Would probably keep kids/teens interested however.
Harriet the Spy meets Harry Potter.
It's a cute book. I guess I didn't read the description well, because it's really more suited for kids and teens. It doesn't match up to Harry Potter or Harriet the Spy but it was a fun listen. For adults I'd rate it a 2. For kids, higher.
I believe because of the fabulous performance by Moira Quirk with her many different voices - this Audible version was wonderful.
This was my very first YA book so I really don't have anything to compare it to, however any book - audible or read - that I can laugh out loud gets my vote.
Moira Quirk's voices were incomparable - she did an magnificent job and this totally added to the enjoyment of being read to versus sitting and reading it myself.
Oh, it definitely made me laugh - out loud - several times!
For being my very first YA genre book I found that this was really enjoyable. It was refreshing and joyful. If I had a young adult in my household, I would most assuredly recommend this for them.
YEs. I enjoyed the narration as much as the quirky, funny, steam-punkish story. Very fun!!!
I can't wait for the next one. It isn't quite as good as the Parasol books, but I still had a great time listening to it.
Science fiction, fantasy and mystery listener. Love anything with a good plot.
Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate series, Gail Carriger brings us her first Young Adult Steampunk novel, the first in her Finishing School series. Fourteen year old Sophronia is not the sophisticated, polite young lady that her sisters are. Instead she's constantly getting into trouble and being a constant trial to her mother. So her mother decides to send her to finishing school, hoping that this may make a lady out of Sophronia. However, the finishing school isn't what her mother had planned, and Sophronia finds herself neck deep in finishing school AND espionage school.
While trying to get used to vampire teachers, a werewolf guard and the ins and outs of espionage, Sophronia and her friends also try to recover the "protype", which everyone seems to want to get their hands on as well.
LOVE! Seriously, LOVE! Etiquette & Espionage is all about steampunk and espionage school. It's the perfect blend of the pair, and it reminded me a little of Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls, but with supernaturals and steampunk.
I highly recommend the audiobook. Moira Quirk's narration of the story is perfect. I particularly loved her voice for Sophronia. She reminds me a lot of Clara (from Doctor Who - yes I have to add that reference), and all her trouble-making ways definitely come across in the audiobook.
If you're looking for a YA book that is a little different I highly recommend this book. It's spies and espionage, and STEAMPUNK and one of the best YA books I've listened to this year.
Rolicking Good Story ! Love the connections between this and the Parasol Protectorate series - while in the same universe - did not over-rely on already told stories.
Finishing School for Spies.
I would have preferred Emily Gray but Moira did a very fine job.
Yes, I enjoyed her style of writing. It was quite engaging!
I am not a fan of vampires and werewolves, not just because they are mainstream. I have never liked them and was disappointed to find them in this book, BUT the story line was so intriguing and the characters so realistic, entertaining, and dynamic that I had to continue. In the end, I realized I was not ashamed of the book or the fact that I had read it. It has a great story, great characters, great development....and it just happened to have a vampire and werewolf (characters I actually like here)! Exactly how vampire and werewolf stories *should* be! Thank you!
Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded
Fantastically steamed from beginning to not-yet finish!
Each character has her/his own quirks, while the main characters are well developed, I would have wished some side character to be chiseled a little bit more. As it is the first book in a new serie, I do believe this might follow later on.
The whole story evolves around the main character that gets in all sorts of little adventures and with her confidence and wit she comes out of them with just that little bit of smudge here and there.
Her companions in crime are all very likeable. The villains are not that very villain but enough to make them believable.
The story is a light and happy-go-lightly and took me on a very pleasant trip. I am certainly looking forward to the sequel.
I came to this novel having read the Parasol Protectorate series previously. Etiquette & Espionage possesses much of the wit, charm, and creativity I expected from Gail Carriger's work, and completely delivered on fashion, fripperies, and frou frou. References to the Parasol Protectorate universe and timeline were tasteful and thrilling. I think it was a lighter book than her previous work, and I appreciated it's humor and wacky shenanigans. However, I'm not SO anxious to get the next book, and that's never a good sign. I just don't find the characters as compelling as those in Carriger's previous works. But we can't expect a lord Akeldama on EVERY street corner, can we my little tulip petal?
I really enjoyed Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series. I found the characters charming, the setting interesting and the stories fun. But I was hesitant to start this prequel series.
And I'm of somewhat mixed minds about this, book 1. I'm glad that this story, while set in the same milieu as the first series, isn't quite as focused on vampires and werewolves (they are there but not the focus), so get a different flavour...some of the characters (but only a few) are from the original series...Carriger's wry humor is present, albeit in smaller doses than before.
But the story in this case was a bit weak. And, setting the story amongst teenagers in a school setting invites comparisons to Harry Potter...whether spoof, satire or just similar setting. I also get the feeling this one was aimed at a younger audience than the first series.
I'll probably carry on with this series, but so far, I enjoyed the Parasol Protectorate more.
I'm a little less thrilled with Moira Quirk's reading. In general, she does well (definitely better than the narrator of the first series with respect to French and Scottish accents), but she disagreed with the first narrator about how to pronounce some of the proper names, etc. I have nothing against her reading...just not thrilled with it.