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.
Up at the top of OMG you have to listen to this book.
Dimity, she's such a dolt and it cracks me up.
No I have not
It's hard to train a young lady....to kill!
Love this author.
Fun, Addicting and Creative
So far Bumbee the mechanimal dog is my favorite!
Vieve the gifted 9 year old inventor. BUT Moira Quick does a fabulous job with ALL of the character voices!
Absolutely loved listening to this book! It is obviously teen fiction but is great for listening to in the car or while doing chores or cooking!
Gail Carriger is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. If you enjoyed the Parasol Protectorate series, you will love Etiquette & Espionage. Being a YA book, it lacks the adult romance, but has a wonderful, plucky heroine and all the charm of the PP series. Adult listeners will not be bored. Very much looking forward to the next book in the series.
Near the top! Both the story and the performance are top notch.
This setting brilliantly gets around the main problem with young adult novels, which is that kids end up hearing and seeing things they never should be involved in while the adults are clueless. Because these children are studying to be spies, it actually makes sense that they snoop in the adult's business and get involved out of pure curiosity.
They were all very well done, and I loved Dimmity as the flightly counterpart to Sophronia.
The story was engaging and entertaining and exceedingly well read.
fun, sassy, adventure
I loved the way the main character views her school and the many adventures that abound therein.
Moira Quirk's performance in Etiquette and Espionage is much better than the other book I have listened to, narrated by Moira Quirk. In this book she is allowed to have more fun with the characters, as they are more farcical and fanciful than the other book. She is really has fun with the different people, and I love her characterizations.
I chuckled at several moments. I didn't laugh out loud, but I really enjoyed all of the mischief the students got up to.