As a huge fan of Carriger's Parasol Protectorate novels, I got this book the day it was released. It is a prequel to those stories, with the origins of some characters from those books as part of it.
But really it isn't about the same thing the other books were, even if they share some characters. It s a new story about Sophronia, the Cinderella of a steampunk age. She is the troublesome child of proper Victorian parents who simply don't know what to do with her blueblood tendencies. Until the day a family friend suggest they send her off to a special finishing school.
The book is fun with Carriger's quirky and lovable outsider characterization. We get another look at her steampunk world and it is even more fun this time.
It does seem this book was a little rush, especially towards the end. The story is going along showing you various things and suddenly does some climatic stuff and boom is over. It leaves you wanting to know more and feeling you've missed something. It's obviously a first book in a series as a result.
Even though it is a "young adult" novel, it's a fun read for fans of any age.
The sense of humor and the world of Steampunk Victorian England.
The imagination and care to detail.
Not had the opportunity yet.
The characters in this book are fun, engaging. Momies is very overworked, and Soap is a scamp. Can't wait for more.
the people in the book, are real for the time and age. but the science is the best.
I did giggle, and it kept me up late last night.
Could see this on TV. I know I would watch it.
Believable and natural dialogue, not some pained, stilted, artificial Victorian phrases.
First steampunk novel I've tried; the genre interests me but I hope this effort is not indicative of the entire species.
Terrible, overly dramatic voicing in general and absolutely unbearable French accent for one character.
I wouldn't know--I could barely get through one chapter.
Because of the synopsis, time period and premise, I so wanted to love this book. I was hesitant after listening to the sample, but decided to trust the many good reviews and give it a chance. What a mistake. I'll listen to my gut next time.
I think this book was great if you are from the ages of 10-12. I think it is a good story line for younger children, but doesn't have the depth that is necessary for a more mature reader.
It held my interest. I liked the mystery of the entire story. Very unexpected.
Loved it can't wait so see what happens next.
Like most (probably) I got this because I enjoy Carriger's Parasol Protectorate books. If you liked those books, you'll probably like this. It's an adorable kind of book. If you haven't read her adult books, I don't know what you'll think of this book. There is a lot about the England this book takes place in that isn't really explained (aka not explained at all), like any background whatsoever with regards to the supernatural.
I couldn't give the plot more stars for two reasons. Firstly, the book really doesn't have much of a plot. Things just sort of happen as it becomes necessary for characters to do things rather than just exist. It's definitely more about meeting beloved characters that we know well as adults and setting the scene for future books than it is about the 'mystery' or whatever you'd like to label the plot here. Now, if you don't think too hard about anything and just happily go with the flow, then this lack of plot won't bother you. Just have low expectations.
My second issue is with the intended audience. I imagine most readers will be (as mentioned) adults who liked her other books. But it's definitely intended for a young adult audience....or so it sort of seems. Now, Sephronia is young for most young adult heroines, and there isn't any romance whatsoever (which is just fine, the girl is 14!). That's all fine and well, but given what else is out there for teen readers, this book will probably come across as rather tame. Younger teens might like it, but vocabulary might be a concern for tweens.
I absolutely love this series. They are fun, refreshing, and all around entertaining. There were a few times that the characters frustrated me, but for the most part it's a fun read.
Baltimore book lover
Charming, exciting, smart
Perhaps the Terry Pratchet Ghost World books because Etiquette and Espionage is also a light hearted look at hijinks in a steam punk setting.
When our heroine, Sephronia, first ventures to the engine rooms of her floating school and meets the sooties. It shows how fearless she is to get there, but she's also very kind to the sooties who are supposed to be below her in social standing but she doesn't care because she's a young woman of character.
I gasped a few times when the plot twisted in unexpected ways.
I highly recommend this book. It an amusing and smart mix of steam punk and international intrigue. All the details are fleshed out so that a story with a fantasy element is still very believable and the characters are very interesting. The reader is so very good. I'll definitely be getting the sequel.
I won't listen to Etiquette & Espionage again. The book was very cute, but it was very simple. I'm more excited to read further novels in the series.
I thought Sophronia was great! I also loved Dimity. All of the girls represented a very well rounded sampling of girls and their thoughts and goals for being girls. Sophronia is a tomboy who learns the benefits of being a lady. Dimity is a princess who learns to be more adventurous. Sidheag was raised by wolves and learns to fit in. It's all very well done.
I have not heard anything else by Moira Quirk. I was very impressed with her performance. (Although, it was a bit more my pace at 120% speed.)
I loved everything to do with Bumbersnoot.