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I found myself totally enjoying this new series. I will most definitely buy the next one. Interesting characters, plot and well written. It's a winner.
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.
I really enjoyed this book, and will get the next one right away. The narrator was wonderful! She did a very good job with the different characters, although her guys did sound a little bit forced. Overall though, that did not take away from my enjoyment of the book.
I love books! All kinds... classics, mysteries, Christian fiction, suspense and action! I'm also a sucker for anything romantic. ;) And just recently started getting into some non-fiction, philosophical books.
After the first few chapters of Etiquette and Espionage, I bought the next 2 books in the series.(Both are great, and I've pre-ordered book 4) It's simply a brilliant portrayal of a fantastical steampunk universe, set in Victorian England.
You are completely immersed in a world with robots, hot air balloon ships, schools for evil geniuses and finishing schools for young ladies of (deadly) quality. Oh... AND Werewolves and Vampires.
Being set in the Victorian era, etiquette and decorum reign, which is hilarious along side the espionage part. The names are perfect, as some are completely ridiculous. (Lord Dingleproops? Mrs. Barnacle-Goose?) But you completely believe everything. The writing makes you love the characters, but also moves enough in the plot to make it thrilling! Sophoronia is one of my favorite literary characters now, but there are so many in the books to love! Soap, Dimity, Vieve! It's such a colorful and exciting world that I can't believe it's not more mainstream! It's excellently written, and surprisingly relevant. Very "Harry Potter-esque" I would say. The whole idea of the characters going to a secret school and taking strange classes in eye-lash fluttering, deception training, dancing and poisons.
Also addressed are the issues of race and class in an era where the divide for both was enormous. Done tastefully, historically accurate, yet very open to multiple things.
If you are tired of the Dystopian YA, switch it up from being a kick butt rebel heroine, to a young lady of quality! (Who honestly, is a kick butt rebel heroine.) :)
Sometimes a book's description and cover really fail in preparing you for the mood of the book. That's what happened to me with Etiquette & Espionage. While the subject was exactly as described, it was far more ridiculous than I expected. Ultimately I enjoyed it, but it took me some time to adjust my expectations and embrace the ridiculous.
When Etiquette & Espionage first started I really enjoyed Safronia's mishap with the dumb waiter that landed food all over a visitor and expedited her way off to finishing school. And it was a quality I continued to enjoy in Safronia the whole book. She is into mischief and struggles with being lady-like.
What threw me was both the adults and the scenarios. I can't think of any better way to describe them than ridiculous. I expected a realm of believability, but you've got lessons in things like fainting and attack maneuvers involving fans and perfume to make a werewolf sneeze. Even more ridiculous was when the maneuvers worked. I think, though, that the ridiculous elements were well done and if you're the sort of person that enjoys movies like Dumb and Dumber or something equally ridiculous, you would probably get a good laugh from Etiquette & Espionage. I, as a rule, am not - so I did lots of eye rolling.
But my eye rolling was tempered by some really great moments - Safronia's friends are lovable, as is her mechanical dog, Bumbersnoot (the names fit with the ridiculous). If you like steam punk for its clothing and mechanical aspects, which I guess I do, Etiquette & Espionage has loads of that to enjoy. And there's even vampires, werewolves and flyway men - although those all kind of ended up appealing more to fans of the ridiculous than the paranormal lovers, in my opinion.
I do highly recommend the audio version of Etiquette & Espionage if you decide this sounds like one for you, since Moira Quirk was quite good. I enjoyed her voices and she clearly understood the ridiculous, somehow making those bits more enjoyable.
I haven't decided if I'll continue with this series or not. I liked the mystery and characters, so I'm tempted to continue. I'd just have to get myself into the right mood before picking up another.
Interesting story, very imaginative author. I loved the narrator, she really brought life to the characters and the plot.
I liked it so much that I have just purchased book 2!! ;)