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 the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in how to finish in other ways: the fine art of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.
Book One of the Finishing School series.
©2013 Gail Carriger (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Etiquette & Espionage was a lot of fun to read. Apparently this is a spin-off from Gail Carrieger’s popular adult series, The Parasol Protectorate. Etiquette & Espionage is definitely young adult.
In the beginning of the story there is a really funny scene that had me realize these books are intended to be a fun and funny story. I mean, really, the girls are learning etiquette and espionage on a floating school and it takes a really fast, high jumping werewolf that wears a hat (even when he shifts) to herd them all onto the platform to get them to enter the school? That should tell you!
The characters are all really different. The main character, Sophronia, always seems really concerned about learning how to truly act properly, but she’s so distracted elsewhere that it almost seems like it’s too much of an inconvenience for her to actually learn how to be a lady…even though it’s not like she didn’t really want to learn. This isn’t the case for all of the characters. There’s another girl who I would really like to be consider as the “mean girl;” a girl who really only wants to be a lady and go to a proper etiquette school. And then there’s a girl who seems like she has no intention of being a lady at all. My favorite is Sophronia’s little clockwork dog. So cute! Oh…and the boy that is introduced is cute too.
There is this whole detective thing going on throughout the story, and it all unfolds in the end in a very fun way. I’m really looking forward to reading more from this series.
One of the best
The characters, especially the main character Sophronia, were wickedly funny and engaging.
Her delivery was spot-on.
Anyone wanting a fun, steampunky adventure should download this book!
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Now this is what Young Adult should be - fun and fast and witty! There is no triple love play, agonizing angst and long drawn out periods of self pity. Jump on board Carriger's air ship and have a great adventure!
After listening to this book, I would have to say Moira Quirk is now my second favorite narrator, my first being Katherine Kellgren from the Royal Spyness series. I may even say its a close tie for first!
The story had a perfect balance of humor, intrigue, whit, and charm, and I really enjoyed the surprises well placed through out. I am so looking forward to Curtsies & Conspiracies due in November, and I can only hope this series will continue on even after Finishing School is completed.
I recommended this book to my sister as well, who began to listen to it on her way to and from work. Not only did she say it made her drive more tolerable, but it also gave her something to look forward to on the drive in every morning. She loved it so much, she actually finished listening to it over the weekend at home.
I would recommend this book to anyone from young teen to adult.
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Gail Carriger has an intriguing way of bringing her mythical characters to life. She describes an old world of parasols, finishing schools, plush dresses, and fancy ladies in such a way that it makes me what to run out and go steam punk/victorian. I love this style of book with love, intrigue, mystery, etiquette, and a twist around every corner. What is even more fun and interesting about Gail's writing is her word choices, she is always using fun and whimsical speech styles to bring out the moment, but she does it in a way that you know exactly what the words mean and do not need a dictionary. She will grow your vocabulary whilst entertaining you.
This book is not part of the Parasol Protectorate series, I preferred that series to this one but is of the same caliber. You will enjoy yourself and be thoroughly entertained with both series of books.
The deal of the day is awesome! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
What do you do with a daughter who seems to be in the center of all mischief in the house and has a ghastly curtsy? Why send her to Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
The listener shortly discovers that the school also teaches the young ladies a very useful skill sets all designed to turn out a perfectly groomed & elegantly dressed and mannered ladies who can steal the crown jewels and battle with the king's guards all while not messing her hair or clothing.
I admit it I bought this book because I absolutely loved Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate and I was not disappointed.
Now this was just plain fun! I haven't read the other novels by Carriger so I had no preconceptions or notions of how this would unwind. What I found was a wildly outrageous take on the gilded age. A fun, mannerly, tongue-in-cheek spin on Edwardian England - with just the right touch of steampunk.
Werewolves and vampires have been so overdone as to be pedestrian and steampunk is still in enough of its infancy as a literary genre as to be undefined. Carriger took the overdefined and underdefined and deftly created a great romp of a novel.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to the upcoming sequels in the series. And I'm definitely going to go get the other books set in this world.
I really had no expectations when I downloaded this book. I did so on a whim because I saw it had gotten good ratings and it was not that expensive. What I got was a very fun story about an adventurous young woman covertly recruited to attend a boarding school for spies and assassins. A fun story for teen and adults alike.
I’ve read and listen this delightful book simultaneously, and have to admit that flawless narration and highly artistic performance added to the fascinating by itself story more charm and attractiveness.
I didn’t listen any other books narrated by Moira Quirk yet, but going to browse something right away.
Definitely looking forward for the next installment in the series.
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
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