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
\m/ Austin, TX
I love Victorian settings and if this wasn't enough Carriger adds steampunk, so when this book came out I scooped it up. Now that it's on audible I had to get it too. Moira Quirk was a great fit for this book. I wish I could do readout-louds the way she does, so flawless. You must read, it's so fun and a great YA book.
Some youth fiction is great for all ages. This is a good book, but it really is for young girls. I would say middle school age. The story features young girls who are typical in the sense of being competitive and cliquish, but whose supposed "finishing school" is teaching them to be spies and assassins. Several characters are charming and issues of race, class and gender are all addressed.
I labored through half of this book hoping it would eventually make some sense. I thought it was going to be a historical novel, but it turned out to be children's fantasy. I gave up on it around the eighth chapter and fast forwarded to the end.
I would not recommend this book to anyone.
what a delightful story! i loved the steam punk setting. and the narrator is delightful!
Love a well told story (all genres) with a flavor of romance.
I love steampunk novels. Add whimsical and well written plot, I am in. The stellar performance simply doubled the joy of listening to this YA series - it's amazing how the narrator could do men, women and children's voices distinctively. This is my first book by Gail Carriger, and I am looking forward to next one. I also added Moira Quirk to my favorite narrator list!
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