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
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!
I am not opposed to this genre, but you should have a feeling for which character you might like, which you won't and what the conflict is. There are so many requirements for suspension of disbelief that I couldn't last 40 minutes. I got this on sale and it still wasn't worth the money. However, the reader is good, and it may just be I don't care for this type of fiction enough.
I wish I had read this series prior to the Parasol Protectorate series, so I would have had more background information. However, this was extremely enjoyable. I am not a young adult so some parts were a little more simple than the Parasol Protectorate series (which I loved!) but this book was still extremely delightful. The narrator, Ms. Moira Quirk, is fantastic! I'm moving on to the 2nd book of this series right now and I plan on recommending this series to my many nieces.
I loved the idea of the book, if only the author had left out the occult. Nothing against the author, I understand that it is popular right now, and most people don't have a problem with it. I just feel it was an injustice, as a little notice would have been great. I would never have bought this book if I had known it had werewolves, vampires, witches, etc. That information should be in the description, I'm very disappointed.
Bumbersnoot. Just the name is adorable.
Had me crack up a lot.
I found this book very delightful and Moira Quirk did an awesome job with the narration. :)
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