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Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School) Hardcover – February 5, 2013
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Her steampunk comedies of manners have been published in 18 different languages, made the USA Today list several times and the New York Times list 12 times (on 7 different lists). Curtsies & Conspiracies, the second in her Finishing School series for young adults, debuted at #5 and Soulless Vol. III the manga at #1. She has received the Prix Julia Verlanger from French readers and a Starburner from the steampunk community. Her novels have won the Alex, Elbakin, and Steampunk Chronicle's Reader's Choice Awards and been nominated for Compton Crook, Campbell, and Locus Awards.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have been eagerly anticipating this first book in a new series by Gail Carriger, author of the fantastic The Parasol Protectorate series.
The book follows the exploits of 14 year old Sophronia Temminnick, a troublemaking youngest daughter of a middle class Victorian family. Not knowing what to do with a daughter interested in technology and books, her mother is only too happy to send her off to an exclusive finishing school. Except this finishing school teaches more than just deportment. It also teaches the arts of espionage and assassination.
This book has all the fun of the first Harry Potter novel; it shows an unsuspecting protagonist encountering a weird and wonderful boarding school, and, in fact, almost an entire new society of which she was previously unaware. So this book takes some pretty familiar "starting a new school" tropes and puts a nice spin on them. Sophonia is an extremely likeable character and her new school provides lots of opportunities for her to show off her daring.
This series takes place in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate series, but it's set several decades earlier, in the 1860s, I believe. So fans of that series will enjoy seeing some familiar characters pop up here and there. As for the steampunk elements, while I tend to think of the Parasol Protectorate as a predominantly supernatural series set in a steampunk world, this series seems to be a steampunk series set in a supernatural world. Meaning that this series seems to involve a lot more technology in more important roles than the previous series. There are also vampires and werewolves, but the supernatural elements don't drive the main plot and are pretty much incidental.Read more ›
It's set in the same world, I think somewhat before the PP series, and focuses more on intrigue and steampunk, and less on the vamps and weres.
Plus- as an American who went to local public schools, I have always ADORED boarding-school fiction! And a boarding school on an airship??? with the companion school for boys devoted to developing Evil Geniuses??? What's not to love?
OK, the kids don't Save The World. What kids really can expect to? but they do rise to their challenges, outwit the adults, and have a grand time doing it.
A good ending, but with enough threads left that #2 can pick up nicely.
I think a lot of Harry Potter fans could love this, if they're OK with the focus being on GIRLS (the horror!).
Highly recommended. And for YA's, too!
I'm a pretty firm believer that you don't have to change your style/writing much (if at all) when you change age levels - there's no need to "write down" to kids (especially in this case, as the Parasol Protectorate series was a highly popular cross-over - Pretty much remove the steamy Victorian sexytimes and you're good to go). But the beginning of the book seemed like Carriger was going to write down to her audience and point things out in a really obtrusive way (as if they couldn't possibly put things together all on their own...), and that has got to be my number one I-will-throw-you-against-the-wall-you-just-see-if-I-don't pet peeve. Even as a kid, I found it highly insulting; you've got to have faith in your audience, and faith in yourself as a storyteller that you're doing fine - you don't have to handhold, and if you do feel the need to, you're not telling it right. But either the handholding was just a brief blip, or I got used to it, because the rest of the book slipped into the quirky, upper-crusty, hilariously Missish storytelling I'd grown to love in the Parasol Protectorate.Read more ›
So far I'm about halfway through and I can't wait for the next installment.
This book is light, fun, and has very strong positive female role models. The action is well-paced and the heroine is approachable and likable. I now have this book in three formats and I feel that every penny was a great investment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not a young adult but enjoy reading what they consider "theirs". But, I started the book thinking the story would be describing the how and what of a spy school for... Read morePublished 1 day ago by ALC
Girls training to be spies and assassins - what's better?!
Doing it in steampunk fashions with all the ladylike rules!
I really adored this book. I knew it was a Victorian setting, and that it involved an assassin finishing school, but I was wholly unprepared, and delighted by, the steampunk and... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Nikki
Etiquette & Espionage was a fun YA steampunk read. This series is like a combination of Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red trilogy and the Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, but with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. J. Stevens
Welcome to the world of Steampunk and Paranormal, courageous and inquisitive heroines and a floating finishing school – no literally, it floats on steam and ether. What a world! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kickarse Heroine Reviews
Even though I'm a grandmother, I read a lot of YA books because you get the story without so much hard core language and sex scenes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karen
Saphronia never lets us down with her ingenious mental and physical exploits. A great read for any age.Published 2 months ago by Rosemary
I read this by accident. Didn't realize it was a YA novel. And I don't care. Great read! Lots of fun and well written to boot.Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Freed