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 a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners—and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage—in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail Carriger's legions of fans have come to adore.
I was super excited to start Etiquette & Espionage, especially with all the amazing reviews it’d been getting. It was a really fun, unique novel.
The setting is a steampunk version of Victorian London. Sophronia is sent to a finishing school, only to discover it’s much more than just a regular school. Both the adventure Sophronia went on and the story itself were so fun to read about. The finishing school was certainly a unique one, and I loved the way the story was written.
On the other hand, I feel like the actual story was more for the younger reader, while the writing was just the opposite. Sophronia didn’t particularly stand out to me, but she was in no way a bad character. Soap, however, a friend she made, was such an adorable character to me. He tried to help Sophronia on all her adventures the best he could.
There was a bigger plot to the story, with Sophronia trying to find and regain a missing prototype, before a treacherous older girl did. There were so many fun characters and technology that popped up in the story. Also, after reading it, I discovered that the really cute werewolf guy in this book is one of the main characters in her adult series. That sounds really cool.
Overall, Etiquette & Espionage was a fun read. The only complaint I have about the book is how slow I feel it moved. Besides that, everything else was great. I’d give it 3 out of 5 flowers :)