Etiquette & espionage by Gail Carriger

etiquetteespionage  Lisa  Review by:  Lisa

Title:  Etiquette & espionage

Author:  Gail Carriger

Collection: Teen Books

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. Temminnick 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 the 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.

Fans of Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate paperback series for adults will recognize the world that Sophronia lives in and there are also some familiar characters, albeit in a different time.  Etiquette & Espionage includes all of the humor and quirkiness of the adult series, and is an entertaining and fun book to read, particularly for fans of steampunk.

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