Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger


Hi everyone! Ash here. You’ll probably be a bit surprised at who recommended this book to me–Ginger. Yeah. She didn’t review it. And although I’d give it 8 pens, I don’t even know what Ginger would give it. Oh, well, I have been letting Ginger do all the posts lately, so here goes:

This great book is for people who love mystery with a dash of fantasy. Etiquette and Espionage is everything–everything, of course, but prim and proper. Like the back of the book states, “It’s one thing to learn how to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.”

This wonderful book starts out with Sophronia getting into an incident involving a dumbwaiter–it really pulled me in and compelled me to read it, even though I had another book lined up. (If you’re wondering, that book was The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary E. Pearson–review to come soon!)

Sophronia is not your average fourteen-year-old girl. She’s more interested in, as the book will show you, climbing, and, as you may infer from the background behind the girl on the cover picture, dismantling machines. She is caught doing both when she is involved in that incident with the dumbwaiter–and it’s the last straw for her poor mother, who can only hope that nobody sees her  atrocious curtsy. So her mother sends Sophronia to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

However, the academy isn’t what her mother expected. Yes, Sophronia learns the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but no only that. She also learns how to deal out, as the book states, “death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest way possible, of course.” Then again, when you think about it, it’s only right. Who would want to kill their adversaries without a polite curtsy and, possibly, an apology? Sophronia and her new, skilled friends are in for a surprising year.

Anyways, hope you like!

~ Ash

What I’m Reading: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson, The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis (Advance Reading Copy). Reviews to come soon!


One response »

  1. Whoops, forgot the age recommendation…. Anyone, really. Although the book is directed towards female YA, there’s no bad language or anything.

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