Friday, February 28, 2014

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger

Etiquette & Espionage  (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
This is a young adult steampunk novel (Rated G)
(Three Boring Hearts)
Book Summary
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is 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 for her daughter to 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 the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.
My Review

Let me just say I was disappointed with this one on so many levels. And no, it wasn’t because this was YA. I enjoy YA. So I wasn’t looking for an Alexia type story.
However, I wasn’t sure on the timeline where this story took place in relation to the Alexia series. I think before, but I’m still not sure.
The characters in this series just weren’t as interesting as the full of life characters in the Alexia series. This book was a yawner.
And Sophronia acts like any 14 yr old girl I’ve ever met. She doesn’t seem to have any of the “teen” issues. Her only concern in this story is to solve some mystery. And unfortunately, the mystery isn’t all that intriguing. While romance doesn’t have to be a major part of the story, I do expect a 14 yr to think and act like one. Or it be noted that she’s different like are wolf girl in the story. I won’t give names.
Anyway, the story gets lost. And never found. I’m not sure I will continue. In fact, probably not. This story read more like a middle grade book. And I’m not into MG. I’ll read YA, but not that young. And had the mystery or characters caught me, I might have been able to continue.
Audio Review
Moria Quirk does an excellent job. I almost though she was the same narrator from the author’s other series.
My book boyfriend is Soap. (unfortunately, this matches the story more than a hot guy pic)

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