Title: Etiquette & Espionage
Author: Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School
Date Started: September 3
Date Finished: September 4
Format: Hardcover from local library
Sophronia is a wreck of trouble for her mother, even at the tender age of fourteen. She reads. She climbs. She even takes things apart to figure out how they work. Not something girls at that age in 1851 England should behave. That is why her mother has decided to take extreme measures and has elected a finishing school to take care of her. But something is amiss. While on the way to said finishing school – Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality – the carriage is waylaid by flyway man (think highwayman who can fly) and they seem to be looking for something.
Sophronia with the help of the others in the carriage, take off and make it the school, but even the school is odd. It’s location is top secret because it floats. And as Sophronia quickly finds out, they’re not just teaching etiquette at this school, but something more. Like espionage.
I was wary to start reading this book, and I had good reason to be. Don’t get me wrong the plot of this book was interesting. It kind of reminded me of Harry Potter a little bit, but it was also very confusing and I think I’ve made my opinion clear on books that don’t give up their secrets by the time I’ve finished reading them. Also there was just too many aspects to this book. There was the espionage, there was the huge strides in technology for the year 1851, and then there was also the fact that some of Sophronia’s teachers were vampires and werewolves. Most people would probably find this pleasing – different aspects and what not – but I just found it to be too much. Stick to one genre, please.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. I can see why my friend didn’t like this book all that much. I didn’t like this book all that much and I’m highly considering not finishing the series. The one thing this book did have going for it was how short it was.
Bookshelf worthy? Pass.