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Friday, March 22, 2013
Etiquette & Espionage - a book review by Delia
Steampunk meets Harry Potter with just a dash of Dr. Horrible makes Etiquette & Espionage a can't put down young adult book. Young Sophronia Temminnick has been the bane of her mother's existence for years, and when her mother's friend, Mrs. Barnaclegoose, suggests she send Sophronia to Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, she jumps at the chance to send her troublesome daughter off. Once here, Sophronia discovers that the definition of "Finishing" is certainly subject to interpretation and discovers a whole world out there from the one she'd previously been confined to.
With wonderful new words like 'mechanimal' and 'flywaymen' Ms.Carriger's book was a joy from start to finish. I especially love Bunson's, the school for evil geniuses (how can you not love an evil genius school?) though Sophronia's inept friend, Pillover has only made the rank of discourteous genius with hopes of one day rising to spiteful genius. I love the world created in this book, which is happily, the very first of a series and I have great expectations for the books to come.
I've also discovered that the Finishing School series is a prequel of sorts to Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, all of which are going to be added to my to-be-read pile as soon as possible.