Monday, November 10, 2014

Review: Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1)

Gail Carriger. New York: Little Brown and Company, 2013. Ebook. 
Rating: Decent

Goodreads 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.

Sophronia is spunky, confident, and independent without being annoying. The book started off extremely slow and I almost abandoned it, but just as I reached my abandonment point, the book picked up enough for me to continue reading. Though the book reads more like an upper middle grade novel rather than YA, Etiquette and Espionage is a decent read to pass the time. 

Complimentary e-galley provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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