Book Review: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger



Title: Etiquette & Espionage

Author: Gail Carriger

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Published Date: February 5, 2013

Buy It: Amazon B&N




via Goodreads

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 Thoughts

I have 2 things to say about this book. Steampunk awesomesauce!

If I could leave my review to just that I totally would. But I don’t think that is fair at all to this novel. I have so much to say, I can’t even figure out where to start. How about the names? Character names are so interesting. These character names are hilarious and awesome and original. All great things to have in a great book. I look forward to reading a story that is original and I definitely got that here.

Steampunk. What can I say about steampunk that will actually express what I want it to. I understand the concept of steampunk, but it’s a mystery to me. And by being a mystery it makes me want to know more. Carriger took the world of steampunk and through it in my face and I was almost more interested in the world than the actual story. Almost. It all meshed together to where I just wanted more.

The only thing I had a problem with was one of my own making. I didn’t realize that this was a “pre-quel”. I now have even more books to read on my list. The problem with this is I already have over 3000 books on my tbr pile in Goodreads. And I love it!

The writing is very well done. It is shelved with the young adult books in my library, but I would probably say that it is good for teens a little younger. Even though there is a lot of description about the clothing and “finishing” it doesn’t bog the story down at all. I really enjoyed the mixture of the culture and the newness (for me) of steampunk.


5 thoughts on “Book Review: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

  1. This was the first of Carriger’s books that I read, and I really enjoyed it. As you said, the names are great, and she had a lovely turn of phrase that lets her imply a lot about her characters’ world view through the way they talk and see things. I’m currently reading the sequel, Curtsies & Conspiracies, and if you enjoyed this then I’m sure you’ll like that too.

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