Quickie Review: Ettiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Posted July 4, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Quickie Review: Ettiquette & Espionage by Gail CarrigerEtiquette & Espoinage by Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School
Published by Brown for Young Readers on February 5, 2013
Genres: middle grade, YA
Pages: 312
Length: 8 hours and 55 minutes
Narrator: Moira Quick
Format: Audiobook
Source: Own
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Also in this series: Curtsies & Conspiracies, Manners & Mutiny
Also by this author: Soulless, Curtsies & Conspiracies

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners—and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage—in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.

Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail Carriger's legions of fans have come to adore.


This review will be quick.  I really adored this book.  It would probably be classified as middle grade more than YA, but it was a fun read.  I liked that there wasn’t really anything heavy in the book.  It is a light fun read/listen.
The narrator did a fantastic job switching between characters and staying consistent.  I especially loved when she did an French accent to the extreme for one of the characters.  It was pretty funny.
Sophronia is a great character.  She likes to tinker with things.  Instead of just doing as she’s told she wants to know why and how things work.  She questions everything.  She tends to find herself in the middle of situations that will likely get her in trouble.
I love the innocence of most of the characters. I also couldn’t stop laughing through parts of it.  It’s funny, and will have you cheering for Sophronia and her friends the whole time.
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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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