REVIEW: Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger

ettiqutte and espionage books keep me saneTitle: Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1)

Author: Gail Carriger

Genre: YA Steampunk

Release Date: February 5th 2013

Purchase: Amazon (Paperback or Hardcover)



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.


I have heard a lot of buzz about the steampunk genre being a great and popular one but I haven’t read a book from this genre until now. I already love anything that has to do with the Victorian era and combining it with awesome steampunk technology doubled the awesomeness of this book!

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