Series: Finishing School #1
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2013-02-05
Genres: Action & Adventure, Girls & Women, Historical, Manners & Etiquette, Young Adult
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. Temminnick 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 the 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's legions of fans have come to adore.
Amazing! I am SO, so, so, so glad I have book two and just got book three from Netgalley!
THE only reason I’m taking the time to write a review is so I don’t get them messed up in my head since I’m pretty much planning to speed through them.
Ok, about this book. Gail Carriger has a remarkable way of making someone absolutely love steam punk. Everything in here is steam punk! The dress, the attitudes, the way people address and parlay with one another. The fact that a gal who is so not your average girly girl, has to go to a finishing school was quite hilarious to start. But this finishing school is not what it seems! Of course she doesn’t find out until she’s there and has gotten to meet a few teachers. Namely, a vampire and a werewolf.
Someone Gail is able to interact with all of these ideas and the heroine although not girly, comes out quite extraordinary in the end. She was just fascinating and I knew I liked her from page one. Although the name Sorophina for a main character is a mouthful I found that I loved all the character’s names. Once again, Gail just has the way of choosing what is right for her story. Some of these names, like Mrs. Barnaclegoose for instance, are just downright amazing and how she thinks of them amazes me!
I read a small paragraph close to the beginning of the book to my hubby and even he thought that this seemed quite hilarious and utterly to die for!
The plot moved very well although I was curious just why Sophorina is so curious but it just seems to be in her nature so I went with it. The other girls were taught to behave like women and not ask too many questions and the fact that Sorophina goes against the grain at every move was just delicious. But she does it with style, even if she is too young to realize it yet. I’m quite curious who Gail Carriger is going to set her up with, although she is too young at the moment, I am hoping we get to see her grow and find an attraction to some smart, devilish man that can match her wit.
For now I will be patient and watch her get in and out of the messes she creates!
In short: IF you haven’t read Gail Carriger yet, do yourself a favor and pick up one of her books. They are fabulous!
|Overall:||4.9 / 5|