First Impression: Hail the title.
Synopsis: 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.
200words (or less) review: Etiquette & Espionage is so much fun! While I do have other titles by Gail Carringer this is actually the first book I’ve read. Ever so often you just need a book to make you happy, Etiquette & Espionage was that for me.
I’m aware that Sophronia’s introduction to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy is not perfect. The first few chapters left me a bit muddled but in the end I didn’t really mind. I was along for an adventure and Sophronia was my kind of protagonist.
Most of the characters within this story I view as caricatures – the author lists PG Wodehouse as influence on her Goodreads profile and this is exactly what Etiquette & Espionage reminded me off. Just with a flying school, mechanimals and supernatural teachers. I just needed someone to say “What ho!” and it would have been perfection.
Etiquette & Espionage found me when I was in the perfect mood for it. I really hope Sophronia next adventure is that entertaining.