Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School Book 1) by Gail Carriger
Set in an alternate 1851, Mrs. Temminick is desperate for her tree-climbing, mechanically-apt daughter to become a proper lady, so she ships 14-year-old Sophronia off to finishing school. This is not just any finishing school, this is the exclusive Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. Fortunately for Sophronia her new finishing school is not always quite what it seems. The fact that the school is a floating dirigible and the classes are taught by vampires and werewolves is just the beginning.
Along with improving her dreadful curtsy, Sophronia is schooled in the arts of espionage and intrigue. With her trusty new friends and loyal mechanimal dachshund, Bumbersnoot, Sophronia must solve a mystery involving a cryptic object and suspicious older student all the while dodging professors, automatons, and attacking flywaymen
Overall, I found Carriger's YA debut charming and enjoyable. Ms. Carriger brings her signature wit as well as a few characters from her previous series The Parasol Protectorate which actually takes place 25 years after this one. My only complaint about this series is that the writing although done well seems rather young even for a YA audience. That tiny flaw aside, I am looking forward to the continuation of the Finishing School series.
Name: Megan M.
Years at AHML: About 5 with a short hiatus in the middle somewhere.
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Best Place to Read My Book: Weather permitting, either curled up in bed with my 3 dogs or out tanning by the pool.
Why I Like Reading YA: It’s fun and there’s lots of variety.