Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
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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.


About Gail Carriger

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New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless,Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless (March 2012). Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award A manga version with release in Spring 2012. She is currently writing young adult books set in the same universe ~ the Finishing School series (Feb. 2013). Soon she will begin a new adult series, The Parasol Protectorate Abroad (Fall 2013).
Published February 5, 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 327 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Travel, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, History. Fiction

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When troublesome 14-year-old Sophronia is sent off to attend Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, she is none too happy about it. Her despair evaporates, however, wh

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Soulless by Gail Carriger is set in Steampunk Victorian London so a time of great technological advances including dirigibles, clockwork auto-mans, and steam-powered vehicles but, it also has the BUR (the Bureau of Unnatural registry) where all supernatural creatures must register, including wer...

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The only major issues I had with this book were the unanswered questions I found myself asking at the end but I believe that with this promising start, that that problem could be solved easily with a great follow-up book.

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Rachel Mary Bernth 13 Aug 2013

Rated the book as 4 out of 5