Book 103: "Etiquette & Espionage" by Gail Carriger
Title: Etiquette & Espionage
Author: Gail Carriger
Read in: Nook ePub Format
Genre: Steampunk YA
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
As you've probably figured out by now, I love Gail Carriger. She is definitely one of my favorite authors; her blog and books are simply fun and charming.
This is book one of the Finishing School Series, Carriger's second series of books. The main difference between this and the Parasol Protectorate Series is that the Finishing School Series is young adult (YA). Thank goodness for Gail. I can't remember the last time I read a new YA that wasn't full of angsty, whiney teenagers. The main character, Sophronia, is refreshing. She is smart, brave, confident, and doesn't give much thought to what others think of her. Add to this a pretty good mystery, the amazing vocabulary that caused me to love Carriger in the first place, and a wonderful steampunk victorian world and you have a pretty good read. If this is your first Carriger book, enjoy! She truly is an awesome author, I haven't read a book of hers that I didn't enjoy and want to re-read yet. Don't let the vocabulary frighten you (if you're a word nerd, be excited, it truly is awesome), these books are hilarious and not meant to be taken too seriously. Also keep in mind that the plot for this series is far simpler than that of the Parasol Protecterate. It is for younger readers after all.