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Etiquette and Espionage: Number 1 in series (Finishing School) Paperback – 5 Feb 2013

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atom (5 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907411585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907411588
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. . . cleverly Victorian methods of espionage, witty banter, lighthearted silliness, and a ship full of intriguingly quirky people. (Booklist, starred review)

This genre-blender will introduce fans of Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls and Jennifer Lynn Barnes The Squad to a world of mechanical maids and flying machines, while bringing a spy-school romp to readers of the weightier worlds of Cassandra Clare and Scott Westerfeld. (Kirkus, starred review)

Carriger deploys laugh-out-loud bon mots on nearly every page . . . in a sparkling start to the Finishing School series. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

Readers will love the well-developed characters and the quirky charm imbued into every page, and will eagerly await the sequel! (Romantic Times)

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Set in the world of Gail Carriger's bestselling Parasol Protectorate series, this is the perfect series for old and new fans alike.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Mackay on 17 July 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
As a 56-year-old male, I'm almost certainly not the intended audience for this book, but I must admit I found it very entertaining. The 'steampunk' elements are lightly sketched in - there is very little explanation of how this version of 1851 came to vary from ours, unlike some other books in this genre - leaving us free to concentrate on the plot. The contrast between the formality of speech and manners expected in polite society and the chaos of what is actually going on generates a lot of humour. Sophronia is an engaging main character. Having read the 'Parasol Protectorate' series, I now realise that there have been references to events in this book, set twenty years earlier, so it is evident that the author has carefully planned out the story arc.

If you've ever wanted to know how to curtsey and throw a knife at the same time, the correct technique for fainting in a crowded ballroom so that only the man whose attention you are trying to attract comes to your rescue, or how to repulse a werewolf attack using only an evening fan and a bottle of scent, then this is the book for you! I shall certainly read the next book in this series (if only to find out what the red lace doily and the lemon are for...)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ReadWriteReviews on 4 Feb. 2013
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This is one truly magical novel, and a very unique one at that. I haven't read too many steampunk novels but this one has been catching my eye for a long while. I love the Victorian time period as well so that was a bonus. I was incredibly lucky to be one of the few atomics who received this book to read and review, and I cannot thank the people at Atom enough for giving me the opportunity to read this spectacular novel. Just look at the cover for the novel? Isn't it beautiful? I love the steampunk feel you get from it as there are cogs in the wallpaper. Gosh I loved this book, the whole premise sounded awesome. A finishing school that secretly teaches their pupils to be spies and assassins. How freaking awesome does that sound? It really doesn't disappoint. What I also loved about this novel is that it's aimed at the younger teen audience and it gives them one hell of a kick ass heroine who uses her intelligence to solve a mystery. I think there needs to be more female protagonists like this in novels aimed at the younger audience, after all us girls love action and adventure too!

The action starts from the very first page when Sophronia tries to listen to her Mothers conversation while manoeuvring a dumbwaiter, but it slips and drops to the ground floor and chucks her out, ripping her underskirts in the process. Her mother is once again disgraced at her youngest daughters actions and it's the final straw. The unknown guest her mother is talking to just happens to be the headmistress of the Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing School for Young Ladies of Quality. After a quick interview with the women Sophronia is sent off to pack and without a backwards glance her mother sends her off with the stranger. Things aren't exactly what they seem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hoski on 2 Jun. 2013
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Oh how I love this book. I laughed out loud at the antics, the intrigue, the adventures. Such a great read and linked to the Parasol series. Can't wait for the second book, roll on Nov! I'm over 40 and I loved this, so it's definitely a book for all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alisha Bookseller on 31 Oct. 2013
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I'd previously read Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series and thoroughly enjoyed it. So I was eager to start reading this book, the first in a new series. Obviously a teen book and not an adult one but Shidaeg, Genevieve and her aunt are main characters in the book so it ties in with the adult series, obviously set a fair few years before.

It centers on Sophronia, a teenage girl sent to a finishing school by her exasperated mother. However it's not just a normal finishing school, aside from the fact the school is actual a giant air ship, the school teaches a very specific set of skills, more suited to a spy shall we say.

Set in the same steam punk setting as her other series, and complete with the werewolves and vampires and the ways of them that we know about from the other one, it's very well written, with amazing imagery, and I love all the devices Gail imagines and details for us.

The "prototype" is needed for a certain machine anyone who's read the previous series will know about! Very fast paced, and hilarious!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By matg on 21 April 2013
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For those who loved the Parasol protectorate serie, that new saga is for you. Same world but totally different characters and a new heroin greatly attaching. Can't wait for the next book to be written!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Struth on 20 April 2013
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It was a delight to learn of the origins of some of the characters from the Parasol Protectorate series whilst enjoying this entertaining story in its own right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ravenflowers on 8 Feb. 2013
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The first book in the Finishing School series has a good premise, just it felt light-weight compared with the other Carriger books I've read. It can't just be that it's a YA book rather than for Adults, because I read a lot of YA and Children's books for pleasure and the best of them have a solid feel to them. It's almost as if she knows the world so well, she's skimming over all the depth I found so enjoyable in the Parasol Protectorate.

The appearance of younger versions of previous characters appears to make this a prequel to the Parasol Protectorate.

All things considered this is not a bad book. The plot romps along at high speed, with a lot of hanging questions ready to start the next book, which I look forward to with interest.
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