08 July 2013
Etiquette & Espionage
Carriger, Gail. Etiquette & Espionage. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013.
Sophronia is not a stereotypical girl, and her mother is finally so frustrated with her that she sends her off to finishing school. Sophronia soon discovers that this school - set high above the earth in a series of balloons - is a very different kind of finishing school. Sophronia refines her manners as she learns how to finish other people, finish them off, that is. When Sophronia discovers a mystery afoot, of course she has to get involved and see if she can stop the bad guys from doing bad things before it's too late.
I loved Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, but I didn't think they were entirely appropriate for teens, so I was quite glad to see a YA book with her name on it. This book did not disappoint. The same writing style that drew me to Carriger's adult books is present in this book, only without some of the red flags that are present in her adult novels. This story is engaging, entertaining, fast-paced, and fun to read. My only disappointment is that I have to wait for the publication of the next one in the series.
Recommended for: teens, adults, fans of steampunk, fans of the Harry Potter series
Red Flags: some violence
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars