Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Annell's pick for January

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School Series #1)

Etiquette & Espionage
by Gail Carriger
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.


Lauri said...

Vampires, werewolves, steam punk, etiquette and espionage what more could anyone ask for in a book! This was a fun book that made me smile. I want to start carrying a handkerchief, scissors and oil (but not rose scented)with me now. I will be looking for the next book in the series.

“He was very pale and boasted an unassuming mustache, which was perched atop his upper lip cautiously, as though it were slightly embarrassed to be there and would like to slide away and become a sideburn or something more fashionable.” p.67

“No one said learning etiquette and espionage would be easy, my dear.” p. 128

Annell said...

I love this book for so many reasons. My favorite quote is the mustache quote Laurie mentioned.