Etiquette & Espionage

Paperback | October 8, 2013

byGail 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.

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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 c...

New York Timesbestselling 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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:October 8, 2013Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316190101

ISBN - 13:9780316190107

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Fun, easy read that is at once intriguing and comfortable.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After I have yet to read Gail Carriger's The Parasol Protectorate series but I was very curious to see what her spin-off series for teens would be like. Etiquette
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute I have loved Gail Carriger's adult series, and now she has done it again with Young Adult. This is the first book in the series and revolves around a finishing school in Victorian England that also doubles as a school for espionage for young ladies. Carries the steampunk theme beautifully while retaining the adventure and romance of her other series.
Date published: 2013-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A humourous adventure with a kickass heroine Actual rating is A- / 4.5 Etiquette & Espionage looked like the kind of kickass book I'd want to read and that's why I picked it up. The cover is so gorgeous with the girl, the scissor, and the purple background. This book talks about Sophronia who is sent to a finishing school to become a proper lady. But the school isn't what is seems. My favorite characters were Sophronia, Dimity, and Soap (whose name is actually Phineas). I love how Sophronia always manages to get in trouble. She can't seem to not involve herself in things and her need to figure things out always gets the best of her. Dimity is her best friend. She always supports Sophronia no matter how crazy the stunt might be. And Soap *smiles dreamily*. I think he's love interest in the book but there wasn't romance (which I didn't mind at all). It isn't good for Sophronia to like Soap because Soap is black and he's a sootie. Kind of forbidden love, I guess? It might be bad but the thing I loved most about the book is the mechanical dog! Bumbersnoot is so cute and always licking at his coal. Even though he poops out ashes sometimes, I still love him :3 In this book, Sophronia definitely has a great adventure. There were no ends to her stunts and she always manages to find a way to get into trouble. The whole group is just Sophronia, Dimity, and Soap (sometimes Dimity's brother is there too). I love seeing them all together, solving the puzzle. They had to figure out where the prototype might be and bring it back to the academy. I wish we found out more about who the bad guys were and why they wanted the prototype. With its endless adventures, enjoyable humour, and kickass heroine (don't forget the dog!), Etiquette & Espionage is definitely one of my favorite books of 2013.
Date published: 2013-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Etiquette & Espionage excellent I thoroughly enjoyed yhis book, Gail Carriger infused it with her typical flavor and humour. can't wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2013-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book filled with wit and humor! Sophronia’s knack for mechanics and a tendency toward mischief are hardly desirable qualities for a Victorian lady, but they do make her an ideal recruit for Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. When the 14-year-old girl arrives, she quickly discovers her school is unlike any other. Classes taught by werewolves and vampires are merely the beginning. Along with music and dance, Sophronia is schooled in the arts of espionage and intrigue – hardly subjects her mother would approve of, but ones she takes to with passion! However, Sophronia quickly discovers school isn’t all fun and games and soon finds herself immersed in a mystery whilst pursued by flywaymen and shady characters intent on attacking the Academy. Armed with her mechanimal, Bumbersnoot, and a group of steadfast friends, Sophronia sets out to uncover the truth and, hopefully, put a little polish on her finish before returning home for the holidays! Etiquette & Espionage is a delightful story, and Gail Carriger does a terrific job with her young adult debut. Filled with humor and witty dialogue, the story easily entertains and keeps the reader turning the page. Carriger’s penchant for creative character names is in full force with offerings such as Temminick, Mrs. Barnaclegoose and Dimity Ann Plumleigh-Teignmott, and she delightfully weaves in a few familiar faces (albeit younger!) from her wildly popular Parasol Protectorate series. If you’re a fan of Carriger’s earlier books, you won’t want to miss the newest addition to her colorful universe. And if, somehow, you’ve never heard of steampunk’s comedic genius, this book is a great introduction to a world turned topsy-turvy by treacle tarts, flamboyant vampires, empowered women and flying dirigibles!
Date published: 2013-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada for providing me a copy of this book for review! I had heard so many wonderful things about Gail Carriger’s writing that the second I saw that she was releasing a YA series – Finishing School – I knew I had to get me hands on the first book, Etiquette & Espionage! I felt it would be a great introduction to her writing and a prequel to reading her Parasol Protectorate series. While I expected the novel to be a good stepping stone to Gail’s other series, I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did! In fact, when I first saw it, I couldn’t help admiring the gorgeous cover — the purple background with the mix of baroque and machine parts, the black and white silhouette of a girl holding scissors, and the gorgeous layout of the title with the gold ampersand swirling all through the cover. I love a good cover. When I cracked open the book and started reading, I was immediately hooked. It reminded me just a smidgen of Harry Potter — but with steampunk instead of witchcraft. It was also a bit older and more mature than HP, with plenty of humour, action, and just a little bit of silliness. It also had plenty of what I expect in a good steampunk novel — machines, fancy dresses and corsets, and a very cool school. I really enjoyed all of the characters, especially the main character, Sophronia. She’s quirky and a perfect blend of tomboy, innocence, and naiveté. I loved how she was always wanting to break the rules. All of the other girls at the finishing school were perfect compliments to Sophronia’s character. I only wish that there was a little more including of Mlle. Geraldine — even though the school is named after her, she seems to have a real background role. This really is a great introduction to Gail Carriger’s writing. It’s smart, funny, and exactly what I’m looking for in a good steampunk novel — and it would be perfect for someone just new to the genre. I think this will be a very exciting series to read — and I can’t wait to read more of what Gail Carriger has to offer! If you enjoy steampunk, but want a lighter read in the genre, this one is a good fit. I liked that it was YA and didn’t demand too much from me — sometimes that’s good in a book! If you like a good mix of humour, action, and just plain ol’ fun, this is a good pick.
Date published: 2013-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Fun!! Steampunk? Paranormal? Assassins in training? Yes please! I knew after reading the synopsis for Etiquette & Espionage that I had to read it. I happen to be a huge fan of boarding school settings, as well as steampunk (Victorian Era?! Yay!). So having two of these things was a definite must read for me. Having the vampire and werewolf thrown in there was an added bonus. Now I have actually not read any of Gail Carriger's other works. You can bet I will be now though! The protagonist, Sophronia, is a girl that just wants to have a little bit of fun. Mostly in ways that girls shouldn't be having fun, but fun for her nonetheless. She has many siblings and she drives her mother crazy. So when given the chance to send her daughter to finishing school, she hops on the chance. Sophronia is not at all pleased with this decision, that is until she learns that Mademoiselle Geraldine's is not your ordinary finishing school. Here they are teaching girls to become intellegencers and assassins. Sophronia decides that this won't be too bad after all. Sophronia is a very like able character. She seems to be very open minded to everything and quite quick to come up with a plan to solve any problems. She asks a lot of questions and her curiosity for the way things work never seems to run out. She doesn't care about the colour of your skin or if you are a creature of the night, she won't judge you based off of that. A lot of the time I forgot she was only 14 years old, she seems a bit older most of the time. Although, she would sometimes do something that reminded you that she is still only young. She seems to have a knack for making both friends and enemies. Rarely follows the rules (it seems she believes that rules are there to be broken) and is just overall an interesting character. As for the school, it seems like a fun enough place to go. It floats and travels around. There are tons of very interesting classes and it seems to run on the type of schedule that I'd like (I'm a night owl). I found it very amusing that the only one who didn't know what was actually being taught at the school was Mademoiselle Geraldine, the headmistress, who is under the impression that it is just a regular finishing school. If only she knew.. There is a fair amount of action going on in this book, not as much as some might like, but some. There is an prototype that one of the students (Monique) has hidden off campus. An item that she was supposed to be retrieving for the school. Because she failed to bring it in, she is demoted to a debut again and despises Sophronia. She is someone that Sophronia really has to watch out for since she is out to get her. All in all, it's a very enjoyable read and I'm very much looking forward to reading the next one. It was a bit slow in places, which made it a bit harder to get through for me, but I can understand that these things needed to happen. If you are a fan of Gail Carriger, boarding school settings or steampunk, I highly recommend you check this one out. It's a fun read! *A review copy was provided by the publisher*
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Introduction to the Finishing School Series! Set almost 25 years before her adult Parasol Protectorate series, Gail Carriger explodes onto the YA stage with her debut Etiquette & Espionage. With Carriger's witty and humorous writing style, the novel is simply irresistible and impossible not to like. Etiquette & Espionage combines the best elements of steampunk and the supernatural together in a way that's refreshingly exciting to read from the very first page! Much to her mother's exasperation, Sophronia Temminnick loves to explore and ask questions, rather than dress up and act accordingly in polite society. When Sophronia's latest escapade leads to embarrassment, Mrs. Temminnick ships her daughter off to Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality hoping she'll be reformed and return back as a proper young lady. Sophronia is less than thrilled to leave home... that is, until she realizes Mademoiselle Geraldine's is no ordinary finishing school. Sophronia is such an awesome heroine! When she finds herself in a tricky or dangerous situation, she doesn't wait to be rescued like a damsel in distress. She readily adapts to her surroundings and finds a solution on her own with her quick-thinking, inquisitive mind, but also doesn't underestimate the power of teamwork either. Sophronia may not be a legacy like the other girls in her first-year class, but she's an absolute natural and eager learner in all the methods of etiquette and espionage. The young ladies are encouraged to embrace their feminine strengths and use it as a source of power. Could a man ever curtsy with grace and poise while throwing a dagger at their target at the same time? I sure don't think so! There wasn't any romance in Etiquette & Espionage, but the book honestly didn't need it anyways; Sophronia's budding friendships with her new school friends play a much more important role. She's never been particularly close with her siblings, so she's happy to finally have friends who share her not so common interests, and better yet, they accept her as she is. Soon enough, Sophronia's motley crew includes an inventor, an evil genius in training, a sootie from the boiler room, and a best friend who faints at the sight of blood. And she's going to need all the help she can get to prevent a mechanical device falling into the wrong hands.... Gail Carriger's Etiquette & Espionage is a fantastic introduction to the Finishing School series! I hope other publishers are taking notice because I'd love to read more YA books just like it. I absolutely can't wait to find out what sort of adventure is in store next for Sophronia in Curtsies & Conspiracies, the second novel in the series! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2013/02/review-and-giveaway-etiquette-espionage.html
Date published: 2013-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fun Pros: fun, quirky characters, quick moving plot, historical tidbits added, good inclusion of a dark skinned supporting cast member that kept to historical conventions without being racist / Cons: the ending is too sudden (and too soon!) / For Parents: minor violence / Sophronia's antics have given cause for her to be sent to a finishing school. But what her proper mother doesn't realize is that Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy teaches more than just which spoon to use for soup. It also teaches skills in espionage. And Sophronia's first lesson comes when the carriage she and two fellow students are taking to the school is attacked by flywaymen looking for a prototype in the possession of one of the passengers... / The book is a fun romp, with quirky characters and a quick plot. The school is located in an unusual place that makes for a wonderful setting and the mischief Sophronia and her classmates get into trying to figure out what the prototype is and where it's been hidden, is great. / I was a bit concerned by the opening as Sophronia is VERY over the top, but the plot quickly requires it and she never got on my nerves. Nor did any of the other quirky characters. / It was impressive how the author added Phineas B. Crow, aka Soap, to the cast. Sophronia knows it's improper for her to associate with someone of a lower class - and a boy to boot, but she doesn't care about that, or the dark colour of his skin. She's simply curious about him and the world at large. / The ending came too suddenly, and much too soon, for me. I can't wait to see what other adventures Sophronia and her friends get up to.
Date published: 2013-01-29

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"If spunky Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey happened onto a steampunk set, she might look a lot like Sophronia Angelina Temminnick."
-ShelfAwareness