Title: Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School #1)
Format: Hardback (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers| Borrowed)
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother’s existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea–and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right–but it’s a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine’s certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.
One good thing was that, there wasn’t any long winded intro that took forever to get into the actual plot. Yeap so that book starts off with Soph short for Sophronia Angelina Temminnick being sent off to finishing school because of her un-lady like behaviour and then the carriage she was in was being attacked. She was very cool-headed and handled the situation well. There’s steampunk in it and it was so cool with all the machines and Soph was performing her own undercover. Which is like so damn cool. The school is in an Airship and the school has vampire and werewolf as teachers. I like how all these gel together and there was high school drama in it too. What can I ask for more in this book? Definitely need to read the next one. There were times where not much action was going on but it was great as sometimes I need a breather from all those heart-stopping action and excitement.
They were great we have Soph who’s always curious and sneaking and snooping around. Then we have Dimity whose the friend who always support Soph and we also have Soap who works in the boiler room and he makes a great accomplice. And there’s Monique I keep imagining her as a sour grape. Its like she’s super jealous of Soph and she does not listen to teacher’s instructions most of the time.
The writing style is a little different from other books and it took me quite a while to get used to. I also find it very unique and would like to read more of her books.