Sunday, May 19, 2013

Review: Etiquette & Espionage, by Gail Carriger

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)

Title: Etiquette & Espionage
Author: Gail Carriger
Genre: YA Steampunk
Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

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. Temminick 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 they 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 Carriger's legions of fans have come to adore.


Being a huge fan of Ally Carter, this book seemed the perfect one for me. Instead, it was probably one of the most snore-worthy books I've read thus far in the year 2013.

One quality I wish I had was the ability to continue a book, even if it seems impossible to do so. No, I don't have enough commitment or patience to do that. If the book doesn't catch my attention within 100 pages, I will give it up. Which is exactly what happened with this book; I lost my patience, and began another book that had a higher priority on my TBR shelf.

It is shameful that I couldn't finish this book; it had some potential to be a great book. The main character, Sophronia, was what stood out. She was a tomboy of sorts, and a bit rebellious. She was nothing like the other girls in typical YA and had a charming quality to her that instantly made me like her.

But, one of the major downfalls of Etiquette & Espionage is that it felt sort of immature, like it was mistakenly categorized as Young Adult when it should have been in the Children's Fiction genre.

I don't know; maybe I couldn't finish this book because I wasn't in the mood (since I have been feeling a bit down lately), or just overall laziness. There is a chance that it was either of those reasons, so I will probably give this book another chance once I feel like it.

2/5 stars


  1. This definitely doesn't look like my kind of book, but it's a shame you didn't like it. I dont have the ability to finish books i hate either. If the beginning doesnt intrigue me, then forget about it! Hope you feel a bit better soon. :)

    1. Thanks Jack :) Most book lovers I know would gasp at the fact that I don't finish books if they don't interest me, mostly because they finish books even if they don't like them.

  2. I actually really loved this book, but I think it should have been catorgorized as middle grade instead of YA. There were some really boring parts, that were hard to get through, so I get what you mean!