Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) By: Gail Carriger

Etiquette & Espionage

Book #19 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.  I had seen many Booktube videos that featured this book series as well as the adult series by the same author.  One day on, I noticed that they had this book and the second in the series and figured I would give it a try.  I never really read a steampunk-y fantasy book before and this one sounded interesting.

The names in this series aren’t always easy to pronounce and our main character Sophronia Temminnick is not an exception.  Her name doesn’t really flow off my tongue so I found myself going back to reread her name a few times.  Other than that, I LOVED IT!  This was such a fun story.  Young Sophronia is sent to finishing school because her mother thinks she needs to learn some proper behaviors.  Unbeknownst to her, she is “recruited” to this particular finishing school for a specific reason.

Sophronia is not happy to be going but once she is there, she realizes that this is no ordinary finishing school, this is much, much more.  Yes, she has to learn how to curtsy properly, and yes, she has to be a lady in dress and manners but she is also taught how to gather intelligence and defend herself if necessary.  There are vampires and werewolves but they are not your typical Twilight types.  They are involved in the delicate training of these young intelligencers.

I can not wait to read the rest in this series as well as the Parasole Protectorate series.

I gave this book 5 crowns.


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