Book Review: Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1) by Gail Carriger

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Published Feb. 5, 2013 307 Pages
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published Feb. 5, 2013
307 Pages

Sophronia has always been a lot to handle as a baby but at 14 years old she becomes too much to bare. Her mother, at her the end of her wits, enrolls Sophronia in the Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. Here Sophronia is to learn how to become a proper lady.

Quickly Sophronia learns that this isn’t an ordinary school and that learning how to dance, dress and eat is part of the course but not the main focus. Soon Sophronia finds that her curious ways is needed in the field of espionage. 

Cute. That is the first thing that comes to mind when I was reading this book. Sophronia is an active girl both mentally and physically. She loves mechanics and figuring things out which makes her perfect for the school.

What I like about Sophronia is she is not just book smart. She has common sense and she isn’t drawn into herself. She is friendly and really nice girl. Overall just a very likable character.

I loved the pace of the novel. When you meet Sophronia she is in her element and things just move really well after the first introduction. However, my biggest issue with the book is there wasn’t much going on. Yes, there is a bigger picture and a mission Sophronia takes upon herself but leading up to these points there is no thrill, passion or intensity. Although I was in love with Sophronia and the surrounding characters, the lack of emotion provided a difficult read. Difficult in the sense that I didn’t feel the need to keep reading the book. I wasn’t curious enough about the school nor was I curious enough about what happens to Sophronia.  There wasn’t enough emotion but most importantly engagement.

But there is nothing in me that believes this book is bad. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed Sophronia, the surround characters and the pace. I just wanted more for the actual story. I wanted to be sucked in and sadly I wasn’t.

This story gets points for originality.

3 Pickles.










































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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