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Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
Expected publication: February 5th 2013 by Little Brown and Company
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 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.
First in a four book YA series set 25 years before the Parasol Protectorate but in the same universe.
The first thing that struck me when I looked at the cover was 'Whoaa, what do we have here? Natalie Portman in steampunk Project Runway?'
Sophronia? That's an odd name for a protag. But what do I know about steampunk books anyway, as I haven't read enough of them! Always struggling with the jargon. Hmm... Hopefully this book will leave a pleasant experience by the time I read it!