Title: Etiquette and Espionage
Author: Gail Carriger
Review Summary: Great world building, a strong female protagonist, no angsty relationships, and an incredibly fun boarding school. This one’s a keeper.
Etiquette and Espionage, Gail Carriger’s first foray into young adult fiction, is set in the same fascinating world as her Parasol Protectorate series with its enjoyable blend of fantasy and steampunk elements. As a bit of a tomboy, Sophronia doesn’t quite fit her mother’s idea of a proper lady, so her mother is thrilled to send Sophronia off to finishing school. Fortunately for Sophronia, the finishing school is not what her mother thinks, teaching young ladies not only the “fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but [also how] to deal out death, diversion, and espionage—in the politest possible ways, of course” (source) .
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After finally managing to complete a CBR last year, I’ve been slacking on my reviews this year. Time to catch up. Here we go!
I read the first book, Soulless, near the end of Cannonball IV. If you are interested, my review can be found here: http://cannonballread4.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/commanderstrikehers-cbr4-review-53-soulless-the-parasol-protectorate-book-1-by-gail-carriger/
I loved this series so much that I have been moping around since I finished it. Thankfully, Gail Carriger is planning a follow-up series, so I at least have that to look forward to. I know that these books aren’t fantastic literature, but they are fun and entertaining as Hell. I love the antics of Lord Akeldama and his harem of fancy lads, and the growling gruff-love of Lord Connell Maccon, and I will truly miss them. But Alexia, I’ll miss you and your parasol most of all.
I absolutely adore the world that Gail Carriger has created. I love the steampunk details. I’ll miss the new rules for the supernatural that oddly seem to make sense, like how werewolves get airsick, and vampires initiate all of the latest fashions. I usually hate chick-lit, especially romances, but I just LOVED this series. Recommended for anybody who likes supernatural romances or Jane Austen novels.