Thursday, May 22, 2014

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Sophronia's mother despairs that she will never become a proper young lady so she is being sent off to Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.  Sophronia immediately suspects that the Academy is different from what she expected when the new students have to rely on a werewolf to carry them high enough to get onto the airship where the school is located. Once aboard, Sophronia learns about good manners but also about spying techniques.  Sophronia and her friends are soon caught up in mysterious events that might lead her right back home.  This book is clear steampunk and the premise was interesting.  However, I didn't find the juxtaposition of spying and good manners as fully carried out as I wanted.  And I question the appeal to teens today who might not be familiar with the expectations of the time period etiquette-wise.