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Etiquette & Espionage

(Finishing School #1)

by Gail Carriger

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 a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars



One of the first historical fiction book[s] I ever read and I love it so much! It never fails to grab me, pull me in, and keep me there, no matter how many times I read it I never get tired of it.

The only thing I have to say about this series is that there is some mistreatment of the creatures that live there [For example: The werewolves are considered monsters]. And there were some parts that I just was like “YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER!”

But other than that I really liked this series, the plot was fantastic, the characters were beautiful and so special in their own way.

Have a great week!


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