Until that moment, the bonnet had been rather smart– red with black velvet ribbons and crimson ostrich feathers. The addition of trifle, it must be admitted, made it less smart.
Author: Gail Carriger
Genre: Speculative, steampunk, paranormal
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 the 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.
Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail’s legions of fans have come to adore.
Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: This book was fantastic. I’ve seen a number of people reviewing the Parasol Protectorate series, but I had yet to pick up a book by Ms. Garriger. I was quite a page turner. Even though I had never read any of the books in the other series, I didn’t have any trouble following the “world” in which the book was written. I am curious whether any of the characters in this series appeared in the prior series. I have to say that I would love to go to a school that was on a hot air balloon! Because I read this book, I’ve now decided to name any dog I get, Bumpersnoot. I liked the main character of the book Sophronia. She was very spunky. I thought it was pretty funny that by the end of the book, Sophronia was becoming more a “lady” despite her abhorrence of turning into her older sister Petunia. I hope that the rest of the books in the series centers around a different character.