Really I did not expect this to feel so young It has such a middle grade vibe And contains some immature characters The flywayman with the gun struck the headmistress across the face with his free
Really, I did not expect this to feel so young. It has such a middle grade vibe. And contains some immature characters.The flywayman with the gun struck the headmistress across the face with his free hand.‘‘Oh dear,’’ said Sophronia. ‘‘Violence.’’ She suppressed panic and a strange urge to giggle. She’d never before seen a grown man actually hit a woman.Whaaat? And that would make you, Sophronia, giggle? *shakes head*I didn’t like her as a character until maybe 75% of the story, when she seemed to have a little of a character development. The author seemed to want to make her seem strong and intelligent but there was always something she said or did that made me see her otherwise.The story didn’t have a very interesting plot. It mostly felt simple, predictable. Also, some dialogs really felt absurd or unnatural in the story. It seemed. to me, that the author only included them for some effect.For example:‘‘Excellent. Ignorance is most undervalued in a student. And have you killed someone recently?’’Sophronia blinked. ‘‘Pardon?’’‘‘Oh, you know, a knife to the neck, or perhaps a cleverly noosed cravat?’’She is fourteen years old, for God’s sake!I can understand that they’re learning etiquette at school when not espionage skills, but learning to flutter their eyelashes? Is that really efficient?Let’s see:Sophronia decided to practice a bit her eyelash-fluttering lesson.The tall one didn’t seem overly impressed by her eyelashes. ‘‘How-d’ye-do, miss? I’m Phineas B. Crow.’’[…]‘‘Though everyone calls me Soap,’’ added Phineas B. Crow. ‘‘Because I needs it more than most.’’Sophronia continued batting her eyelashes at him.‘‘You got some soot in your eye, there, miss?’’Ha ha ha. Mission unaccomplished.Soap was a nice character and the fact that he has his own ''way of speaking'' did not bother me at all.My favorite character though was Pillover since he was one of the only ones making Sophronia shut her mouth stop talking. And, when he spoke, I listened with interest.She looked around. ‘‘Anyone know how to pick a look?’’‘‘Some intelligencer you are,’’ complained Pillover.‘‘I’ve only been there a month! I can curtsy now, and my eyelash fluttering is practically unparalleled.’’‘‘Well, why not flutter your way into the locked room, then?’’The writing is the same as in her Parasol Protectorate series. She has her own style, though I must admit that it is not my favorite for it is kind of simple and, in my opinion, this would have been better with a 1st person POV.I said once that I could read any genre if only it contains some romance and, in this one, there isn’t really any of it. Too bad because there would have been plenty of couple possibilities.It wasn’t a bad story but the plot could have been seriously more intriguing for it barely captured my attention from time to time. The only reason I’m not giving it a one star rating is because I did quite enjoy reading about two characters and there are some little elements here and there that are unique. As for example, there are, in this world-building, what they call ‘‘mechanimals.’’ They're steampunk animals. How awesome is that?Copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.A viral Etiquette & Espionage Creat Gail Carriger is a Book 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 interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsyIt 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 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 finisheverything 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.. Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance and the sexy San Andreas Shifter series as G L Carriger Her books include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, and Supernatural Society series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults She is published in many languages and has over a dozen NYT bestsellers She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea Join the Chirrup gailcarriger chirrup. Bestseller Ebook Etiquette & Espionage Tea should be required for the reading of all Gail Carriger books, don't you think?
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