Saturday, January 2, 2016

Book Review: The Finishing School series by Gail Carriger

 Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school. (Summary from

Sophronia is not a typical girl. She enjoys tromping around with the stable boys and taking things apart over wearing fancy dresses and perfecting her curtsy. So when she is sent to school at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy, she figures it will be the death of her. What she doesn't expect is that she will be literally faced with death many times over the next few years, for as she discovers even before she reaches the academy, this isn't just any finishing school!

These books are so fun. They are snarky and adorable, full of mystery and suspense but also wit and romance. When Sophronia hikes up her skirts and starts climbing around the school dirigible (it's a flying school!), you know something is about to happen. There are werewolf teachers in top hats, my friends, you must read these books!

I'm excited to try Gail Carriger's two adult series this year too! 
                                              The Custard Protocol & The Parasol Protectorate 

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