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First in a Steampunk Series!


Etiquette & Espionage by Gail CarrigerI’m a “steampunk” fan, although this young adult novel is a trifle refined, as evidenced by the Etiquette & Espionage title. Author Gail Carriger wishes to continue with the adventures of Sophronia Temminnick because she subtitled this opening salvo Finishing School: Book the First.

Camouflaged in Copious Skirts

This particular school for young ladies is held aloft by balloons, and populated with instructors who are werewolves and vampires. Sophronia, in deft and saucy style, bonds with a motley group of female students, airship crew members, and a mechanimal named Bumbersnoot. Meanwhile, our intrepid heroine struggles through the intricacies of mastering a proper curtsy as well as scaling the rigging of the airship during night excursions. Gears and quaint customs are highlighted in the book’s website.

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Garrotes! Knives! Poison! Unusual skills are taught by unusual instructors. Carriger had fun creating a great summer read. I can’t wait for Book the Second…Curtsies & Conspiracies is due in early November 2013.


Author Bio:

Author Bio: Karen Y. couldn’t put gears together, if you paid her – not even those toddler manipulative device puzzles, but still really likes the “steampunk” genre.


For mature teens (16+) who

For mature teens (16+) who like this book, I'd also recommend Soulless, which is Gail Carriger's series for adults. Etiquette and Espionage is actually the prequel to that series, with a female protagonist who's just as awesome. See blog post on Soulless.