First in a Steampunk Series!
I’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.
Wait For It
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: 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.