Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
would much rather take apart mechanicals and spy on guests from the
dumbwaiter than be a proper lady. Despairing, her mother sends her off
to Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of
Quality. But Mademoiselle Geraldine's is not an ordinary finishing
school. Oh, there are etiquette lessons (from a vampire) but there's
another sort finishing, too-- one that involves espionage. As would be
expected at a school for espionage, there's more going on than meets the
eye. Sophronia finds herself in the thick of things and it'll take her
friends and her skills to find answers. Etiquette & Espionage is Steampunk at its best and an absolute delight from beginning to end.
My roommate (an indie bookseller) and I agree that this book is more fun than the Parasol Protectorate. It's as if Gail has allowed herself to have a little more fun and freedom in writing for YA audiences.