Etiquette & Espionage

Etiquette & Espionage

Book - 2013
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In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013
ISBN: 9780316190107
Branch Call Number: YA CARRIGE
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Etiquette and espionage


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Reading Carriger is like eating a favorite pastry and discovering an unusual filling: light, decadent, funny, paranormal steampunk adventure—this time for teens! Sophronia is a young lady who’d rather climb the side of a building than the social ladder. Fortunately for her, she’s been sent to the... Read More »

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Nov 05, 2017

Positively a blast! Engaging characters, cheeky style. Great fun!

Oct 23, 2017

This novel is so empowering and adventurous. It made me want to become a spy but still kick butt in a dress.

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Cheryl_JHL May 11, 2017

I am a big fan of Carriger's adult steampunk book, "Soulless," which mixes up the prim and proper with a fiesty female main character's shenanigans.

This is more of the same, written to a tween audience. The book touches down lightly on racial and class discrimination without becoming heavy handed. The rest is a bit of colorful fluff (with a side of murder and mayhem), as one would expect from a fiesty, earstwhile gal who can't keep herself out of trouble.

PimaLib_ChristineR May 06, 2017

This steampunk finishing school is a blast of a novel. Whether you are a YA reader, or just like something with some laughs, adventure and a twist or two, this book has it for you. Set in an alternate Britain, Sophronia is the youngest and most out-of-hand child in a large family. Being sent to a finishing school is her mother's way of getting her out of the way, but little does she know that the school is perfect for Sophronia, who not only learns some manners, but finds that she excels at the schools other talent: espionage. The book is full of fun steampunk touches like flywaymen (highwaymen robbers that use airships), and of course, the fabulous clothes. I've already started the next book in the series and I'm glad that there are four out already so I don't have to wait for the next ones!

Feb 26, 2017

I would love to get out of the habit of reading a book, then never reading its sequels, then not remembering what happened in the first book and having to re-read it, years later, when I decide I want to read the sequels after all. And yet, here I am, having done just that. Anyway. I think I liked this even more the second time around? I remember liking it a fair amount on my first reading, but this time I really appreciated all the humor and the way that Carriger manages to work the absurdities of 19th century English etiquette into the actual fabric of the plot, in ways that I found really clever. I'm totally going to actually read the sequels this time 'round.

Dec 31, 2016

I loved this book. It was well written, interesting and a great read.

AL_LESLEY Nov 23, 2016

This book is shockingly obsessed with appearance... not such a good message to convey I don't think, and to use words from the book itself, this story is also 'frivolous' and 'shallow'. Not my cup o' tea.

PinesandPrejudice Nov 21, 2016

This is a fun addition to the world Carriger has created. If you are new to the world and are a teenager, I would say this is a good fit. Otherwise, start with Soulless and dive into the world that way. I would say the one thing I don't like after reading all of the other books set in this world, is how young the characters are. It seems out of place. But, nevertheless, once I got over that it was rather enjoyable.

Nov 11, 2016

I kept coming upon this book as I work at the library and finally took it home. What a romp! Carriger's alternate Victorian England is full of steampunk tech and wonderful characters. Sophronia is a great, gutsy heroine who doesn't let being a lady interfere with solving a mystery.

Feb 27, 2016

I loved this book!!! I thought it was very interesting, I couldn't put it down! I finished it in one night! This is the book that got me starting to read Steampunk!
This book was funny, Yet serious, Sophronia was a tomboy, Yet she was also a bit of a girl, I loved this book!

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Oct 16, 2016

"Who doesn't want an exploding wicker chicken?"

Sep 05, 2015

Pullover Thadddeus Plumleigh-Teignmott, what are you wearing?
They heard pillover reply querulously, "a petticoat, headmaster"

Sep 05, 2015

"Boys have it far more jolly." Vieve gave one of her dimpled grins. "I assure you, I find female dress fascinating. I simply prefer not to wear it myself.

Jul 20, 2013

Our daddy is a founding member of the Death Weasel Confederacy, and Mummy is a kitchen chemist with questionable intent, but poor Pillover can't even bring himself to murder ants with his Depraved Lens of Crispy Magnification.

Jul 20, 2013

The trifle did it.


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Feb 06, 2015

Sexual Content: Women's bust sizes are sometimes compared. Sophronia thinks girls like Captain Niall so much because he's "completely naked" under the greatcoat he wears. One side-character who dresses like a boy is revealed to be a girl. However, she only dresses like a boy because she reasons "boys have more fun", or something like that.

Feb 06, 2015

Coarse Language: Monique angerly says "a*se" (I'm not sure if this an exclusively British profanity, but...). Pillover says "We're d***ed".

Feb 06, 2015

Violence: Being a finishing school training "intelligencers", the girls are taught the finer arts of "killing", and there is some violence throughout the book. There is talk of poisoning people, including one girl relishing in the subject (she wants to poison her first husband).


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