Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Etiquette and EspionageEtiquette & EspionageEtiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger by Gail Carriger

Did you like Cinder? Then try this one.

Ok, you want more? I wasn’t expecting that much from Etiquette & Espionage – it could be fun, it could be ridiculous. Turns out it was delightful, in that same “I wasn’t expecting this” mode as Cinder. The tone reminded me of Cinder as well. I liked it so much I immediately wanted to read the next in the series, and was somewhat dismayed to realized I’d done it to myself again – fallen for a series where the final books won’t be published for ages.

If you hate fantasy, this will probably annoy you. It’s a mish-mash of fantasy and steampunk, and if I hadn’t been in the right mood I’m sure it would have seemed ridiculously silly. Instead it was lots of fun.

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Publisher’s Description:
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.

Book Details

Title: Etiquette & Espionage Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
Author: Gail Carriger
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for free from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting The Deliberate Reader!


  1. Similar style to Cinder? Silly but delightful fantasy? Going on my must-read list for sure!

    Argh for having to wait for sequels though, right?!

    • Tell me what you think of it if/when you read it! Book three just came out last month, but there’s still a wait for book four. 🙁


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