Waiting on Wednesday (3) - Etiquette & Espionage

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, Book 1)
Release date: 5 February 2013 from Little, Brown
ISBN 10/13: 031619008X | 9780316190084

Jacket copy:

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.

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.

Why I'm waiting:

Ever since her adult fantasy, Soulless, caught my eye (I was about to put it on the display table when I worked for Borders, but instead bought the one copy we had on release day and then ordered 2 dozen more) I have loved Gail Carriger's funny, clever storytelling. This four-book series is set 25 years before the Parasol Protectorate books, and while I have already read the novel, I can't wait to get my hands on my own hardcover copy next week.

You can read the first three chapters from Amazon (you can also find it elsewhere online).

Thuy just started doing Manicure Mondays over at RNSL Nite Lite. Her first one is E&E!

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