Review – Espionage & Etiquette by Gail Carriger

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Overall Rating 5 Stars

-Book Description: 5

-Cover: 5

-Plot: 5

-Creativity: 5

-Grammar: 5

-Simile Use: 5 (minimal usage)

-Description: 5 (used perfectly)

-Show And Tell Balance: 5

The cover of this book was what originally drew me in, along with the title. The contrast between the colored wall and black and white girl, plus the shiny letters and I was hooked– then the description. It’s as masterly written as the rest of the book. Sophronia is from the early 1900’s in a world that’s pretty much like ours was in the 1900’s filled with etiquette and expectations of young girls, but here’s the twist– vampires, werewolves and spies both male and female abound in this conspiratual world. It’s fabulous — this crazy cool world is only made better by the balance between prose and dialogue, along with the serious with the fun. Mrs. Carriger surely knows how to create a world and characters that will keep one enthralled. I’ve seen other reviews where people felt there was a lack of world building and elements were confusing, since this is a spin off series from the Parasoul Protecterette, which I have not read (but will be!), but I didn’t feel any of those problems. Sophronia is thrown into a world she knows little about, and she knows very little about the whole vampire and werewolf situation anyways, so I felt I was learning the world as she was. Another thing that is interesting is how truly engaging the book is even though it’s written in omniscient third person. I can honestly say that I typically cannot stand these style books, let alone read them at the pace I am able to read Carriger. Overall, this book is intensely creative fun that will have you laughing and falling in love with the characters in an instant. I’ve already picked up the rest of the books in the series, and the first two in the Parasoul Protecterette series, and I can’t wait to see where the story goes next! Bravo!

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2 thoughts on “Review – Espionage & Etiquette by Gail Carriger

    • I’m about halfway through. I like how Ria is maturing and the new twist with soap and Felix. I’m loving it as well! I just received the fourth book in the mail today in hardcover. So pretty and she has a cross bow on the cover, so I already know it will be awesome!

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