Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Etiquette & Espionage

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's book that I am eagerly anticipating is...

Etiquette & Espionage
(Finishing School #1)
By Gail Carriger
Expected Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Published by Little Brown and Company
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)

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.

First in a four book YA series set 25 years before the Parasol Protectorate but in the same universe.

I have yet to read the Parasol-Protectorate books, but I have the first one. Since this isn't coming out until next winter I will probably be able to read all of them and be ready to read this series. I am getting more and more into the Steampunk genre and this book is YA and Steampunk. Plus, I love the Victorian era - tea parties and parasols and girls going against the grain. I can't wait!

What are you waiting on this week?

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