08 March 2013

Review: Etiquette & Espionage

Etiquette & Espionage
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I fully and completely loved the first book in Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, so the announcement that she was starting a YA series was very exciting for me. Even more exciting was that the book is even better than I anticipated, and is a ton of fun with possibly some of the best steampunk elements for a YA book since Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines books.

The positives about this book are that the tropes are fairly generic: a girl is sent off to finishing school, the school is actually a front for more nefarious/useful operations, and our heroine, Sophoronia, is surprisingly good at things so far.

Where the book succeeds is the humor, which is laugh out loud funny at times, the winks to the fact that everything is a little ridiculous and Carriger knows it, and a lot of the advanced ideas for the time frame, from racial relationships to understanding differences (there are, after all, vampires and werewolves).

The book is probably closer to a 4.5, but who cares? It's the most fun I've had with a YA book in some time, and it makes me want to dive into the next book in both this series and Parasol as soon as possible. Highly recommended.

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