In Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger, Sophronia is forced to attend finishing school after countless incidents that have cause shamed to her family. Little does her family know that the finishing school that she is about to attend is one that is know for turning girls not into ladies but into assassins, spies and evil geniuses. However, Sophronia also discovers that there is trouble at her new floating school. An older student is holding a prototype hostage and evil flywaymen are going to attack the school! It is up to Sophronia and her odd band of friends to keep the school safe, while also making sure they are on time to their next lesson with a vampire teacher!
This book is a great example of an epic mash-up. This book is part steampunk mystery, part adventure and part historical re-write. This book is set in alternate 1850 England but everything is changed do to the steampunk nature of the book. Sophronia is a strong female sent to a finishing school by her family to make her presentable to society. What ends up happening is Sophronia because a really good spy and is still learning how to be a proper lady. There are many twisted and turns in this book and I really enjoyed the quick thinking of Sophronia. This is the first book of a series, so who knows what trouble Sophronia and friends will get into next.
Those who like books by Cassandra Clare and Scott Westerfeld will enjoy this new series on learning to be a proper lady while also being a cunning spy!