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 a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners—and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage—in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.
Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail Carriger's legions of fans have come to adore.
First of all, I love this cover.
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book. Maybe I just forgot to read what it was about. Either way I liked it. The suspense of what is to come and what is behind each character kept you on your toes. Each lesson was really entertaining. There were a few moments that were just annoying but what do you expect from 13-15 year olds.
Sophronia is poor mannered, over-active girl. She is known for constantly getting into trouble. This comes in handy on many occasions. Her mother sends her off to finishing school in hopes to tame her. What her mother doesn't realize is there is more to this finishing school then learning how to curtsy and be proper. With a vampire as a teacher (he has to be gay... I'm just saying) and another a werewolf, you definitely get an interesting learning experience. The more she learns the more her curiosity increases. Curiosity in Sophronia brings adventures and torn dresses.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars